BLUEZZ BASTARDZZ - "That lil' ol' ZZ Top cover band..

New Bluezz Bastardzz live videos on MyspaceTV and YouTube:

I uploaded some new Bluezz Bastardzz live videos to our MyspaceTV and YouTube channels:

http://vids.myspace.com/bluezzbastardzz
http://www.youtube.com/bluezzbastardzz

They were shot at the open air cover band festival in Hamburg-Moorburg on July 25th, 2008 and at the Fehmarn Festival Group Christmas party in Hein & Bea's barn on the isle of Fehmarn on Nov 24th, 2007. Most of them are ZZ Top cover songs, the rest are songs from German artists like Rodgau Monotones, Bauer, Garn & Dyke, Herwig Mitteregger or Marius Müller-Westernhagen.

All of them were done with my usual live setup which includes a Mesa Boogie Mark IIb 60w head with a self-built EVM-12L Thiele cab and my 1984 Tokai LS60 Les Paul copy with Gibson Shaw PAFs.

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I've uploaded four additional songs to the Bluezz Bastardzz Myspace profile, as all bands can have ten instead of only six now. "Yes we can!" 8)

Two of them belong to our box of 'car songs' which I've translated to German, i.e. "Sie liebt nicht mich, sie liebt mein Automobil" (originally from ZZ Top) and "GTI-Bluezz" (David Lindley's version of "Mercury Blues"). The other two are pop songs, Steve Miller's "Swingtown" and "Every breath you take" from The Police.

At least my old Marshall cab was involved in these recordings, but as far as I remember the amp was the Boogie again (not the Bassman in the picture) with the rhythm channel cranked. The guitar was my self-built Strat here except for "GTI-Bluezz" which I did with my old Höfner Club 40 and its original neck pickup (on the left).

I'm late, but a big welcome to Guitarsite. I had a look at "Sharp Dressed Man" on YooToob and it's nice to see live gig footage, with quite good audio for the setting. I have a VHS of my band's gig, but I don't think the quality is worth the hassle of converting, unfortunately.

A nice selection of gear you have, too.

Nice vintage Sennheiser 421 you have there.

1bassleft wrote:
I'm late, but a big welcome to Guitarsite. I had a look at "Sharp Dressed Man" on YooToob and it's nice to see live gig footage, with quite good audio for the setting. I have a VHS of my band's gig, but I don't think the quality is worth the hassle of converting, unfortunately.

A nice selection of gear you have, too.


Thanks for watching and your welcome! The videos were shot with a simple digicam and its internal mic, so what you hear is what came out of the PA at the position of the digicam which was a bit too close to the stage almost under the mid-high satellite speakers. That's why the sound doesn't have too much high frequencies.

I tried to embed pictures of my Mesa Boogie Mark IIB and my Tokai LS60 in my first posting, but it seems that you're only allowed to use up to three links in one posting, and picture links do count to this limit as well. So here are three more pictures of my live gear:


On top of the Boogie head in the live pic there is a Roland RE-501 Chorus Echo which I use now and then, e.g. for "El Diablo" from ZZ Top.

MichaelC wrote:
Nice vintage Sennheiser 421 you have there.

Right, still sounding good after all these years... I either use it for guitar recording like you see it in front of the Marshall cab or sometimes as a bass drum mic. When recording "Run to you" which you can hear on our Myspace profile (if their servers are up again), I used it in front of my old Marshall JMP50 plexi combo with original G12H30 greenback Celestion speakers:

That's a nice rig. I haven't had the chance to see the videos yet, but will take a look.

I have never used the 421, but know it's an excellent mic. I have always used the 441 for recording both vocals and instruments. It's a very versatile and outstanding Sennheiser.

Recording a vocal with a dynamic mic has usually raised eyebrows, but it really, really sounds good.

MichaelC wrote:
I have never used the 421, but know it's an excellent mic. I have always used the 441 for recording both vocals and instruments. It's a very versatile and outstanding Sennheiser.

Recording a vocal with a dynamic mic has usually raised eyebrows, but it really, really sounds good.


That's right, we have three of them, and it's my favorite vocal mic at the moment, but also for anything from the drums, be it the kick, snare, toms or cymbals.

And I'll chip in with some appreciation for an owner of a Blackface Bassman and a JMP50 with its Bulgin still there. For a while, I had a Park 100W combo that was retrofitted with Greenbacks. Great sound, but I'm primarily a bass player and I didn't want to hurt those cones so I sold it. My favourite head is my CMI 100W, another Marshall spinoff, very much like a Superbass. Along with my other stuff I did get an Ampeg in a trade (a fine valve bass head) and would like a Bassman to make a sortof Holy Trinity but my money, and wife's patience, are running thin.

I did spot the Tokai in your previous post, nice instruments you have too, although the amps always get my juices going quicker.

1bassleft wrote:
And I'll chip in with some appreciation for an owner of a Blackface Bassman and a JMP50 with its Bulgin still there.

Thank you, but it's a brownface... :wink:

Originally it had blonde rough tolex, but someone decided that black would look cooler, or maybe he was a big Rolling Stones fan and obeyed to "Paint it black". Anyhow, it's from early 1962 and has the 6G6-A circuitry with diode rectifier which I like very much for its sound, also compared to other Bassman heads from that period of time.

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Along with my other stuff I did get an Ampeg in a trade (a fine valve bass head) and would like a Bassman to make a sortof Holy Trinity but my money, and wife's patience, are running thin.

Our bass player once had an Amped SVT with the 8x10 cabinet and sold it, because it was just too heavy for gigs, i.e. having to carry it up and down the stairs etc. Now he only uses a preamp over the monitor and PA speakers. And my 60 watt Bassman is very loud, but of course does not the same headroom and sound of a SVT head when playing bass over it.

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I did spot the Tokai in your previous post, nice instruments you have too, although the amps always get my juices going quicker.

I'm a Les Paul fan, but the Gibsons were always too expensive for me, and the Tokais are really well-made copies that are worth their money.

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