91 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2008-11-14 05:23:34
Re: Fender or Marshall? (24 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I'd buy the marshall.. It's a much more versatile amp than just a bassman head.. just my two cents
92 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2008-11-16 03:44:49
Re: Gibson's Inspred by Joe Bonamassa Aged Gold top (13 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Those were especially made for Wildwood guitars.. They are actually not aged.. They will be the rarest ones out there. Cause I think there are only 25 being produced not aged.. Everything the same except the aging .. Enjoy
93 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2008-11-20 13:03:11
Re: Q's about Joe's Manchester Gig Rig (12 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hey Everybody,
The Two JCM 2000 DSL's are good for the fly in shows.. I use two of them into one cabinet set to stereo. I use the clean channel one set to crunch on set to clean and turned up to about 7 each with the gain at 10. I use a tubescreamer that is always on for the gain. I vary the tone by using the volume and tone controls on the Les Paul. Its a work out but it gets the job done. It sounds pretty close not as complex in the mids.. But Warren knows how to make it sound good always... it make its easy for me having him do the sound..
97 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2008-11-24 06:54:33
Re: Marshall DSL or Bogner Alchemist? (1x12 combo's) (4 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Id look for a early Mesa Boogie mark 1 or a Jim Kelly 1 x12. That would be really cool
98 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2008-11-25 06:44:58
Re: Anyone Mod Their Amps ? (5 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)thats a perfect thing to do with old amps like that.. If they've been really messed with then you have very little collector value to lose at that point.. I say make em sound good but dont try it ur self if you are not qualified!!! Thats a very dangerous job..
99 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2008-11-26 05:42:49
Re: What is your amp of choice? (88 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Favorite amps: under a grand!!
Used AC -30 with greenbacks
Used Marshall JCM 800 50 watt
Orange Tiny Terror.. Pretty good.. it'll do in a pinch
Marshall Lead Overdrive 30 circa 1979 (solid state)
Fender Bandmaster head circa 1966 or 1967
and the NUMBER ONE favorite!!!!!
LAB Series L-5.. mine cost me $400 dollars in North Carolina!!! mint with tags.. best pound for pound dollar for dollar
100 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2008-11-30 04:00:31
Re: Engl Amplifier (17 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Wow! doesnt take you guys long... The ENGL is my back up amp incase any of the four heads break down.. In this case the poor VanWeelden through no fault of its own suffered a harmful fall ( thanks to the stage hangs in Italy) Its making a strange cracking noise and Peter is fixing it now. Any other amp would be firewood from the fall the Twinkle took.. Its actually still working but I dont want to hurt it any further. Like me it deserves a a break.. The ENGL in question is a Richie Blackmore model which I find is very good.. My other choice yesterday was the Bogner Ubershall which I was ready to buy at 2800 euros until I played the ENGL for 1069 (with roadcase as well) euros and found it better.. Goes to show you more money doesnt always mean more sound.. The ENGL might finish out the tour with me as my "Clean " amp.. Its by far not as complex as the Twinkleland (not many amps are) but it 'll do in a pinch..
101 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2008-11-30 11:47:19
Re: Joe's setup on unexpected Walter Trout jam?? (5 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)That show..pretty crude stuff..
Fender twin reissue, UPS packing blanket as baffle
tubecreamer and Walter's Viger strat copy with missing volume knob..
102 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2008-12-01 05:02:56
Re: Engl Amplifier (17 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)right now the ENGL is being used as the semi clean amp with chorus and reverb... It helps that the twinklelator is running through the effects loop.. makes it so much better.. Its a good all puroses amp.. Dave loves it for high gain stuff too.. Im happy and saved 2 grand.... I highly recommend it if like 1000 euros is your budget.. perfect all purposes amp..
103 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2008-12-01 05:13:11
Re: Engl Amplifier (17 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Thats a good set up and essentially is what I do just paired down.. You need a mid range amp and a saturated amp I find. That makes one tone.. Only thing I'd do is put a EV 12L for your Budda side, that will focus the mids and give a more articulate sound.. The Celestions are good but give u a color and another note within the note.. If you follow.. Also Id add reverb to your bluesbreaker by getting a boss rev 5 and Exotic effects out board loop.. You'll be golden.
104 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2008-12-18 03:52:03
Re: Marshall Silver Jubilee 2555 (33 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)you guys are stealing these amps btw.. 1100 euros.. my god is that cheap.. hook a homeboy up YO!!!
105 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2008-12-18 03:56:52
Re: TS-808 problems (15 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Id suggest.... putting the original in a box for safe keeping.. use a reissue , they are great and cheap.. Nobody will know the difference if u take a chain and screw driver to the outside... Joe B
Joe Bonamassa 2008-12-18 03:59:24
Re: Polarity problem with paired amps (6 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)If your getting a polarity issue when switching channels then your clean channel is also out of phase.. You just dont realize it.. use a phase speaker cable.. (switching the ground and the positive).. try that , that will work.. I think..
107 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2008-12-18 17:30:19
Re: Guitar on Tea For One (14 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)it was my 59 cherry reissue with real Pafs (now its retired). Through a silver jubilee and a 1970 marshall super lead. the chorus sound was a old TC- chorus that happened to do the weird univibe thing.. strange cause I havent heard one do it before or since.. reverb and delay of course.. EV speakers and my first attempt at the oversized marshall cabinet.. Alessandro made them.. they kinda didnt last very long. but sounded good while they did.
108 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2008-12-18 21:21:31
Re: Guitar on Tea For One (14 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)it had played hundreds of shows.. It deserves to spend a few years in a state of rest.. It may come back out one day with some new frets.. I m weird about refretting things..Id rather just get a new guitar.. LOL
109 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2008-12-23 13:16:40
Re: Joe Bonamassa Les Paul Registry (384 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Joe B
prototype, 001, 002, 003, 051
110 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2008-12-25 21:06:47
Re: I'm Looking for a practice amp. (10 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I like the older (80's) marshall solid state single twelve amps.. they have fet gain.. similar to the type of front end Dumbles use.. they are great and can be had for like 200 dollars
111 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2008-12-28 18:44:11
Re: Playing stereo verses mono how about some input from JB (20 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Ok, here we go.. first I dont run Stereo in the true sence of the word. I do run two amps but its really a tone stacking approach rather than stereo. The word stereo as it was explained to me a long time ago by Kevin Shirley, is two little tones panned 180 degrees from each other in order to fool the ear as to think the is sound big and wide.. First Id but a whirlwind or a Lehle A B both switch. run your two amps through, that then through your TC. TC reverb is input based device.. you could over load the front end simply by turning your amp past 5 or 6. The Whirlwind doesnt care.. its a buffered free pass so to speak. (caveate emptor... do not buy a morley product for this application) Having the Fender and Matchless is a good thing.. Make sure your not running them in the same way.. it may fool your ear in the room going Wow!! this sounds massive, when in reality its 1 plus 1 equals 1 if you follow. Use the Machless for mids. complex mids. almost displeasing to the ear. then use your Fender to do the top and bottom end. Now a Vibro King is not going to rattle the walls.. If you really want to shake it up buy a new baffle and grille from mojo music supply. one that fits a 15 inch speaker. Then call EV and get a 8 ohm EV 15L or try to find a used one online.. with that you will rule the world..Do not buy a Jensen or anything that says Hemp on it.. Hemp cone is just a hippie term for disapointment.. You need a real speaker. One that doesnt collapse on the bottom end. My set up is based on that approach only with 3 variables and 100 watts each. Hope this helps..
Some would read this and say I really need to get out more and get a girlfreind.. the some would be right...
112 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2008-12-29 18:58:40
Re: Playing stereo verses mono how about some input from JB (20 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Ok.. heres a sure fire way to get around the 2 channel front house shuffle.. again I had this problem with four channels.. so I made a mic cable that linked 3 mics together and one separate.. so in your case just have a 2 to one split made 50/50 and Bobs your uncle as Rick would say.. simple solution.. We still run the 3 to one /1 to 1 split even though I ve had my own house engineer for 4 years..
My new quote is.. Now I really need a girlfriend!!!
113 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-01-01 10:02:37
Re: Playing stereo verses mono how about some input from JB (20 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Im not saying Im right or wrong.. In my experience the hemp based product is better for quilts and rope than for speakers.. thats all.. Warren has killer tone and would sound the same through a solid state amp.,..Its in his hands really.. If he likes them thats great.. I know Carlos Santana uses them too. I might be in the way minority.. but on this forum I alway give my frank and honest opinion. Im not right all the time but I will say this my 100 watt amps burned the hempcones up in about 15 mins.. granted I was using two instead of four but it didnt take long.. They are a lot of money so if it helps people narrow down their options I ve done my good deed for the day..
114 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-01-02 13:40:03
Re: Poor Man's Joe Bonamassa Rig (100 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)thats way cool Yo!! Its still a bit pricey.. heres mine
all under 500 dollars.
marshall 2505 30 watt mini head (tube) same loop as the jubilee
Sovetek Mig 50 ( superlead replacement)
1970 fender bandmaster (with tubecreamer plug in always on)
1970 fender Bassman ( with boss digital reverb always on)
Cabs.. Carvin.. 100 british spec speakers
On a side note here is my current home/office low volume rig.
2008 Van Weelden Twinkleland 100 (the new red one..awesome) with a THD 8 ohm soak,
1961 Gibson RVT 79 stereo and with a Chandler Tuber driver,
1965 Fender Princeton reverb with THD soak
1987 Marshall silver Jubilee 1X12 combo..
You should note that all amps are run at very low volumes so I can watch Law and Order on TNT and play at the same time..
Its fun to mess around with different stuff.. very cool thread!!!
115 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-01-03 14:23:00
Re: Tailpiece down and topwrap or traditional way? (32 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I think there are slight variances on the tops depending on the dish and if its a Monday or Friday guitar.. I found the wrap around thing to work well with all Les Pauls and some 335 and 345s but not all. Its really a system to allow you to use heavier strings without feeling like your playing telephone cables.. It also prevents the ABR1 from sagging in the middle overtime.. I stole the idea from Billy Gibbons and Jimmy Page.. I dont know who did it first.. I guess if you asked them both they would both take credit.. LOL.. It takes nothing to try and if you dont like it you can easily put it back.. but I would crank down the stud to body.. big difference in tone there YO!!!
good luck and congrats on being in the club of descriminating Les Paul Men..
116 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-01-05 20:21:18
Re: Pedals please ... ? (38 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Hello Eva!!
I second the montion on the Digitech Bad Monkey.. a very very good pedal..
Other pedals and amps.. is a amp that starts with F and say hot rod deluxe,
Vox AC 15 new one's are ok, Orange Tiny Terror is the best for me though..
A tubescreamer is the old standard and is what I use along with a fuzzface(very specialty item) and a Carb/Gas Pedal. Good luck on your search.. Why didnt you raid my spare stash when you were hanging out with us in Germany? Tons of stuff in there!!! LOl!!
117 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-01-06 20:24:20
Re: Should I zip-strip the paint off this vintage amp? (7 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Na... I wouldnt strip the pain.. Id cover it in a very cool new tolex.. make it candy apple red, or fawn, or like the Reverend Billy G go Louis V!! Im a fan of makeover amps and guitars.. once the paint went on it the collector value RAN away from the amp.. so you have nothing to lose.. Be creative and make it the coolest Sears and Robouck around!! Good Luck!
118 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-01-07 08:39:01
Re: How is he doing that? (12 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)Jim is particular to that Gigliotti.. He asks me about it all the time.. LOL and yeah its just the product of high action heavy strings and a taller fret.. The thing is that if most of you played my guitars you'd probably be disapointed or shocked really about how hard they play.. Its like tether ball for the me.. Keeps me from overplaying
119 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-01-08 11:38:06
Re: TONE TUBBY. (20 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)I would go with a Greenback Celestion.. Tone Tubbys are too scooped in the mids.. Plus the Greenback is cheaper and will give you more mids
120 Reply by Joe Bonamassa 2009-01-09 08:59:03
Re: Muddy Neck Pickup (13 replies, posted in Joe's Guitars, Amps and Gear)A lower output pickup like a seymore duncan 59 will work.. One came in the front of my korina V and it does that clear almost "S" word thing.. try that or try lowering the pick way down and see it it clears up.. but you in a good place.. its easier to add high end than it is to take it away..