“The Ocedoc” – Trey’s Magic Guitar

Trey and "The Ocedoc" (Butter)

One constant throughout Trey’s career has been his Languedoc guitars. While other guitarists switch between instruments for different songs and effects, Trey always slung his one trusty guitar over his back. Having gone through several versions in his twenty-year career, Trey’s Languedoc produced the soul-tugging tone that legions of fans fell in love with throughout the 1990s. His guitar tone defined the band’s sound for years and his axe never failed him. Thus, when Trey took time to publicly unveil his new guitar at The Greek with the following introduction, everyone took notice.

…He [Paul Languedoc] told me about nine months ago, that he had put aside this magic piece of wood to build one last, really special guitar. And he gave it to me about a week ago, and this is it – [presenting guitar to the crowd.] And I’ve just to to say that I’ve just been freaking out all night about how good this guitar is – it’s the magic guitar…

8.10.10 (G.Lucas)

Well, after only one tour with his guitar, the magic piece of wood has completely bolstered the sound of the band. One would have to be three sheets to the wind to not notice the considerable effect his new piece has had on Phish. After The Greek, the band posted mouth-watering pictures on Facebook of the new guitar with a gorgeous Ocelot inlay. After seeing these images, fans immediately dubbed the guitar the “The Ocedoc” and the legend had began.

But the real story of The Ocedoc played out night after night, and set after set, as Trey continuously carved through the music with his new sonic juggernaut. Carrying a much fuller tone that never reached the treble-heavy peaks of his last guitar of legend, The Ocedoc sounds obviously superior to his all his prior instruments. Rich and deep, resonant and nuanced, Trey’s magic guitar holds the low-end sustain incredibly well, and his micro-control of its voice is striking. Just as importantly, Trey’s bolstered tone provides a far more congruent match for Mike’s unusually broad range of sounds.

Put into play, The Ocedoc sounds stronger than ever in wide-open shredding, but it is the intricate control Trey exhibits within the band’s collaborative jams where his new guitar becomes most effective. His enthusiasm and propensity to contribute creative leads with his shining toy severely decreased his use of the whammy pedal (aka “The Whale) throughout the second leg, resulting in far more intense and creative jams. Without dominating pieces with overwhelming solos or responding to his band mates with copious pitch-bending, The Ocedoc’s responsiveness allowed Trey to contribute with both passion and finesse to the most exquisite jams we’ve heard in years. From “Reba’s” to “Hood’s” and from “Lights” to “Tweezers,” the difference made by The Ocedoc in Phish music became staggering. Like a kid at play with the coolest toy he’s ever had, Trey took the stage night after night, slaying everything in his path.

Trey and the 'Doc (Butter)

I noticed a palpable difference in The Greek’s “Maze” and “Tweezer” before he told us about his magic guitar, though I thought the difference was on my end, or due to The Greek’s pristine acoustics. But lo and behold, what I heard were not aural hallucinations, but the dawning of a new age – The Era of The Ocedoc. Audibly stronger as the tour progressed, check out Trey’s work throughout Alpine’s two nights for particularly vibrant examples of The Ocedoc out at play. With his magic guitar leading the way, Trey and Phish are ready to take fall tour by storm in what is quickly becoming a highly-anticipated, small-venue, run of shows. Look for an announcement sometime today to find out when your next chance will be to follow The Ocedoc!

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Jam of the Day:

Light” 8.7.10

This epic Greek tale peaked many summer versions of “Light” with a piece of improv that transcended time and era. Pure Phish…

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

8.7.10 The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA < Torrent

8.7.10 The Greek Theatre, Berkley, CA < Megaupload

8.7.10 Pollock

The peak of Phish’s run at The Greek, with a second set that rivals any since the return. Much more to come about this amazing evening by The Bay.

I: AC/DC Bag, Foam, Gotta Jibboo, Reba, Sleep Again, Army of One, Poor Heart, 46 Days > Tube, Character Zero

II: Wilson > Light > Twenty Years Later, Harry Hood, Theme From the Bottom, Also Sprach Zarathustra > Suzy Greenberg* > Slave to the Traffic Light

E: The Lizards, First Tube

* w/ “Suzy” Reprise jam

Source: Schoeps mk22> KC5> CMC6xt> EAA PSP-2 + Schoeps mk4v> KC5> M222> NT222> Lunatec V3> SD 744t (@24bit/48kHz) (Taper – taylorc)

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1,169 Responses to ““The Ocedoc” – Trey’s Magic Guitar”

  1. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    Hey, could I trouble you guys for a recommendation? I want to watch something, either episodes or a movie, along with some bane. Couldn’t find any of the original Scooby Doo series to stream, so now I’m at a loss. I have Weeds Season 4 on DVD; I remember that season kind of sucking, but I need to rewatch to catch up. Any other suggestions for some comedy? (Not looking for a “smart” comedy or anything that requires lots of thought)

  2. Mitch Says:

    Siffle and Ollie

  3. Andrew Says:

    Mr. Show

  4. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    quit weeds while you’re ahead, seriously. just go watch fight club.

  5. dognamedwilson Says:

    Repostin cuz I really want an answer:

    Agreed, @sumodie, but I suppose she’s the reason I’m not broke.

    If I live to see 70 I’ll finally get good at golf, but in the meantime, “can’t I live while I’m young!?”

    Also, “I must inquire, Wilson, can’t you still have any fun!?”

    Also, “me no are no nice guy”

    Please advise

  6. Mitch Says:

    I watch dilbert streaming on netflix when I’m too stoned to pick anything. I’m kinda ashamed to admit that. It’s toward the top of the stream queue and when I’m stoned I’m lazy. :/

  7. Nagarjuna Says:

    ramblin – in that category, do you look any further than spinal tap or a mel brooks joint?

  8. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    dog, the first quote

  9. plord Says:

    What’s up y’all.

    Phish doesn’t need to cover an Orb album on Halloween, they could drop anything in the dub catalog into the middle of a Hood. and THAT WOULD ROCK MY WORLD. Towers of Dub? Sure, but give me a 30 minute Blue Room to kick off a water set. Like, Hood Intro -> Blue Room -> Waves -> Theme->ASIHTOS-> Hood verses and jam-> Little Fluffy Clouds. E: Smoke Two Joints.

    Silly, we’ll take it to email, too much to cut and paste into a forum text box and I have this sense we’ll be going deep.

    Talking to the wife, thinking of taking a whole week off in October, sending her to her mom’s for 4 days solo, then taking myself to Amherst and Manchester. She loves me :)

  10. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    ah, Mr. Show! I love David Cross. I posted a clip of him on here the other day. I think I’ll try that.

    @Mitch – I thought Dilbert was on UPN for maybe one or two seasons and then was canceled because it was terrible

    @Nagarjuna – Spinal Tap is another quality choice. That one’s on deck. I haven’t watched in a few years.

  11. dognamedwilson Says:

    Spinal Tap is good stuff, I’m gonna start it now

  12. Mitch Says:

    Ramblin,
    Yeah it’s bad. Easy to fall asleep to.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    if you have the Tap DVD don’t miss the deleted scenes.

    best deleted scenes ever.

  14. plord Says:

    C: “Raging against the constraints themselves is generally a waste of time as they are systemic. I said that. there’s an exception of course: if you are actually a genius. If you are the next Picasso or James Joyce, this does not apply to you. Go for it.”

    Or a Grateful Dead. Or a Phish.

    But genius alone is not all of it. Harry Partch? Genius looks up at his feet, but the dude was broke most of his life.

  15. joe Says:

    Tour dates are like I wrote them up in my own personal wish list.

    Mullins Center – my alma mater. site of some of my first really great phish experiences and fond memories of having a great trip inside the building while it was under construction. (my hoops memories are pretty fond too from the era, but are more from the old ‘cage’ (for anyone familiar with zoo-mass)) although, the idea of hanging out there for 2 shows is a little strange to me right now. might be too scared to see what goes down there these days.

    Providence – also site of multiple great phish shows in my own history, home to a decent bar scene for pre and post game festivities, a little over an hour from home for me. although I have good friends (non-heads) who live there and will probably just crash with them.

    Manchester – no more than 20 minutes away from my best (and really only) show-going friends house. Easy in and out weekday show experience.

    Augusta – cool, tiny venue that is out of the way enough that the vibe will be super nice. have in-laws who live up there that are heads.

    Atlantic City – I actually might be the only one around here who loves the idea of AC, but then again I’m a compulsive gambler and the idea of hanging out there for three days partying down, gambling and seeing shows is about the best idea of vacation I can possibly imagine.

    Anyway, these are great things to day dream about while working the overnight shift. sorry to rub it in to those who hate the dates.

  16. Mr. Murph Says:

    October is lookin’ pretty Joe, prettay prettay prettay good.

  17. joe Says:

    it’s like 1994 all over again or something.

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    boardwalk hall: http://www.boardwalkhall.com/vtours/mainhall.mov

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