On the 'tube

Early Led Zeppelin Ledly Zeppellating on Danish TV, 3/69

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Wizardry, warts, and all. Naked Telecaster action.

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I was just watching this (again) the other night. One of the things that has led me to understand that in my search for "my fuzz", I'm more of a Tonebender guy than a Muff man.

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Tonebenders are magical devices. A Muff does what a Muff does (a little more or less, and with more or less of this frequency emphasis or that one).

But 'benders are wildly versatile, with a surprising range of engrossingly textured voices, all under your volume and tone knobs. And the knobs on the pedal - but especially on modern builds that virtually nail the original behavior and range, and also add and enhance. My favorites are Ramble FX's Twin Bender and Basic Audio's Scarab Deluxe.

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I like that kind of stage set up. Reminds me when things were simpler.

Once the 70's came along everything went big time for Sound Reinforcement, especially PA systems.

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And everyone just sitting there, listening, not yelling inane nonsense at inappropriate times. Or shrill-whistling, which for someone like me with tinnitus, is excruciating.

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Tonebenders are magical devices. A Muff does what a Muff does (a little more or less, and with more or less of this frequency emphasis or that one).

But 'benders are wildly versatile, with a surprising range of engrossingly textured voices, all under your volume and tone knobs. And the knobs on the pedal - but especially on modern builds that virtually nail the original behavior and range, and also add and enhance. My favorites are Ramble FX's Twin Bender and Basic Audio's Scarab Deluxe.

– Proteus

I'll add those two to my long and growing list of fuzzes to try.

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Oh man! This is awesome! Thanks Tim, I really enjoyed this early Zeppelin video.

During my giggling years, I was called "Wade Zeppelin" because I played a large amount of the Zeppelin catalog with an obsession. I absolutely love playing Led Zeppelin tunes!

My brother David comes over every Sunday afternoon, and we play Led Zeppelin songs. David is a very accomplished bassist, and uses my Fender Precision Bass with flatwound strings on it. We are polishing up " The Rain Song" right now, and it's magic. The guitar and bass on The Rain Song interweave with each other, in what can only be called a masterful composition. There really is a "magic wizardry" to it, and all Zeppelin tunes.

Our goal is to nail down several sets of Zeppelin tunes, spot on to the original recordings, and add a drummer and lead vocalist and gig as a tribute band. Led Zeppelin was the sound of the 70's, and they just don't write them like that anymore!


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