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KoaGod

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PostPosted: 02/23/2009 at 8:17 AM    Post subject: Lead tone link

What do you guys use to create your lead tones?? Whats your combinaton of pedals and amps to get the lead tone/boost? ?

KG

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Joefish

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PostPosted: 02/23/2009 at 11:41 PM    Post subject: RE:Lead tone link

Hey KG … I'm pretty much a dinosaur that is comfortable with the 80's Neil Young meets the Outlaws sound I get from my 69 Tele (with a hot Duncan bridge pup) … an early 80's MXR Distortion + … through a 1975 SFTR w/ 70 watt Celestions …

Rather than having a clean, rhythm and lead sound, I dial in some crunch and keep it under control with the palm of my right hand …. In the past … (20 years ago) … playing in clubs, the sound guy would turn it up on solos ….recently, I hooked up with a jam band and at rehearsal when I get the nod that it's my turn, I get the boost the old fashion way … I turn around and turn the Master Volume up a little ….

BTW, my Wedge and is almost ready to make its debut since I have three months of flight time with it …


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PostPosted: 02/24/2009 at 7:57 AM    Post subject: RE:Lead tone link

Hello

I've been working on my setup lately, so this might all be different next week. I play through a Rivera Knucklehead 100 watt head (1998 version). My lead tone is Knucklehead (boost on), through a Tube Screamer. Nothing too special, but it gets the job done. I use to use a Audio Crowther Hot Cake for leads, but I really like the mid bump and boost the TS gives.. I might get the Hot Cake back in the mix and put it in front of the TS to help fatten the sound a bit.

I also play through a Marshall 4x12 cab (vintage 30s) and a Avatar (open back) 2x12 (vintage 30 and G12H30 speakers). The Avatar is a recent purchase, and the open back really pumps out nice mid range. I think I'm slightly addicted to mid range punch.

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Joefish

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PostPosted: 03/26/2009 at 8:14 PM    Post subject: RE:Lead tone link

I recently had a huge break through with my sound …I was jealous … feeling inadequate … feeling that …since I'm playing in a band again … I need to get some gear like you folks write about … something that I can play my Wedge through and get a good rhythm sound for a few songs

… now I play w/ the channel volume at 4 and a little and the master at just under 6 … or as my friend from Tulsa describes it … "yeah , when you kick the master volume over the channel volume is where those silver faces shine and sparkle 4-6 is my favorite ratio as well" (Thanks TS …)


BTW … I was telling my friend Dave about the above … and we started talking about prices and gear that we use to have … in the 60's he had a P bass … (50's Tele maple neck … on an early 60's salmon body) and a B 15 that he paid $125 for

@admin … this friend has a few banjos that came from your town



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DenverDon

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PostPosted: 03/28/2009 at 9:33 AM    Post subject: RE:Lead tone link

I use a Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive through a VHT Pitbull (original VHT, not the new chinese fake VHT).

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edp242

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PostPosted: 03/29/2009 at 8:33 PM    Post subject: RE:Lead tone link

Actually, this is pretty interesting. I love TB's, but have never had a particularly easy time getting a lead distortion sound i liked for times when i didn't want the guitar to take up too much away from the other band instruments. I may try some of the combo's above, so thanx for the posts.

I will say that I've been messing around with a pedal called "the Dirty Bitch" made by Metal Pedals our of new jersey (here is their site - looks like they don't make the DB any more, though... http://metalpedals.com/ ). So far, i have to say it adds a lot of warmth to the tone and maybe a bit more fullness. I like it better than the TS, which i found to be good, but not quite perfect. I play out of a 60's Delux clone (philco - friend of mine built it).

Just for the record - i do not work for Metal Pedals or know anyone there. Bought the pedal at Danny's Chelsea Guitar in NYC based on the recommendation of one of his employees.

Best,
Tim

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