Robben Ford sans Dumble/Baker!! I saw Robben Ford last night up in Lake Tahoe, Nevada with the Ford Blues Band. He was using a BF Fender Super Reverb (no Dumble) and a Gibson Les Paul (no Baker) and the only pedal/effect was a Zendrive. His tone was incredible, he only used the Zendrive on the more gainy type of leads and just the straight amp tone for the rest, probably 25% of the solos were the Zendrive. I have seen Robben 10-12 times, always with a custom RF guitar, Dumble amp, and no OD pedals, but last night he sounded the same with all different gear, maybe, dare I say, better. The Zendrive sounded just like his heavier solos on the Jing Ching Live CD. He had the Super with the volume at 6.5, treble 5.5, mid 5.5, bass 5 and a touch of reverb. He played the whole night on the bridge pickup and would pull the neck tone knob during solos, which gave it a fatter tone. I asked him after the show if it was a mid boost and he said it was a global coil tap. The weird thing is usually push/pull pots are pulled out for the tap and pushed in for the full humbucking, maybe he just likes it the opposite. I asked him about playing the Les Paul and he smiled and said that he 'just likes it, the tone and the shorter scale length". I didn't have a chance to ask him about the Dumble, but I tell you, I did not miss it one bit, and I'm one of the bigger boutique amp whores out there! The other guitar player used a Two Rock Type E head and cab, his tone was very ordinary, almost weak and thin. Moral of the story...Robben is flat out great, and boutique doesn't always mean better. I know this post will spark a lot of discussion, maybe not, but I'm really picky about tone and his was the best I have seen him have. It sure has got me thinking.