Do you know who Robbie Blunt is? Sure you do. He’s the guit-slinger who played in Robert Plant’s band during the “Big Log” era – the less-mature of us never forgetting that name because in high school it meant a turd in a bowl (snicker).
Anyhow, Robbie’s tone was GREAT. Clean (mostly) and distinctive – especially for the time (’80s) – and it didn’t hurt that his notes and lines were simple, memorable and tasty. I’m listening to “Big Log” on Robbie’s myspace page as I type this, and loving it.
I’m listening and thinking Strat (obviously), not sure about the amp, compressor – or maybe a Scholz Rockman on the clean setting.
But no. It’s simpler. According to several posts on the web, here’s Robbie’s signal chain in that band:
> ’56 Strat with a ’54 neck
> Boss CE-1 chorus pedal – One post had this unattributed note: “Set on slow without the boost.”
> Fender Princeton Blackface amp – Set as high as it could go before break-up for some tunes (e.g., “Big Log”) and past that for some tunes (e.g., “Burning Down One Side”).
That was for recording. For more volume live, he used two Mesa Mark IIBs. He also used different Strats live.
And that is the totality of info on the web about this signature, recognizable tone – though there apparently was an ’85 interview with Robbie in Guitar Player that might have more detail. (Anyone have it?)
Given that sweetly simple signal chain, obviously the pedal has a lot to do with his tone – not to mention his fingers: sometimes no pick in the right hand. Here’s more on that pedal, cool demo, sorry if you can’t understand Sco’ish! (I love when he says “Big Moof” – but we all talk funny.)
Yes, I want one of these pedals now. I know some of you out there do too! Race you to eBay….
Robbie’s tone, his choice of notes, his style are all just great. I’ll quote someone from the web: “clanging single-note lines, lazy bends and double-stop stabs.” Yes!
Apparently there are no truly live vids (video + audio) of this band on YouTube. The “live” stuff is mimed for TV or audio only. Bummer. Here’s some of what little there is.
Robbie and the band playing to a recorded version of “Big Log.”
Same deal, this time “Burning Down One Side.”
“In the Mood,” live from Dallas, Texas, 1983, audio only.
> Looking into Robbie’s tone was suggested by a WoodyTone reader (good suggestion, Lou!).