INTERESTING!!! I never had my hands on an Expandora but I know BFG has mentioned them in endearing terms on many occasions. I'll have to find me one or build one and play around with it... thanks for the tip.
You can get close to recreating that sound by using a Bixonic Expandora peddle. Set the interior dip switches to the "forbidden" position and you will get that gnarly spitin', fartin', amp blowin' up sound.
"Don't know how he got it but Billy can get any sound he just about imagines in his head"
That's what I was wondering about, did he plan it or did it happen by mistake, one of those things where he said WAIT!!! let's use that take... you know, a happy mistake. Will he reproduce it live onstage? or... will he even try. Bizarre tones usually come about as a mistake or flaw that is discovered and not planned as far as my experience goes. Does Billy and Elwood have some unknown "busted junk" sound effects unit?
Yes, the "Loaded" (Rhythmeen) static guitar cutting in and out was something new to me and I loved it! It works! Very cool! (Don't know how he got it but Billy can get any sound he just about imagines in his head.) The Texicali static-sounding guitar is different - kind of at a very low level. But I love the stripped-down, overdriven, big guitar, as always! And "Chartreuse" has a very cool, funky, heavy riff! Billy is the greatest American blues/rock guitarist alive today, hands down. The aging factor must be rough for these guys but they're like fine wine at this point. Billy's voice has taken on a classic, distinctive, warm, gravelly, intriguing tone and feel. More power to these guys. I want them to stay around forever!
The Rythmeen tone is one thing and it's great, but the crackle and sputter really gets me going. I remember spending hours in rehearsal and the studio trying to make my busted junk equipment behave. From time to time I listen to my ancient tracks and I wish I could have left it alone, but our producer (god rest his twisted and perverted soul) would have none of that... the stupid bastard!
Gotta Say I love the whole Rythmeen tone. There's an interview here on that tone. Cool reading :)
Hope this is useful to all.
Cheers from oz, Craigo