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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Sidney Vicious, Mar 26, 2010.
Great post! Thanks! Way Cool!
Man, I'm following this thread passionately. It just gets better and better.
Great story, Jahmbie!
Might be surprised to hear it, but us young musicians nowadays love hearing stories like this, or at least I do.
Feels like taking a step back in time. Rose-tinted or not, it's fun to hear.
I could listen(read) for hours!
I know lots of folks around here have tons of stories to tell, and I love to hear (read) them too. But that thing with Keith and cheese is about the funniest thing I heard, and I really had to bite my lip not to laugh when he said it!
haha, yeah I chuckled when I read that!
any brush with fame where the dude ends up being not a complete jerk is a good one.
maybe someone should start a story thread?
I'm topping this thread because it is so awesome
I never realized that Keith used all of his Teles in G tuning. I thought he was a Tele guy, but apparently he likes Gibsons for standard tuning. Thanks for this thread, it's pretty awesome. Wish I could have one of those Tweed Twins. That would be sweet.
That TS-9 is rather odd. I wonder if he still uses that. I know he uses a Fulltone TTE. I didn't know he had an OD pedal though.
There's the then newly accuired black Custom at one of the L.A. Forum shows.
Keith had the Custom for about a month by then (+/- some ).
the matching soundtrack is out (as of today) see here:
Awesome thread!! Everyone should read Keef's book "Life".
Also, the DVD from the 1978 Some Girls Tour is awesome. Lots of close up shots of Keef playing his 5 string,capoed, open G stuff. The DVD was shot at Will Rogers Auditorium in Ft.Worth. I was in attendence that night.
Ditto on Life
My daughter bought it for me for x-mas, awsome!
Keith said in the book he never used pedals except for some fuzz pedal on Satisfaction. Also a good bit of info on his five string reasoning.
Things I found particulary interesting.
Jumping Jack flash was written about Keith's gardener
Keith recorded acoustic guitar on an old crappy cassette player and liked the sound (sounded like an electric)and mixed it in on some album.
Never mainlined Heroin, shot in muscle never took more than original dose as when he first started.
First car was a Bentley
I think the #003 story is kinda hazey, they all seem to be post '56 HIGH power Twins, the 1st Twins were made in 1953 (2x6L6, wide panel tweed).
Just a little thought: Gene, my friend, if you re still reading this thread: YOU ARE MY HERO!
#0003 probably needed much work & attention - looks re- tolexed, new speakers, new baffle board...
.. how do you interpret these pics?
Brilliant thread......and yeah, 'Life' should be compulsory reading......
Yeah that tube chart shows 4x5881 power tubes, not 2x6L6.............
High power Twins aren't 2x6L6, those are low power Tweed Twins with only 2 6L6 tubes.
Wouldnt those Tweeds of Keefs pictured have to be later 50's?
Because they list nine pin preamp tubes, which I thought didn't come until after the early 50's octal tubes.
Pictured are definitely high power models - those are some loud sob's too.
This is what you can read from the tube chart if you enlarge the pic:
"Twin Amp" Amplifier, Model 5F8, Production: 7/26/57 Serial No. A-00003
Power Supply 117 volts, 50/60 cycles
AC. Power Consumption 300 Watts
Tube locations left to right at rear:
83, 4x 5881, 3x 12AX7
So this is a Fender Narrow Panel Tweed Twin (Big Box) see Ampwares
these were produced from 1958 - '60. but this one is from July 1957, hence the low serial # .
pre-production line model, I suppose.
so this is the oldest 'known' high powered 5F8 schlepped around the world.
not the oldest Twin Amp.
btw, it just caught my eye that the date, July 26th 1957 was Mick Jagger's 14 birthday - lol.
good score Keith.
That doublecut Gibson LP Jr can't be older than late '58 or '59. From what I recall '57s were still single cutaways.
But an interesting read anyway.
Yep - those were hot and loud amps - I'm sure he fans colling down the insides (tubes) too. Though these were built to withstand heat compsred totodays amps. I'm sure he probably also had a regulator to feed those 115 volts as well if he was smart. Not that you can't tun them on 120+ VAC it's just better not to. They were fed by 5881's and precursor to Jim Marshalls soon comin offerings. Personally, I'd take the Fenders.