Get The Tone
To play the ideas in this feature virtually any sound will do, ranging from acoustic guitar right through to an overdriven electric. The lead guitar tone used for the audio examples here was created with an Ibanez Tube Screamer and the bridge pickup of a PRS Custom 22. You may find a neck pickup setting can be flattering, especially for the faster picking runs. Jazz guitarists, too, often favour the neck pickup as it has a fuller tone, helps reduce picking noise and adds smoothness. With some practice a bridge pickup tone sounds great and cuts through, but you will need to be more accurate. To get the sound from this article simply select your bridge or neck pickup, dig in hard and dial up a nice crunchy overdrive with a touch of reverb.