Re: Captain Beefheart - Nice Gibson Deluxe
- From: LULU <lulupakalolo@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2010 14:13:30 -0800 (PST)
On Mar 1, 9:56 am, RS <R...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Fri, 26 Feb 2010 10:28:53 -0800 (PST), LULU
Here's a pair of clips of Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band from
their 1974 appearance on the BBC's "The Old Grey Whistle Test." The
good Captain and his crew were in the middle of a tour supporting
"Unconditionally Guaranteed." The album is generally not a favorite
amongst die hard Beefheart fans. Too mellow and coherent I suppose.
Nice guitar work on the Gibson Deluxe. Those mini humbuckers weren't
very popular with a lot of Gibson pickers, but they had a unique
sound. They're very special in a Tele at the neck position. The
guitarist is one of these three players - Andy DiMartino, Alex St
Clair, or Bill Harkleroad (a.k.a. Zoot Horn Rollo). I think that's
Rollo in the background? Maybe someone here will have the correct
Lulu : )
The first minute is the hosts talking - good story: "Upon The My Oh
Some pop tunes aren't this good: "This Is The Day"
"Upon the My Oh My" is a great tune. I like what the guitarist did
there, but I'm not so huge a fan of minibuckers. Apologies to present
company, but I've always found them sort of pinched and nasal (as they
do on the Beefheart clip, IMO). I worked for a while with a guy who
used them (Deluxe), and ended up wishing he'd go for full sized
buckers or single coils. But of course that's just my opinion, and
many love 'em.
Beefheart is a joy to watch, isn't he? He's having a blast!
Thanks for posting that, Lulu.- Hide quoted text -
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RS . . .
.. . . the Captain's always a hoot and a half. I've heard mini
humbuckers referred to as "New York" humbuckers. I'm not sure where
that term comes from? They do have a "thinner" sound than their big
brothers. I like them as a neck pickup replacement choice in a
Telecaster. It's a good combo with the stock bridge p.u. for live
performances. The mini just has more output than the factory Tele
neck pickup. For recording, the stock unit works just fine and IMHO,
it's one of the most sonically balanced pickups that I have ever
heard. Think Roy Buchanan. They're just not very high output at
moderate volume settings.
Lulu : )
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