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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by JoesTele, Sep 5, 2020.
Always been a sucker for a good Flanger sound:
Jerry Garcia, Mu-Tron III, Estimated Prophet 5-5-78
Clapton's Wah on White Room
You want good Echorec?? The sonar ping around which the intro of Echoes is built is a piano through a Leslie and a Binson Echorec.
The answer is not a pedal originally, but it's slapback
Nothing else sounded cooler before or since
Hendrix wah all day
I am biased because I love this guy.
Joe Bonamassa the Royal Albert hall concert Jus Got Paid. Use of the Theremin. The effect was invented circa 1919, by a Russian.
When Link Wray poked holes in his speaker cone.
if not already mentioned, great use of wah in the temptations 'papa was a rolling stone'
The fuzz tone on Satisfaction. Heard on radios all over the world, it's the first obviously pedal affected guitar tone I remember.
Clapton's use of the Wah Wah on "White Room" was a defining moment for the rest of my life as a guitarist. David Gilmour's use of Echo on the intro to The Wall Part 2 was unreal. Eric Johnson's use of a Tube Driver and Echoplex into a Marshall for his signature lead tone is legendary. Again, many years down the road from Eric Clapton's White Room comes Joe Satriani's use of the Wah Wah on "Souls of Distortion". .
Everybody forgot to remember to forget slapback.
Not only a historic effect (fuzzy guitar), but the most historic song in rock history. This song changed everything, including being the reason Sun records was founded. We all know the legends that came from that record label...
Echo and Tremolo from The Ventures "Walk, Don't Run". Influenced many guitarists that came after, Page, Beck, Clapton, etc.... Probably not a pedal though, more likely studio tape effects.
Didn't see my favorite, so I'll add:
Jimi Hendrix wah on the end of "Rainy Day" and beginning of "Still Raining."
You know the one: "WOW"- "WO-Cow".....(etc.)
Hendrix wah on Voodoo Child.
One of my favorites although relatively unknown. Remember the Green Tambourine guys ? They had another fun one that got air play on underground stations like KAAY Little Rock - seems like it uses a twelve-string and then adds more effects.
I'd say it would be Hendrix' use of a FF for his clean sounds.
Not just because of one or another recording of whatever he (and others) played with a FF on and his guitar volume rolled back, but because it spawned vast aftermarket Strat pickup sales in search of that tone, which was only available by using that fuzz circuits ability to thin out Strat neck tone, rolling off bass.
How many Strat pickup swaps were in hopes of getting that Hendrix clean tone?
Plus it spawned the OD pedal feature known as cleans up well, which might never have been such a big thing to want from an OD if it wasn't for the minority of players who understood where that improved iconic Strat clean tone came from; stating it in interviews.
GP mag interviews were a huge influence on players gear choices and chases.
Sure it's nice to turn down and clean up, like an old tube amps does.
But buying pedals primarily to get your tube amp that lacked that feature to respond more like the tube amp you really want but don't realize? That industry was IMO heavily influenced by comments read in GP mag interviews referencing the cleans a FF gets if used a certain way. Followed by players comments about other pedals that sorta did that.
I suspect the transparent OD obsessions may even have some DNA from the "cleans up well" comments originating from FF user interviews.
The whole idea of a dirt pedal that sounds transparent?
Like a game of telephone, repeated misconstrued comments make history.
Heard EJ do it without the tape machine? Blew this little mind away..
Some really good calls so far. Gotta say I'm disappointed that Hendrix's univibe on Machine Gun wasn't top of the list, To me that spacey, bouncey floating that he achieves with that device was something I searched for for decades! Drybell Vibe Machine2 does the trick