Satch question: Amps on Surfin with the Alien?

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  1. oxtone

    oxtone Member

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    Hey all,

    Does anybody know what amps Joe Satriani used on the Surfin' with the Alien album?

    A friend of mine claims Joe ran direct using a Boss distortion pedal.

    Anybody know? Inquiring minds want to know...:D
     
  2. Mayor McCheese

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    I'd bet it was a Marshall head of some sort and a Boss DS-1, but I'm just guessing.
     
  3. Trandy

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    The company I used to work for did sound for Joe Satriani one night during that period.

    His onstage set up:

    1- 100 watt Marshall head
    1 - Marshal 4-12" cabinet
    1 - Crybaby wah
    1 - Boss DS-1 distortion pedal
    1 - Boss DD-3 digital delay

    That was it...and that rig sound unbelieveably good.

    Well...with him playing through it anyway. :)
     
  4. TAVD

    TAVD Guitar Player Gold Supporting Member

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    Nomad Electronics made two amps for Joe. I have one of them. I believe they were used for some bass lines, not sure if they were used for any guitar parts. Supposedly there's a shout out to Nomad Elec. in the liner notes. In any case, the amp is basically a marshall preamp + a fender deluxe power section.
     
  5. Kappy

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    It sounded like he was using a lot of Scholz Rockman stuff (or even those little 2 speaker Galien Krueger amps that had the ultra chorus thing going on).
     
  6. sws1

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    I always though it was a rockman. not because I read that, but because it sounds just like it.
     
  7. joseph

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    I believe in an interview a few years ago, reflecting on that album and how it was made fairly quickly and cheaply - he was still essentially unknown, had I think just one prior album that no one knew about, and he was making a living as a guitar teacher-
    boss pedals thru a Roland Jazz chorus.
     
  8. tim gueguen

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    Yep, much of it was DS1 into a JC120 or a Marshall if I remember my old Guitar Player interviews correctly.
     
  9. GerryJ

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    I also remember reading it was stock Boss pedals into JC120, which I remembered because it's not your typical 'shredder' amp. Joe also realized that, brought out in the interview how you didn't necessarily need ultra stuff to get the sound you want.
     
  10. Berlebster

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    can we say Boss ruled ?
    I once haved the first chorus (light blue) and the first comp (skyblue too). Incredible sound . I owned one of the first white DDelay , incrdible too. The yellow OD i gave it because it was so atonal but paired with other pedals and played hard .........
     
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    huh I always thought he was using mesa Mk1s back then. I rmember reading this article with him talking about how he got 5 with consecutive serial numbers from the factory and had to change 1 out a couple times because it sounded so different.
     
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    I remmember reading that it was a Rockman direct, but I seem to recall that live, he used Rockman into a Marshall. Why anyone would do that...:NUTS;)
     
  13. mule train

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    Yes, Boss DS-1 into a Roland JC-120.
     
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    I know Lynch used a Rockman into a Marshall for some stuff.
     
  15. DualRectifier

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    Quoting directly from my November 1988 Guitar Player:

    "For this album, Joe used some Strat-type guitars that he put together himself. He also uses a Chandler Tube Driver for his essential sound and Marshall amplifiers. He makes use of a Barcus-Barry signal processor to add or "restore" presence to his sound."

    The article goes on to describe the setup for Always with Me, Always with You: "Joe uses three pedal effects, a metal distortion pedal, a delay pedal, and a chorus pedal." Then paraphrasing: Metal distortion is 70-80%, presence 60%. Level matched in-to-out. Delay of 150 ms, feedback 20-30%, mixed low. Chorus 20% speed, 20% delay, 50% depth. Use either middle or neck and bridge pups together (remember his Super7 wiring arrangement). For solo section, use bridge only. Chorus off for the solo section.

    The article has diagrams (dist->delay->chorus->amp) but no brand names.
     
  16. Lespauldouble

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    I do the same and it is great. Satch has moved on a long time ago but that tone was/is great. I have a Rockman XP100 that I use as a head and run into a Marshall.
     
  17. gainiac

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    I distinctly remember an interview I read where Joe was raving about running directly into a Neve pre for a great deal of the recording.....
     
  18. jhczar

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    Anybody here use a Rockman in the last 15 years for anything serious?
     
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    I don't know what he used, but it sounds like it was a direct-to-effects kind of set-up to me.
     
  20. onemind

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    Hopefully Cliff will chime in, I'm sure he has first hand knowledge.
     

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