July 26th, 2012, 08:52 PM
This is from Buddy Guy's Sweet Tea album, and this song is probably the coolest B.G. recording I've ever heard. Does anyone know what's being used to create this awesome solo tone?
"Baby, Please Don't Leave Me" -- The first solo starts at: 2:38
There are more solos throughout featuring the same tone. It's killer!
July 26th, 2012, 09:08 PM
Where is the clip
July 26th, 2012, 09:12 PM
IIRC, his guitar sounds like Jimi Hendrix's on "Peace in Mississippi." -- sorta like he recorded all the instruments, slowed down the "tape," and then added his vocals.
July 26th, 2012, 10:01 PM
Just added the link, sorry. :-D
July 26th, 2012, 10:19 PM
July 26th, 2012, 11:04 PM
To my highly uneducated ears and by what I know about Buddy, sounds like maybe a wah in a fixed position-my guess is toe down or nearly toe down-through his cranked Bassman clone. It's certainly not his normal cranked Bassman tone, and I know he doesn't really use other pedals besides a wah, so that's my guess.
July 26th, 2012, 11:18 PM
Hmmm, yea, and I was wondering if perhaps he strayed from his usual signal chain and actually used a fuzz or other dirt box.
July 27th, 2012, 12:23 AM
After a little web search, turns out it's not any boxes...
In order to get the best possible vocals from Guy, they had him out in the hall playing and singing. This had some interesting side effects, namely plenty of leakage, but Herring and Shephard were ultimately able to use the leakage to their benefit. “His guitar amp was right next to him,” the engineer remembers, “so the reverb you hear on that record on his vocals is really the room mic on the guitar. But the reverb on his guitar is from his vocal mic. Also, I put an amp in this little workshop closet and ran his vocals back through that and miked them. So we had a drive-y vocal thing that we could also use.”
Herring has quite a collection of vintage amps and microphones (additionally, they rented an M-49 and a couple of U47s) and that was another element that piqued Guy's interest in the project. “I used Buddy Guy's guitars; I'm in love with them,” Guy notes. “But Dennis has all those amps with cobwebs still on them and you can't buy them anymore. He didn't have to say anything to me. I said, ‘Turn me on and let me go!’ That was one of the reasons I didn't want to stop playing. This is real Buddy Guy; I could turn up the amplifiers like I wanted to and like I play in person. Plus, these old amps give you what you play, not what technology is putting into your playing. His old board doesn't have as much tech stuff as the new ones. [With the new consoles], it's like you sing something, go out to the bathroom and come back asking, ‘Who's that?’ And they say, ‘It's you!’ [Working this way] brought me back into the things that I was doing before I left Louisiana. You get to these big cities and they start telling you how to play and when to solo. [Mississippi hill country players] got a groove like James Brown in the '60s. And they're still playing in the blues.”
The full article that came from:
July 27th, 2012, 12:55 AM
Might be the mid boost on the guitar into the amp cranked...like Claptons...same unit.
July 27th, 2012, 01:41 AM
I recall an article in one of the guitar mags around the time this album came out. It said that Buddy turned up at the studio with only a strat and a Les Paul. There was a multitude of old amps at the studio and he and Dennis Herring (the producer) tested them all until they found the tones they were looking for.
I'll try and find that article downstairs - assuming I've still got the mag - I think it might have been Guitar Player.
July 27th, 2012, 02:31 AM
If you want to see this song used really well, see the movie Hustle 'n Flow.