Just like that, I'm Keith Richards

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  1. Tone Eee

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    Traded my extra Harmony Rocket ( what, doesn't everyone have two??) For this amazing piece yesterday.

    I'm just exploring the tones, but you can get drippy surf twang all the way to gnarly Richards raunch.
    And the helecopter trem is almost as cool as the deeeeep reverb.
    PLUS, there's inputs for my accordion!!! ;-) IMG_20190113_085026237.jpg
     
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    Not just for your accordion, but for your accordions!
     
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    Here are the two Rockets. Which one would YOU have kept? IMG_20190111_142229957.jpg
     
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    Well done, Tone Eee, well done
     
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    I'll play.. The one on the left, with the pick in it. The other looks like a hand-made pickguard...

    Killer amp!
     
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    the one that stayed in tune!

    when I was a kid, I dreamed of that guitar. I stared at it for hours in my dad's Heathkit catalog. In the end, I had to settle for the solid-body Harmony (Bobcat?) that they sold; it cost less. But I always wanted a Rocket.

    Finally, thirty years later, I was working on a recording and the studio had an old Rocket in the corner. The owner said I could take it home and try it out, if I wanted to use it on the recording. I was thrilled! But no matter what I did, I could not get that guitar to stay in tune through one whole song. In the end I plugged it into my old '55 Deluxe, turned it up loud, and used it for a sort of feed-back drone. It did that very well!
     
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    Ah, the Heathkit catalog... you were lucky your Dad had an interest. I had to track down my own (catalog), and then my dad would ask what the heck I was doing that stuff for...
     
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    You said “my accordion”. You’re definitely NOT Keith Richards!

    I grew up in Tucson - I can relate to the accordion. Bit Keef can’t...
     
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    Very cool. That was my first amp, but I was 14 and afraid to crank it up so I never got to really hear what it could do. That is until I heard a guy play his ancient P-90 equipped LP Junior through it... cranked! Man did it sound sweet! But I was still afraid to crank it for fear of blowing it up, and with my Strat I would've had to dime it.
     
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    is this a Gemini I or II?
     
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    Take a look at the faceplate - Gemini II. Great amp!
     
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    thanks for the answer. Did it change dramatically vs the version 1?
     
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    The Gemini II that I had was a 1x15 combo and the Gemini I was a 1x12. I'm not sure if the power was different between the I and II.
     
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    It'seems a II and besides the extra 3" diameter on the speaker, I think it has five watts more than the Gemini I

    Either way, it'seems just about loud enough to play with a decent drummer (I think) even though it's monstrously big and bulky for the amount of sound you get out of it.
    Part of its charm, I guess.

    And yeah, I kept the Rocket with the straighter non-adjustable neck that stayed in tune better. Truthfully, it's a better guitar than its slightly cheesy construction would suggest. And those DeArmond are my fave pickups eva
     
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    :cool: Congratulations Keith !
     
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    Harmony Rocket with flatwounds and Bigsby + Gemini II = Rolling Stones Now

    Down Home Girl
    Pain In My Heart
    We Got A Good Thing Going
    etc.

    I have a double cutaway Rocket with the gold foil pickups. It rules through and AC-30!
     
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    I didn't know they had guitars, I thought they just had stuff that could be built from electronics kits like amps, organs, ham radios and so on, although I know they had some already built.
     
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    the guitars were kits, too. body, neck, electronics - you had to put it all together yourself. I had an amp from them, and a fuzz-pedal too. My dad thought I should learn to do stuff myself. I hated it - back then. I just wanted a guitar and an amp, not an education!
     
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    My parents made me learn ukulele as a test of my dedication before they would get me a guitar. I guess they were 50 years ahead...not.
     
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