Get the tone

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY: COUNTRY -

A clean tone is very much the done thing in coun­try mu­sic and, more of­ten than not, you’ll find the ma­jor­ity of coun­try gui­tarists use a sin­gle-coil equipped gui­tar. This is then of­ten played through a qual­ity valve combo. A lack of gain can lead to a lack of sus­tain and this is par­tic­u­larly no­tice­able when solo­ing. There­fore many play­ers will use a com­pres­sor to give their notes added longevity; this can also serve to tem­per the higher fre­quen­cies of­ten as­so­ci­ated with sin­gle-coils. In re­cent years play­ers have in­creas­ingly been driv­ing their amps as well, so a dis­torted sound is be­com­ing more ac­cept­able (you can al­ways turn down to clean things up). When play­ing acous­tic, many play­ers tend to favour a big dread­nought, but con­sid­er­ing acous­tics are of­ten mic’d or DI’d, this is not such a press­ing con­cern. In­stead, I would sug­gest that your acous­tic is ac­tu­ally playable above the 4th fret as, with coun­try mu­sic, you never know when you might get the nod to take a solo.

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