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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by bdub415, Jul 28, 2020.
I'm not sure if I can think of an original 50s rockabilly song where the guitarist uses Filtertrons.
Yeah, when I think classic rockabilly I think of teles, p90s, or dynas.
Live and studio are never the same. I've always said that I don't know a piece of gear until I've played it live.
They are a study in the high cost of fame. I wouldn't have wanted to be in their shoes. Imagine never being able to walk anywhere without being photographed or hounded for autographs. I knew a fellow in Tucson that sold Paul McCartney a stereo for the home he had NE of the city. He came into the store wearing sunglasses and when another customer recognized him, he asked the owner if he could come back after hours. It would be like being in prison.
As to playing live; it's bad enough when you aren't famous and people aren't screaming and throwing themselves at the stage (or so I've heard from friends that aren't superstars). But seriously folks, could you imagine being hit with that wall of noise from screaming fans? I know that I've played many a gig in sub-optimal circumstances and it can get pretty bad.
If the Beatles were using AC-30s and they weren't loud enough, that tells you something about the noise level. An AC-30 is Britain's Twin Reverb and probably pretty close to the same volume; 5.75 dB, all other factors being equal, which is noticeable, but not even a doubling of perceived volume. The onstage volume had to have been insane.
I've played a handful of gigs where we had excellent sound and stage volume was quite low. Man, that is luxury. A 5 watt amp just cruising along in the upper end of its clean range and you could all but hear a pin drop, on stage.
Yes you only know the official story. Actually, they had to stop to cure their syphilis
LoL! As I recall, the drummer wanted to be a hairdresser. Such a shame he never got to realize his dream.
It doesn´t matter if they used it in the 50s or not.
Have you actually ever wondered what they would have used if they had the choice we have today?
They actually even could have prefered emgs and high gain amps....
Only thing that matters is what you like as a player
That´s also what i dislike about some rockabilly bands, only looking back and only copying what has been done hundreds of times.
That makes some bands sooo unoriginal and boring imo.
Don´t get me wrong i´m not mocking 50s Rockabilly, i actually love 50s Rockabilly but to me there´s no point in doing the same thing over and over and over again.
I like artists who keep pushing forward.
I also take inspiration from 50s rockabilly but i´m not limiting myself, it´s one influence from many different ones.
Same goes for gear and everything, i just see no point in limiting yourself because thats what had been used back then
I think just about any low to moderate output pickup can work great for that style.
Having been around the UK rock and roll scene for decades, I'm fairly confident in saying that most audience members listen with their eyes. If a band doesn't look right, it probably doesn't matter much what they sound like- the audience will lose interest in a heartbeat. In the UK a band can barely get a booking unless they use a doghouse bass and a big orange guitar. I blame Brian!
That´s a shame! But i wouldn´t blame Brian, i´d blame the purists
I really don’t get the hatred for the Beatles here. I know a lot of you guys are into Rockabilly which is fine, the Beatles however did break All the harmonic and thematic cliches that Rock N Roll had got stuck in. Even their early songs had unusual chord sequences.
if it wasn’t for the Beatles we’d all be writing songs in I IV & V or I VI IV I.
I would not play guitar without Filtertron pickups.
I also prefer Singlecoils over Humbuckers every day of the week but F‘trons are something inbetween, like a Telepickup on steroids.
Sorry, double post
It’s an unfortunate trait, but fairly common, I fear. People allow the visual to outweigh everything else, at times. It’s not just Rockabilly, either.
There’s a lot to what you say. Three and four chord sequences were all you needed for most fifties Rock n’ Roll. They definitely took things a step beyond. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they changed music forever.
This thread needs to be re-titled: @TV the Wired Turtle's love song to the Fab Four.
I am just a student of the guitar-misspent my youth learning to be an engineer. Still, they did introduce innovations to rock n roll. I didn't "get" how much they changed pop music until I started studying guitar. On reflection, however, not all of it for the better.
I’ll take the Beatles over the Stray Cats any day.
I think the Stray Cats are weak and lame new wave crap!
There! I said it!
Even if you prefer the beatles, the stray cats are absolutely not weak and lame stuff
I said “I THINK they are weak and lame new wave crap”.