Joe Walsh’s Fender Tweed Champ

According to a 1988 Guitar Player interview, Joe used this amp to record the solo on “Rocky Mountain Way”.

My slide work on the studio version of “Rocky Mountain Way”–I did that in one take. I was sitting on an old tweed Fender Champ amp at Criteria Studios, just warming up. I didn’t even know that they were recording. I figured that they were getting headphone mix.

At the end of the song, I said, “Okay, let’s try one.” Joe Vitale and (engineers) Ronnie and Howie Albert said, “Hey man, you’re done.” I said, “Come on, man, don’t mess around. I want to really get this.” And they said, “Honest to God, you’re done.” That’s an example of a spontaneous solo. now that doesn’t happen all the time, but when the magic is there–and when it is, it is, and when it ain’t–that’s beautiful, beautiful stuff.

Joe Walsh Carries On Guitar Player, 1988

There’s also some talk online that Joe Walsh used a Fender Tweed Champ on most of his early recordings, including “Hotel California”, but there doesn’t seem to be any direct quotes from Joe on this.


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