Get the tone

Guitar Techniques - - LESSON: R&B -

Through­out The Who’s early years Pete Town­shend played Rick­en­backer gui­tars al­most ex­clu­sively. As he ex­plained in an in­ter­view with Sound In­ter­na­tional mag­a­zine, “I liked the look of it, I think be­cause The Bea­tles were us­ing them. I stayed with Rick­en­back­ers for a long time and then I started to use Fend­ers.” Live pete also used Gibson SG Spe­cials and Les Paul Deluxes. Am­p­wise at this time Pete was us­ing a Fen­der Bass­man head through two Mar­shall 4x12 cabs. The set­tings above will pro­vide an au­then­tic lead tone; to clean up your tone for rhythm work sim­ply back off your gui­tar’s vol­ume pot just as Pete would have done.

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