TC Electronic announce the Staccato'51 designed in cooperation with Tower Of Power's Rocco Prestia 05-Oct-09
Here's what TC have to say...
The bass world's response to our introduction of award winning RH450 and Classic450 has been overwhelming. Now, with the help of a true world-class bass legend, we introduce our third amp to deliver instant world-class bass tone - we are proud to present our cooperation with, Tower Of Power's Rocco Prestia on Staccato'51
Think of legendary bass players and Francis Rocco Prestia features on every list. For over 40 years now Rocco's bass has been underpinning the groove for Californian funk legends Tower of Power. In that time Rocco has defined his own style and become synonymous with the much-imitated 'Finger Style Funk' that he pioneered back in the '60s and '70s.
Now TC and Rocco have joined forces to make Staccato'51 - a custom-tuned version of the RH450 that's been made to Rocco's exact specification and ear. It may look like the RH450 bass head, but the sound design is completely different and meets the demands of a legend like Rocco Prestia - both on stage and in the studio.
Rocco's sound design on Staccato'51 fits his legendary finger-muting technique like a glove. The full-bodied tone with plenty of highs and lows as well as the ultra fast precision response enhances the percussive elements of Rocco's playing to perfection.
In addition to the sheer tone shaping, Rocco has added a touch of our SpectraCompâ„¢ per-string compression to tighten the sound even more. And finally a touch of TubeToneâ„¢ brings out the growl of Staccato'51 when really digging into those low-end notes with his powerful right hand technique.
To achieve perfect tone, Rocco pairs his Staccato'51 with a stack of our RS cabinets - An RS410 and two RS212s - giving him both punch and enough low end to stand out on stage with the 10-piece Tower of Power band. How Rocco Prestia and TC Electronic developed the Staccato'51
Staccato'51 was created by combining the unique 'Bass Amp 2.0' capabilities of our RH450 and Rocco's decades of experience as a true bass legend. To get the sound exactly as Rocco wanted, we went through thorough tuning sessions along with countless hours of real life gigs on the road with Rocco and Tower of Power. Here's a rundown of how this unique bass amp came into being...
Rocco had been on the lookout for the ultimate bass amp. Hearing rumors about a new and very different bass amp concept â€“ 'Bass Amp 2.0', Rocco arranged to meet with us on the Denmark leg of Tower of Power's 2009 European tour.
Rocco tried out the RH450 rig prior to the Tower of Power sound check - and liked what he heard so much that his usual rig was instantly removed from the stage the RH450 put in its place.
Shortly afterwards the idea of the customized Staccato'51 was born - Staccato because of Rocco's style of playing, '51 to represent his birth year. Next we meet with Rocco in Hollywood, to start the work on the custom tuning.
During the days of tuning, hours of intensive playing, listening and comparing was undertaken. We tested different playing styles in addition to Rocco's to make sure that the amp would work perfectly - not only for Rocco, but for any player.
Rocco took the first Staccato'51 prototype 'live' on the Japanese TOP tour (May '09). The results were extremely positive. Fine-tuning and minor tweaks finalized Staccato'51, and the rest is history.
In the video clip below Laura Clapp presents the new Staccato'51 bass amp to Francis Rocco Prestia of Tower of Power. Afterwards, they talk about how it all came together and how it was to develop the amp together with TC Electronic. We also hear the response from other members of ToP including Rocco's bass tech.