Get the tone

Guitar Techniques - - Lesson: Creative Rock -

I’ve been keep­ing to a mod­er­ate blues-rock fu­sion tone for this se­ries. I use a Fen­der Strat, so I al­ways use a dis­tor­tion pedal to boost the sig­nal be­fore it gets to the amp. Gen­er­ally, try to go for 25% of your dis­tor­tion from the pedal and 75% from the amp. You’ll find that the re­sults are sweeter and more com­pressed (even and tighter sound­ing) than when get­ting 100% of the dis­tor­tion from the amp. Typ­i­cally, most am­pli­fiers should be set as above (less dis­tor­tion than when play­ing metal). Note that I have cho­sen the ‘in-be­tween’ po­si­tion be­tween the neck and mid­dle pick­ups: this helps to give the gui­tar a sweeter sound with more mid­dle ‘honk’.

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