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Don Barnhardt


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North Carolina, USA
Post  Posted 16 Nov 2018 3:58 pm    
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David Lindley is the source of the sound and the excellent amp is the icing on the cake.
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Rob Anderlik


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Illinois, USA
Post  Posted 19 Nov 2018 2:48 pm    
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Since no one has mentioned it, you may want to experiment with adding a phase shifter to your signal chain to work towards getting the Lindley sound. When I first heard someone mention that Mr. Dave used a phase shifter on some tunes I wasn't sure if I believed it. But when I listened back to some of his work, for example, his solo on You Love The Thunder (from Running on Empty) it does seem that he might be using one. I experimented with a MXR phase shifter and sure enough, it works really well in certain tunes for getting the Mr. Dave sound. YMMV
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Owen McCrory


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Post  Posted 19 Nov 2018 9:34 pm    
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From a Fretboard Journal interview (#11 Fall 2008):

"No, there was an MXR phase shifter. I had a very peculiar one, and I also had Dan Armstrong's Purple Peeker."

In reference to the Running On Empty solo.
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Don Daringer


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Post  Posted 25 Nov 2018 9:49 am     Lindley's sound
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I have a video of Mr. Dave playing with Jackson Brown in the 70's from a tv studio concert. In it Dave switches between a Telecaster and his lap steel. The amp looks like tweed deluxe. The sound stays virtually the same. I've always assumed that his basic sound then comes from the amp and is flavored by effects. I've read that he did tweak the amp.
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John Bobbitt


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Post  Posted 25 Nov 2018 10:37 am    
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google "coodercaster". I think they used similar set-ups
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Don Daringer


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Post  Posted 25 Nov 2018 2:37 pm     Lindley's sound
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Jerry Kippola


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Michigan, USA
Post  Posted 30 Nov 2018 4:09 pm    
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I have three, a '50, '51' and '54. Use them a lot.
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Godfrey Arthur


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Post  Posted 5 Dec 2018 6:35 am    
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For all the years I've heard Lindley on the great albums he's been on, I got the sense that his tone came from the way he held the bar above the strings.

As if he gets this vibration "bounce buzz" of the bar off the strings.

Has little to do with his amp, not even so much his guitar although I would be inclined to agree the guitars he used ball-parked things for a good album-specific tone that emphasized his playing style, helping to launch those many songs.

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"Peter Jacobs" in 2007, Lindley put his Dumbles up for sale --
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It was never clear how far or near
The gates to my citadel lay

I keep thinking I'll find what I'm looking for
In the sand beneath the dawn


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Paul Honeycutt


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Colorado, USA
Post  Posted 6 Dec 2018 3:17 pm    
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When I first saw Mr. Dave with El Rayo X back in the the '80's he had a little blue Boss CE-2 chorus on the floor. No other pedals, just oddball guitars into a Dumble amp. I went out and bought a CE-2 after that and still own it. Not that I use it much with a lap steel.

This was after Running on Empty and other Jackson Browne albums which are obviously a phase shifter (Take it Easy, for example).
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Allen Kaatz


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Washington, USA
Post  Posted 13 Dec 2018 12:07 pm    
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Lindley probably recorded with his Fender tweed Deluxe as much as the Dumble. His Deluxe has an old Vox Bulldog speaker in it which give it a bit more aggressive tone. I'd guess the Dumble sounds smoother and the tweed more raw.
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Jesse Pearson


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San Diego , CA
Post  Posted 13 Dec 2018 5:40 pm    
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Terry VunCannon, that's a great collection of Nationals you have there. They do get a good tone...I can see why pro's like em.
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