#1
Hi,

Did anyone know the the amp and effect setting use in Abbey road by the beatles, especially for the song "Something" by george and eric clapton.

Here the song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX92FJ-lwXI

Tell me more about effect because I'm just an amateur. I only that he use reverb but not much.
#2
Solo guitar is a les paul neck p/up with the tone rolled down a bit, a slow leslie (or a chorus if you don't have any leslie speaker sim) and a tiny bit of distortion, you may use whatever leslie speaker or chorus and whatever overdrive for that.

Rhythm guitar is a more trebly sound, you'll likely manage to get that with a les paul's bridge p/up and the tone all the way up or a tele's neck (or neck + bridge) p/up, with a hell of a lot more leslie in the mix and the same amount of distortion more or less.

Whatever nice clean amp (or slightly distorted if you prefer to get the distortion from that) will do.
They most likely used a big fender of some kind.

They used a lot of different gear on different songs though, you'll not find a setting that resembles every song in that album.
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#3
Don't know about the studio amp, but the Beatles used Vox AC30's with the EF86.

George Harrison was using his famous Rosewood tele a lot live, so I wouldn't be surprised if that was on there.

But like Spambot said they used such a big variety of gear on those songs, plus the production that went into that, you will never get "that tone" live. But you can get a very acceptable rendition of it.
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#4
They used a lot of different stuff yes, but at that time in the studio it was probably one of 3 amps.

Vox AC 30
Vox Super Beatle
Fender (not sure what models they used, my guesses would be Twin Reverb, Bassman, Bandmaster)

I ran across a video a while back of George playing that song on a Strat, Fender amp, I couldn't tell what amp. You could get close to that sound with strat, telecaster, les paul, or just about any other electric. The sound on Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" is very close to that, I've done it on my Strat, Peavey Patriot, Cort CL 1500, Lotus Les Paul copy, Epiphone Strat copy, Ari Pro II strat copy 2 humbucker mpodel, Yamaha SG 2000, always the neck pickup. Also on my 1966 Harmony, it only has one pickup in about Strat middle pickup position, it does pretty well. My choice is always the strat, that's what I would use for "Something" too.

Clean amp, tone set for a nice full sound, you'll need plenty bass, neck pickup of whatever guitar you want to use. I also sometimes use my overdrive pedal set for a clean boost. Gotta be careful though, I don't want any distortion at all for that guitar sound, I have to keep it set for a very clean boost.
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#5
Look like none can get his tune even people on youtube can't even reach the tone that play in abbey road album. That's why abbey road known best for its guitar work. Thank alots for help me out.

I use amplitube 3 which has Fender twin reverb plugin but still didn't get much. It's close enough to the sound but it not clean while the sound is warming.

I just want both warm+clean. Impossible!!!
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Look like none can get his tune even people on youtube can't even reach the tone that play in abbey road album. That's why abbey road known best for its guitar work. Thank alots for help me out.

I use amplitube 3 which has Fender twin reverb plugin but still didn't get much. It's close enough to the sound but it not clean while the sound is warming.

I just want both warm+clean. Impossible!!!

What you're describing is a characteristic of tube amps which is extremely difficult to replicate through any other means. Digital simulations never seem to get it quite right - they usually get the clean sound spot on, and they get the distortion sounds pretty close too, but with a real tube amp there's a smooth transition between clean and distortion where you get a tone that is effectively clean but has some of the extra harmonic overtones you associate with distorted tones without actually sounding distorted, and the digital stuff never seems to be able to capture this middle ground very well.

The majority of the Abbey Road album is essentially Gibson guitars (and Epiphones from back when they were actually made alongside Gibsons in the same factory) into "silverface" fender amps turned up ridiculously loud. Occasionally with some extra fuzz or the use of a leslie rotary speaker. It's nothing elusive or mysterious - It's just quite expensive and time consuming to replicate it accurately.

You could try setting the fender twin reverb plugin on amplitube to a clean sound and using one of the compressors in the stompbox or rack section to smooth out the peaks a little. I find it helps a little.
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Don't know about the studio amp, but the Beatles used Vox AC30's with the EF86.
Among others.

All vox's, but they were AC30's as much as AC15's, AC50's and AC100's.

During the abbey road sessions they mostly used fender's.
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George Harrison was using his famous Rosewood tele a lot live, so I wouldn't be surprised if that was on there.
For something he used the red "lucy" les paul gifted to him by clapton.
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Getting a good sounding amp sim would help here.

The softube vintage amp room or scuffham S gear would do nicely.
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#9
If abbey road is similar to how let it be was recorded then I believe recording gear would be Epiphone Casinos, a few Gibbies (George had an SG and an LP IIRC) and possibly a fender Or two (rosewood tele and possibly a strat)

Amps as mentioned would be AC30s and Silverfaces. Fuzz tones are from a Maestro unit IIRC but The Beatles also used distortion from the recording desk as well (Telefunkens early on and then Abbey Roads REDD consoles later)
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If abbey road is similar to how let it be was recorded then I believe recording gear would be Epiphone Casinos, a few Gibbies (George had an SG and an LP IIRC) and possibly a fender Or two (rosewood tele and possibly a strat)

Amps as mentioned would be AC30s and Silverfaces. Fuzz tones are from a Maestro unit IIRC but The Beatles also used distortion from the recording desk as well (Telefunkens early on and then Abbey Roads REDD consoles later)


No, they are not the same. Abbey road has a great guitar work.
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If abbey road is similar to how let it be was recorded then I believe recording gear would be Epiphone Casinos, a few Gibbies (George had an SG and an LP IIRC) and possibly a fender Or two (rosewood tele and possibly a strat)

Amps as mentioned would be AC30s and Silverfaces. Fuzz tones are from a Maestro unit IIRC but The Beatles also used distortion from the recording desk as well (Telefunkens early on and then Abbey Roads REDD consoles later)


abbey road console was a huge part of the Beatles sound as were the compressors that they had custom built for the studio. as for guitars george was using his rosewood tele, a les paul that was a gift form eric clapton and his sonic blue (painted over with a bunch of colors) strat. fenders were that amp of choice. not sure if john even played guitar on that track but if he did it was most likely his paint striped casino.