#1
So im in a band with me on a single coil strat as lead guitarist and my friend on a les paul as rhythm. We were jamming on Voodoo Child today and the groove was hot and heavy but there was one problem.

When Jimi hits those 12th fret E minor licks u hear fat, overdriven wails and screams but when I do it, it sounds thin and small over the rest of the band. I'd love to hear any suggestions about...

*Pedals

*Amp settings (Fender Deville 4x10)

*guitar settings (American Standard SSS)

*techniques
#2
Part of it is fuzz. Makes everything fat.

The other thing, this is a common trick, but I heard of it through Gilmour- for most of his solos, he switches to the neck pickup for his fat leads. Not sure if Jimi did or not, but it's worth trying.
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#4
Jimi definately used his neck pickup. Most of the time, I believe. Set it to there and mess with your tone control. Also, make sure you have enough mids.
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#5
try the neck, but definitely also try the neck and middle, and play around with the volume and tone knobs
#6
yeah neck is the key......drive that amp up to get the nitty gritty tones and go to town
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#7
Like they said, definitely neck pickup. Amp tone is a far bigger factor of tone than any guitar parts too. Deville should be decent though. Make sure you have

bass: mid way or so
mid: less than mid way, too much gets boxy and honky sounding
treble: just enough to not be muddy. too much will thin it out

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#8
Play some of your phrases lower on the neck. It will thicken up the sound for free. Try adding a few double stops and don't kill the string with your picking hand. If you mellow out the picking hand, you can somewhat mellow the tone too.

Roll the tone knob down a touch too.
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Hendrix didn't use one... but...
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#10
Well, Jimi used three 100-watt Marshall full stacks so his sound was certain to be epic (the fact that he was Jimi Hendrix helped a lot, too). A bit of delay should fatten up your sound, as would a BBE Sonic Maximizer:

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#11
as far as the amp settings go, the suggestions are fine. when I play voodoo child I use a crybaby and the exact same settings as posted above. plus a little delay. try and listen to the song loud and see where he uses the wah on the highs and lows (wah wah sound) and how the notes correspond. Try and mess around with your pedal settings also to match the sound on the song. to me when the pedal is up, it makes it sound more fat, like the part of the song at :30 to :32 when he bends the b string at the 10th fret and hits the 8th right after to end the intro. or you can always use the lower strings more to play it. wont sound as thin.
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I don't tend to play Hendrix a lot, but since I'm cheap. I'd just up Distortion.
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#14
Most of the above is good advice. In addition, I'd say boosting the mids on your amp. Mids help you cut through; they add more presence. If your amps EQ isn't doing enough for you, you could invest in an EQ pedal which would almost certainly help.
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#15
Neck pickup and a good OD pedal will do your solos a world of good, TS9 or the 808 being the standard
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one more thing. I was experimenting with keeping the volume knob low for rhythm and then when I want to cut through the mix push it to ten. Any advice for this technique?
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one more thing. I was experimenting with keeping the volume knob low for rhythm and then when I want to cut through the mix push it to ten. Any advice for this technique?

Less input volume will make it cleaner too, so you won't have as much overdrive as you will with the volume up. But if you have it lower, it should still sound good, then boost it up for a lead.
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#18
How do you get that stereo wail on that one particular bend? If the guitar were speaking, it sounds like it would be running around in circles around you. Is that a wah or a variable phasor of some sort?
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#19
Cheese burgers and fried taters should fatten up those wimpy leads.
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#20
TS...i play the same amp (well, 212 to be technical) and it seems like we have similar tastes in music. to get fatter hendrix-esque leads (as close as a mere mortal like me can attempt to), try experimenting with two overdrives at once. you'll have to adjust the settings on each using your ear as a guide, but i use this to fatten everything up when jamming on something hendrix-like.

typically i switch between one or the other....but both at the same time works for some situations
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#21
The 4th position was a big help to Jimi's lead tone, to get that single coil humbucker effect, which is why so many people were fascinated by his tone, I think back then Fender only had 3 way selector switch for the Strats, I heard he managed to get the tone by sticking a toothpick in between the selector switch to make it stick so it uses two pickups instead of one.

But the 4th position does help alot, it's thicker while still holding it's highs. A TS9 boost would help as well.
#24
You could grab a graphic EQ and boost some select frequencies. Not too much in the lower mids, though, since those can get muddy very quickly, particularly around 400Hz.
#25
I would suggest that you incorporate more double stops in your lead playing.

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Quote by Excursions707
So im in a band with me on a single coil strat as lead guitarist and my friend on a les paul as rhythm. We were jamming on Voodoo Child today and the groove was hot and heavy but there was one problem.

When Jimi hits those 12th fret E minor licks u hear fat, overdriven wails and screams but when I do it, it sounds thin and small over the rest of the band. I'd love to hear any suggestions about...

*Pedals

*Amp settings (Fender Deville 4x10)

*guitar settings (American Standard SSS)

*techniques


Call my crazy but it would be much easier for everyone to give you advice if you included what your amp settings are and what pedals (if any) you're using, and what their settings are too.
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