Get The Tone

Guitar Techniques - - Lesson: Jazz -

Ge­orge Benson is renowned for us­ing an Ibanez Ge­orge Benson model gui­tar with flat­wound strings through a Poly­tone amp. To em­u­late his sound (if you don’t have a jazz gui­tar to hand), use your gui­tar’s neck pickup and roll the tone off to around 3, or take the tre­ble down on your amp. Heavy gauge strings also help to get that jazzy sound – you’ll find that Benson’s lines seem to work bet­ter with the re­sis­tance you get from heav­ier strings, es­pe­cially flat­wounds.

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