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2013-12-29 10:02:20 AM  
Pretty damn smooth.
Every time I break a string during a show I panic.
No roadie for me.
 
2013-12-29 10:46:50 AM  
i once saw mike watt change a bass string during a fIREHOSE show in about 10 seconds, barely missing a note.
 
2013-12-29 10:47:31 AM  
Other than subby misspelling "Texas guitar God", cool clip
 
2013-12-29 10:59:43 AM  
He has a decent guitar tech, but the guy's no Bubbles.
 
2013-12-29 11:21:07 AM  
The swap pales in comparison to the way he continues to play with a broken string. Did he not use a floating vibrato bar setup?
 
2013-12-29 11:36:31 AM  

baka-san: Other than subby misspelling "Texas guitar God", cool clip


I have a strong aversion to Texas and Texicans but I will not argue about SRV being a Texas Guitar God.
 
2013-12-29 11:40:01 AM  
Tell me again how Brittney Spears has talent.
 
2013-12-29 11:40:33 AM  

FlashHarry: i once saw mike watt change a bass string during a fIREHOSE show in about 10 seconds, barely missing a note.



fIREHOSE era Mike Watt would have been something to see.  He used to get one take on recordings, if he made a mistake, that us the way the song went after that.
 
2013-12-29 11:46:12 AM  

Mitch Taylor's Bro: The swap pales in comparison to the way he continues to play with a broken string. Did he not use a floating vibrato bar setup?


While I'm not going to take anything away from SRV, he's one of my favorite musicians of all time, there is a zone between the 12th and 15th frets where you can pretty much play any note and it'll sound good in a blues solo.

Yeah, both guitars look like they have tremolo bridges.
 
2013-12-29 12:57:20 PM  
I once saw Dee Murray, Elton John's bass player, break a string during the bass-heavy part of "Love Lies Bleeding". The sting popped up and hit him in the forehead, drawing blood. He calmly walked offstage, still playing, and swapped out basses.
 
2013-12-29 12:57:42 PM  
Props to the roadie who attached the other end of the strap.
 
2013-12-29 01:28:14 PM  
I was at the anthrax show at Starland Ballroom (Sayreville, NJ) in 2005 that was used for their Among the Living reunion DVD. Something happened to Dan Spitz' guitar at one point and he disappeared for, like, two whole songs. Never did find out what happened.
 
2013-12-29 01:38:44 PM  

ommitay: Props to the roadie who attached the other end of the strap.


SRV dropped it on the stage, the roadie attached both ends :P
 
2013-12-29 01:48:39 PM  
I remember Rene Martinez in Dallas. He was a respectedt guitar tech/repairman at Charley's Guitar Shop over on Harry Hines (next to all the Dallas whores!!)

He customized a vintage Gibson RD Artist Bass for me once.

Great guy.
 
2013-12-29 02:12:13 PM  
I worked in Downtown Dallas for about 15 years. Every once in a while, we'd go over and troll the whores on Harry Hines.

CSB? Not really.

craigdamage: I remember Rene Martinez in Dallas. He was a respectedt guitar tech/repairman at Charley's Guitar Shop over on Harry Hines (next to all the Dallas whores!!)

He customized a vintage Gibson RD Artist Bass for me once.

Great guy.

 
2013-12-29 02:22:09 PM  
The broken string guitar used to hang in the original Hard Rock Cafe on McKinney.. I touched it once when no one was looking.
 
2013-12-29 03:03:40 PM  
It's a MIRACLE!!  2 more and he's a saint!
 
2013-12-29 03:32:36 PM  

icebalm: ommitay: Props to the roadie who attached the other end of the strap.

SRV dropped it on the stage, the roadie attached both ends :P


I know nothing about SRV's personality, but hopefully it was more an expression of "it's my job to hit this next, it's your job to make sure it happens." and not "I don't 'DO' straps" sort of idea.  Either way, both of them knew their jobs. Roadies are a lot like caddies, I think. They're a dime-a-dozen, but a good one that knows how to do his job is almost as much fun to watch as the pros they support.
 
2013-12-29 03:42:46 PM  
 
2013-12-29 03:56:02 PM  
I saw 50 Cent swap out a dead mic for a new one and he never stopped lip syncing.
 
2013-12-29 04:17:19 PM  

LewDux: Link


The roadie was unable to fix it.  She was still consistently singing flat.
 
2013-12-29 04:39:19 PM  

Waldo Pepper: icebalm: Mitch Taylor's Bro: The swap pales in comparison to the way he continues to play with a broken string. Did he not use a floating vibrato bar setup?

While I'm not going to take anything away from SRV, he's one of my favorite musicians of all time, there is a zone between the 12th and 15th frets where you can pretty much play any note and it'll sound good in a blues solo.

Yeah, both guitars look like they have tremolo bridges.

I'm sure your right but you are missing the fact that SRV doesn't make it sound good he makes it sound awesome. ;-)


No, the problem is that when you're playing a guitar with a floating vibrato tailpiece it depends on a balance between the strings' tension and the springs' tension inside the guitar body to remain in tune. In fact, if you really bend a string, the other strings will go slightly out of tune. If you break a string, you are usually farked. You can set up a guitar with really strong strings on the back so that the tailpiece no longer floats, but lies flush against the guitar body. But then you can't use the vibrato bar to bend notes up, only down. That's why I was wondering if anyone knew how his guitar was setup.

As for icebalm's assertion...

i1042.photobucket.com
 
2013-12-29 04:42:27 PM  

Waldo Pepper: icebalm: Mitch Taylor's Bro: The swap pales in comparison to the way he continues to play with a broken string. Did he not use a floating vibrato bar setup?

While I'm not going to take anything away from SRV, he's one of my favorite musicians of all time, there is a zone between the 12th and 15th frets where you can pretty much play any note and it'll sound good in a blues solo.

Yeah, both guitars look like they have tremolo bridges.

I'm sure your right but you are missing the fact that SRV doesn't make it sound good he makes it sound awesome. ;-)


Umm.. SRV is a master.  You can hit the blues box all day, even if you're hitting the "right" notes, it's not going to sound good.
Stevie doesn't cover the back of his guitars and you can see he's got 5 springs, so those Strats are practically hard tails.
 
2013-12-29 06:52:38 PM  

AeAe: Waldo Pepper: icebalm: Mitch Taylor's Bro: The swap pales in comparison to the way he continues to play with a broken string. Did he not use a floating vibrato bar setup?

While I'm not going to take anything away from SRV, he's one of my favorite musicians of all time, there is a zone between the 12th and 15th frets where you can pretty much play any note and it'll sound good in a blues solo.

Yeah, both guitars look like they have tremolo bridges.

I'm sure your right but you are missing the fact that SRV doesn't make it sound good he makes it sound awesome. ;-)

Umm.. SRV is a master.  You can hit the blues box all day, even if you're hitting the "right" notes, it's not going to sound good.
Stevie doesn't cover the back of his guitars and you can see he's got 5 springs, so those Strats are practically hard tails.


Obviously you've heard me play.
 
2013-12-29 08:11:39 PM  

Waldo Pepper: icebalm: Mitch Taylor's Bro: The swap pales in comparison to the way he continues to play with a broken string. Did he not use a floating vibrato bar setup?

While I'm not going to take anything away from SRV, he's one of my favorite musicians of all time, there is a zone between the 12th and 15th frets where you can pretty much play any note and it'll sound good in a blues solo.

Yeah, both guitars look like they have tremolo bridges.

I'm sure your right but you are missing the fact that SRV doesn't make it sound good he makes it sound awesome. ;-)


This. Minor pentatonic in E is blues 101, but Stevie has rhythm and phrasing that is unreal.
 
2013-12-29 08:45:26 PM  
 Cocaine is a hell of a drug.
 
2013-12-29 09:16:08 PM  

fetters: Cocaine is a hell of a drug.


IIRC this is from one of his later appearances on Austin City Limits and had kicked it by then.
 
2013-12-29 09:22:53 PM  
Hats off to SRV for hiring excellent help.  Pay attention musicians....  These guys make you look good.
 
2013-12-29 11:17:16 PM  

RobotSpider: icebalm: ommitay: Props to the roadie who attached the other end of the strap.

SRV dropped it on the stage, the roadie attached both ends :P

I know nothing about SRV's personality, but hopefully it was more an expression of "it's my job to hit this next, it's your job to make sure it happens." and not "I don't 'DO' straps" sort of idea.  Either way, both of them knew their jobs. Roadies are a lot like caddies, I think. They're a dime-a-dozen, but a good one that knows how to do his job is almost as much fun to watch as the pros they support.


Yeah he dropped it on the stage so it would be easier for the roadie to attach it after he gave SRV the new guitar. SRV was no prima donna. The strap is the least important thing in a guitar swap as it goes on last, it's more important to get the guitar swapped and the instrument cable in.
 
2013-12-29 11:54:54 PM  
I wish this man was still alive.
 
2013-12-30 12:20:54 AM  

mooseyfate: I wish this man was still alive.


nuff said
 
2013-12-30 12:34:39 AM  
That was a really smooth change, and SRV is the reason I started playing the blues.  That man was just awesome at what he did.
 
2013-12-30 01:01:29 AM  

AeAe: Waldo Pepper: icebalm: Mitch Taylor's Bro: The swap pales in comparison to the way he continues to play with a broken string. Did he not use a floating vibrato bar setup?

While I'm not going to take anything away from SRV, he's one of my favorite musicians of all time, there is a zone between the 12th and 15th frets where you can pretty much play any note and it'll sound good in a blues solo.

Yeah, both guitars look like they have tremolo bridges.

I'm sure your right but you are missing the fact that SRV doesn't make it sound good he makes it sound awesome. ;-)

Umm.. SRV is a master.  You can hit the blues box all day, even if you're hitting the "right" notes, it's not going to sound good.
Stevie doesn't cover the back of his guitars and you can see he's got 5 springs, so those Strats are practically hard tails.


That, and the spring claw is tightened down almost as far as it will go, since he used something like .013 - .058s.

And to anyone calling Rene a roadie, he was a lot more than that. When you abuse your guitars on a nightly basis like SRV did, you pretty much needed the best guy in the business as your tech.
 
2013-12-30 03:59:47 AM  
I saw Richard Wright lose his keyboard during a torrential rainstorm outdoors at Oakland Coliseum.  Started making rapid fire POP POP sounds, which on Pink Floyd's sound system were impressive.  He just switched it off, turned ninety degrees, and started playing a different one like he didn't just have his keyboard short out in front of fifty thousand people.
 
2013-12-30 07:49:05 AM  
The lead singer in SRV's first band in Texas? Ned Ryerson
i69.photobucket.com
 
2013-12-30 01:12:14 PM  

EJ25T: That, and the spring claw is tightened down almost as far as it will go, since he used something like .013 - .058s.


Yes, but in the CLV 80 models, the spring claw is not fixed--it floats just under the Gibson coupler, and cannot be manually adjusted. Anything over an .058s would need an amperage ratchet.

Mitch Taylor's Bro: No, the problem is that when you're playing a guitar with a floating vibrato tailpiece it depends on a balance between the strings' tension and the springs' tension inside the guitar body to remain in tune.


Indeed. Better simply to work with a sliding vibrato tailpiece, or, better yet, use a modular adaptable whammy-proof slipstream tailpiece, like THIS GUY.
 
2013-12-30 01:31:58 PM  

AeAe: Stevie doesn't cover the back of his guitars and you can see he's got 5 springs, so those Strats are practically hard tails.


EJ25T: That, and the spring claw is tightened down almost as far as it will go, since he used something like .013 - .058s.


Thanks for answering that question. I'm just glad I got to see him before he died.
 
2013-12-30 02:38:07 PM  

harleyquinnical: SRV is the reason I started playing the blues


That right there.  Still waiting to sound like that 15 years later.
 
2013-12-30 02:49:31 PM  

mooseyfate: I wish this man was still alive.


mee too.

Love his music.
 
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