Need a light Weight/ awesome jerry tone amp

Re: Need a light Weight/ awesome jerry tone amp

Postby MattMan » Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:05 am

waldo041 wrote:
franklins_timmy wrote:Fender Blues Jr, will get you real nice Jerry tone. Swap out the speaker and it will get a bit closer. Won't nail the tone like what the others have suggested will, but it will be in the ballpark. Plus it will be a little easier on the wallet if that's an issue.


All mentioned thus far will not nail his tone, but will get you in the ballpark. The lightest amp that NAILS the tone and feel is a properly modified Fender Twin Reverb, one JBL or 2(k or E).



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Just to clarify, Brian's killer tone in this clip is Wald-Electronics' Maestro Twin and 2 JBL speakers. The amp is the Twin tubes. So basically you're bringing a head and a cabinet. I'd say that's fairly convenient for awesome Jerry tone. Of course don't forget how crucial the guitar preamp is. Before we put the Wald preamp in Brian's axe the tone was not correct Jerry. After the preamp, and playing through the Wald Twin with its tubes, Brian and I could not believe how the tone just dialed in so precisely. So I can't emphasize enough the importance of the guitar preamp along with the Twin and JBLs.
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Re: Need a light Weight/ awesome jerry tone amp

Postby hippieguy1954 » Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:38 am

I think most would agree that Mike's Maestro modded Twin and his/the preamp buffer along with JBL's and proper pick and guitar, nails "the tone" without question. I love my Maestro twin head. :cool: That is not the point here.

What one person considers "light" can easily be "heavy" for another person. To me, the head is not light. The 2x12 is not light. The McIntosh is not light. The pedal board is not light.
None of it is "light" to me, so I use a hand truck and have no problems. :smile:
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Re: Need a light Weight/ awesome jerry tone amp

Postby gdeloian » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:53 am

Quilter Micropro Mach II. Weighs nothing. Less than 7lbs. 1x12 JBL E 120 and a proper pedal board. Waldos buffer in the guitar. Bam. I load in to a gig with my gig bag on my back, my speaker in one hand and head and pedal board over my shoulder. Done.
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Re: Need a light Weight/ awesome jerry tone amp

Postby hippieguy1954 » Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:15 am

All the suggestions in this thread are viable light weight alternatives, and many audiences would not know the difference between them and the real deal. Only us Jerry tone junkies will. That said, all the alternatives will also be a compromise compared to the real deal.
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Re: Need a light Weight/ awesome jerry tone amp

Postby milobender » Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:13 pm

gdeloian wrote:Quilter Micropro Mach II. Weighs nothing. Less than 7lbs. 1x12 JBL E 120 and a proper pedal board. Waldos buffer in the guitar. Bam. I load in to a gig with my gig bag on my back, my speaker in one hand and head and pedal board over my shoulder. Done.

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Re: Need a light Weight/ awesome jerry tone amp

Postby playingdead » Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:36 am

How close to "awesome" do you want to be? Wrestling a Twin with E-120s is not too bad if you put casters on it, just a bitch lifting it in and out of the car and, god forbid, if there are stairs at the venue. Years ago I was alarmed to see the overweight guitarist I was playing with redfaced and puffing as he struggled to get his Twin up a steep flight of about 24 stairs. Not alarmed enough to actually CARRY it for him -- I had my own stuff to haul at that point. He survived.

Splitting the Twin into a head and carrying the E-120s into 1X12 cabinets ... I went down the road, too. It's slightly more convenient, although it does not reduce the overall weight of the setup, just makes it two separate carries. The same is really true with the rack system and separate cabinets ... did that, as well, but wound up with a 6-space rack for the pedals and GCX and a 4-space for the preamp and reverb. Put the 2X12 in a real road case with rollers and carried a dog ramp to muscle it up into the wagon. Stairs became the bane of my existence, as well as stages a few feet high with no ramps.

No questions the JBLs and Twin setup is the most authentic way to get the sound, assuming you have the right guitar and a good touch. Unfortunately, that does not come with Steve Parish to haul it, so you can either put up with it or compromise.

For me, as I got more into my 40s I decided that "close enough" was "good enough" and the last couple years have been using a Fractal AX8 floorboard and going direct to FOH. If the venue has good monitors (QSC K12s are everywhere now), all I need to carry is the floorboard and the guitar. Setup and teardown in 3 minutes. If I need a monitor I have an Atomic CLR Neo that is plenty loud enough and sounds great to me. Have also used QSC K12s and K10s -- the K10 is fairly light and compact.

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I love having a rig I can actually walk on a plane with. But this is also a place with knowledgeable people who have dissected Jerry's tone down to the finest points, but to achieve that, you have to get the proper components. It's anyone's guess as to what ol' Jer would be using these days.
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Re: Need a light Weight/ awesome jerry tone amp

Postby joethepainter » Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:31 pm

Thread delivers. 8)
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