Last edited by Curly; 11-18-2004 at 05:10 PM.
Excellant! I feel like I've learned answers to questions I've had for about thirty years because of this thread.Originally Posted by Curly
Many thanks to all who have participated.
eric clapton also used a dallas rangemaster treble booster on the beano album to drive his marshall. and according to tom holmes gibson also used alnico IVs when they made PAFs (57-60) , so clapton's LP might have alnico IVs too.
I talked to Tom at length about that when I ordered the Holmes humbuckers for my own Les Paul Historic 59RI several years ago.Originally Posted by bryvincent
Tom told me that according to Billy Gibbons, Tom's alnico 2 humbucker was an exact replica in tone to the pickups in Billy's '59 Les Paul: Pearly Gates. Tom made alot of pickups for Billy's guitars.
Tom also told me that in his opinion, most of those 58 and 59 pafs used alnico 2 and in Billy G's opinion, alnico 2 gave the best tone.
I think you're right though and that Gibson did mix alnico 2 and 5 and possibly alnico 3 & 4. too. Lindy Fralin has also told me the same thing.
I have owned some Lindy Fralin alnico 4 humbuckers wound to vintage 8K Gibson specs....they don't sound like any of the 50's pafs I've owned and that would be about 10 or more.
So as near as I tell, I think all of the 50's paf pickups I have owned must have used alnico 2, because when I hear a Seth Lover or Antiquity or even an alnico 2 Burstbucker, I hear the tones I got from my old Les Pauls and my '58 ES-335.
Ya gotta watch those salesmen, eh?Originally Posted by Lewguitar
Even though this thread is a year old, it's still worth bumping...it's a classic!Originally Posted by Lewguitar
I was listening to "Disraeli Gears" and "Fresh Cream" earlier today, and right now I am cranking the bootleg "Live at the Grande Ballroom". The tone EC squeezed out of the SG at this gig is the best I have ever heard. It's a complete contrast to what the SG sounds like on Disraeli Gears, which is a much thinner tone. Do you think the difference (since it's the same guitar) is the amps that he was using, or at least the volume?
Also, Lew said he thought EC was using an LP on Fresh Cream with something similar to Seths. I'm wondering...do you think if I replaced the '59's in my SG with Seths that it's going to sound thicker, i.e. Fresh Cream?
Hey All! The DVD is availible at CD Universe and there is also a website with photos posted. Yep, Clapton is playing his same rig that he has been touring with for some time... Strat, Wah, (2) Low Power Twins and a Leslie that's it. I must say that I was disapointed that he didn't break out the Firebird I, SG, 335 or something like that... it would have been cool! Just for old times sake. It's fun to see them do BADGE with just the trio.
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Apparently they all tried to use some of the old equipment, and it "...didn't work for them." I guess after forty years of different equipment, its difficult to change. Even harder when you're a crusty old geezer!Originally Posted by sonnyblu
Clapton did a SNL a while back and used the 335 for a couple of tunes. His tone was the best I've heard it in at least 20 years! Too bad that he couldn't have dragged that out for the gig.
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