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Re: SV: Garbarek album (from 1984)

His juice extractor product is called the Harness, and HE builds them ONE 
a time. You could get more info on them IF he still had his sight up.
Jeff Collins
-----Original Message-----
From: Paolo Valladolid <pvallado@waynesworld.ucsd.edu>
To: Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com <Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com>
Date: Thursday, April 16, 1998 8:23 PM
Subject: Re: SV: Garbarek album (from 1984)

>> The funny thing about Holdsworth is that he claims those effects are all
>> very short delays that are augmented by his playing. He's also got a
>> bit of equiptment that he makes himself. The guy always blow my mind.
>> got some video of him playing the Synthaxe, It is nuts. Have you seen 
>> instructional video. It's scary.
>> Jeff Collins
>As I recall, Holdsworth's reasoning is that a digital chorus effect is
>really nothing more than a bunch of very short delays.  Thus he used
>an ADA delay unit for his sound.
>The equipment he has made is mostly in support of his tone philosophy that
>for his overdriven guitar sound he needs power tubes - preamp tube
>distortion is not enough.  Thus he's made "juice extractors" that take
>the speaker output of any tube amp and convert it to a line level signal
>and "the coffin" (a recording chamber for his guitar cabinets - mostly
>sound-deadening material wrapped around the cabinets with mics stuck in).
>Yes, Rocktron used to market the Holdsworth Juice Extractor, but 
>was unhappy with the product.  They ruined his original design for the
>dummy load part of the product (it fools the tube amp into thinking there
>is a speaker connected to it).  He spent a lot of time and effort using
>trial-and-error to come up with a particular concoction of resistors and
>other components but Rocktron reportedly changed his recipe for the dummy
>load.  On top of that, he felt the final product was constructed with poor
>quality control.  I think he still sells his own Juice Extractor (under
>a different name) on a made-to-order basis.
>I have not seen the video but I do have teh book Just For the Curious.
>His phrasing is unique among guitarists (e.g. lots of perfect fourths)
>because he effortlessly uses fingerings that most guitarists would not
>consider "comfortable".  It's worth checking out for guitarists (and
>Stick players) who want to take their phrasing in a different direction.
>Paolo Valladolid
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