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E-mail from Norman Greenbaum explaining SPIRIT IN THE SKY tone

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Texas Picker, Nov 16, 2017.

  1. Texas Picker

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    I was cleaning out my studio and found this email from Norman Greenbaum in which he answered my question about how he got his tone on Spirit In The Sky...

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    Sweet! Always liked that song.. thx for sharing.
     
  3. kelnet

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    "Fender tube amp" doesn't really narrow things down.
     
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    No but "custom built fuzz box" makes it clear as mud!
     
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    I've played this song in bands before. Usually, the worst sounding fuzz you got works best.
     
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    This is going to make many peoples' head spin!

    Tone is really simple.... no "special" speakers, no complex chain, no custom wound pickups nor other Ouija board gadgets and techniques required
     
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    Well there you go. It's a great guitar sound.

    What about that other sound - those detuning repeats?
     
  8. Paul G.

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    Why?
     
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    Hey, I've got two of those....
     
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    I think a lot of things on old records that I used to marvel at weren't as thought out or mysterious as we thought then, and still do sometimes.

    They just grabbed what was at hand, which was often pretty limited by today's standards, and found a tone that worked for the task at hand.

    I spent too much time and money over the decades on amps, guitars and pedals chasing this and that. I finally settled on the amp and guitar in the picture to the left and use 3 pedals: a tuner, an overdrive and a delay. Along with the knobs on the old Deluxe and the pickup selector and knobs on the Tele, I have found I can produce virtually any tone my band needs all night long.

    Maybe not having too many choices was a good thing.
     
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    I understand the differences in Fender amps...now.

    When we were out making noise with them back in the day, all most of us knew is that some of them were bigger and louder than others.
     
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    A rock star with email, awesome. :)

    He's as proficient with providing a vague answer as people I work with!
     
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    Dang, I was just about to razor blade an old D120F.
     
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    Cool. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Cool!
    Very cagey, answerring a question that poses more questions.
    Smart feller, unforgettable tune and tone!
     
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    He was up pretty early for a Saturday.
     
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    I always wonder about how reliable some of the information is that we read in interviews or get from face to face meetings.
    Another way of putting this is, do people really remember all of these details accurately?
    At least Mr. Greenbaum gave you the courtesy of a reply.
     
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    Surely you knew that a Princeton Reverb was not the same as a Bassman or a Twin. Or is there really not that much difference other than volume?
     
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    Thanks, I heard this song a couple months ago in my truck. That eve when playing I remembered hearing it and started messing around. No pedals to be had but with a Tele I kicked on the 'lead' channel of my Tone King Sky King, turned the "Marshall" knob {mid-bite) 'til it stopped, reverb about 1/2 and tremolo about 1/2 speed and deep.(gotta love them on board effects) No, I didn't replicate the sound on record but for maybe 1/2 hour It was close enough and a damn good time to boot. Done it several times since then and each time it gives me a hoot. Good simple tune to crank up and grin.
     
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