03-15-2013 03:55 PM - edited 03-15-2013 10:03 PM
Video is back up and working.
Here's my latest soon to be Grammy-nomiated (yeah, right) song featuring a pair of Rickenbacker 360's and, of course, a Vox amp, in this case an AC15 H1TV (or something like that)
I hope you enjoy it. I had fun daisy chaining three--count 'em--THREE compressor pedals and an MXR graphic EQ in order to get some righteous jangle from my 12 stringer. I didn't go quite as extreme as I could have, but you'll hear the 360/12 pumping its little heart out in a couple of sections.
Lead guitar was the 360/6 which you rarely hear as a lead instrument. Of course I added all kinds of effects and Pro Tools fairy dust which probably did more harm than good. The bass is a Chinese Hofner Beatle Bass that has positively atrocious intonation anywhere past the 5th fret. I think I'm gonna spring for a proper Hofner soon.
03-15-2013 04:18 PM
Sounds nice. Your piece has a St. Patricks vibe to it. May I recommend a JangleBox compressor? Takes my cheapo Danelectro 12 string to a higher place. You might enjoy what it does for your Rick.
03-15-2013 06:33 PM
03-15-2013 07:07 PM
03-15-2013 10:21 PM
Sounds very overprocessed, as you eluded to. I thought the jangle was given with the gear you used. It ended up very generic sounding, and a little distorted.
Actually, there's very little processing other than the aforementioned compressor pedals.
The reason that Rick players use compressors with their 12 string guitars is because the compressor is an ESSENTIAL part of the classic Rick 12 string sound. Roger McGuinn is credited with pioneering the sound. The compressors that I used are all very transparent and not very powerful. The Aphex Punch Factory, for example is very subtle, so I added an Alesis Micro Compressor set only to 2:1 and an old Sabine. I added the MXR EQ at the end of the chain to even out the tone, but even with all of this gear, I'm still not able to get as much compression and EQ power as you would get in a proper Jangle Box.
I don't think that the guitars are "overprocessed." The sound you hear on the clip is actully pretty accruate, but you don't hear Rick 360's used as lead guitars very often. They can be very phasey sounding and there are lots of harmonics and sympathetic tones from the tailpiece and the all maple livery. I did very little to the 6 stringer--just a touch of reverb, no EQ or compression.
Like I mentioned, compression is part of the 12 string sound. The way that the strings are arranged on Ricks, you have the bass string getting the most energy on the downstroke--that is backwards from other 12's. The compressor lifts the octave string's volume and sustain and gives you that instant "hey mr. tamborine man..." thing.
03-16-2013 05:46 AM
03-16-2013 05:49 AM
I got mine for Christmas. Perhaps a used one , in your case? The effect it has on a 12 string is...well, amazing. You might find yourself playing the Rick 12 more....
03-16-2013 09:23 AM
03-16-2013 11:54 AM
03-16-2013 03:48 PM
I've had my eye on the Jangle Box for awhile, but I'm not sure I play my Rick 12 enough to justify the cost.
What?! I thought you were looking for ways to spend $4,000!
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