You gotta love this Mesa Lonestar tone...

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  1. UncleLarry

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    I have this record and its amazing and the tones on it are incredible, but I do think they are not playing in this video ;-)
     
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    Man, that's just amazing tone, wonderful playing, and a great translation of a classic tune.
     
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    Yep! LSC is in my all time top 3 tube amps I've ever owned. Love that amp
     
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    Very good! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    I don't have to. And you can't make me.

    Just sayin'.

    To be honest, the playing is good, but I really don't hear anything spectacular about the tone. Sounds like a Mesa to me. I guess they're just not my cup of tea.
     
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    I have heard much better tones come out of a buddies lonestar than that vid.
     
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    I personally don't know any country players that care much for Mesa's overdrive tone. ;)

    I'm just enamored with that thick, harmonic laden, saturated tone that Mesas can get and I just love what Andy does with it.

    I'm just an old school rocker, I guess. :rockin
     
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    Gonna have to agree wih K.C. I had a LSC and dug it alright. I don't think that video is spectacular or really even does the LS justice. My duos pesos.
     
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    I thought that was pretty good tone. I see it's an ibanez guit. Anybody know offhand which one?
     
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    Well, there's just some sort of smush that's happening in the lower area of the midrange that I always hear that seems to be featured rather prominently in this clip, which makes it sound very imprecise. If I were doing the "rocker" thing I still don't think I'd be gravitating toward that. It's forgiving I'm sure, but it doesn't really sound all that clear. Again, different strokes -- if I was going balls-out rock, I'd want a plexi. Or a Two Rock EG if we're aiming for something more modern.
     
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    Yeah, I totally hear what you're talking about, but that's what I like. The actual recording does sound better and more detailed than the YT video though. That "smush" as you call it is the saturation that I'm referring to. It's quite similar to Eric Johnson's "violin tone" where the harmonics of the distortion "blur" the separation of the notes and make it sound more "reedy" instead of ringing or chimey.

    I totally dig the krang and crunch of an old Marshall - I like this sound too. :beer
     
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    Thanks, harrlj. i appreciate that mucho.
     
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    Rave about that tone?
    It's good but not run out and buy the gear and keep it. To my ears it would have sounded much better if he had real (low output) single coils in his guitar for that tone. I know he has to compromise because he also uses lots of gain often too.
    But even concerning the amp I'm not even inclined to flip the switch if I was at a store and saw it. I have played an EL84 lone star BTW.
    Wonder why so many people around here go through so much gear gear...

    Lloyd
     
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    That was purty darn good!
    Cool take on a classic that few would tackle, imo.
    Drums were a hair loud and the bass could have done more.
    Guitar tone was ok.
    You can get ok tone dozens of ways that would sound fine there.
     
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    What I like is the fact that nobody else uses that tone the way Andy does. His musicality is singular and undeniable! And that tone is an integral part of his whole musical presence. Love it!
     
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    Can't be sure he's using the Lonestar. According to Andy from interviews and demos, alot of his lead work is done using the clean channel of the Stilletto and an old Tube Works Tube Driver. I do happen to think he's a great player and I dig his tone on alot of his songs. I happen to own a LSC as well.
     

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