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Post new topic Sho Bud Pro II at its Best...by Tom Killen
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Don Mogle


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Fort Worth, TX, USA
Post Posted 26 Nov 2017 1:22 pm     Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze6QO6t2Tks

This is a great recording of Tom Killen playing an old Sho Bud Pro II. I believe Ricky Davis worked on this steel for Tom. The audio and playing are simply outstanding.

This is one of the sweetist-sounding Sho-Bud recordings I think I've ever heard. Just awesome. (Note: Use headphones for maximum Sho-Bud sweetness!)


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Ricky Davis


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Buda, Texas USA
Post Posted 26 Nov 2017 2:00 pm     Reply with quote

Yes here it was when I finished it for Tom....
Yes indeed it sounds completely freakin awesome....no other steel guitar sounds as good as a old barrel tuning Pro-II...Period!!!

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Jerry Erickson


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Post Posted 26 Nov 2017 2:44 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks for posting, a great sounding group. It sent me down the rabbit hole finding more video from them.
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Paul King


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Gainesville, Texas, USA
Post Posted 26 Nov 2017 4:17 pm     Reply with quote

I have watched this video a few times. Tom sounds great and playing behind Vince must be a thrill. Everyone in this band can play very well. I like the bass guitar, just straight and solid.
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Don Mogle


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Fort Worth, TX, USA
Post Posted 26 Nov 2017 6:27 pm     Tom's Sho Bud Reply with quote

Ricky,

Did you shave the pedals down on the sides for Tom or where they like this when you originally took it in for refurb?

Do you remember how these felt compared to the full-size ones like on your LDG? Any difference at all?

Here's an old post with Ricky talking about the work he did on the mechanicals of Tom's guitar and a link to a George Jones concert.

http://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=2679423&highlight=#2679423

Don
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Ricky Davis


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Buda, Texas USA
Post Posted 26 Nov 2017 9:31 pm     Reply with quote

Hey Don; they were already shaved down when I got it to refurb.
I don't find much diff of the wide waffles and the slightly shaved ones. I play in my socks...
Ricky
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Walter Stettner


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Post Posted 27 Nov 2017 7:44 am     Reply with quote

This is strictly awesome! Ricky, what a beauty, and Tom really tears his heart out playing!

Thanks for posting!

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Don Mogle


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Fort Worth, TX, USA
Post Posted 28 Nov 2017 5:09 am     Tom's Gear Reply with quote

I wanted to also mention that Tom is using an old Sho-Bud volume pedal and Peavey Session 400.

I love all the modern stuff, but the old battle-worn gear still stands up after all these years. It still works! Right Ricky?
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Ricky Davis


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Post Posted 28 Nov 2017 8:42 am     Reply with quote

Yes it does Don...ha...
Here I am cutting/playing 1973 LDG...1970 ShoBud volume pedal; through '69 Blackface Twin with 1970 JBL K-130.
Especially check out the Lloyd Green Bar slant at 1:15..ha..

https://youtu.be/scaGSh9LxTA

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Don Mogle


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Fort Worth, TX, USA
Post Posted 28 Nov 2017 4:41 pm     Video Reply with quote

Sounds great Ricky! I love the fact the steel is really prominent in the mix. With some songs, the steel is buried so far in the background you can hardly hear it. Good thing the producer on this album is a steel player!

I'd have to rank that recording as one of the best Sho-Bud projects I've heard. Great work!

Now, I have to go practice my Lloyd Green slants!

Don
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Ricky Davis


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Buda, Texas USA
Post Posted 29 Nov 2017 8:27 am     Reply with quote

Yes Don actually produced by Ricky Davis and Tommy Detamore....TWO steel players produced it....even better.
Thanks bro.
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Don Mogle


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Fort Worth, TX, USA
Post Posted 9 Dec 2017 9:32 am     Reply with quote

Tom Killen & SB Pro II...take two!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_LgUpyomas

Another sweet song with Tom's fine steel playing. Gotta love it!

Don
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Bobby Nelson


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North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 9 Dec 2017 10:20 am     Reply with quote

A question for you old hands on Sho-Bud sound: can the tone that Jimmy Day had on the early Ray Price stuff (Crazy Arms; Heart Over Mind; Wasted Words etc) be considered a good representation of the Sho-Bud tone? I love that tone. Is that a Sho-Bud PU and, what would a modern day Pu be that replicates that tone the best?
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Bobby Nelson


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North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 9 Dec 2017 10:28 am     Reply with quote

Boy! That was fantastic! great Steel, great singing, great band.
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Ricky Davis


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Buda, Texas USA
Post Posted 9 Dec 2017 6:24 pm     Reply with quote

Bobby; that tone Jimmy Day had on that very early stuff was played on a Sho~bud Permanent pedal steel....and that is way different changer fingers and mounting and rollers/keyhead; than even the mid-60's steel(fingertip) and even more diff. than the early '70's Sho~bud like Tom Killen is playing. Tom's pickups are original single coil ShoBud pickups...and closest single coil modern made replacement is a TrueTone made my Jerry Wallace wound to 17,500 ohms. It's very hard to reproduce the sound on one style Sho~bud to the next style Sho~bud...they all had different voices.
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