#1
I listen to a lot of Oasis and I was wondering how Noel get's his open chords to sound so good and clear even with some distortion on them. Whenever I play open chords with distortion on they sound awful and you can't pick them out. Is it the amp or the guitar? Maybe both? Thanks
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#2
Noel plays with his amps really cranked, that'll help get the sound, but you'll need to have a valve amp.
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#3
Yeah, but when they play live often it sounds just washy and awful.
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I listen to a lot of Oasis and I was wondering how Noel get's his open chords to sound so good and clear even with some distortion on them. Whenever I play open chords with distortion on they sound awful and you can't pick them out. Is it the amp or the guitar? Maybe both? Thanks


it's a good question actually.

I think I can get a similar sound by having the gain volume up a bit, but the gain volume at a very low level, and you have to play with it here, it's a mix of gain and the volume knob on your guitar, somewhere around seven give or take two notches either way. try the gain between 2-3.

It's a cheap alternative, hope that works.
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#5
It's cause he uses old marshalls i.e. a bluesbreaker and cranks them to full or near-so. But they'll have been some, if a little recording wizardry done on the tone to make it sound so good on the record, so it probably won't sound quite as good live whether or not.
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Last edited by ArcherTheVMan at Jul 14, 2006,
#7
Try picking farther down, closer to the bridge... I do this when I am in drop D because the tension of the strings is tighter near the bridge and you don't get that muddy, unclear sound you're talking about. That's just something you could try without changing gear or spending money. Hopefully, it will work for ya.
#8
Instead of using distortion, use an overdrive pedal.

My playing style is mainly open and broken chords, and they only sound good with [a] a valve/tube amp and slight overdrive ("drive" at around 12 o clock).