"THAT SOUND" WAS IT A SERIES OF PARADOXES/COINCIDENCES? Apr 28, 2022 13:32:31 GMT Cruachan, Jono, and 3 more like this
Post by jetblack69 on Apr 28, 2022 13:32:31 GMT
it's pretty obvious that MOST if not ALL on here are "SHADOWS FANATICS" so I think most of you know the history of FENDER and VOX,and how they came together but have you ever thought of the strange coincidences/paradox's contadictions almost.
Leo Fender...LEO COULD NOT PLAY GUITAR and the original family name (great grandfathers ) was FINTER, so we could have had a FINTER TELECASTER/STRATOCASTER.
DICK DENNY.. the man who designed the VOX AC15/30 WAS DEAF IN ONE EAR.
TOM JENNINGS...Tom Jennings was an accordion player and served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers during World War II. In 1942, Jennings was discharged on medical grounds and went on to work at a munitions plant in Kent. It was here that Jennings met amateur guitarist Dick Denney. Denney played with a local big band and on occasion, the two played together. Denny also had an interest in electronics and radio technology.
HANK MARVIN..as the story goes Cliff wanted to buy Hank a decent guitar and they ended up buying a FENDER STRATOCASTER beacause they thought that was where James Burton's sound came from...we know now it was a FENDER TELECASTER.
JOE BROWN..again the story goes that Joe had acquired a MEAZZI ECHOMATIC and did NOT like the sound so he offered it to Hank to try....and the rest...as they say is history.
I was 7 years old when APACHE was released in JUNE 1960. I remember hearing this AMAZING sound coming out of a jukebox in South-end on a daytrip there. I didn't realize it then, but "THAT SOUND" would stay with me and it wasn't until about 1964 that I actually heard this tune again on RADIO CAROLINE and it stopped me in my tracks....AGAIN. From then on I went to look round the record shops and got an original copy of APACHE which I still have COLUMBIA DB-4484. I also bought their 1st Album and anything I could find so I suppose I got into the Shadows later than some of you.
I left school in 1969 and in 1972 I bought myself a Strat and started to teach myself to play. I met a couple of other guys at work who also liked Shadows stuff and we started to practise together. We had a Peavy 100 watt amp and a bass amp and I bought a new Wem copycat on HP.
I did eventually sell my Strat and I bought a custom Telecaster off a friend...which I sold to another friend when I got married in 1981.
Anyway after a long time away from the playing side, I did eventually buy another couple of Strats and a JMI amp and started playing again after I retired in 2018. I had another LONG break..not even PICKING up a guitar from about late 2019 onwards until quite rencently.
I had an opportunity to buy a TVS3 thanks to Paul Rossiter, and with the help of Paul and Philc have just discovered that for ME...PERSONALLY my relentless search for "THAT SOUND" is over. As Phil said to me though the TVS3 does give you that "core sound" in spades but it's getting the other 5% or so that you have to work at. I am getting there and I will start to post a few tracks when i,m ready. After such a LONG break from playing my fingers are bleeding again and I need loads and loads of practise. It's as if my fingers have lost their memory and MY memory is not so good as I get older.
Anyway I will take the opportunity to sincerely THANK Paul and Phil for all the help and advice they have given me.