Roy Buchanan/Danny Gatton tones are irritating

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  1. Jim622

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    I never noticed it with D.G. With R.B., yes, but that's his thing and he does it well. Very well. I never seem to mind it.
     
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    When I saw Roy Buchanan, near the end of his life, he was playing a Guild Tele-copy with EMG pickups, through TWO Roland JC-120 amps. It was not only shrill, it was loud and shrill.

    And still amazing.
     
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    He doesn't sound shrill to me, at all :)

     
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    Boy...

    This is awesome!!!

    (btw, this was NOT his personal style. It was DG playing jazz. His personal style was a lot more "out there," and on the Tele, with Joe Barden's... bridge PU.)

    IMO.
     
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    I don't like listening to either of them, and it's not just their tone. It just all seems so over-done. Yes I get it, they had great chops – but with that type of playing, a little goes a long way. Lead guitar playing as the central focus of the music gets irritating quickly to me. I can listen to jazz improvisation all night, but an endless barrage of licks gets old.

    I like that clip of him playing jazz though!
     
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    I don't think I ever listened to any Roy B. and got the impression he was gone through the motions. What he played always seemed sincere...from the heart. As for tone. It seemed he just turned every knob on the amp and axe all the way up and he played. What ever came out he adapted too.
     
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    I felt that way about Stevie Ray Vaughan at first...I much preferred The Fabulous Thunderbirds early on...
     
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    I don't mind either tone, but I'm drawn to the tele sonically because I'm a big treble-head, so probably not an important voice on that matter. As far as their playing though, I'll take Danny over Roy any day of the week. Honestly, the only times I don't love Danny's playing is when he's beginning to show how much he liked Roy. Roy was certainly good, but when he got after it he always sounded too frantic and messy to me - and I like Jimmy Page, so go figure.

    If you want a Roy to listen to, Roy Clark can't be beat.
     
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    I think Roy Buchanan is nothing but treble!:mad:

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    I like the slight sloppiness. Like he's ready to drop the ball, but then pulls it out his back side, same with page.
     
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    I don't know if I am off base here, but both players could have focused some more attention to rhythm and chord phrasing. Seems they were mostly lead players, which tends to get one dimensional...

    Not that I have much room to judge them.

    I like Hendrix's ability to build songs... Rhythm seems often overlooked by technically advanced players. Nothing beats fingerpicking progressions, with not so standard chords... Trower was good at it. Eric Johnson was another great rhythm builder.

    Seems a lot of great bands and music in general had less lead playing and more complex rhythms. Especially during the 90s.

    I love how fingerpicking chords and rhythms can make a simple progression sound like 2 people playing at the same time, harp like, almost piano like. Throw some delay and a chorus or a dejavibe on it, and you have something deep and melodic... Narcotic even.
     
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    To my ears (admittedly damaged, 30 yrs working around jets), it always sounded like Danny was on the bridge pickup. Roy used sparingly the neck pickup, but when he did, to me, it was one of the best tones around. Too bad neither one of them ever found what they were looking for.
     
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    Love it! Gator Stratocaster and Bobby's 345, two very complimentary guitars.

    Everything gets passed down from one generational influence to the younger- albeit there's always maybe addition/subtraction- some kind of mutation maybe?

    Jerry ( here) is playing his pickin' from say listening to Roy Nichols, Jerry Reed, Roy B., bluegrass, etc., and Danny was listening to Les Paul, Joe Pass, Scotty Moore,
    I learned my Country picking (some things, I'm really basic), listening to a lot of Jerry and Danny!
     
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    It just hit me, how could you listen to Danny Gatton's ('90's studio albums)
    88 Elmira St., Cruisin' Deuces
    and come out thinking ' wow terrible, horrid tone?'

    If you listen to these records it's literally an AD, for all you can do with a Telecaster, an ES-295, and Fender amps.
    Remarkable playing by Danny and his Band- really DC-'area's best!
     
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    That's some fine playing. I wouldn't have minded the tone being rolled back a bit more, but that's the jazzer in me. I can hear a lot of Wes and Kenny there.
     
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    I saw Roy live and I had no complaints. He opened for B.B. King to my surprise.
     
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    What makes you think that neither of them found what they were looking for? You don't think that the sound they got was the sound they wanted?
     
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    I don't think he was talking about sound.
     
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    Correct, I was talking about out of life. Sad endings no matter what the truth was.
     
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