Robert Plant “Big Log” Guitar Sound. Rockman?

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  1. GibsonGeek

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    I picked up an 80’s SR&D Rockman Soloist yesterday. After spending an hour or so playing with it, testing with both single coils and hums, I must say I’m not as impressed with it as I had hoped to be. Not useless by any means, but I’m not sure that it’s a keeper for me.

    That said, it nails the Big Log guitar sound with a Strat neck pickup. The initial snapping attack of the compression is too hard but rolling back the Strat’s volume seems to fix that. A bit of EQing via the mixer also helps. Such a cool sound. Great song. Robbie Blunt on guitar I believe.

    What other song or gear examples of this 80’s thin compressed clean Strat sound come to mind?

     
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    I love Robbie Blunt's playing on those first few Plant albums. Knopfler's tone on the Making Movies album had some pretty killer clean strat tones on it too.

    If you're going to get a Rockman box, get the Sustainor half-rack module. Much more flexible than the small Rockman units.

    --Tom
     
  4. tim gueguen

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    "Big Log" was supposedly Blunt's '56 Strat with '54 neck into a Fender Princeton amp, using the bridge and middle pickups.
     
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    I have been very interested in the Rockmans over the years but I think today there are a lot of viable options for recording direct that will probably have a better signal to noise ratio and overall sound than those old units. I imagine many of the components would have drifted a bit now too or may need replacing.
     
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    When I think of heavily compressed Strat tones from the 80’s I always think of The Fixx.
     
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    Robbie used the Mesa MKIIb (two of them) only for live shows -- his signal chain for the album was simple:
    A ’56 Strat with a ’54 neck, a Boss CE-1 chorus pedal, and a Fender Princeton Blackface amp.

    correct - the boogies were only used for live shows - the album was recorded using the strat, a boss CE-1, and a Fender Princeton Blackface.
     
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    that clean tone on “Big Log” is classic.
    Perfect example of that Rockman clean tone from Mr.Lynch;
    (Rockman in the effects rack as I recall)
     
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    I would imagine so. I wasn’t really in the market for a Rockman though. Saw this one on CL for a good price and took a chance on it.
     
  11. GibsonGeek

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    Excellent. I have this dvd around here somewhere.
     
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    Oh absolutely, good call. I actually had this LP on the turntable a week or so ago.

     
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    The Boss CE-1 and a good Strat were key to this tone.

    BTW, Robbie has a set of Zexcoils and told me I "gave him his tone back" or something to that effect.
     
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    sounds like a strat direct into the board to me. no amp at all.
     
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    That clean tone...which I suffered with too, is why I went from humbuckers to single coils, and from my search for a "clean amp to A/B with my Marshall (ugh...I even had a Roland JC120) in the early 90's. The dull high end and undefined lows, lifeless feel, and lack of harmonics drove me nuts.

    Finally I figured out it wasn't the pickups, it was the approach to getting clean tones. It comes down to getting clean sounds with a driven amp and controlling picking dynamics. Tim Pierce says what I mean but without sounding like a bozo.
     
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    The Soloist was a cheaper, not as good sounding Rockman. What you want (if you even want a Rockman) is the x100 or the half rack stuff.

     
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    As said in post 4, the tone on the tune is surely bridge/middle combined [and easy to get w/ just about any rig].
     
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    I absolutely love Making Movies, so amazing!
     
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    Robbie's work with Plant is some of the tastiest playing of the 80's.
     
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