Great quote from Leslie West of Mountain

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  1. JBFatFingers

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    I love my 1960 double cut Les Paul Junior, as well as its "kind of" modern equivalent, my 2009 PRS SE One. I've long toyed with the idea of a Telecaster build, with a single P-90 at the bridge.
     
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    I'd be inclined to do a single pickup Tele at the neck.
     
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    Single Charlie Christian at the neck would be cool. A custom bridgeplate without a knockout for a pickup would be cool, too.
     
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    Yeah, those were the years when Sunn made a run at the market. I remember seeing Sunns at a number of concerts - trouble was, many folks got less good results than Leslie did.

    Yeah, I forgot about those LaBella strings. People have reinvented history where everyone had switched, the very day Mr. Ball introduced his string sets. But in many cases the local music shop was reluctant. Somebody was telling me a tale of a music place that had a trove of the old barbed wire strings and they didn't order the new stuff because the customer base would've quit buying the old garbage. Sounds about right. And nobody played banjo where we were - and so, no light gauge strings to be found. We made do with what we had, for far too long.
     
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    I don’t know the validity of it, but long ago I read that some of the early Sunn models were a Dynaco mono hi-fi power amp, plus a preamp, in a Sunn head cab.
     
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    Glendale og Rutgers used to do a bridgeplate without the bridge Pu cutout.
     
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    I was still playing thru my variety store bought amp but remember those big Sunn heads and cabs looking so cool. I don't think I bought a whole set of new strings until I was in my late teens. Prior to that it was Mapes or Black Diamond singles and not knowing the gauge, I'd just tell Mr. Klock (Klock's House of Music) which one I broke. So easy back then.
     
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    There was a place I used to rehearse that had a Sunn Sorado. That amp sounded great.
     
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    this thread sent me into an all-afternoon listening to Mountain jag. I haven't ever listened to them too awful much, don't know why. I am impressed at how HEAVY their sound is. (not a pun) they rivaled Black Sabbath. Sunn amps, huh?
     
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    Leslie was one of my earliest guitar heroes. His sound was the proverbial 500 lb violin. He’s had some health problems, including losing a leg to diabetes, but I think he’s still out there playing! One of the unsung greats.
     
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    Leslie is still playing. Heard a new song by him yesterday on Bluesville. I saw Mountain open for Black Sabbath on March 31st 1971.

    The Setlist

    1. Never in My Life
      Play Video
    2. The Animal Trainer and the Toad
      Play Video
    3. (Unknown)
    4. Theme for an Imaginary Western
      (Jack Bruce cover)
      Play Video
    5. (Unknown)
      (Medley)
    6. Dreams of Milk and Honey
      Play Video
    7. (Unknown)
    8. Encore:
    9. Silver Paper
      Play Video
    10. Mississippi Queen
    My friend Harold told me it was a Melody Maker he was playing. Solid mahogany blah blah. So I went out and finally got one only to realize he had an LP Jr. I'll put mine up against an LP Jr. any day. Love me some Leslie West.
     
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    I've always loved the tone that Leslie West squeezed out of his Junior.

    Cranked P-90 :).

    Saw Mountain at the old Cleveland Arena which had terrible acoustics (think boxing matches and hockey games) but Mountain still sounded great :).

    Then saw West, Bruce, and Laing (Leslie West, Jack Bruce, Corky Laing) at Public Hall which had much better acoustics :).


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