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Permalink How does Jim Thomas (Mermen) get this sound?

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Hi all, and any thoughts what precise reverb(s) he uses? Thnx Smile

Night Surf - UA surf band
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Come see them at SG101 Fri july 26 and see and ask for yourself

Jeff(bigtikidude)

bigtikidude wrote:

Come see them at SG101 Fri july 26 and see and ask for yourself

Oh, I wish but from Europe its a little bit hard Sad Say hello anyway Smile

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JohnRio wrote:

Hi all, and any thoughts what precise reverb(s) he uses? Thnx Smile

according to this interview with our own Martin Schmidt, he uses a Lexicon

Danny Snyder

"With great reverb comes great responsibility" - Uncle Leo

Playing keys and guitar with Combo Tezeta

Formerly a guitarist in The TomorrowMen and Meshugga Beach Party

Latest surf project - Now That's What I Call SURF

Oh, great! Thank you, will read it whole Smile

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Here's some shots of his gear from a decade or more ago. His setup was always changing. Looking forward to checking out his current stuff this summer.

Rev Willis

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Like the Rev said, Jim's rig is constantly changing. Jim has ditched most of the rack gear, and now has multiple MASSIVE pedal boards on the floor, and with multiple tweed amplifiers behind him.

Bob

Last edited: Mar 10, 2024 18:11:51

Here's a new feature with more recent gear:

https://www.gitarrebass.de/stories/unbekannte-helden-jim-thomas/

Last edited: Mar 11, 2024 03:23:12

Hot off the press, from Jim Thomas, with photos on the Mermen Facebook page.

"Exciting new gear for GAMH show, April 5th.
Gonna be a bunch of new sounds
Charlie Plate - wunderkind amp designer/builder from Santa Cruz. ( the son of the owners of Santa Cruz Sound - Charlie(RIP) and
Marylou Plate( young Charlie is also a monster guitarist and pianist) He built amps for me and Jennifer. Jennifer's bass amp: THUNDERBALLS is based on the Ampeg SVT - 300 watts and handwired point to point. We had a rehearsal the other day and everyone thought the bass amp sounded amazing - a lot of R&D and tweaking went into it. Congrats to Charlie and Jennifer on a successful design/build.
Charlie built me( Jim) two one hundred watt amps based on the 1950's Fender high power tweed twin and Fender tweed Deluxe 5E3( think Neil Young) We have finally gotten the rig tweaked - after a couple of years of back and forth. The tweed custom cabinets are
made of pine with EV12L speakers( which are really weighty)
Spent the last 3 months redoing the Mermen guitar rig. Relistening to FOOD FOR OTHER FISH - for the 4/7 show I wanted to get those sounds I was getting when we recorded that album. There is a lot of new great sounds available with the new gear - The first time in a long time I have been getting the sounds I want and really enjoying playing the guitar. Come to the GAMH show....."

Bob

Last edited: Mar 24, 2024 22:44:05

There are now some pictures up om the Mermen's webpage of Jim's studio from a recent session. There are a couple of pics of what looks like the same Strat as posted earlier in the thread.

https://mermen.net/2024-guitar-feedback-only-session/

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