“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!


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…




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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1,170 Responses to ““The Ocedoc” – Trey’s Magic Guitar”

  1. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    lol i like having FLACs of the shows i go to

  2. kayatosh Says:

    any GD fans out there have an opinion on 6-17-1976?

  3. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @mitch, that quote is on their facebook page

  4. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    if their costume is just them playing gamehendge, i’m not gonna lie, i’d be a lot less inclined to go

  5. sumodie Says:

    Augusta ME will be a quick n easy sell-out. I went through hell last year to get my Portland tix -well worth it though

    Maybe I’ll invite my parents again (we’re midcoast Mainiacs) -it would be show #3 for them!

  6. Mitch Says:

    im entering the lottery now. wish me luck!!

  7. BingosBrother Says:

    Trying to remain positive today, this helped.


  8. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Amherst and Utica are the same distance essentially from my home. Amherst is a weekend. Utica is a tiny ass venue…. hmm. This is the part that gets me all the time. Decisions decisions

  9. angryjoggerz Says:

    Their facebook said Halloween was gonna be special.

  10. Oldskool Says:

    I know there are some anti-Radiohead fans on the BB but with the sparse yet emotional style a trey is playing with right now the band could slay something like Kid A or Ok Computer

  11. angryjoggerz Says:

    “We want you to be happy” – I think not.

  12. sumodie Says:

    My one and only Phish Halloween in Indio last year was such a dream come true (huge Stones fan & pH festival freak) that I have no/low expectations this year

    I can see how easy it is to set oneself up for disappointment by getting attached to specific album choices

    I can still remember the exact moment at Indio when our camping neighbors told us it was Exile

  13. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    radiohead = greatttt

  14. Mitch Says:

    how many of the locations can we spot from the announcement video today? midtown on park avenue in nyc for the city scene where they almost hit a guy.

    anyone else got one?

  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @sumodie, i’m guessing the actual phish sets will be way better than indio, don’t know about the cover though. i’m actually hoping they spend less time working on their cover so they just jam it out

  16. angryjoggerz Says:

    The beginning of the DC Meatstick has a very GD 1988 vibe to it.

  17. voopa Says:

    *catching up*

    “jb hood or greek hood?”

    JB because it goes into Tweezer.
    Greek because it is better.

    So both, I guess

    102 here in the Central Valley right now. Motherfuck!

  18. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i vote greek hood. but both great

  19. BeantownBoy Says:

    This is a tour where you have to ask yourself not how many shows should you attend but how many can you afford not to miss.

    For me that number is at 6 but it might be pushed up to 7 if I jump on the Tuesday Manchester show after Providence>Amherst and before heading down to AC. Work that week is going to be nonexistent.

  20. sumodie Says:

    @df: agreed the band will most likely be waaay better than at Indio. I just don’t want the album choice to bum me out, so this year I (hope) to be very detached about the guessing

    Exile was PERFECT for me -I don’t expect this year to be

  21. angryjoggerz Says:

    Seriously… this Meatstick is Fire on the Mountain

  22. pagesidehighschool Says:

    Manchester, NH, or manchvegas as the locals say, is 40 min from my house. The only other shows I’ve seen there are Phil & friends, and panic, and the sound sucked. I’m sure they’ll figure it out in two or three dog logs. This show really helps fill the void that couch tour leaves.

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    60 and rainy with a nor’easter camped just off shore here, voopa. plusses and minuses to everything but wherever you go there you are, amiright?

  24. Gavinsdad Says:

    Another first 2 AC shows guy here. Sure, I have this plan where we wrap up trick or treating and I jump in the car and fly down to the show and get in a song or two late (only happened one other time…new haven ’93) but Pretty sure that scenario won’t play out.

  25. BingosBrother Says:

    This your place pageside? Saw an ad for it in Surrender to the Flow today.


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