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    Hi,

    First thanks for your site, I'm new in jazz and that help me a lot to progress.

    Here is the setup of Rosenwinkel (this information coming directly from Kurt):


    • D'angelico nyss-3 guitar
    • Robert keeley modified tremelo pedal
    • Rat distortion (the original one)
    • Lehle DLoop signal router box
    • Delta Lab Effectron II
    • Line6 echo pro with expression pedal
    • Speck half rack parametric eq
    • Lexicon LXP-1
    • Polytone minibrute 3
    • Vovox cables
    • Jazz Tone picks 207
    • d'Addario .013 round wound strings

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    Thanks for the info. he has a great jazz tone and a great touch. Wonder where he got the idea to use the Rat, eh? (hint: Sco..)

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    grant green

    ES-330-->cable-->whatever amp rudy van gelder had laying around (probably a tweed deluxe)

    boy, how times change, eh?

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    I used to go see Ed Bickert play all the time right up to his retirement. His set up: Roland Cube amp and Fender Tele, that's it. In Bickert's case, the tone IS in his fingers.

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    Cool! I've been thinking of checking out the Roland Cube for jazz guitar. I played bass through one when rehearsing with a keyboard player, and the amp sounded great, handled both my bass and his keyboard, no problem.

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    Yes, they do good clean sound. the one Bickert used was an old model combo, without any of the effects built in. i use the newer ones in one of the studios I teach at, they're good for clean, very transparent but I never use the effects on it, although you have more tonal options to choose from.

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    i'm willing to bet rosenwinkel has more than his fair share of tone in his fingers too, it's just his preference to use that stuff, that's all. i'm a guitar-->amp guy myself...and funny, it's almost always a tele-- so speaking of teles...

    ed bickert is (well, was, he's retired, but still with us) one of my absolute favorites. i actually know some people who don't like his tone, but i find it warm and perfectly suited for the music he loved/played. one of the greats, who still doesn't get enough recognition if ya ask me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont

    ed bickert is (well, was, he's retired, but still with us) one of my absolute favorites. i actually know some people who don't like his tone, but i find it warm and perfectly suited for the music he loved/played. one of the greats, who still doesn't get enough recognition if ya ask me...
    Bickert was the first jazz guitarist I seriously listen to, and to this day, he's still my favorite as far as straight ahead jazz playing goes. I also saw him play countless times, and the guy NEVER sounded bad tonewise or playing wise.
    No offense Jim Hall, but all you hear when guys go to Berklee is how great Jim Hall is. As far as I'm concern, Bickert is right up there in the same league. his sense of swing is impeccable, i never heard anybody swings like Bickert.

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    I really dig Kurt Rosenwinkel's sound and in my search of a new tone to my Ibanez GB10, I wonder if i could get a tone near to his. His guitar has a very "singing"-like quality to it (especially on "Deep Song"), and I wonder if he might be using a bit overdrive when he plays solo?

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    Proco vintage Rat.

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    you sure about that? I hear something else going on other than the rat.

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    I saw Kurt Rosenwinkel at the Iridium Jazz Club in NYC last year. He certainly had a Rat on his board & did use that a quite a bit while he did both his solo spot and with the band.

    However I think Jack is right, there was another couple of distortion type effects he used. One looked a little home made(ish) and may have been some sort of compressor that he seemed to be using to drive his amp harder. There was also a multi effects (Lexicon I think) that he was using for reverb/delay but may have got some overdrive/distortion out of that.

    Hard to tell really, his board was a tad messy!

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    I went to a Rosenwinkel clinic at Community College just outside of Cleveland this past February. It was a very cool experience, and there were probably less than 20 people there. He basically did a live rehearsal with his quartet (playing with Taylor Eigsti, Eric Revis, and Ted Poor) and opened things up for discussion/ questions between takes. Somebody asked him about his gear. I can't recall everything he mentioned but something like this:

    Rat, a flanger which he scales way back, delay, and some sort of comp. He talked for a minute about what he does with the flanger (did a "with flanger/ without flanger" demonstration) and it was interesting how the flanger added this singing, resonating quality to his sound.

    It's worth mentioning that Deep Song was like 2005 or 2006 and he was still playing through a polytone. At the clinic he said he's been using Twins and complained about the poor quality of newer polytones. They did play "Brooklyn Sometimes," one of the best off Deep Song (although with different personnel).

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    The game of the thirteen KR stompboxes :


    • Voodoo Lab Pedal Power - power supply
    • Eventide TimeFactor - delay
    • ProcoRat - distortion
    • Empress ParaEq - parametric equalizer
    • TC Electronics Stereo Chrorus
    • Peterson VSS2 StroboStomp Tuner
    • Hardwire RV-7
    • Lexicon reverb
    • Boss RC-30 - looper
    • Line6 ex1 - expression pedal
    • Little Lehle II
    • 3 Lehle Parallel

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    This derived from other thread. Anyone has a clue? I thought his archtops were all Moffas but I have been told is not a Moffa.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Someone commented on the video that it's a Peerless Cremona.

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    It doesn't look like a Peerless Cremona to me, it looks more like a copy of his D'angelico that he usually plays.

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    I remembered reading somewhere that McCurdy has also built a guitar for Kurt and I thought it was a Perfecta:

    McCurdy Guitars

    A friend plays a Schottmuller (looks and plays gorgeous) and I know Kurt has worked with him too designing the SemiAkustik...

    Schottmüller Guitars

    Edit: check out the headstock of the McCurdy Kenmare model (tribute to D'Angelico). As Kurt's main axe is you guessed it, a D'Angelico, maybe it's a custom thing....also check the Testimonials page.

    Pure speculation but this is fun..and both McCurdy and Schottmuller look fantastic...
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    His has two pickups and a pickup selector on the lower bout.

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    Ha ha, we 're playing Sherlock...
    Well spotted, I saw that too but that could simply be his own tweak on the basic Kenmare design.

    And since we're playing detective, check out the Testimonials page, where Kurt is pictured with a Mercury model, that has the pickup selector in the same location whereas the 'main' Mercury model listed on the website has it next to the pots...so that could simply be his preference...

    This is fun...where's my anorak ...(could come in handy as it's raining cats and dogs over here)...

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    I talked to him briefly after a Jazz Showcase gig he had here a couple years ago, asking if he endorsed Moffa and if there is a signature guitar in the pipeline.

    He feigned any knowledge of this. He was also pictured in ads with a Sadowsky Semi-Hollow. Never see him playing one in live situation, that's for sure.

    Don't think he really uses many different guitars in gigs exempt his D'Angelico or ES-335. And whatever guitar that may be. But I'm sure he gets paid a bit to say nice things about other guitars.

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    There was in fact a Kurt Rosenwinkel signature Moffa available for a period. Kurt's personal guitar was sold through eBay earlier this year.

    He still has and plays his Moffa Maryan archtop. The 'Reflections' album was recorded on two Moffa guitars.



    Kurt also played the Sadowsky semi-hollow live for a period (I've seen him use it here in London) but he does seem to have moved back to the D'Angelico for live work.


    I sincerely doubt that Sadowsky and Moffa pay players to endorse their instruments - Moffa is a one-man operation.
    Last edited by David B; 07-06-2012 at 01:31 PM.

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    Yep, when I saw him in London (Charlie Wright's) a couple of years ago he played an amber Arch-Lorraine by Moffa like the one in your sig.

    BTW, do you own one David or have you got one on the way?

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    We've been to the same gigs then! There was a run of great gigs at Charlie Wright's for a year or two around that time.

    I have a Moffa Maryan on the way. Should be ready in a month or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IbanezAS100
    Yep, when I saw him in London (Charlie Wright's) a couple of years ago he played an amber Arch-Lorraine by Moffa like the one in your sig.

    BTW, do you own one David or have you got one on the way?
    Wasn't that the one he used at RoadHouse (just around the corner from Charlie Wright's) with the German Standards Trio?

    If so, I was there. And it sounded fab.

    Right, David B, I'm off to Ronnie's, may see you in passing later! (For the rest of you, it's Larry Coryell/Joey De Francesco/Jimmy Cobb at Ronnie Scott's club tonight!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by David B
    We've been to the same gigs then! There was a run of great gigs at Charlie Wright's for a year or two around that time.

    I have a Moffa Maryan on the way. Should be ready in a month or two.

    Sounds like it! And how exciting to have a Maryan on the way, definitely report back when it arrives (you'll have to take a break when your fingers are sore from playing it anyway)!

    And as a side note to you and Mango, we hate you Londoners....

    But does anyone know what guitar this is? I still vote for McCurdy...

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    From the suggestions so far, I would say it's a McCurdy.

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    He did used the Sadowsky for some time as well as a cheap Epiphone and a 339 (not sure about the 335). He also used two Moffas (archtop and 335 types) and a Telecaster from a German builder. All this is documented on youtube or interviews. I am sure he has a lot of other guitars at home! The one he does use the most his the D'Angelico Vestax, no doubt.

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    I think he had several Moffas but now just has one or two. I also think at best he has a discount on the price...

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    He also will sing lightly along with his playing which may be the missing ingredient you've been searching for. It is a haunting ethereal sound. I'm in the audience for his Jazz Bakery show which will start shortly.

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    That is a custom Ric McCurdy semi-hollow arch top that Kurt comissioned from me in 2012.
    It's Gibson scale, maple neck back and sides, spruce top and a single Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 pickup with two switchable outputs.
    It was a real pleasure making a guitar for him. Kurt is one of the most focused and talented guitarists I've ever met.
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    So, from the horse's mouth, then.

    A beautiful guitar - could you tell us what the switchable outputs feature does, please?

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    Ric, thanks for chiming in...wondeful guitars, glad to see them in such capable hands!

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    The switch controls two seperate outputs from the single pickup.
    It can be used to bypass the pedalboard, or to route the signal thru a different amp or effects chain.

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    That guitar's got style, which is more than I can say for Kurt. A plaid shirt over a striped pullover . . .

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    Is it standard Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 pickup/humbucker/?

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    Looks like a McCurdy to me but I could be wrong. Any ideas?

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    Kurt stated on his forum earlier this year: "the guitar is called a "Westville" made by Masaki Nishimura in Tokyo. It is excellent, I love it.

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    There was a blog about these from Walkin' guitars, a shop in Shibuya, Tokyo.
    They sell them and I fancy they had a hand in designing them too.
    Walkin' also has it's own brand "Archtop Tribute" which look nice.


    Here is their site
    www.walkin.co.jp


    No affiliation.

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    I have a very recent Rosenwinkel masterclass where he states he's completely crazy about his new setup - this guitar and axe-fx / kemper modelers. He said he finally found a guitar that had the best qualities of the D'Angelico without the cons.

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    Kurt sound good on every guitar....but may be he is looking for something comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jorgemg1984
    I have a very recent Rosenwinkel masterclass where he states he's completely crazy about his new setup - this guitar and axe-fx / kemper modelers. He said he finally found a guitar that had the best qualities of the D'Angelico without the cons.
    Maybe. But I also suspect he's like Jimmy Bruno who switches guitars all the time. At that level, pros go where the best endorsements are. Lots of instruments can suffice why not play the one that pays you the most money to play it?

    I mean there are exceptions to this -Bernstein absolutely LOVES his guitar and you probably couldn't pay him to switch.

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    Is that a laminated or solid top?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kris
    Kurt sound good on every guitar....but may be he is looking for something comfortable.
    Nope, it wasn't confort, sonic reasons. Something about the guitar souding sweet yet present.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NSJ
    Maybe. But I also suspect he's like Jimmy Bruno who switches guitars all the time. At that level, pros go where the best endorsements are. Lots of instruments can suffice why not play the one that pays you the most money to play it?

    I mean there are exceptions to this -Bernstein absolutely LOVES his guitar and you probably couldn't pay him to switch.
    Hmm I don't think so. He is sort of a gear head and has had quite some guitars over time but the D'Angelico has always been pretty stable. This guitar was offered to him and he said something like he finally found the one-

    There are more exceptions - Kreisberg always used his 175, Metheny his 175 and then the Ibanez, Monder the AS-50, Scofiled the AS-200 (with some ocasional exceptions), Jim Hall the D'Aquisto / Sadowsky for a really long time too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jorgemg1984
    I have a very recent Rosenwinkel masterclass where he states he's completely crazy about his new setup - this guitar and axe-fx / kemper modelers. He said he finally found a guitar that had the best qualities of the D'Angelico without the cons.
    Jorge, what he said about the cons. of the D'Angelico?

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    So does this guitar have a center block or neck through as above poster refers to? Seems like a Gibson HR Fusion,Sadowsky Thinline, or Benedetto Bambino design as well. Interesting tail piece, like an flatop design. Wonder what the scale length is also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jorgemg1984
    Nope, it wasn't confort, sonic reasons. Something about the guitar souding sweet yet present.
    His Moffas sounds also great but I am not sure they are comfortable at gigs...feedback etc...
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    I am just quoting him, he mentioned sonic reasons and compared the new one to the Dangelico only. What you say might be right but we're just guessing.