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#1
what things do you engage or disengage in your chain. All I do is switch from a short delay to a long delay on my two timer and that is it. I'm curious to see what the rest of GG&A does so post away and discuss.
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gumbilicious
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#2
it all depends, i can go into a solo many different ways and i like to mix it up to make it more interesting.

my OD is 2 channel, so sometimes i'll engage a little more distortion. i step on the wah a lot. i'll engage a vibe effect. i have a boost i might use. if i am going over the top i'll engage the fuzz (usually with my OD cascading into it). sometimes reverb, sometimes delay, sometimes i'll even do play with the mutron biphase and do some convoluted stuff with the channels.

i can also not use any effects. if i am plugged straight into an amp i might switch pups, or just change my dynamics. in fact, many times even if i have effects at my disposal i'll still just change my playing dynamics when i go into a solo.
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#3
I play a nice descending slide, hit the delay and fuzz pedal, hit a note and start adding vibrato from subtle to extreme xD.

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#4
I usually step on my OD (Wampler Ecstasy), and I'm all set...

It's typically set for mild-boost, mild-drive, slightly raised treble, and no additional bass.
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#5
I program the rack to whatever that song requires. Maybe a boost, maybe some compression, a change in EQ perhaps, maybe some delay, and of course amp channel.
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#6
If I wanna step up the intensity I hit the good ol' control bypass switch.
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I sometimes use a very subtle Phase 90 (model on my M9) to highlight the sound (for lack of a better word).
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Switch from bridge humbucker to neck single coil. I'm dead serious.
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#9
I do any combination of up to four things:

1. Engage the 2nd Master on my Vengeance, which is a simple volume boost

2. Engage my Reverb, which seems to thicken up the sound and bring some extra attention to it

3. Engage the Mids function on my footswitch, which is set to boost my mids.

4. Switch to my Neck Pickup for a smoother, more liquid sound.

Once I throw my Wah Pedal back into the equation, I'll probably use it for certain solos. I really enjoy the expression wahs provide, and if I'm not using it for that, I'll either push it all the way forward for a treble boost, or I'll pull it back to get that smoother kinda tubular sound - kinda like switching to the neck pickup, but with a kind of vocal, throaty aspect to it.

For smaller stuff like fills, I usually either hit the Mid Boost or just do nothing. The way our band mix is set up, it's not really necessary to boost for something so small.
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#10
Depends on the song. Mostly just a volume boost.
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Quote by gumbilicious
it all depends, i can go into a solo many different ways and i like to mix it up to make it more interesting.

How could the answer be anything but this? 'Soloing' isn't even a specific technique...

There's any number of things you could be trying to achieve by 'soloing' and each one should warrant its own effects.
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#12
Quote by tubetime86


There's any number of things you could be trying to achieve by 'soloing' and each one should warrant its own effects.



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#13
When I play a solo, I engage my heart and soul. Sometimes some delay. Sometimes a TS-9. Sometimes even a wah.


But mostly my heart and soul.
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#14
I step on my TS-9, add a lil delay and more reverb. then roll up my tone.
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I don't do anything at all. I didn't realize I was in such a minority.
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#16
Not even roll up your guitar's volume knob a bit? Or change pick ups? I like to differentiate my one a little bit from rhythm.

I should point out though; I'm just jamming with friends, not actually playing gigs.
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#17
i forgot to mention, sometimes i light the guitar on fire or bring out half naked dancing girls. i use a midi board to control all that.
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#18
If playing a lead with gain, switch to the lead channel that is set up as a tad louder than the rhythm and clean channels. Depending on the solo, I'll switch to the neck pickup and roll back the tone pot a tad for optimal smoothness. If I need to achieve feedback easier, then I turn on my clean boost pedal.
If the solo is clean, then I switch both pickups on, and bypass the effects loop for a slight boost in volume.

That's about it, as my current chain is guitar>Clean Boost>TS-9>Digitech Whammy>Amp
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Quote by tubetime86
Not even roll up your guitar's volume knob a bit? Or change pick ups? I like to differentiate my one a little bit from rhythm.

I should point out though; I'm just jamming with friends, not actually playing gigs.


I'm playing a solo. That differentiates me from the rhythm.



EDIT: I guess it could be due to the fact that I don't think a solo should dominate a mix. I think it should blend in with the mix as well as any/everything else. To me, solo is just a short style of playing, essentially I treat solos the same as riffs, it's just that one guitarist is doing something a lot different than the rhythm.

Probably also relevent to the fact that when I record, I don't record a solo on top of the L/R rhythm tracks, I make the solo one of the L/R tracks.
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#21
I usually add in a few more fingers. Sometimes delay, but I normally run that all the time before my NS2 to get a thick sound without all the noisey tailend. I'm with Offworld, I don't really add much for a solo.
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#22
Quote by Offworld92
I don't do anything at all. I didn't realize I was in such a minority.


I'm with you. I don't change anything either, except channels when going from clean to a distorted section for the solo, but that's self-explanatory.
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