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    J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    Fabulous playing, thanks for posting that. What a version of Sweet Little Angel!

    Please tell him to come and do some gigs in the UK again, it's been too long.

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    Tasty!
    Was his guitar wired out of phase from the factory or did he flip one of the magnets?

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by blewsbreaker View Post
    Tasty!
    Was his guitar wired out of phase from the factory or did he flip one of the magnets?
    He had Joe Glazer put in a push pull pot to reverse the phase of one of the pickups.

    As an aside does anyone know why Elad isn't playing with the band anymore?

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    Geez, have a little Reverb... Oye, way too much for my listening pleasure..

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    Yeah! Reminds me of when I saw him in Dallas a few years back. He had either his regular 335 Red or a borrowed 345 thru a Traynor and did "Whats On Your Mind" (slow blues) and it was a class in '60s BB King tones. My fave part of the show.
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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    Wow, killer playing and feel, and tone!

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    Perfect, nailed it, no other way to put it..syncopation, ideas, phrases, with an emphasis on the upbeat....that's how you play proper early style electric blues IMO.

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    That sounds great! I’d like to try that push/pull mod on one of my hollow-bodies.

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    Great playing and phrasing.

    Other than TOOOOO much reverb, it was really good.

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    As always, great phrasing, tone, vocabulary, and emotion from JD!

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    Charlie, Thanks for posting that . J.D. could arguably be the BEST guitar slinger today .

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    I like the reverb! I like his tone through the Fender amps too. While he sounded great with his Marshall, to my ear the Fender adds a beautiful sweetness that I really like. It is especially refreshing to hear humbucking pickups through the low and mid powered blackface circuits. Those amps were omnipresent in the USA music scene in the 1960's and then again in late 1980's - 1990's blues scene, but then usually with single coil guitar pickups.
    Now we just need to get the other two gents onstage into 1960's styled suits and ties...
    Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome JD Simo and the AB763's

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    very cool.. I also like his tone with the Fenders, including the Reverb..there is a passion behind those notes that is very authentic too

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by El Gringo View Post
    Charlie, Thanks for posting that . J.D. could arguably be the BEST guitar slinger today .

    I'd like to see JD and Eric Gales jam together sometime. Eric is right off the deep end of outer space. I think JD has the talent and versatility to follow. I think Jared Nichols is headed that way too.

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Shakey View Post

    As an aside does anyone know why Elad isn't playing with the band anymore?
    A shame aint it? To make it even more interesting, I spotted a new tour schedule on facebook calling the band 'JD Simo & his trio'.
    I wonder whats going on there.. Nothing against the new guy, but Elad was way cooler imo

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitri92 View Post
    A shame aint it? To make it even more interesting, I spotted a new tour schedule on facebook calling the band 'JD Simo & his trio'.
    I wonder whats going on there.. Nothing against the new guy, but Elad was way cooler imo
    I agree. It is tough to make a living as a 'band' though.

    Elad was great. The new guy is good, too. Adam is the cornerstone of the band and a freaking superstar drummer. I hope he is still around.

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by TM1 View Post
    Geez, have a little Reverb... Oye, way too much for my listening pleasure..

    I agree...especially on the first cut with those aggressive chord slaps at the beginning. I shut that one down immediately. That is the first time I have not listened to all of a Simo cut.
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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitri92 View Post
    A shame aint it? To make it even more interesting, I spotted a new tour schedule on facebook calling the band 'JD Simo & his trio'.
    I wonder whats going on there.. Nothing against the new guy, but Elad was way cooler imo

    I've seen a couple of recent video's with a different bassist playing an upright bass so who know's whats going on. Also the "& his trio" makes it sound like they've added an extra dude to the band for the next tour i.e. JD and 3 other guys so that would be pretty cool organ player maybe?

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    Here's a recent video of JD where he sort of explains what is going on.

    Sounds like Adam Abrashoff is still in, but nothing confirmed.


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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    JD and Adam with the standup bass player (different one from the original Elad sub/replacement).


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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    Here's my beef with the blues thing...as someone who absolutely loves how JD and others are going back to what it's supposed to be.



    The music was born out of a completely different world/culture. And, not to say it's not possible, bla bla bla but the roots of American Country, Jazz and Blues all share this theme in common. They were DJ's, all of those cats, from 'Bird to Duke Ellington to Howlin Wolf to Lightnin' Hopkins to the Texas Playboys on and on. When you went to see these guys you either went to a dance hall ball room or a juke joint local bar where the objective for the audience was to drink, dance, and have a good time. Once the boomer generation hit puberty big festivals, sitting and staring along with this whole hyperbolic idolatry culture came to fruition. The good news is all those players who started in the 60's only had the heavy pockets to learn from, but those pockets were so deep ONLY because it was live music with a purpose to which these guys had to swing. The audience was not there to stare at their fingers or think about their "tone" or whatever. Every name he dropped was a guy with a swing deeper than 95% of the folks you hear at jams today because you had to play like that before the 60's, period. At some point, because of the culture shift and the dynamic between performer/observer, the music changed.



    Now, the idea is you go stand there and stare at a group of dudes to see how well they do it, it's like watching a movie. Okay, maybe a drunk couple will wiggle around, but it's just such an odd atmosphere because the roots music before the 60's was made for partying, it was communal in it's nature, the musicians were there as much for the people as for themselves.


    I was lucky enough to hit the jams in Chicago when the last of the gold guard left this planet in the late 90's & early 00's. I'd walk into the New Apartment lounge off MLK street where Von Freeman & his horses would have an open jam, on other nights different flavors of music. Thing was, it was a total 180 from the actual "jazz venues" or cafe's around town you'd see players in, it was a the LOCAL BAR!! The people in there were townies who'd been around for decades, they came out to drink & joke with each other, a cast of characters like nothing else from guys purple suits with feathers in their cap to ladies in fur coats. They didn't stare at the jazz musicians, they drank, had a good time, tapped their feet and maybe danced to the music, they were partying yet here were these guys in the corner...playing bebop!

    Then you'd go to the north side to place like "Kingston Mines" and this a-hole (who's been there forever, probably still is) gets up there on the bandstand before every set to explain to everyone how Bo Smith is such a legend that you better maintain your composure while sitting and staring at him, all faces forward, please drink responsibly, and try to show Bo all the respect his holiness deserves. And, it's so weird because it's the opposite of all those archived photos from back in the golden age at the Willie Dixon blues museum. The message is...you're not here for yourself, you're here for these guys on stage....to the point where the self adulation of some of the cats is off the charts.




    Point being, JD is playing communal music, but not at the local pub filled with folks who just want to party, but mostly for folks who want to stand there and stare or whom came to watch so & so specifically.


    I wish it would go back the old way, where guys played this music in the bars as part of the experience, not being the center of the universe themselves.


    I've struck up this in conversation with some of the few "legends" still around I've been fortunate enough to run into, here's a clip of great bebop/jazz pianist then educator Barry Harris talking about the same thing in the jazz idiom:







    It'd be nice to see a "renaissance."

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    To address a couple of points brought up earlier, Adam, the original drummer, is still with J.D. and will be for the long run. I think the bass position will be floating for the time being until they find someone they really connect with. Elad really hated the grind of touring.

    The name "J.D. Simo & his trio" does need a little tweaking. Perhaps "The J.D. Simo Trio"?

    It's all a work in progress. The bottom line though is that the boy is firing on all cylinders.

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    Charles/J.D., can you give any insight how ‘Red’ was modded to get the pickups out of phase with each other? As far as I know, it’s pretty impossible to get the pickups out of phase with the stock single conducted braided wires without grounding issues? Hope you can shed some light on this.

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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by deytookerjaabs View Post
    Here's my beef with the blues thing...as someone who absolutely loves how JD and others are going back to what it's supposed to be.

    It'd be nice to see a "renaissance."
    Why don't you just wake me up with a sledgehammer? Now I have to think. And you are right, but damn man! In da' mornin'?

    Quote Originally Posted by CDaughtry View Post
    To address a couple of points brought up earlier, Adam, the original drummer, is still with J.D. and will be for the long run. I think the bass position will be floating for the time being until they find someone they really connect with. Elad really hated the grind of touring.

    The name "J.D. Simo & his trio" does need a little tweaking. Perhaps "The J.D. Simo Trio"?

    It's all a work in progress. The bottom line though is that the boy is firing on all cylinders.
    I usually hate out of phase guitars. I enjoyed this! Dude can play!

    Maybe

    J.D. Simo/3D


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    Re: J.D. Simo demonstrating how the out of phase sound is supposed to sound!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Emiel View Post
    Charles/J.D., can you give any insight how ‘Red’ was modded to get the pickups out of phase with each other? As far as I know, it’s pretty impossible to get the pickups out of phase with the stock single conducted braided wires without grounding issues? Hope you can shed some light on this.
    Emiel, if one starts with the original pickups in an ES-335 and wants to go out of phase, one has to either flip the magnets or rewire the leads in one of the pickups. To rewire the leads, one has to go under the cover and separate that braided ground wire from the end of the winding to which it is attached. The braid then goes to ground and one flips the leads to put that pickup out of phase with the other pickup.
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