Jimmy Herring - Jazz is dead tone

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Laxrappa11, Jan 17, 2008.


  1. Laxrappa11

    Laxrappa11 Member

    Messages:
    393
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2007
    Location:
    Upstate NY
    does anyone know more of his rig than the h&k od? i just cant get enough of that smooth-as-hell lead when he rips it up
     
  2. SouthernShred

    SouthernShred Member

    Messages:
    3,542
    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2003
    Location:
    Lawrenceville, GA
    straight from his website for that era (he's pretty famous for panning/blending between amps):

    Jazz Is Dead: Guitar/s: PRS Archtop

    Amp/s : '76 Marshall JMP (50w), '73 basket weave Marshall cabs with 25w greenbacks, '64 Fender Shoman

    Effects: Ernie Ball A/B pan pedal, Ernie Ball volume pedal, Ibanez Tube Screamer
     
  3. BBQLS1

    BBQLS1 Member

    Messages:
    3,269
    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2005
    Location:
    Red Stick, LA
    I have a few JiD discs and I don't think it's always the PRS. Might be, but I'm not sure. I think I hear a strat from time to time (he's fond of them). Or, could be a rotary.
     
  4. Laxrappa11

    Laxrappa11 Member

    Messages:
    393
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2007
    Location:
    Upstate NY
    damn hes not even usin the h&k? ive never heard a tubescreamer come anywhere close to herring's tone. does he have any mod caps on his amp or anything?
     
  5. SouthernShred

    SouthernShred Member

    Messages:
    3,542
    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2003
    Location:
    Lawrenceville, GA
    Jimmy is a long time user of Tubescreamers and I know a few of them are Analogman mods I believe...I agree that his strat was probably in the mix some, but remember, that old thing has Seymour Duncan 59's in it half the time...

    I can get close to his JiD tone with my Super Reverb and a Tube Screamer...the main thing is to go for his feel and technique more than his exact pedal setup...he picks almost everything ala Steve Morse, not a lot of legato there...alternate picked pentatonics with some passing tones thrown in...for instance, in E min, combine the Em pentatonic and D Major scale and you can hit a lot of the Jimmy stuff...
     
  6. radcliff

    radcliff Member

    Messages:
    1,986
    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2006
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    but he's also a huge holdsworth fan as well, so dont leave those large interval scales out:)

    JID period is PRS and 50w Marshall....but I'm not sure how he's getting such nice gain, much have the TS set to boost
     
  7. BBQLS1

    BBQLS1 Member

    Messages:
    3,269
    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2005
    Location:
    Red Stick, LA
    Cool thoughts. Not denying there is alot of alternate picking ala Steve Morse, but I do think Jimmy uses a bit of legato stuff though (He calls it shuffle picking?).
     
  8. SouthernShred

    SouthernShred Member

    Messages:
    3,542
    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2003
    Location:
    Lawrenceville, GA
    I don't disagree...but a lot of MY favorite tracks with him involve a lot of alternate picking...plus, one of my best friends is an ex-Herring student and I watch what he does a lot and it's eerily close
     
  9. BBQLS1

    BBQLS1 Member

    Messages:
    3,269
    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2005
    Location:
    Red Stick, LA

    :dude
     
  10. Franklin

    Franklin Member

    Messages:
    4,501
    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2005
    Location:
    Connecticut
    Def a great tone in JID, my favorite tone of his is Frogwings and PL&F so far!
     
  11. Squigglefunk

    Squigglefunk Senior Member

    Messages:
    3,293
    Joined:
    May 6, 2005
    its so funny when people can't believe that a good player gets killers tones from perfectly ordinary gear. It's so much easier for them to believe that there's some "secret" weapon that you can just buy and you'll sound just like 'em.

    No, a TS into a marshall really is all you need for killer tones. Not working for you? Keep practicing!
     
  12. SouthernShred

    SouthernShred Member

    Messages:
    3,542
    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2003
    Location:
    Lawrenceville, GA
    I completely agree...I saw the EJ video posted on Harmony Central and laughed when I saw someone comment "His gain just got unbelievably smooth and buttery but I didn't see him step on a pedal, how does he get that gain!" and he couldn't believe that yes, you can get that tone by just running a Marshall on 10...

    I ran a 50 watt 67 Plexi and a tubescreamer for years and can guarantee you can get these tones from that...I ran an Aiken Intruder 30 and a Bad Monkey and got the same tones...It can be done...it has been done...for longer than most boutique companies have been around! YMMV
     
  13. HHB

    HHB Member

    Messages:
    6,643
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2002
    Location:
    East Flat Rock NC
    I played a show w/ JH and Project Z , a super reverb, a volume pedal, a tube screamer and an outboard fender reverb, amazing! funny moment during our set, I turned around and Herring was sitting on his amp behind us and gave me a thumbs up and got the crowd going, maybe the nicest guy I've ever encountered, surly one of the best players I've ever heard, Jimmy is gold in every way!!!
     
  14. bluesmain

    bluesmain Member

    Messages:
    5,168
    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2006
    Location:
    Brandon, MS
    Jazz is Dead rocks!
     
  15. trumpus

    trumpus Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,102
    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2005
    Location:
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    I loved the tone on the Blue Light Rain disc especially! His lead tone is liquid.

    Brian
     
  16. SouthernShred

    SouthernShred Member

    Messages:
    3,542
    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2003
    Location:
    Lawrenceville, GA
    I've stolen a lot of licks from that album...especially his solo on Red Baron
     
  17. Laxrappa11

    Laxrappa11 Member

    Messages:
    393
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2007
    Location:
    Upstate NY
    yeah that whole dark star > red baron jam is pretty nuts
     
  18. coxswain

    coxswain Member

    Messages:
    159
    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2008
    Jimmy Herring is soo unbelievable. Tone, chops, tastey phrasing...he's got it all. I especially love the weather report songs they did on blue light rain was it? I can never remember the names of the songs or albums but that band seems to find the sweet spot everytime.
     
  19. Laxrappa11

    Laxrappa11 Member

    Messages:
    393
    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2007
    Location:
    Upstate NY

Share This Page