Get The Tone
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.