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  • How did Roy Buchanan get that sound....

    I was listening to a song by Roy called Sweet Dreams and man it made the air on my arms stand up! Is he just using a tele into a magic amp????

    I am really blown away by this
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    anyone?
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    • #3
      I saw Mr. Buchannan in 76' and he used a Tele >Cord > Fender Black Faced Twin Reverb. He really rolled the volume knob on his Tele like no one I've seen since.

      You might want to check out cds by Danny Gatton as well.

      I miss Roy.... I miss Danny too...
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      • #4
        I know this much: he did the opposite of what most guitar players do. He put the amp (fender vibrolux) on 10 and controlled the volume by his guitar's volume knob.
        Theres a book out on his life called : american ax.

        also check out : Jim Campilongo.

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        • #5
          Their was a hole in the headstock of his tele. And the pickups were supposed to be very microphonic. A cool player. RIP.
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          • #6
            (fender vibrolux) on 10 and controlled the volume by his guitar's volume knob.


            Yup, the Vibrolux was his main personal amp. He was known to occasionally use whatever backline amp in spot situations. There's a pretty killer live version of Sweet Dreams on the burlap album, or Roy Bucannan and the Snakestretchers.

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            • #7
              I love his trading guitar solos with Steve Cropper on Roy's version of "Green Onions". If I had a 100th of his playing talent I'd be in heaven.
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              • #8
                OC Duff has a set of pickups that are said to replicate the qualities of Buchanan's 'Nancy' guitar.

                http://www.ocduffpickups.com/nancy.html
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                  • #10
                    A Tele wizzard! Sometimes he would turn his back to the audiance when he was doing 'tricks' I saw him a few times and was blown away every time. I'll never forget the hand-truck full of 'Miller-High-Life' sitting stage left in Phila.
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                      • #12
                        never heard anyone that could make a tele with an "ice pick in the ear sound"... sound so good.

                        Vibrolux 210 bright switch on, treble on 10, mids on 5, and bass on 4.
                        and a Fritz Bros Custom tele with joe bardens..

                        At least thats what I noted about a year before he died. He came here ( chattanooga) for the River bend festival and I was in charge of backline rentals that year.
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                        • #13
                          Thanks for all of the posts. I am still amazed by Roy's sounds...the gear seems simple but man that guy can play the hell out of guitar.

                          is there any live DVDs out there of his performances??
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bruce Bennett
                            never heard anyone that could make a tele with an "ice pick in the ear sound"... sound so good.

                            Vibrolux 210 bright switch on, treble on 10, mids on 5, and bass on 4.
                            and a Fritz Bros Custom tele with joe bardens..

                            At least thats what I noted about a year before he died. He came here ( chattanooga) for the River bend festival and I was in charge of backline rentals that year.


                            True, but the bright switch's effect with the volume on 10 is pretty small.

                            You've got to turn the bass down that low on a Fender when it's cranked, or it's ugly sounding.

                            I'd bet the mid control was really on 6.8











                            The VR doesn't have a mid control, just a resistor of 6.8Kohm.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bruce Bennett
                              never heard anyone that could make a tele with an "ice pick in the ear sound"... sound so good.

                              Vibrolux 210 bright switch on, treble on 10, mids on 5, and bass on 4.
                              and a Fritz Bros Custom tele with joe bardens..


                              I have my Old Flame 210 (similar to a VR) set with bright on but treble only at about a third up. mids and bass up at about 20 (bass much lower at volume). The pot tapering and the MIDs knob probably make the same setting different for my amp.

                              That would be very, very bright tho', with a tele...and I like bright. How'd it sound?
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