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Gibson Based Reference Songs Old favorites where Gibson acoustic are prominent

#1 User is offline   PatriotsBiker 

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 08:40 AM

Hi All,

I'm looking for a few songs to use as reference songs for my home project studio efforts. I'm hoping you would offer some songs that you refer to when thinking of great guitar tone. Maybe a song in the back of your mind that you think is the best sounding acoustic tone that heavily features Gibson. Maybe your holy grail song.

Emphasis on SJ's and HB's, but any Gibson is fine. On that note, other brands are fine, too.

Thanks - PB

(fwiw - Reference songs are ones that are loaded into a DAW (eg Pro Tools, Garage Band) that allows you to compare your efforts to professional releases. Not to copy, but rather to compare to as far as things like sitting in the mix, volume and other tonal concerns. A sanity check of sorts. It also helps to hear what that tone sounds like coming out of your monitors as opposed to normal listening environments.)
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Posted 08 January 2019 - 03:08 PM

Two guys associated with Gibsons that listen to regularly.

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#3 User is offline   Boyd 

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 06:51 PM

Most of the stuff here? Well... maybe not "holy grail" stuff, but it's mostly Gibson. :)

https://www.youtube....FI5jIezRmynksGg

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 10:12 PM

An interviewer asked Reverend Gary Davis why he used the Gibson SJ 200...Davis replied,"It's good in the rain." If that's not the blues...
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Posted 09 January 2019 - 06:49 AM

Thanks for the responses so far.

I guess I'm looking for at least half a decade past that Dylan era when the world went from mono to higher fidelity recordings.

Over the course of several sittings, I went through hundreds of songs that I thought were very heavy acoustic songs only to find out that they were just part of an overall sound. Two recent searches led me to some 70's Country music to discover a lot less acoustic than I ever imagined. Lots of strings based pads along with great use of pedal steel and lots of fiddle. That much I knew going in, but was surprised to not hear more acoustic work.

Zombywoof, OT, I didn't know much at all about Zevon. Certainly not enough to know he used Gibson acoustics. Not one of my favorites, but there were times when he shined. That one big song he "toured" is still hard to watch. "My ****'s ****ed Up". The why he wrote it, what he was dealing with, etc, etc. What a great piece of work. Anyhow, I'll search through his studio acoustic recordings.

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 06:51 AM

https://youtu.be/AGDRkS9D48E
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Posted 09 January 2019 - 07:07 AM

any Hillbilly Stones...


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Posted 09 January 2019 - 08:47 AM

Not exactly high fidelity, but, as I document in Kalamazoo Gals, Woody Guthrie both composed and recorded "This Land ..." on his Banner SJ:


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Posted 09 January 2019 - 09:46 AM

View Postjt, on 09 January 2019 - 08:47 AM, said:

Not exactly high fidelity, but, as I document in Kalamazoo Gals, Woody Guthrie both composed and recorded "This Land ..." on his Banner SJ:



I think the CD you put together of the Banner Guitars is excellent sample of Gibson acoustics.
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Posted 09 January 2019 - 10:09 AM

This right here. Gibson talk, gorgeous Gibson visuals, Gibson tone.


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Posted 09 January 2019 - 10:11 AM

View PostDave F, on 09 January 2019 - 09:46 AM, said:

I think the CD you put together of the Banner Guitars is excellent sample of Gibson acoustics.


Oh yeah. To the OP , the Kalamazoo girls accompanying cd is a great port of call for amazing gibson acoustic recordings

It would kind of have to be wouldnt it !
But it really is

Iíll still stick by my Jeffrey Foucault recommendation though , no offence it

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 10:21 AM

View PostMr. Paul, on 09 January 2019 - 10:09 AM, said:

This right here. Gibson talk, gorgeous Gibson visuals, Gibson tone.





Nice git-tar, and that guy has a serious set of pipes!
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Posted 09 January 2019 - 03:41 PM

View PostDave F, on 09 January 2019 - 09:46 AM, said:

I think the CD you put together of the Banner Guitars is excellent sample of Gibson acoustics.

Thanks!

Clips here.

Track/guitars used list here.
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Posted 09 January 2019 - 06:51 PM

The Fab Four got their J-160e's in the early 60's and as far as I know used them exclusively for a number of years. One was stolen but soon replaced. I have always liked the Rubber Soul acoustic guitar work. My favorite album of all time, hands down.

Phil and Don Everly too, SJ-200's and their J-180's, both models equipped with double pick guards.

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 10:24 PM

View PostBrad2001, on 09 January 2019 - 06:51 PM, said:

The Fab Four got their J-160e's in the early 60's and as far as I know used them exclusively for a number of years. One was stolen but soon replaced. I have always liked the Rubber Soul acoustic guitar work. My favorite album of all time, hands down.

Phil and Don Everly too, SJ-200's and their J-180's, both models equipped with double pick guards.


Long Long Long, George played a Gibson J- something or other.

Emmylou Harris inherited Gram's J-200.

Keef I believe played a Bird on Exile.
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Posted 10 January 2019 - 07:12 AM

View Postblindboygrunt, on 09 January 2019 - 06:51 AM, said:


Thanks for this!
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Posted 10 January 2019 - 07:21 AM

View PostThemisSal, on 09 January 2019 - 07:07 AM, said:

any Hillbilly Stones...



Thanks, Sal. I've used this very song as a reference track before. Not so much for a modern take on things, but for interesting tonal layers Glynn Johns lets through. (IIRC his name correctly)

edit: Plus I use the Helios emulation from UAD sometimes. Fits well.

This post has been edited by PatriotsBiker: 10 January 2019 - 07:23 AM

2018 - Gibson SJ-200 Standard
2018 - Gibson Hummingbird Standard
2015 - Taylor 614CE
2013 - Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro(59)
2014 - Epiphone Black Royale P93
2015 - Epiphone ES335 Custom
2005 - Epiphone Les Paul Custom (MIK)
2008 - Fender Tele (MIM) - Modded to Keefocaster
2011 - Fender USA Strat Standard
2012 - Fender USA Telecaster
2009 - PRS SE Paul Allender
2007 - Gretsch 5120 Electromatic
2016 - Fender Jazz Bass (MIM)
Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue
Jet City Amps 20W JCA2112RC
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Posted 10 January 2019 - 07:24 AM

View PostMr. Paul, on 09 January 2019 - 10:09 AM, said:

This right here. Gibson talk, gorgeous Gibson visuals, Gibson tone.



Thanks, Mr Paul. This one is going to help me a great deal.
2018 - Gibson SJ-200 Standard
2018 - Gibson Hummingbird Standard
2015 - Taylor 614CE
2013 - Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro(59)
2014 - Epiphone Black Royale P93
2015 - Epiphone ES335 Custom
2005 - Epiphone Les Paul Custom (MIK)
2008 - Fender Tele (MIM) - Modded to Keefocaster
2011 - Fender USA Strat Standard
2012 - Fender USA Telecaster
2009 - PRS SE Paul Allender
2007 - Gretsch 5120 Electromatic
2016 - Fender Jazz Bass (MIM)
Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue
Jet City Amps 20W JCA2112RC
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Posted 10 January 2019 - 07:36 AM

View Postjt, on 09 January 2019 - 03:41 PM, said:


Now this is nice and is going to work well for me. I listened to most of the first few tracks and ordered the CD just now. Good Great stuff.
2018 - Gibson SJ-200 Standard
2018 - Gibson Hummingbird Standard
2015 - Taylor 614CE
2013 - Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro(59)
2014 - Epiphone Black Royale P93
2015 - Epiphone ES335 Custom
2005 - Epiphone Les Paul Custom (MIK)
2008 - Fender Tele (MIM) - Modded to Keefocaster
2011 - Fender USA Strat Standard
2012 - Fender USA Telecaster
2009 - PRS SE Paul Allender
2007 - Gretsch 5120 Electromatic
2016 - Fender Jazz Bass (MIM)
Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue
Jet City Amps 20W JCA2112RC
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Posted 10 January 2019 - 07:50 AM

Thanks everyone for the replies so far. Looks like I have some great material to use. I've got some strummy stuff to find still, but should be able to go through some of the examples suggested here to find. Rubber soul album, Everly Brothers, etc.

I'm pretty sure I've used some Tom Petty in the past, so will look into his body of work as well. I bet his albums should produce a track or two to add to my list.

It's amazing how many songs I think of as acoustic songs had very low, back of the mix presence after the other band instruments kicked in. (eg - Bob Seger "Night Moves")

PB
2018 - Gibson SJ-200 Standard
2018 - Gibson Hummingbird Standard
2015 - Taylor 614CE
2013 - Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro(59)
2014 - Epiphone Black Royale P93
2015 - Epiphone ES335 Custom
2005 - Epiphone Les Paul Custom (MIK)
2008 - Fender Tele (MIM) - Modded to Keefocaster
2011 - Fender USA Strat Standard
2012 - Fender USA Telecaster
2009 - PRS SE Paul Allender
2007 - Gretsch 5120 Electromatic
2016 - Fender Jazz Bass (MIM)
Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue
Jet City Amps 20W JCA2112RC
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