Get The Tone

Guitar Techniques - - Play: Big Band, Jazz & Swing -

Tra­di­tion­ally a hol­low bod­ied arch­top gui­tar with f-holes is the cho­sen in­stru­ment for jazz rhythm, the prin­ci­ple ad­van­tage be­ing that you can turn the vol­ume down and blend the amp sound with the acous­tic tone of the in­stru­ment it­self. Your pri­mary ef­fect should be your vol­ume con­trol, and strings can be ei­ther flat­wound or round­wound (or in­deed a nice mid­dle way, ‘ground wound’). A wound third string is com­mon al­though by no means es­sen­tial, and you can also get great re­sults from a solid­body. We’re af­ter a nat­u­ral clean and warm amp tone so go easy on the tre­ble and re­verb and you’re ready to comp.

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