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How Chris "Crispy" Bess gets his sound

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Chris "Crispy" Bess is known for his versatility between keyboards, guitar and whatever percussion gear he can find; "short, little sausage fingers"; arranging; frugality. Bess hosts his new "Mega-Instro Summit" at The Cave Saturday, April 25, at 8 p.m. Killer Filler joins Atomic Mosquitos, The Noseriders and The Surge.

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FENDER TWIN REVERB (FOR GUITAR): "I was on tour with Southern Culture in 1998, and we did a tour that went way out to the West Coast and back. We had four road guys with us to help us with driving, and the problem we discovered was they were all more interested in getting laid at the end of the night than packing gear. We had a rash of equipment get stolen because these guys were at the bar picking up chicks while other fellas were up at the stage going, 'I'll take that.' In Salt Lake City, we ran out of basses. We were driving around, trying to find Mary Huff a bass. She didn't find anything she liked, but while she was trying out basses, we found this Twin Reverb."MOTION SOUND PRO-3 + AMPEG B-3 (FOR KEYBOARDS): Leslie speakers have two rotating parts, used to create vibrato through the Doppler effect and mimic the sounds possible with an actual church organ. There's a rotating horn for the organ's high end and a rotating drum for the low end over a massive 15-inch speaker. This set-up creates a similar sound without requiring transport of the Leslie cabinet. "This gives you the high horn, but it sends fake lows down to whatever you want. I use my Ampeg B-3, an old bass amp from the '60s." -->

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