Billy Gibbons Rack Mount Scorpion Sound Demo

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Billy Gibbons Rack Mount Scorpion Sound Demo

Postby plexi on Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:29 pm

We recived Billy's amp back after his tour rack took a dive apparently a pretty big drop of the dock. The result was one preamp was intermittent and a knob or control pot was broken or bent. So we quickly repaired it. I was playing the amp as I always do for good measure to validate all was well before sending it off back to the band since they are out on tour and need it according to their own words " REALLY BAD, we never knew how much we depended on that amp for our sound!" which is quite faltering. Anyway I fired it up and threw on a backing track. I used a Rhythm track I recorded as a Dirty Boy demo, Dirty Boy Rhythm Sound to be specific. It had no solos on it. Well to make a long sotry short, I wond up tracking solos with Billy's amp and it was nothing short of freaking insane on tone and responce. I have to admit, I might be getting superstitious since I never play very well but I did get some good vibe going so the Gibbons Mojo must be lurking within the box……..
Well hear for yourself. This is the amp we built for Billy and he has used exclusivly for his tuoring for years now. He also has some Scorpion amps for his studio as well. The Rack Mounted Scorpion is esentially totally stock with a few exceptions with respect to features only not tone. The truth is, we are the amp behind the curtain so to speak.

Billy Gibbons Rack Mount Scorpion used to track Solos on demo clip for Dirty Boy Rhythm Tone
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Custom Built Rack Mounted Scorpion used for Touring by B.F.G.
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Re: Billy Gibbons Rack Mount Scorpion Sound Demo

Postby Papa Dog on Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:41 am

WOW.....Just WOW.
That is a sweet amp. Nicely laid out, and very well constructed.
Did you use an off-the-shelf 3 or 4U server chassis as the case? or did you do the sheetmetal in-house?

I just listened to the demo, and just have to say, you DO got dat Mojo workin.
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Re: Billy Gibbons Rack Mount Scorpion Sound Demo

Postby plexi on Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:58 am

That is a Strong Box out of Culver City CA. About $400 for that one. Not cheap. Very good quality. All aluminum. We built that years ago.

Anyway. Thanks for the kudos.
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Re: Billy Gibbons Rack Mount Scorpion Sound Demo

Postby Papa Dog on Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:37 am

plexi wrote:That is a Strong Box out of Culver City CA. About $400 for that one. Not cheap. Very good quality. All aluminum. We built that years ago.

Anyway. Thanks for the kudos.


Your most welcome. And, thank you for the information.
I could ask questions about that amp all day, but I will give others a chance to do that.
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Re: Billy Gibbons Rack Mount Scorpion Sound Demo

Postby jcs on Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:44 am

Your playing and tone are very very good!

I hope ZZ can do some serious recording with this amp, it really really nails it,congrats.
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Re: Billy Gibbons Rack Mount Scorpion Sound Demo

Postby Cy on Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:28 am

Last Friday night I watched ZZ Top on VH1. It looked like a recent show and what hooked me was his tone. The whole time I kept saying to myself, "Now that's what I'm talking about, raw tone to the bone". His guitar sounded great!
I had always heard he used a JMP1 preamp & Marshall power amps and I kept thinking that was in no way a JMP1.
Now I know. Man, it sounded great! Kudos for a killer sounding amp!
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Re: Billy Gibbons Rack Mount Scorpion Sound Demo

Postby PeeCee on Sat May 08, 2010 9:10 am

You should do a Billy Gibbons signature scorpion.
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Re: Billy Gibbons Rack Mount Scorpion Sound Demo

Postby JR on Sat May 08, 2010 3:31 pm

It seems the reverend loves his Scorpion. It's a great sounding amp. Could you share what tubes the Reverend had in there when it came in for service? I bet he has the stash to end all stashes.
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Re: Billy Gibbons Rack Mount Scorpion Sound Demo

Postby jtm-45 on Tue May 11, 2010 3:32 pm

Why this amp isn't in the pantheon of greats along with the JTM-45, Dumble, Trainwreck and others is beyond me. I am sure that BFG will have this back in service at the earliest possible moment. The difference in his tone is instantly audible when they are using this amp. It sounds incredible and there ain't nothing like it out there in the 50-watt realm...in my opinion.
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Re: Billy Gibbons Rack Mount Scorpion Sound Demo

Postby ezekial on Sat May 15, 2010 1:39 pm

It has a beautiful rich sound. What guitar did U use?
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Re: Billy Gibbons Rack Mount Scorpion Sound Demo

Postby plexi on Sun May 16, 2010 4:16 pm

I remixed the clip and sorted out the levels. I did the whole thing at a drop of the hat since the amp was shipped out next day and I really didn't get to mi the levels correctly. Sounds better now.

This si the Guitar I use on 90% of my tracking, the other 10% is either the Mahogany Strat or the Gibson ES-355.
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