new rig (and project) coming together
i've been working like mad trying to get a new rig together for a project with an old friend. i've flipped and sold a lot of stuff to make it happen, and it's taking shape. first, guitars. #1 is a 2013 Fender American Vintage Tele for the standard tuning stuff. i swapped the stock pickups for a set of DiMarzio Twang Kings, which are surprisingly versatile. i rounded out the build with some old glendale hardware i've had for years. for Eb stuff, i'm using a Fender Baja Tele, with a Duncan minibucker in the neck, and Broadcaster in the bridge position. for open G stuff, the same exact guitar, but black. lol for amplification, i'm again using a deluxe reverb, but i've swapped the 6v6 output tubes for a set of JAN Phillips 6l6WGBs, and installed a solid state rectifier. this provides about 35w of clean, tight blackface Fender tone. it's not a Super Reverb, but nothing is gonna do that but a Super Reverb. lol an acceptable compromise. for effects, just a boss tuner, a keely 2 knob compressor, a tubescreamer, a proco rat, and a boss DD3. all this fits nicely on a pedaltrain nano+ board. i'm using batteries, too. no power supply or other foolishness to mess with, and cause noise. i'm pretty excited about playing out again on the real, as opposed to just doing sub gigs and open mics and crap, which is all i've done since i left my last real band in 2007. as far as the material, it's a lot of Texas and West Coast blues, plus some Louisiana Excello records stuff. we are also doing quite a bit of older country music. Ricky Skaggs, Emmylous Harris, Rodney Crowell, Townes Van Zandt, etc. this is going to be a nice opportunity for me to stretch out a bit and cover a few bases, stylistically, as opposed to just hitting people over the head with the same shit all night long. i haven't been this excited about music in 15 years or so. i've really got some of the old fire back, and having an opportunity to play in a real project, whereby we actually make money, instead of losing money is a big plus. nothing takes the wind out of the sails like a bologna sandwich. lol i believe so strongly in this project's potential, i've literally sold every piece of gear i own to make this happen, save what i've described in this post. wish me luck, y'all.
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