Keith Richards tone

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  1. SFT

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    I'm interested in capturing a KR tone without having to bust out a huge Tweed Twin. Is it possible to hit his early 70's tones with a lower wattage amp?
     
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    A 35-40 watt Tweed Deluxe would do.
    Vintage Ampeg does a great job too.
    Something along the lines of the Louis Electric KR-12
     
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    Cool, what exactly is that? Ampeg what?
     
  5. Wayne Alexander

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    Lots of the early 70s stuff was big ampeg amps - old V4, VT22, VT40 will get you there. The boutique high priced low wattage amp that will absolutely nail that tone is the 65Amps Stone Pony - not currently made, but they are readily available used.
     
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    GU-12. There was definitely one (among other Ampegs) in use in the studio during the recording of Exile.
     
  7. FFTT

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    I'm happy with the Stones tones I'm getting with my 65 Ampeg Gemini I
    Channels bridged for added gain and power.

    Got some great tones with my '64 Reverberocket too.

    VT 22, VT-40 and V4b will do fine too.

    Preferred years 72 and earlier, pre Magnavox.
     
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    SF Fenders were used a lot, too.

    Brown Sugar is a Twin, dimed - Keef's version of a "small amp." <g>
     
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    my ears hurt just thinking about that...
     
  10. davebc

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    Find a great preowned Louis Electric KR12
     
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    I have a VT-40 that nails the early 70's stuff. It is ungodly loud though. I'd go 65 Stone Pony for low wattage.
     
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    Thanks for that bit of info. I never know that was dimed Twin..

    Good stuff
     
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    The engineers in Muscle Shoals said that the whole building was shaking, when they were playing.
     
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    Princeton, Blues Junior, Pro Junior etc will get you in the ball park at lower wattage.

    No-one has mentioned using a Tele yet, probably more instrumental to getting a Keith tone, I've nailed a Stone'sy tone with many amps, yet always used a Tele.
    I played a bunch of Stones tribute gigs once using a Hayden Mofo of all things.
    A Tele and one of these did help though. :aok

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    Honestly, one can achieve KR-type tones w/ just about ANY amp. In particular, NMV amps, but even many MV amps can do it. The key is the guitar, the open-G tuning, amp settings and last but certainly not least, the approach. I get KR tones on my big iron Marshalls. All in the way the amp is set, and using guitar volume & tone.
    Tweeds are usually the preference and any low-powered tweed can do the job. I once had a Mesa Boogie studio .22 which could do it (Keef used Boogies for awhile in the early '80s)

    BTW, tweed deluxes are 12-15 watts, not 35-40 watts as erroneously stated above. Some boutique versions of the deluxe run up to 20 watts.
     
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    Ahhhhhhh......the good ol' days...when a guitar could shake the house, with a cranked Twin.

    Come to think of it. Duane did the same thing in the same building a few years before...:D

    :beer
     
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    Be sure and only use 5 strings ;)
     
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    Keith Richards + blood transfusions = Tone
     
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    I know the OP isn't asking about pedals, but the Catalinbread SFT will turn any decent amp, large or small, into a Get Your Ya-Yas Out machine.
     

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