The Stag wrote:if you dont like it fine. but if anyone else is like you and hates the "sinn" tone and has dvds or cds of this sound send them to me id be glad to take them off you hands late 90s and early 80s are the best for me its unbeatable. also at jammin jonny do you honestly think Jerry Garcia the man himself would settle on a sound he wasent happy wth? really? after all the modds and money and time spent on his guitar sound he would just settle i dont think so.
I'll take ANY Jerry tone from the Warlocks right up till that point in '93 when they stopped using the JBL's and went direct instead. Right there is the turning point for me, tone-wise. The only upside I can say about that tone is that it sort of created an acoustic-like effect that was interesting on fingerpicked, acoustic-ish songs. I agree that late '70s (I think you meant to say "late 70s" because Jer was gone in the late 90s) and early '80s tones are pretty unbeatable. But I still pretty much full on love his tone up till the '93 change.
And it's pretty widely talked about in the circles of those who knew Jerry and worked with him that by '93, Jerry really didn't give a shit about his tone in the Dead, not like he did in the decades before that. He wasn't in love with that Trio/DI rig. It was just utilitarian and experimental and worked functionally with the in-ear experiment. From '93 till the end, Jerry was burnt, done, tired, and played in the Dead far more out of obligation than sincere drive. JGB was his real outlet, and even there you could feel his exhaustion. All that said, I saw a bunch of '93, '94, and '95 shows and there were tremendous, magical moments, in fact some moments were absolutely as good as anything I'd heard, full on majestic moments, but it came in infrequent spurts, maybe 1 in 3 shows would have a some magic, but the energy wasn't sustained in those years, there weren't those magic runs where every show in a week was legendary. It was fortunate to hit a show that gave even a glimpse of the greatness that once was. The band (besides Jer) was on fire, but Jerry was disconnected, broken, frail, wasted, resentful, and Bob/Phil were frustrated at the lack of synergy and communication with Jerry, and that tension on stage was hard to watch at times and put a cloud over the whole experience for me. So I guess that I personally have a load of emotions connected to that DI tone Jerry went to in '93. It's connected to the downhill slide of the end of the Grateful Dead and watching Jerry slowly decay. It's connected to the deep heartbreak that we all felt when Jerry left us.
Thanks for the therapy session everyone. Gotta process this Jerry-less world at least once every summer.