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Ev­ery­thing you need to know be­fore play­ing ‘Cross­roads’

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With no sep­a­rate gain/master vol­ume op­tion on his amps, Eric’s dis­tor­tion tone was cre­ated by sim­ply run­ning the am­pli­fiers at full tilt. Be care­ful not to overdo the gain on mod­ern amps, how­ever, which in most cases have far more dis­tor­tion on tap than their 1960s fore­bears. If you’re us­ing dig­i­tal mod­el­ling, opt for an em­u­la­tion of a Mar­shall JTM45 or 1959 amp with a 4x12 speaker cab­i­net. Try di­al­ing in a lit­tle bit of echo to help recre­ate the ‘room space’ you can hear on the orig­i­nal record­ing.

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