Not a whole lot to post here except to WATCH THESE. F-ing incredible. Seriously.
Vintage Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd and “the guy with the Afro” – Jimi. Got hipped to these vids by emails and forums (thanks much guys), just incredible.
About “the guy with the Afro.” I was jamming with a drummer in his mid-20s (born in the late ’80s), and we were trying to find some common ground. Found it amazing that as a drummer he didn’t know any Zep/Bonham….
Anyhow, he said he knew some tunes by “you know – the guy with the Afro.” I’m thinking…who? Lenny Kravitz? Sly Stone? Then it hit me: “You mean Jimi Hendrix?!”
Sho ’nuff, that’s who he meant. Was dazed for a sec, like I got hit in the head with a lawn dart.
We jammed some improvised stuff. Enjoy, fellow classic tone-heads!
Aerosmith live, Texas Jam 1978
AWESOME! I’m immediately thinking, How the heck is Joe Perry getting that fat tone out of a Tele – in 1978? The answer? A cream-colored, Tele-sized Bill Lawrence pickup in the bridge. Want!
Lynyrd Skynyrd live, Winterland 1975
Great band and – say what you want about Peavey amps – great tone. All the guitars sound different, distinct, blend well. Do I really need a Peavey Mace with SIX – count ‘em six! – 6L6 power tubes?!
Hendrix live, Stockholm 1969
Dang was that band good! Mitch Mitchell’s spur of the moment beat at around 14 mins in just kills me. I gotta jam to that….
Btw, here’s a shot of Jimi’s pedals from that vid. Looks like a Vox Wah and a Fuzz Face.
> If I can scare up one of those Lawrence pickups or have him make me a new one, will try it and report back here. Right now I have a DiMarzio Tone Zone in my Tele. Much-maligned, for some reason, probably having to do with pickup height – more later.
> How about these bands sounding huge with very little distortion. Thinking maybe preamps and preamp tube counts are overrated.
> “Ready boots? Walk on….” Allen Collins! Wooooooooohoooooooooo!