Which Fender for quintessential James Brown

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  1. smallcrap

    smallcrap Member

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    I love that jangley clean, anyone know what amps were likely used by Bootsy Collins(?) and whatever other guitarists were featured on some of the classic JB recordings?

    EDIT: I guess Jimmy Nolen was the early guitarist. Anyway...
     
  2. AaeCee

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    Not sure what was actually used most, but I gotta think that a Deluxe or Twin Reverb would be perfect.
     
  3. smallcrap

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    I was hoping it was something that wasn't 100 watts...
     
  4. Flyin' Brian

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    Probably any from a Deluxe on up, depending on how big you want the sound.
    Certainly a Super Reverb or a Twin. According to a few 'net sources Jimmy used a Twin, but used an ES-175 or an ES-5 both with P-90s.
     
  5. slider313

    slider313 Silver Supporting Member

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    A Blackface Twin Reverb would be the top pick for funk cleans. You could go with a Super Reverb as a second choice if you need on board reverb, but a single Showman with a JBL D130F in the tone ring cabinet would be my choice.
     
  6. smallcrap

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    Thanks for the info guys.

    What "Deluxe" are we talking about here? I assume not a tweed deluxe. Deluxe Reverb?
     
  7. Flyin' Brian

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    Blackface Deluxe or Deluxe Reverb
     
  8. MrDoty

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    dude a twin reverb is THE funk amp!!
     
  9. TNJ

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    I've seen Jeff Tamalier (TOP) get VERY funky with a Tele and a Fender Vibro-King. Although I"m sure a BF Twin will do the job in killing fashion.

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    guitardr Silver Supporting Member

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    Flyin' Brian & TNJ are on the money.

    Saw James Brown's revue at Soldier's Field and it was Twins on the backline. But over the years I've seen pictures & video from England and elsewhere & there was Vox and other amps on stage.

    The kicker was seeing James jump off the stage & dance on what I thought was grass. It didn't matter: he was incredible and the band was tight as all hell.
     
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    Sorry to hijack but I just watched James Brown live from House of Blues in Vegas last night on VH-1 classic. What an awesome band and James was one of a kind.

    On the gear, i'd think any fender with good clean headroom and a Jazzbox Gibson guitar will get those tones. The guys last night used a PRS and a Strat FWIW, not sure on the amps. I figure 80% of that kind of guitar tone is MOJO!!
     
  12. ROKY

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    Yup. very much so; in this particular case.
     
  13. Free

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    Simple - a Tele or Strat and any Blackface or Silverface amp at all - from a Deluxe on up wattage wise. Just determine your headroom/volume requirements, as you'll need a lot of headroom.
     
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    Early on:

    Phelps 'Catfish' Collins
    Alfonzo 'Country' Kellum
    Jimmy Nolen
    Bobby Roach
    Les Buie

    Get the Allen Slutsky 'Funkmasters' book/cd. You'll thank me.
     
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    I also saw Jeff Tamilier absolutely funk it up with a strat and a tele thru a HRD 4X10. Once live, and also on a video from ohonline in Germany.
     
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    Twin Reverb with Strat=quintessential Funk setup.
     

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