#1
hey there, two of my favourite guitarists are kirk hammet and slash. i want to know how to recreate their sounds. the first i want is the really clean distortion that's almost violin-like that you hear in the intro solo of one, and fade to black and some others. is that overdrive? if you know, could you tell me the pedal or combination of pedals i could use to immitate that sound?
the next one is slash's (and many other classic rock guitarists) perfect amount of distortion to get a pinch harmonic in, yet it still sounds good to play a chord :/ i've been looking for these two sounds for a while, so i thought i'd turn to you guys. thanks for the help!
Last edited by explorer58 at Dec 12, 2008,
#2
What amp and guitar do you have?
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#3
oh sorry i have an epiphone gothic explorer with two double coils, and a peavey 40 watt amp. i'm not sure of the exact model, because i bought it second hand.
#4
Kirk sound = anything that resembles the sound of a Dual Recto.
Slash sound = Les paul + jcm 800.

its pretty much the only way to put it if you want to get close.

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#5
For those metallica-type cleans you want a chorus effect, for your distortion tones you probably want a better amp in the long run.

Pinch harmonics are nothing to do with your gear and everything to do with your technique and how well your guitar is set up.
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oh sorry i have an epiphone gothic explorer with two double coils, and a peavey 40 watt amp. i'm not sure of the exact model, because i bought it second hand.


FYI they're called humbuckers not double coils.

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For those metallica-type cleans you want a chorus effect, for your distortion tones you probably want a better amp in the long run.

Pinch harmonics are nothing to do with your gear and everything to do with your technique and how well your guitar is set up.


+1


You probably won't be able to do both of their tones well since Kirk's sound is American voiced pre amp distortion and Slash's is from a cranked Marshall (if I'm not mistaken) so his sound is British voiced power tube distortion.
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#7
Those are some totally different sounds you want. Either get a new amp, that's versatile for that, or if you're on a tighter budget, get a versatile distortion pedal?
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although they are essentially two coils


Only if you don't want to get technical about it.
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If you want a wide spectrum of sounds, your best bet would be one the of Roland Cubes. Unless you have a lot of money that is...

Cubes come in the form of...
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#10
o well screw it i'll just stick with what i got and figure something else out. thanks anyway guys
#11
why does everyone assume all these artists use pedals to achieve there sounds? All i ever see is what pedals does _____ use?

Save your money and buy a good amp and NOT waste em on ****ty pedals.
#12
you can pinch harmonic on an acoustic it just doesnt have the same effect so distortion doesnt make the difference, its whether you can do it or not
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#13
hey pixiedust, i never said i thought they used pedals, i asked what pedals i could use to help me get a close immitation. so next time think before you open your mouth
Last edited by explorer58 at Dec 12, 2008,
#14
kirk hammet sound= wah
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#15
ya, but i meant like the intro solos of fade to black and one, and that kind of thing. thanks though
#16
Quote by steven seagull
For those metallica-type cleans you want a chorus effect, for your distortion tones you probably want a better amp in the long run.

Pinch harmonics are nothing to do with your gear and everything to do with your technique and how well your guitar is set up.


+1

I can get Pinch Harmonics out of my Epiphone LP Special II without the amp plugged in and the pickups in it are crappy low-output 650R and 750T copies.

Although it is easier to coax pinch harmonics out of, say, a Super Distortion or an X2N + some sort of high gain neck pickup, every player should be able to get a pinch harmonic on any amp. I can get some fairly good sounding pickups on like, some sort of squier amp with no gain, and just an overdrive button that simulates gain.
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why does everyone assume all these artists use pedals to achieve there sounds? All i ever see is what pedals does _____ use?

Save your money and buy a good amp and NOT waste em on ****ty pedals.


****ty pedals?

Buddy, without pedals, some of the most saught after signature sounds wouldn't exist.

i.e SRV used an Ibanez TS9 ( or was it 808?) with next to no drive, and high level + tone in order to tighten his amp. Jimi Hendrix wouldn't sound like he did without the Fuzz face + wah, etc. etc.
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I tried it out in store.

Great neck, nice n light, good tuning stability. Overall a good guitar. I didn't but it cause I generally only buy guitars over a grand now.