Besides the Switchmaster guitar, what equipment did you use on Freak Out!? "Just a Fender Deluxe amp, that's all. After the Switchmaster I got a Les Paul gold-top and used that for a couple of albums. And eventually I got a Gibson SG. " - Frank Zappa interview from the Guitar Player Interview in 1977, written on the Frank Zappa Wikipedia "Wiki Jawaka"more
Photos from that era show you playing through a Fender Deluxe amp. I still have it. Oh, what a great amp. But I hurt the speaker, finally, about two or three years ago. I accidentally threw a switch on my guitar that made the pickup a humbucker. That was it. They don’t make those speakers anymore.more
At 13:18 Larry Carlton talks about his Fender Deluxe amp, “We'll start here with the Tweed. And I've talked about this before on my website. That's the amp that I used for the Steely Dan sessions and I don't even remember why and how I'd brought the Tweed in, because I didn't use it on any other sessions, only the Royal Scam, Aja, and Donald's Nightfly album. So yeah, I got that with my 335 on the back pickup was the Kid Charlemagne and Don't Take Me Alive… No effects… Well I don't remember the exact setting but obviously you can play and you just keep moving it until it starting to bark but not sound too trashy... It was just luck, man. I don't know how I ended up taking that one for the solos.” Larry goes on to say about the tweed, “Yeah I think it this is part of a cool story too when Donald Fagen was doing the Night Fly he flew me to New York to do some overdubs and I took my 335 in a suitcase and take an amp but I got there and we're visiting in the control room and he says “Oh, where's your amp?” “Well I didn’t bring one, I thought we’d just rent one.” They sent for my amp and on the Night Flights it’s that amp, my 335, and it had been a number of years you know so I thought, he really remembers that tone.”more
"Having said that, if I’m going to be in the studio and I have the energy to really focus on guitar, I have an old, crusty Fender Deluxe from the ’50s that still has the original speaker cone. It only has volume and tone controls. If I put it up at 12 o’clock, it’s the most distorted thing that you’ve ever heard. That’s my favorite distortion, if I’m not going to rely on pedals."more
I had a Gibson tweed titan for years, one of Gibson's takes on the 5C3 thru 5E3 circuit. Like an idiot, I sold it on a whim for way too little profit. I miss having a vintage tweed deluxe tone at my fingertips. Neil Young all day.
Everyone knows the trick about the interactive channels and the tone control also acting like a gain control right? You all know this amp is cathode biased like an ac30, right? Do I need to do an in-depth review or just send everyone to listen to Steely Dan's "Don't Take Me Alive" for an aural lesson from Mr 335 himself, Larry effing Carlton.