February 28th, 2004, 01:09 PM
On the song off of Redneck Jazz - "Ode to Billy Joe", after Danny's first five minute long solo, there is a bass break. Then, Danny come's back in and is playing with an effect. It has a kind of a "warbly" sound. A leslie effect? It's 6:07 into the song. Actually, it sounds like an organ?? What is this? :shock:
February 28th, 2004, 02:56 PM
Danny and his Dad put together a huge contraption consisting of two Fender amp chassis' mounted on end on either side of a Leslie cabinet, built-in speakers, and a tube Echoplex built into the top. Danny controlled <u>all</u> the functions of the amp(s), the Leslie and the Echoplex from another contraption they whimsically dubbed the "Magic Dingus Box."
Danny even put a motor on the pulley for the Echoplex so he could change the delay settings from the guitar. (It was controlled using that little lever that has a Telecaster switch tip on it.) Eventually he even cut out a hole in the pickguard of his vintage Les Paul Custom (!) and installed a set of 10 red LEDs. The plan was to have them visually represent the delay setting, so he wouldn't have to play a muffled "ch-chick" sound to hear how long the delay was – but it never actually got that far. Danny did hook up the LEDs, they just didn't have any actual function. Although, as he put it (with tongue firmly in cheek as always), "Heeyyy! They look really cool." ;-)
Oh, yeah: Danny slapped a big "F" logo from an old Ford pickup truck on the front of the thing. Ya HAD to love the guy – it seemed like every other thing he did was hilarious, or genius, or both. :-)
Hope this helps, CS :-)
May 26th, 2004, 10:14 PM
He got rid of the Dingus because some guys actually believed that it elevated his playing, and he wouldn't sound good without it. He went back to his standard Tele and shut everyone up. To watch him play was a treat, especially when it was in private without an audience. Truely one of the finest pickers I've ever been around, and a great person on top of it all. He is deeply missed.
May 27th, 2004, 01:45 PM
LEDs? So THAT's what is on that pickguard. I always wondered. Thanks, Chris.
Bone - the warble sound you are hearing is the Leslie. You can get that sound with a Fender Vibratone/Leslie 16 cabinet - you don't need the Dingus Box itself for the warble. I've even had good luck with a Line6 POD, not exact, but not bad. The trick is to play the same voicings an organ player would, rather than our standard guitar voicings.
May 27th, 2004, 02:29 PM
Note it has one of his seemingly endless supply of Dakaware switchtips on it. :D