#1
So, is there a special way to get famous death metal clank? Does strings affect it? And is there special amp to get it? Tell me these things
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#2
Lots of treble and (high?) mids, preferably with new strings and pick hard. Or if you use fingers then hook your finger just a luttle under the string so the string bounces back and hits the frets/fretboard(but just a little).
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#3
Yes, you need to turn your "highs" up on the equalizer, make sure you have low action. If you play with your fingers, you just need to play hard.
#4
Technique gets you most of the way there. Hit the strings down hard onto the frets instead of stroking them. It helps to attack the strings near to the neck as well.

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#5
Extremely low action, low tunings, Light-Medium stainless steel strings. Then play the strings really hard, like almost a quick punch/slap but with your fingers. Personally I can't stand the sound, but Alex Webster sure knows how to do it.
#6
Im trying to get sound similar as Alex webster... I should call him and ask
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You can pretty much do that, he answers quite a few questions on the CC forums.

But +1 to all the suggestions so far, though gilly_90's suggestion to kinda pop the strings seems much more difficult than just using enough force to push the strings down
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There's a really in depth guide on TB that I have bookmarked. I'd give a link but I'm not sure if the mods would let me.
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#10
The definitive guide:
1. Bass with humbuckers. Use the bridge one. That really helps
2. Low action.
3. Set the "tone/trebble" knob on the bass at max.
4. On the amp, EQ like this - more mids, halfway trebble, little less than halfway bass.
5. When plucking, the strings, don't pull up like usuall, but hit the string with a downward motion.
#11
It doesn't really have much to do with eq, or strings. You just need low action, so that the string clank against the fretboard when you pluck hard.
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#12
You need:
Low action
Aggressive finger picking technique.
High Treble and lower bass, with highish mids.
Humbuckers (preferably at the bridge).
#13
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It doesn't really have much to do with eq, or strings. You just need low action, so that the string clank against the fretboard when you pluck hard.


Not necessarily true. You don't get that "clank" if you have your "highs" cut like I do.
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Quote by Hobble
It doesn't really have much to do with eq, or strings. You just need low action, so that the string clank against the fretboard when you pluck hard.


The whole point of it is to have as much attack as possible to cut through. Lots of mids, treble will help this, which is done with EQing and steel strings.

Humbuckers aren't necessary, but just generally higher output pickups with a more aggressive sound should work.

Also, if you can, turn off the tweeter of your amp. A lot of death metal players who attack like this turn it off to calm the treble a bit.

But seriously, low action is the best way to get it. Otherwise, your hand will tire from needing to hit the strings really hard, and you won't get the clank consistently.
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