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  1. That's exactly it: the last six seconds of the Cha Cha rhythm track from the Mellotron: https://soundcloud.com/nordkeyboards/chacha-swflutes-ul_ryfi-mellot
  2. I feel obliged to mention this page in particular, and this site in general: http://radiocure.wikispaces.com/At+My+Window+Sad+and+Lonely
  3. That's good guitar. A fat neck and big frets if I remember correctly? It's funny you're not taking to the safe-t-post tuners as they are by far my favorites. When you're stringing up, after you feed the string through the bridge, pull it tight(ish) and cut it two to two-and-a-half posts further than the post you're going to feed it into. For example, if you're putting in the low E string, cut the string between the D and G posts. For the A string, cut between the G and B posts. Just estimate for the B and high E. Jam the string down the hole, and you are good to go. No muss, no fuss. Re-stringing heaven! Good job. I cannot play heavy strings because I have weak little girl hands (I set up my guitar with relatively low action and a flat neck so that people who play my guitar think I'm playing 8s (I play 10s on Teles and 11s on my Casino)). I think that the Wilco-ites play 12s or so? Though Jeff plays an SG which has a shorter scale than a Tele so it would feel closer to a Tele with 11s. Nels plays a Jazzmaster (which has a longer scale like a Tele) with 12s I believe. Though I think he uses Tele with 10s for the more country-ish bendy stuff. Jay Bennett said that he used 11s, but I'm not sure if he was referring to his long scale or his short scale guitars or both. Hmmm... you sound a little too humble to be an ELECTRIC guitarist. There is a time-honored tradition of blaming the gear among electric guitarists. Remember, with great gear comes great responsibility... to blame the gear so you can buy more gear.
  4. The Blues Jr. is a fine amp, in my opinion. I have a Pro Jr (not the same but similar) that I think is great and the Blues Jrs that I've tried sound pretty great. A pedal like the OCD would go great in front of one. I'd set everything on the amp to 12 o'clock (halfway) and tweak from there. if your tele is too jangly, turn down down the treble a little bit -- it might help it. Also, be sure to experiment with the tone knob on your tele. Most players (I assume) set it all the way up but I think you can take away a little of the brittle-ness by roll down the tone juuuuust a touch. The Blues Jrs have a Middle tone knob right? You're on your own with that, but more mids = fatter, bluesier sound (generally) and less mids = thinner, more clucky sound (generally). I like clucky so I scoop out mids when I can (I can't as my amp doesn't have a middle knob). Just guessing here, but the level on the delay is probably the level of the repeats or the balance between the dry (un-delayed) sound and the delayed sound. If 12:00 isn't unity (the repeats are the same level as the dry), then all the way up is probably unity. You didn't mention what type of tele you have. It's hard to go wrong with any of the tele models out today. Even Squier teles can be pretty good. I find with Japanese fenders the electrics are always lacking -- thin, not a lot of character -- so I have to swap out the pickups and replace the switch and pots while I'm at it. There's a lot of voodoo about guitars (teles especially) and you should believe about 30% of it, but I can't tell you which 30%. I will say that in my completely uneducated opinion, pickups and strings (and amp) matter more than virtually anything else to how the tele sounds. If you haven't changed the strings yet (and if you're not playing one of the reissue models) then you're probably playing 9s, with which you can get a really nice James Burton sound (he actually use(d) an assortment of banjo strings to get a functionally MUCH lighter set*). If that's not to your liking you can go up a gauge or two. It would probably be pretty easy for you to try that out seeing as how you normally play acoustic. You might get a sound more to your liking if you tried putting on a set of 10s (you may not, but the point is it's a cheap and, for you, painless way of experimenting). Anyhoo, I wouldn't do this anytime soon, but swapping out pickups is fun if you have disposable cash and can be trusted with molten lead (or are okay with burning yourself every now and again or have good health insurance). There's a wealth of information out there about pickups and you can have just as much fun with that as with getting pedals. Speaking of which, you have some good gear for getting the sound you want. If I'm making this up correctly, the OCD really works with the amp to make its magic, so you might play with setting your amp to greater-than-bedroom volume levels (as GoE suggests) to fully hear what the OCD is capable of. Your neighbors will not like you. You will like the OCD. It's a fair trade. Anyhoo, congrats on your new toys and welcome to a whole new (and probably paycheck-eating) world! * 9 10 12 24 32 36
  5. Apparently, they are taking suggestions for questions to ask Mr. Tweedy. http://www.avclub.co...tomorrow,84610/ Apologies if this has already been posted. Apologies also for misspelling "interviews" (title edited by gogo) (also from gogo, fyi, for anyone else who has this problem: titles can be edited by the creator of the thread! just click on "edit" in the bottom right corner of your first post, then click on "full editor"; that'll take you to a screen that allows you to edit the title and tags )
  6. Haha. Yeah, wasting time is pretty much the only thing I'm really good at. I use a compressor for country-type stuff, but I use a compressor for everything because it's just kind of a talent-maker. I sound soooo much more like a competent guitarist when I have a compressor on -- I'm just addicted to the sound and what it does for my perceived level of skill. I'm sure Jay has used compressors at some point but he doesn't need anything to make him seem like a good guitarist; he just is one.
  7. I'm not sure he DEFINITELY used a compressor (he didn't have one on his solo tour and he rocked it pretty hard) and putting a compressor after the boost pedal kind of defeats the purpose, no? I kinda suspect that the Boss is a tuner and the Arion is a delay, also. Any more help from the message boards?
  8. It IS the only decent picture of his pedalboard from that era, so thanks for posting it! I'm pretty sure about the Boss Tuner and MXR Micro Amp and Blue Box. When I saw him on his last (RIP) solo tour those were the only pedals he used, so it makes sense that they were always with him.
  9. You got me. The light color on the battery compartment of the Arion pedal makes me think either a compressor, tuner, or equalizer, maybe a stereo delay or phaser. You know, assuming that it's an Arion pedal and that they have never changed their color scheme in 20 years. The Memory Man theory is a good guess, but yeah, not enough knobs and I actually think that it's not wide enough. It may be a pedal turned on its side? I thought briefly that the two switch pedal was a bicomprossor, but not also enough knobs. I'm stumped.
  10. I'm not sure exactly what he's playing there, but what I play, and what would appear to be mostly correct given your description, is a variation of the standard blues shuffle lick. The standard blues shuffle would be: |..+.....+.....+.....+.....|..+.....+.....+.....+...... e--------------------------|--------------------------| B--------------------------|--------------------------| G--------------------------|--------------------------| D--------------------------|--------------------------| A--5--5--7--7--5--5--7--7--|--5--5--7--7--5--5--7--7--| E--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--|--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--| The little 'plusses' (+) above the tab are where the beats fall, so you would count it "one and two and three and four and one and two and three and four and." Again, I'm not sure of the exact rhythm of what Jeff is playing, but something like this seems to fit with the feel of the song: 1..+.....+.....+.....+.....2..+.....+.....+.....+...... e--------------------------|--------------------------| B--------------------------|--------------------------| G--------------------------|--------------------------| D--------------------------|--------------------------| A-----5-h7-----5-----7-p5--|-----5-h7-----5-h7--5-----| E-----3--------3-----3-----|-----3--------3-----3-----| Count "rest and two three four and rest and two three and four." Play around with these two figures until you find something that works for you.
  11. Also, this from when the local club had a tribute to Fleetwood Mac. The band's called the breakups, so that night we called ourselves "Peter Green's the breakups."
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