Billy Gibbons playing Tokai

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Post by stratman323 » Sat Jul 26, 2008 3:50 am

mrsuspend wrote:But what an odd lurching groove on Jailhouse Rock :o
You should hear what they do to Presley's "Teddy Bear" on the XXX album!

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Post by bobtastik » Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:18 pm

The clearest video I have seen of him using a Tokai in 1996, see:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RRJZJVc ... re=related

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Post by bobtastik » Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:20 pm

By the way, the Goldtop he is using on the Joolz Holland Show is a single P90 guitar with wrap around bridge, so what do we really think that is ? a 50s Gibson ?

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Post by marcusnieman » Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:08 pm

bobtastik wrote:The clearest video I have seen of him using a Tokai in 1996, see:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RRJZJVc ... re=related
That was posted at the beginning of this thread :wink:

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Post by bobtastik » Wed Jul 30, 2008 1:54 am

Oops...........oh well quicker access now !

So, what is the Goldtop on the Joolz show then ??

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Post by voyager » Sun Aug 03, 2008 3:14 pm

stratman323 wrote:
TEX wrote:IBy the way, ZZ's next project is being produced by Rick Rubin and has been described as being quite country-heavy.
Oh dear. :( So like the rather strange first album, then?

:-?
Probably their most underrated album and possibly only inferior to Tres Hombres and Deguello. The live DVD just released emphasises what an omission it is that there isn't a DVD on the market that captured them at the height of their powers. A living legend who could squeeze a few more miles out of the tank if he shaved again.

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Post by marcusnieman » Sun Aug 03, 2008 4:02 pm

Here's another little gem from Billy - a little blues lesson on his Gretsch Billy Bo. His tone just slays me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34wNfmpYrb8

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Post by voyager » Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:49 pm

the reverend with the queen bee in his hands. Kalamazoo 1 Fullerton 0. 8)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjiCa6iM ... re=related

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Post by settebello » Mon Aug 04, 2008 1:12 pm

Here is the show with the overtaped headstock logo.
http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=WBxY-n8YTn4

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Post by TEX » Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:40 pm

voyager wrote:
stratman323 wrote:
TEX wrote:IBy the way, ZZ's next project is being produced by Rick Rubin and has been described as being quite country-heavy.
Oh dear. :( So like the rather strange first album, then?
:-?
Probably their most underrated album and possibly only inferior to Tres Hombres and Deguello.


Voyager, allow me to welcome you to Texas anytime you wish, brother. That underrated greatness of First Album, Rio Grande Mud, Tres Hombres, etc. just might be recaptured in the next release, as my hopes lead me. Producer Rick Rubin has a flair for stripping things down to their naked essentials, and although we often associate the Reverend with that famous fuzz, a rather clean (equally rich) tone is featured in those early ZZ albums. Mark my words, I have high hopes for that next release, whatever form it might take.
Have Mercy, Miss Percy!

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Post by bobtastik » Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:47 am

So what is the Goldtop with the single P90 & wrapover then ? It looks old.................anyone ???

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Post by voyager » Tue Aug 05, 2008 3:50 am

TEX wrote:Producer Rick Rubin has a flair for stripping things down to their naked essentials, and although we often associate the Reverend with that famous fuzz, a rather clean (equally rich) tone is featured in those early ZZ albums. Mark my words, I have high hopes for that next release, whatever form it might take.
Hi Tex, and thanks, one day I might make it over there for a fine Texas style BBQ! I am familiar with Rick Rubin's work so, like you, I have high hopes for something lean and mean! 8)

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Post by stratman323 » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:51 pm

TEX wrote: That underrated greatness of First Album, Rio Grande Mud, Tres Hombres, etc. just might be recaptured in the next release, as my hopes lead me.
Rio Grande Mud was an excellent album, IMHO. I'm afraid that the first album sounded to me like a band who hadn't yet made up their minds who they were - strange countryish songs that just didn't suit them. But clearly some of you don't agree with me on that!

Rubin did a nice job with Johnny Cash - Delia's Gone is one of the best songs Cash ever recorded. Dark, but almost tongue in cheek at the same time.

8)

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Post by hans-j?rgen » Thu Aug 07, 2008 2:33 am

JohnA wrote:
f5joe wrote:Here's a non-photoshopped picture of the Reverend with a Tokai:

http://freenet-homepage.de/bluezz_basta ... kai_ad.jpg

All hail the Reverend. A moment of silence please. :lol: :wink:
I don't think that's photoshopped, I'm sure I've seen that before and Billy stuck the 'Tokai' over the top of 'Gibson' as a prank.
Here's the story why you have seen that photo before and how that picture came into possession of the Tokai Registry:

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=3809

I hosted it on my band homepage, so that Ned's server traffic is not used up, as it is also available in the Registry ads section. It is not photoshopped and was probably taken for a Marshall ad around 1996 when Tokai gave Billy Gibbons this copy of the Peter Green Burst during a tour through Europe (see the same thread).

By the way, if you would like to see some clips from the famous 1980 Rockpalast show in Essen, Germany, I found five of them on MyspaceTV and embedded them in our Bluezz Bastardzz Myspace profile (zzee my zzig): "La Grange", "Waitin' for the bus", "Jesus just left Chicago", "Fool for your stockings" and "Precious and grace". It's not the Tokai of course, but his original '59 "Pearly Gates" Les Paul. But I'm using my Tokai LS60 with the Mesa Boogie Mark IIB in the black&white clip of "Thunderbird" on the same page. :wink:
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Post by Loudmouse » Thu Aug 07, 2008 12:00 pm

I did the post with the taped over headstock from the Jools Holland show.
Not photoshop.

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php ... highlight=

The original picture link is dead now but I think the picture settebello posted is one I captured from video.

Not photoshop, Billy did it.

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