Rolling stones amps

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  1. PrestonBrick

    PrestonBrick Member

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    Anyone know what they are using amplification wise?



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  2. pedalcr8z

    pedalcr8z Supporting Member

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    Ron Wood uses 3 Fender Vibro Kings and Keef uses a couple
    Fender '57 Twins.
     
  3. PrestonBrick

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    Thanks! Do you know what pedals there using?
     
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    Probably don't need any....natural raunchy Fender sound.
     
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    Keef has a Fulltone TTE. It was in the youtube video that was discussed here a few days ago.
     
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    Keith also slaves (at least he used to) the Twin to 3,000 (yes thousand) watts of Mesa power in stadiums

    His main twin is the 2nd one ever built.
     
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    So far all of the responses have been geared towards live amplification.
    In the studio it is primarily American made amps (Fender, Ampeg, Gibson, etc), though on some of their older stuff there are likely some Brit amps.
    The Stones are longtime users of the magical Fender Champ and other small single ended amps. It is actually kind of interesting that if you isolate just the guitar sounds on alot of Stones tracks it sounds pretty terrible by itself. "Its Only Rock and Roll" in particular - just listen to the main electric guitar (probably a Tele or Strat into a Champ). I'd guarantee most of us TGP-ers would not be caught dead with a tone like that. The magic happens when everything (guitars, bass, drums, etc...) blends together.

    Live amplification is different. In the past The Stones followed whatever endorsement they had at the time and mostly used those amps. The current info provided above appears to be correct.
    Additionally, I think Keith sets one amp clean and one distorted and then has the FOH blend them together. Both he and Ronnie have used Mesa Boogie in the past and may have some additional sound reinforcement from amps not seen on the stage.

    hope this was helpful
     
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    Lets not forget the Ampeg years, geez, how many SVT's could you put on one stage?:crazy
     
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    Is he not using his signature Louis Electric amp. At the last NYC Tonefest, that thing just oozed Stones tones!
     
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    After 45 years of playing I think it is safe to say that Keef has tried everything that would suit him................
    Everyone got their 3 disc set of the Decca/London years singles/highlights? 3 CD's and only up to the very early '70's.

    Best, Pete.
     
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    Wood and Keef have gone through a TON of amps over the years.


    Remember Ron had a thing with mesa going on for a while. A lot of times I heard solid state vox amps.... but sometimes AC30s. JTm45s live in the early days... ampeg.... and of course lots of fender. With all the different eras they went through, Keef still seems to me like the seminal tweed fender player. His tone will forever be tied to "honky tonk woman" in my eyes.
     
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    More like a '58 Twin. Big difference.
     
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    THANK YOU FOR SAYING THAT. At least one guy gets it.
     
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    In an article with Cesar Diaz he talks about working on their amps, and mentions that he was in the studio once with the stones listening to the individual tracks thinking it was horrible, then Kieth walks in says 'take a bit of this, a bit of that' and voila 'THE' stones sound....
     
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    Ampeg VT-40 cranked for the "Sticky Fingers" sound ....
     
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    Watching the Stones recent DVD's showed me all about Keith and Kapos
    and how he came up many signature rhythm sounds that tell you immediately this is a Stones song.
     

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