Get The Tone

Guitar Techniques - - Lesson: Creative Rock -

Al­though the in­creased sus­tain and com­pres­sion pro­duced from us­ing more ‘gain’ makes tap­ping eas­ier, it also in­creases your chances of pro­duc­ing ex­tra­ne­ous han­dling noise. Your tone will suf­fer too. Con­se­quently, you need to find a work­ing com­pro­mise be­tween be­ing pre­pared to work a bit harder with less gain, but not mak­ing things tor­tu­ously dif­fi­cult. Typ­i­cally, most am­pli­fiers would be set as above for a rock tone. As usual, I used a Fen­der Strat on the les­son’s au­dio, and, as its sin­gle- coil pick­ups are much weaker than hum­buck­ers, I al­ways use a dis­tor­tion pedal to boost the sig­nal be­fore it gets to the amp. Gen­er­ally, if you have a gui­tar with sin­gle- coil pick­ups, go for 25% of your dis­tor­tion from the pedal and 75% from the amp.

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