saw Greg Koch last night

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  1. Digital Larry

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    He played for a crowd of about 50-75 ppl in Felton, near Santa Cruz. Very entertaining in an over the top way. I only know him from his gear demos so I was expecting a bit more comedy and mugging. Interesting that he doesn't use any pedals but he does have a couple "Koch" amps with a footswitch that seems to channel switch/boost/engage a trem (sounded a bit like a phase shifter at times).

    I get a little worn out by all intense guitar all the time and might have gone for a couple more vocal numbers to break it up a little, but I didn't ask for my money back or anything.
     
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    Cool! I'd love to see him, but it's not hard to imagine that his pretty persistent "balls to the wall" style could be hard to listen to for a sustained period of time. He's a master of the guitar, and he loves to be playful and seems to keep the pedal to the metal a lot. Kind of manic. Maybe not kind of. But really great. I love to watch any videos of his when I want to (1) laugh and (2) see a player who is in complete control of the guitar, playing it like he's playing with a children's toy. And in other news, he's clearly very, very intelligent.
     
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    He built a three channel amp with reverb and two types of tremolo (bias and harmonic). I don't really know what else he would need pedal-wise.
     
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    I saw him once at a small blues club in Green Bay, WI, way back when. 1990s, I think. It was intense!
     
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    I think the guy is perfectly suited to doing gear demos on YouTube. SHORT ones! He's an absolutely ridiculous player, no question about it. But a little bit goes a long way. Even when he's playing really funky tasteful stuff, he still plays too MUCH funky tasteful stuff. I don't think I could handle a full show of him. Total respect, but I don't have the stamina to listen to that for an hour or two...
     
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    We saw him about 8 years ago and what a great player and funny guy. The Gristleman rawks!
     
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    Theres a good episode of That Pedal Show on youtube where he goes over his rig, and that amp.
     
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    Those pickups of his are noise free and sound great in the demos.

    Anyone have them and think they're worth 35,000 pennies?
     
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    I just put a set of those in. I have been intrigued by them since they came out but didn't pull the trigger. Now some 5 years or so later I check, and Greg still loves them. I think it’s safe to say the Honeymoon phase is over, so my take is he really likes them. I've played a couple jobs with them. I would say they are everything they are touted as being. I like them, have no regrets about the price because I think these are the end for me. I had the 4-way wiring previously and was afraid I was going to miss that but with the 2nd voice it became a non-issue.
     
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    I sometimes do guerilla gigs in really old bars with crap wiring and neon, so these gristletone things sure tempting

    thanks for the testimonial ... and the GAS
     
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    He's great but year too much for me. In high school I sat on the edge of my seat/feet and watched Steve Morse, Satriani, Vai, McLaughlin, DiMeola, Gambale and several others play their concerts. I could not get enough of it. Now, I can't make it through one song by any of them (besides Morse and DiMeola). It's simply too many notes for me. Now I clearly know why Jerry Garcia's playing and amount of notes has always appealed to me. And his note selection is so much nicer on my ears, all those other guys just sounds like dudes ripping through scale after scale after scale and it's gets so boring for me. I know that's not what they are doing but that's what it sounds like. Less is definitely more in so many aspects.
     
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    Wow
    Only 55-75 peeps

    Such a great player!!
     
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    very very niche
    Couldn’t have put it better.
     
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    Greg's Dick Dale/Zeppelin mashup jam is incredible!!

     
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    Did he play his signature Reverend Gristlemaster Tele?
     
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    greg is great and i love his demos and guest shots but as others have said i need some vocals and maybe a little less flash.much respect though.i went to school with al di'meola and always felt guilty about not really enjoying his music after his grateful dead,new riders phase in school.
     
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    I'd say so. He had a blue one and an orange one. He played the blue one. Someone yelled at him to play the orange one, which he declined, demurely.
     
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    Wish I had known, I would did have run up the hill to see him.
     
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    Yeah good player, but too much for me live as well last year.
     
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    Felton has a wonderful railroad train museum.
     
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