Been listening to some GFR lately and lately as I've been enjoying more sparse in-your-face natural tones, I find his tone very appealing.
Couple of benchmarks might be "1976" from good singin' good playin'
and "Footstompin' Music" from E Pluribus Funk
Concerning the latter track, that seems to exemplify Mark's tone for me, one that seems to have been rather consistent. A little more than a year and a half ago, I'd seen Mark Farner play in Destin, Florida (sort of). Atlanta Rhythm Section opened and we know some of those guys, so the wife, daughter and I hung out backstage for the entirety of Mark's set.
So I never really got a good look at what he's using now, but his tone seemed remarkably faithful to the old GFR tone even though he was using modern equipment.
IIRC, he also had one of those uncomfortable-to-play (for me at least) anime jigsaw looking guitars with the synthetic bodies and carved out headstock. I can't think of what they're called at the moment.
There's a distinct EQ'ing to his sound. Just curious as to what he used and what he uses now. "1976" sounds to me like it could be a Strat, but it seems Mark used some real offbeat gear, so it's probably not a Strat at all...
Speaking of good singin' good playin'
, I'd forgotten what a great and unrecognized album that is. Frank Zappa produced it as some of you know and he turns in a stunning extended solo on "out to get you." Great stuff.