Throaty Wah: Black Crowes Horsehead Intro

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  1. todd richman

    todd richman Senior Member

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    What wah will get that unique opening riff sound from Horsehead off of By Your Side. After chejcking out a few things, I actually like the Wilson Ten Spot for this sound. Others?
     
  2. The Whale

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    The wah-ed riff is pretty fantastic, but I must admit, the guitar tone in the other ear when the band enters is the stuff. maybe it's the way it blends with the wah tone for overall sonic mastery. By Your Side is an under-loved Crowes record, for sure. So, nothing helpful to add, more just agreement with added color commentary :)
     
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    this is one of my favorite Crowes riffs ever! love the song! it's actually my favorite off of BYS.

    i've always wondered how Rich got such a beautiful sweep on that intro. while i love the tone of my Teese Pic Wah, it just doesn't have the range that this wah does. if you listen close enough, you can hear very shallow tremelo/vibrato happening too. i wonder if he used a blackface tremolux cranked up with his jubilee or maybe the tweed twin?? the man is a genius when it comes to running a multiple amp rig for recording.

    i could talk about Crowes tone and/or Rich Robinson and Marc Ford all day long.
     
  4. JRC4558Dude

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    Me too! Love the wah sound on "Horsehead". Ditto for the intro on "Black Moon Creeping."
     
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  6. todd richman

    todd richman Senior Member

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    I doubt it was a Zakk Wah considering the song was recorded in 97-98! I believe Rich said he was using a Tweed Twin and a Tweed Tremolux for his main amps. As for wah the speculation is a Dunlop Cry baby which he is using still with Dave Friedman mods now. Could it be a Pic Wah-I think an old thread said it was based on Scott of BMF-another Crowes fanatic_ being able to dial in the exact throatiness and sweep.
     
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    Horsehead's pretty bad-ass, but so is Go Tell The Congregation. Another great riff and HUGE tone.
     
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    It's not fulltone clyde?
     
  9. JLee

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    Sounds like a Colorsound Wah. I seem to remember seeing a Fulltone Wah on his board around the time of By Your Side. Could be the Fulltone in "Whacked" mode, which is supposed to be voiced like a Colorsound.
     
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    Taller Silver Supporting Member

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    I always thought it was the Fulltone Clyde, but now that I think about it he's had the Digitech Whammy pedal on his board for years (don't know if the Whammy does wah effects, just sayin').
     
  11. JLee

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    Only the XP100 does Whammy and Wah and it doesn't do it well in my opinion.
     
  12. todd richman

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    No the Whammy is not it and the Clyde Deluxe was not released in 1997-98.
     
  13. bandofthieves™

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    Pretty sure that could be an RMC3 or a RMC Custom 1 tunable board.
     
  14. BMF Effects

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    I'm going to second that. I had the RMC with the DIP switches and remember messing with them one day. I flipped them all in the same direction and got the Horsehead sound.
     
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    Geoffrey just verified the story.While in the studio recording that album he delivered an RMC3 and MFOB to them..So if this was a Jimi thread???;)
     
  17. BMF Effects

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    Wish I could get my hands on a MFOB. :drool
     
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    yeah... I love that album... And my RMC3 does it spot on so go figure.. thanks Band for confirming what I've suspected...
     

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