How sweet is it to put in a disc you haven’t heard for a while and have this great music pour out at you? Maybe your iPod pulls up a random “haven’t heard that in a while” tune, which is cool, but it’s not the same as having an entire album of slammin’ tuneage banging through your brain.
That happened to me recently with the King’s X disc, Dogman, which is just all-around F-ing great. I knew that already, but still – it was great to re-realize it. Great songs, great singing, good variety, well-recorded: ALL wood. One of my favorite bands of all time, very influential, very much underrated.
“All wood” means everything on the album is clear, like it has its own space. Even though guit-player Ty Tabor is playing pretty distorted through a Mesa Dual Recto (rackmount), you can still hear every note. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve heard a Dual Recto ever sound as good.
Doug (Dug) Pinnick’s bass always sounds woody (so woody that his rig was covered here on WoodyTone), and Jerry Gaskill’s drums sound big, which is so important for an overall woody band tone. Plus Doug and Jerry are killer players, as is Ty.
‘Dogman,’ studio version
> I almost hate to post this vid because it doesn’t come close to conveying the actual tone of the album but….
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Ty’s Dogman Rig
Ty, from a recent guitarsite.com interview:
“I was in the middle of a [gear] transition right when Brendan [O’Brien, producer] came to us and said, ‘Do you want to do a record together?’ We were like, ‘Of course!” We were very excited because he was basically working with only multi-platinum people. I was all excited about it, but right before it I had quit using the gear that I had been using for years and switched to Mesa Boogies and Marshalls.
“I hadn’t tweaked it yet, so when I got in there with Brendan, we didn’t spend any time on guitar tones – hardly at all. We just kind of cranked it up, put some mics on it, and went. Brendan tweaked it to where he was happy with it, and I trusted him with it.
“But we had done some demos for the Dogman record – which we actually released [2005’s Dogman Demos] – some of the playing we thought we played better on the demos, when we weren’t too worried about it. That was the very first recording I did with the new amps. You can sort of compare it with what Brendan did – he brightened them up a bit and made them a little more edgy sounding.”
The amp he’s referring to apparently was the aforementioned rackmount Dual Recto. Apparently Ty did an interview for a guitar mag on his rig at the time, but I couldn’t find it. Various internet folks peg it as the red/modern channel, Gain and Vol wide open, possibly with the Presence at “cut.”
His guitar was a custom Ty Tabor model Zion, a Strat-style guitar like his beloved Fender Elite Strat. The Zion had a basswood body with maple cap, now EVH’s favorite tonal combo. The Zion had three Joe Barden pickups, three buttons for pickup selectors (like the Fender Elite) and an onboard preamp (ditto). No tone controls, and a big vol knob.
The neck was maple with a rosewood board and locking Sperzels up top.
The geetar came in one color: candy apple red.
Also sounds like Ty did not play with just the bridge pickup – sounds like a combo of the bridge and neck, but not sure (anyone know?).
Get the album!
‘Complain’ live from that era
‘Flies and Blue Skies’
> Lest you think the Dogman album is all rock….
> I had originally written that this tune is not on the Dogman album, but it is – doh!
> I love this version of the tune…tell me Doug doesn’t sound like Jimi!