I guess I’ve got to get back in the habit of writing regularly although I’ve got no clue as to what I shall write about. Hmm.
I’m going to talk a little bit about music. I heard, a while back, a tune by the name of Sam’s Boogie that was performed by the late Magic Sam and something struck me. I noticed That in the late 50’s early 60’s most guitarists played clean, albeit loud, still clean. Magic Sam’s Boogie had this awesome fuzz going on almost most as though he were overdriving the amp or using an early fuzz box. He was most famous for his tremolo but on this particular tune it’s the crunching fuzz that stands out for me. I would also like to point out that rockers and bluesmen of the day prefers a Gibson ES-335 or Fender Stratocaster and Magic Sam played a Gibson Les Paul. Great rock sound coming from a Chicago Bluesman.
I have been experimenting in trying to get that sound on my Stratocaster and until now I’ve had no such luck. I finally took The Widowmaker and used it as a preamp (a god-awful sound in and of itself but it gets better) and routed it’s output into the input of my Randall half-stack with its own pre-amp. Turned all the treble to zero, left channel A on 1.5 and gain all the way up and Channel B clean. Of course I turned The Widowmaker all the way up and turned the tone all the way up on it as well. Now, I did not get the Magic Sam sound I had been looking for but I got something I never EVER heard before. I think, in part at least, that I have found my signature sound. I played a simple Sam-Inspired low scale riff and tested it out and viola! It sounded like a controlled explosion!
I guess at some point next year I’ll have enough money saved for an Orange Thunderverb 50. Then maybe at some point after that I can get a stock Les Paul or Stratocaster. I’m liking the Rickenbacker that Peter buck plays of R.E.M. That JetGlo Black is sweet!
At some point in between I’d like to build my own decked out computer. I’ve always wanted to build one with top shelf parts from scratch with my own two hands and hadn’t done it. Always put something or someone before myself.
I’ll get it sorted out some time …