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Tom Waits guitar sounds?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by SonicVI, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. SonicVI

    SonicVI Member

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    Anybody know any pedals that can do a that ragged Tom Waits kinda distorted tone like in Hoist That Rag?
     
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    I always thought that was a Champ on 10.
     
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    A small valco type amp and an older Harmony or other guitar with Dearmond pickups will get you most of the way there.

    But if you're looking for pedals... maybe a low gain fuzz like a tonebender with the guitar volume rolled down.
     
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    +1 on a small valco or champ. If you dig that tone also check out rick holmstroms stuff. :BEER
     
  6. SonicVI

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    I figured it was a small older tube amp and some kind of esoteric cheap old guitar. I saw him in June in Houston but I couldn't see anything that his guitar player was using. Tom only played that little Airline looking electric.
     
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    His name is Marc Ribot and he's awesome. :)
     
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    Saw him back in June in Arizona (possibly the hottest city on earth).

    Waits was using a Stratotone H44 through a vibrochamp (as well as the other guitarist...can't remember his name off of the top of my head right now, but it wasn't ribot). Tom was getting a great tone by playing with his thumb and fingers (no pick, definitely a big part of that tone) and a slight tremolo.

    I've seen Ribot use everything from doofy silvertone hollowbodies, to an ES-175, and a Tele. Most of the time I've seen him using a silverface twin, but I've also seen him using vibrochamps, princetons, deluxe reverbs.
    His pedalboard varies as well. A buttload of pedals, couple Line 6 modelers or nothing at all.

    I get a pretty convincing "Hoist" tone with a P-90 semihollow through my Supro Model 50 or other "grittier" Waits-style tones with a germ. fuzz face through a cranked Supro a-la Heart Attack and Vine. I think it's also important to note the overall "roomy" production on "Hoist" maybe a slightly cranked pre on that, who knows, it sure does sound good though :AOK
     
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    dunno about hoist that rag but Duke Robillard's rig with Tom on Letterman and/or Conan was Bad Monkey, Echo Park, Blues Jr for one show and Princeton for the other....and some hollowbody P90 Gibson for a guitar...I think Tom was playing a silverface deluxe reverb pretty much clean with some trem...
     
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    +1
    and much love for tom waits
     
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    Tom Waits is my hero! I've started threads on this same topic before. I'll see if I can find em'...

    Here's one I started over on HC over 3 years ago!...

    http://acapella.harmony-central.com/forums/showthread.php?t=937599highlight=ribot

    Oh and here's a picture of Marc Ribot with a mass of wires and pedals!!...

    [​IMG]

    Oh and at one point, this was DEFINATELY his pedal setup...

    Radial Hot British - Vox Wah - Fuzz Factory - EH Deluxe Memory Man - Mutron III Auto Wah - Fender Twin & Fender Deluxe Reverb

    Hope this helps.
    Xan :)
     
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    Most likely a stratotone -- RAT -- Fender tube amp, but, as noted, Ribot changes stuff a lot and Waits apparently digs old Ampeg Jets for recording.
     
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    i've played with Ribot a bunch of times- and his setup changes like the moon.

    but he usually uses a deluxe reverb.

    recently sold him my King of Tone pedal, which he seemed to like quite a bit.
     
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    curious. . . which version KOT?
     
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    That's not a pedal setup, that's a music store!
    One thing I don't see in there are the balloons!
    Marc Ribot is fantastic; I only really became aware of him recently, but he's sure a unique and esoteric player.
     
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    Deluxe memory man seems to be a regular staple too.
     
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    lately he seems to be using a smaller line six. not the big green one but a smaller one.
     
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    Tell Marc he needs a pedalboard, ASAP!
     

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