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EC+335 into a killer sounding amp

MattD1960

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http://youtu.be/RvNIivHdy0Q


not the blues/rock we are all used to and love, but no one can deny the great tone clapton displays here with that sunburst 335 of his GREAT version of the song. really wonder what he is playing thru here
 

jimmymack

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I gotta say, I think the tone of his amp/guitar in that first video is very ordinary, and much like the tone most people complain about from the "modern" Clapton. To me, it sounds like a cheap solid state amp. Could be the recording???

I would love to hear him play with some great tone like the "old" Clapton. Surely he could have any amp in the universe. He might as well have played his Strat here.
 
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yeti

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I gotta say, I think the tone of his amp/guitar in that first video is very ordinary, and much like the tone most people complain about from the "modern" Clapton. To me, it sounds like a cheap solid state amp. Could be the recording???

I would love to hear him play with some great tone like the "old" Clapton. Surely he could have any amp in the universe. He might as well have played his Strat here.

Thanks for beating me to it. I agree with you and I don't think it's the recording, all the other instruments sound fine. Just goes to show you that there's no point in arguing about taste.
 

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Wynton demonstrates yet again that he possesses the incredibly rare ability, solely on the basis of his physical presence, to make it impossible for one to concentrate on anything else located in his immediate vicinity — even (of all things) something as unignorable as Eric Clapton playing the guitar — without instead focusing on how much of an asshole he is.
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MapleFlame

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I have an idea that Sunburst isn't nearly as good as his Red 335 from the Cream days
 

keef

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I have an idea that Sunburst isn't nearly as good as his Red 335 from the Cream days

His tech (Lee Dickson) deplored the departure of the cherry 64 but said that the sunburst 335 is a fantastic guitar.

could you spot the Hare Krihsna stamp????

I was not paying attention - that vid is pretty bad!
 

Lenny

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What's next, a muzak version? Clapton should gig nursing homes or something.
Nice guitar though.
 
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yeti

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Wynton demonstrates yet again that he possesses the incredibly rare ability, solely on the basis of his physical presence, to make it impossible for one to concentrate on anything else located in his immediate vicinity — even (of all things) something as unignorable as Eric Clapton playing the guitar — without instead focusing on how much of an asshole he is.
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Care to clarify for those of us how don't "see it"?
Anyway, I don't get these kind of shows, Clapton with Jazz guys, Blackmore or Malmsteen in front of a worldclass Symphonic orchestras, etc. It's like expecting to be dazzled by the President's first pitch at the CWS.
 

MattD1960

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i think claptons tone is great right there, i think he sounds different from the norm with his strat, i think the 335 brings out a different part in his playing. sorry it wasn't the blues breakers guys, but we cant just listen to the beano album all the time.
 

Lenny

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It's great he tries different things and plays a nice guitar for once but I thought he's precisely still just beano-ing on his solo here. Must be hard to play with those guys.
 

RNELEE

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I liked this. I suppose one could pick it apart, but I wanted to hear more.
 

Elliot Easton

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It made me admire Clapton all the more, and I'm a huge fan..........through the Dominos and then I sort of lost interest in all the Miami Criterion vibe. What I found moving was the man's humility in acknowledging that he was a bit out of his depth playing with jazz heavies, or at the very least, well out of his comfort zone. That take balls and it takes character. For me, whether this version succeeds or not is immaterial. It was a one night special, not his usual thing and I think Clapton's insecurity is very endearing. It's an intimidating situation, to say the least and he came off like a true gentleman. He's given us enough, don't you think? I'd love to be able to put Eric into a time machine to Rudy Van Gelder's studio in the mid 60's at like, a Grant Green, Jack McDuff or a Lou Donaldson session. That would be something to hear and I think Clapton would hold his own just fine on a greasy Blue Note Session! Layla as re-imagined by young cats making believe that they're the Preservation Hall Jazz band? Not so much.
 
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Elliot Easton

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He also played beautifully on sessions for both Aretha and King Curtis-he sounds great when you can hear that he's digging deep. Same thing on the Howlin' Wolf sessions. You get the feeling that he's surprising even himself, you know?
 

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It made me admire Clapton all the more, and I'm a huge fan..........through the Dominos and then I sort of lost interest in all the Miami Criterion vibe. What I found moving was the man's humility in acknowledging that he was a bit out of his depth playing with jazz heavies, or at the very least, well out of his comfort zone. That take balls and it takes character. For me, whether this version succeeds or not is immaterial. It was a one night special, not his usual thing and I think Clapton's insecurity is very endearing. It's an intimidating situation, to say the least and he came off like a true gentleman. He's given us enough, don't you think? I'd love to be able to put Eric into a time machine to Rudy Van Gelder's studio in the mid 60's at like, a Grant Green, Jack McDuff or a Lou Donaldson session. That would be something to hear and I think Clapton would hold his own just fine on a greasy Blue Note Session! Layla as re-imagined by young cats making believe that they're the Preservation Hall Jazz band? Not so much.

Thanks Elliot for summing this up so well! I tried to say this earlier but you did a better job. I feel that I owe EC such a debt for opening my ears to so many things over the years. Sometimes I would lose interest because he drifted away from what "I" thought was important and what "I" thought were his core values as a musician. He always manages to draw me back in with awe though. I saw him in Indy about three years ago and I had the sad realization that he wasn't really Zeus and was aging.....I will always love and revere EC for giving me a musical education.
 

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I would have liked it best if he didn't play guitar on this one at all. I like the band a lot and the way they are approaching the song but the guitar simply doesn't work for me here.

I have never seen EC talk so much at a gig and be so kind and light hearted. I have seen him live once and he probably spoke ten words including all the thank yous in between. That seemed a bit "cold" to me at the time. Thank god there was Billy Preston who made up for all the lack of warmth at that gig
 
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Like I said, no use in arguing about taste but some of what's being said just makes me shake my head.
I like Clapton ( a little less after reading his autobiography:ganz ), I have enjoyed his guest-apperances more than some of his own recordings and I probably noodle "claponesque" licks constantly w/o even knowing why, it's essential vocabulary for many of us even though he didn't invent that stuff. The man can play "his stuff", no doubt. But watching EC play with those cats is like watching MiniMe playing Basketball with the '86 Lakers. Yes, he'd get to hold the ball a few times and everybody would think it's cute and be all giggles and gracious BUT it would only be tolerated because the coach (in this case thats Wynton) said that it would. EC can not express himself in this genre (there's no shame in that.) and instead of paying attention to what EC actually plays we're supposed to get all fuzzy about what a gentleman he is and how much he's contributed, etc. Fine for those who care but if you place an equally "unqualified" unknown player into that ensemble during an after-hours jam session at a Jazzclub, he/she would be asked to put the guitar down after one tune because that's how those Jazz guys roll from what I've seen.
 
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