Robben Ford through a Germino.......sounds great

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  1. Mark Robinson

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    That version of "Fools Paradise" is apex predator level blues right there. For my ears it just doesn't get any better. That clip should be moved into the "Playing an Technique" section and team transcribed. So us lesser players can perhaps learn some of the masterful chord interplay. That is some deep, deep playing!
     
  2. wildschwein

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    He always sounds pretty good. I saw him live in about 2011 with the Renegades of Creation and he was using a Twin and a Super Reverb. Landau sounded even better and he was using two 2x12 Devilles.
     
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  3. Bluesful

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    Yeah I might have to go back and see if I can steal a few licks.

    You can see him 'shoosh' someone a few times. I'm not sure if he was doing that to a rowdy audience member or just trying to bring the band down.
     
  4. lousyatit

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    Man, great use of dynamics!
     
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  5. Sean French

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    Clown shoes. :D:D
    Sounded like Robben to me. Great. :aok

    I've seen Robben with his Dumble, red knob Twin and a SF Super Reverb with a TS.
    He sounds like he does regardless.
     
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  6. Bluesful

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    Snappy jacket too.
     
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  7. Sean French

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    Yep. It sure is.
    He might do well with more lights. ;)

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  8. cffluntouch

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    Word. Tasteful, amazing.
     
  9. Paramount

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    In Robben's DVD Back to the Blues Part 1 there is a version of "Fools Paradise" with the instructional booklet containing a transcription including both the chord voicings and the guitar solo. Great stuff as one would expect.
     
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  10. Bluesful

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    I didn't know that.

    I've got the one that has Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues.
     
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    He was telling the band to come down. The bass player mainly, kept getting too loud too soon for what Robben was feeling is what it looked like to me.

    Great clip. Beautiful chord work and solo. Seems like a hard song to sing.
     
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  12. Average Joe

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    Great sound and playing. Always loved Fool's Paradise.

    It's interesting how the players with a strong tonal core, a strong conception of their sound, manage to get it from a variety of gear. To be honest, if this had been audio only, it would never have occured to me that he didn't use his regular gear
     
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  13. jmcerlain

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    Hey everyone,

    I put on the concerts with Robben and David here in Brooklyn at a space called www.nationalsawdust.org. It is an amazing space and I am curating and started the Roots and Blues series. I teach with Robben at his Guitar Dojo each summer and we are workng on other projects together. I asked him to do the series and he was happy to do so, and I performed 5 songs with him. Since the gig was a one off and not part of a tour he asked to use one of my amps, so that is my Germino and THD cab with creamback 65's. He likes my super lead but we decided it was a bit much for the room. ;) Mainly I'd say what you are hearing from Robben and me is stage volume, so the iPhone was up high and picking up his amp more so than mine so not a really accurate representation of what was heard on the floor. Robben plays very loud and in the past I have used my old super lead to keep up with him. His tele is also, well a tele, and very cutting, in a great way. He used his Zen Drive and flashback delay and that's it. Boom. He sounds like him thought everything. I have a hard time playing as loudly as he does after years of being beaten down in NYC for volume and I get self conscious about blasting. He on the other hand just cranks it. He liked the Germino (but prefers his Dumble). The bass player is Andy Hess and Toss Panos on drums. It was a pleasure to play with Robben as usual. He's a good friend and a great guy and it's a distinct honor to work and play with him.

    Next up was David Grissom who is also a good friend. We used a pick up band in NYC once again with Andy Hess on bass, Todd Caldwell on keys, and Tony Mason on drums. David also asked to use one of my amps but so I brought the Germino and Friedman Dirty Shirley and the THD cab. Both he and I decided the Friedman was a better choice for him, the Germino is much more open and to get it to where he likes it compression wise would have been very loud. I joined him on 2 tunes and I used my Retro King 18. Funny thing is like Robben (and all of us really) he sounded exactly like himself. So there is the lowdown!

    I have some more excellent shows lined up in the series that I will announce once the details are worked out.

    Best,

    Jeff
     
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    Thanks for sharing that, man. That's some beautiful beautiful tone he gets out of that (apparently) simple rig.

    Since I'm a confessed Robben fan I couldn't help to look into that "new" Tele that you mentioned...
    so far only got two pix...
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  16. Bluesful

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    If that's a real '57 it couldn't have been cheap.
     
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    ...but then again, we're talking about a guy who sometimes tours with not only one but TWO Dumbles...vintage LPs and Teles...:crazyguy:bumpbump:crazy
     
  18. Bluesful

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    Well the Dumbles he got years ago (the original in '83 and the back-up sometime in the early 90s) so he wasn't paying stupid $$$ for them.

    The '60 Tele he got in '93 IIRC, for what I think was <$5K.

    The vintage gold top LP isn't his - it's Larry Calrton's.

    The LP he's playing now is a new R8 he got last year.

    So I don't think he's paid stupid $$$ for gear, like a Bonamassa for example.

    Here's a cool article on some of his guitars.
     
  19. Sean French

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    Very good interview with gear specifics. Thanks.
    I got a kick when Robben says the Dumble "has an overdrive station". :D
     
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    Hey ...watch it ...lol

    He's singing pretty dam good ...
     

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