Get The Tone

Guitar Techniques - - Play: Blues -

Mod­ern play­ers like Kenny Wayne Shepherd and John Mayer have made repli­cat­ing the SRV tone the foun­da­tion of their own styles. There are sev­eral key com­po­nents that’ll get you close but let’s not for­get much of SRV’s tone came from the man him­self, in the way he hit the strings and phrased the notes. SRV loved Fen­der Strats and the neck pickup was of­ten selected. The SRV tone is also linked to the Tube Screamer pedal and Fen­der and Dum­ble valve amps. To get the sound with your own rig, first se­lect the neck pickup. A sin­gle- coil is the most au­then­tic but a hum­bucker will work fine also. Set up your amp for a light over­drive with plenty of sus­tain. SRV would achieve this by run­ning the amp flat out, but for many of us that is im­prac­ti­cal, so a com­pres­sor pedal can be used to em­u­late the char­ac­ter­is­tics of a loud valve amp. The slow Les­lie sound on our track can be achieved by us­ing a cho­rus pedal set with a slow rate and a medium depth.

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