- "I believe in simplicity." "If you have a melodic line, people will like it. If you can hum it, you can have a hit." -
Mr. Edwards once told the San Antonio Express-News.

Message from Judy Edwards

" To Nokie's Family, Fan Family and Friends...

Nokie' passing has been a great loss around the world. He is mourned by us all.

My heart has broken to the point I don't think anything can put it back together again. The doctors and nurses at Yuma Regional Hospital worked very hard to get Nokie back to good health so I could bring him home. The infections and other health issues overtook his body. His immune system was just not strong enough any longer.

I am conforted by knowing Nokie is standing and walking by God's side, he is no longer in pain. Nokie is playing in Heaven's big band now with all his pickin' family and friends (so many to mention) that went before him.

Before his passing, we talked about doing a final tour for him, just one more time. He asked me if I thought he could make it to go out and play, even if it was only one or two songs with his HitchHiker band. He said they could do the rest and he would shake hands and sign autographs for the fan family. Of couse I said... If you are up for it, I will do anything to help.

The day after Nokie's passing early in the morning, I sat straight up in bed, I knew he was there with me. Getting up around 4 AM, my sister getting up shortly after me, I told her I know what I have to do... "A Celebration of Life Memorial Tour"... This is what Nokie wants. A way for the family, fan family and friends to say, "I'll see you later." His music will live on in all of us. His legacy will live on in history forever.

My man was one soft touch on the guitar and a great joke and story teller, plus you can add magician... The Japanese people would say, "Nokie magic!"

Thank you all for the condolence cards, emails, the flowers and all the prayers.

Love to all,
Judy Edwards "

Source: Nokie Edwards Official website - http://www.nokieedwards.com

Saturday, January 21, 2017


Reverberation is a widely used effect in Surf Rock songs. it makes the amplitude of a sound (enhance), different from the "echo" that has the return of the sound. Essential in the rhythm guitarist and leader.

* [The Reverberation
A listener that lies some distance from a sound source will perceive a sound that is actually a combination of direct sound and indirect sound that has been reflected within the boundaries of the listening area. Reflections are referred to as reverberation. "Reverb" can enhance the perceived sound of a source by adding depht, color and liveliness.
"Reverb" can be thought of as consisting of two parts:
1. Early reflections shape the listener's conception of the size of the room;
2. Disorderly reflections convey the vivacity of a room.
Imagine that you are inside a large hall and you clap your hands once. the length of time required for the arrival of the first reflections is called the delay time (usually in the order of tens of milliseconds, for example 33ms) and is related to the volume of the room (or distance from the listener's reflecting surfaces). the number and density of reflections increase rapidly over time and become confused as they simultaneously decrease in level until they are no longer audible.]...

Historical use in Musical Instruments

"Hammond B-2 Organ" tone cabinet with reverb.
Laurens Hammond of Illinois popularized the use of artificial reverberating devices through his church organs in the 1940s and 1950s "The early (pre B-3®) Hammond® organs were sold to churches on the principle that organ music is greatly enhanced by reverberation, but the minister's speech in the church is hampered by reverberation. Therefore, churches were designed to be acoustically dead, and the Hammond® organ had to have its own artificial reverberation.

Reverberation made its debut in the Fender® line as a separate item, using a spring unit bought from Hammond®, in 1961. It was first incorporated in a Fender® amplifier with the Vibroverb® of 1963 and then spread widely throughout the amp line, just as vibrato/tremolo had before it. ...]

* SOURCE: Part of the text by Kurt Prange published on 09/09/2010 on the website of "Amplified Parts". To access the full text: (click here:  https://www.amplifiedparts.com/tech-corner/spring-reverb-tanks-explained-and-compared) .

* Photo of "Hammond B-2 Organ" tone cabinet with reverb:  http://www.retroaudiolab.com/b2.htm

"The Story of Spring Reverberation" on Accutronics Reverb website: (http://www.accutronicsreverb.com/main/?skin=sub03_01.html)

There are currently varieties of digital pedals with spring reverberation simulators.
Below is the demonstration video of a typical analog spring reverberator

1.   Direct No Effector
2.   JC-120 Attached
3.   BOSS RV-3 Digital Reverb/Delay
4.   Electro Harmonix Holy Grail
5.   DigiTech DIGIVERB Digital Reverb
6.   Danelectro Spring King
7.   BOSS FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb
8.   DigiTech RV-7 Stereo Reverb
9.   strymon blueSky
10. Fender Reverb Box Reissue

# Rhythm Music: Diamond Head
# Amp: Roland JC-120

 1.Guitar: Mosrite 1964 Vintage

2. Guitar: Fender Jazzmaster 1966 Vintage

* Text previously published in the blog on April 26, 2011. Complemented and updated on March 16, 2017.


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