I always use different amps. I have a wide selection of old amps, including a lot of old Fender tweed stuff. I have a ’59 Bassman; they have such a one-of-a-kind sound. I’d never played through one before, and I knew Eric would play through something like that. He would play in middle position on his Strat, and I would always say, “How does it sound like that?” I put my Strat in middle position and crank it up and it’s just a little bit clanky. A friend of mine, Danny Nader, who lives in Cincinnati, just gave me this Bassman. He said, “I never use it. Please take it and use it.” I plugged in and I said, “Oh, there it is.” It went ahead and crunched in all the right frequency places that were missing, and it’s an amazing sounding amp.more
Once Buddy started the larger package shows, he bought a Fender Bassman. 4 10" [4-10 inch speakers]. At 50 watts, it was a powerful amp for that time. It was designed initially for electric bass, but it didn’t take long for guitarists to fancy it. This amp could handle the size of the venues the Crickets were playing by this time, not to mention being capable of overpowering the enthusiastic crowds that greeted them at their live performances. Particular amps seemed to have been used on specific tours. http://www.superoldies.com/buddyholly/equipment.htmlmore
Guitar.com: What kinds of amps are you using? "Haggard: I use two Fender Twin Bassman amps, and that?s about all I need. My tone is a lot like Keith Richards. I don?t use a lot of echo. I use a little dirt and that?s about it. I like to make the effects occur on the neck, rather than through some electronic thing."more
While hanging out with a band called The Sidekicks, guitarist Mike Burke and I would visit Roy when he played at another club in Wildwood. The three of us would play instrumentals like “Honky Tonk,” by Bill Doggett and Billy Butler. I usually used Roy’s ’53 Telecaster and his 4 X 10 Fender Bassman amp. After ’66 I was touring and was usually out of town when Roy was playing. I’d hear stories from friends about some new technique Roy was doing, and I missed seeing him. When I’d see Roy at jam sessions, I’d sit with his wife, Judy, and his kids. We’ve been friends since those days. Roy was a guitar hero in Southern Jersey and is the reason many of my old guitar buddies play a Telecaster today.more
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