#1
I've become a Reagan Youth fan recently and I love the tone that they get from their guitars. Does anyone know the equipment they use (guitar type/pedals)?
#4
Dudes, freakin Paul Bakija, RY guitarist actually got back to me on facebook and wrote a real long and thoughtful response answering my question. Coolest guy in the world
#5
Quote by junglej25
Dudes, freakin Paul Bakija, RY guitarist actually got back to me on facebook and wrote a real long and thoughtful response answering my question. Coolest guy in the world


#7
I told Paul I was a guitar player who had become a fan of RY. I asked him to tell me how he got the tone he had on RY's early work especially. Specifically, I wanted to know the guitar he used as well as effects pedals. Here is his response:


"Hey Jim,

If you look at the info on the first record, it says "recorded between Spring 1983 to Spring 1984. That's over a year ! And for seven songs that averaged a minute and a half in length. That's a lot of time spent recording for such a short time ofmusic. Now a whole bunch of time was spent on getting the guitar to sound down.

Back when I recorded those early songs I used an audioworks distortion box and played through fender amps and sometimes marshalls. Sometimes I'd record directly into the board and when I did that I'd listen to the guitar sound coming through the speakers and it sounded awesome. some off those songs were recorded that way, but that could sound thin as well, so you can always double up the guitar. Anythng is possible when recording, don't forget that.

Bottom line is this; plug your guitar into an amp you think sounds best and microphone placement is really important. I like to have the amp facing a wall and I put the microphone in between the speaker and the wall so the sound from the amp bounces off the wall and back at the microphone.

There's a lot you can do so have fun with it and don't let yourself ever get frustrated. This should be a labor of love,guyitar the ultimate guitar tone down. Always think dirty sounding, a metallic sound like you get from the Big Muff distirtion box. I think I'm gonna have to buy one just thinking about it......lol

Oh, and the guitar I used was a Les Paul copy by Ibanez from the 70's. Ibanez made great copies. So great Gibson sued them.....lol

Definitely use a guitar with humbuckers, no single coils if you want that dirty, metallic sound from the early Reagan Youth recordings.

I hope I've benn some help, and keep rockin' that guitar !

Good luck,
-Paul"
#12
Quote by RockThe40oz
I used to not like Reagan Youth.

But then I heard Reagan Youth for the first time, and I loved them.


i read the lyrics to Reagan Youth years before i heard it and i loved it even then
#13
That's awesome that he got back to you like that. I just discovered them about a year ago. I'm not totally aligned with them when it comes to the politics, which is the case with most of the music I listen to haha, but I love their sound.