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I thought they sounded more like their 72 reunion show at the Paramount then they did their records, but that's OK because even in 72, they didn't sound contemporary, in fact they sounded more like what retro bands would sound like in the late 70s and early to mid 80s, even early 90s. I'm really just glad that they didn't feel the need to update like the Wailers and the Kingsmen have.
what fuzz did larry use?
I heard Link poked holes in his speakers with a pencil to get that airy distort...however the mood strikes, you just gotta listen.
PS stop using effects and just hear the room. Or destroy your equipment.
I took some pics at The Sonics show at Ray Davies Meltdown - sorry can't really make out the equipment but I thought you Sonics fans might like to check them out here http://retroman65.blogspot.com/2011/06/sonics-live-ray-davies-meltd...
You DON'T Need to go Vintage to get certain sounds. You Can do a lot with Modern Gear to make it sound old without beating it up. You can buy a Power Soak to load your speakers so you don't have to run the amp at full tilt. You don't have to slash and/or poke holes in your speakers either, you can make Buzz Speakers with a Plastic Garbage bage stretched over the front of the speaker to buzz when the speaker makes noises. There are many good (and affordable) pedals out there too.Invent your own sounds. Try to innovate off of what you hear from the Sonics sound, but not ape them.
I have seen there Backline and know their soundman. It is all Modern Gear. I could ask about what Larry uses on his guitar, but probably won't get more than a generic answer back. It is really the musician NOT the Gear.
The ANSWER IS (from the Sonics Live Sound Operator)-
You asked the right guy because I built the pedal board that Larry is currently using.
It all starts with the amp because Larry's sound is based on being able to switch back and forth between ultra clean and distortion.
The preferred amps these days are:
(1) Fender "The Twin" with a master volume
(2) a Fender red knob Twin (also has a master volume)
Larry even used a Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier head + a Marshall 4x12 recently because the backline company didn't have the right kind of Twin.
If we have the correct amp then the only pedals needed are a tuner, compressor/sustain, a DDL and a volume pedal. If we don't have the right amp, things get more complicated. Then we add a clean boost pedal, a tube screamer and an A/B box so that we can run two amps- one clean, one dirty.