#1
Sorry about asking this, but I'm a bit desperate. How can I get a good ska-guitar (i.e. Reel Big Fish or Streetlight Manifesto) tone out of my guitar? I've tried messing with the settings on my amp and such, but I can't seem to acquire the tone. I have a Jay Turser guitar which is basically an exact copy of Fender's Stratocaster. Can anyone help me?
#2
I suppose it depends on your amp really but I manage just fine with slight distortion or plugged in electric but clean. Mostly, if you're playing ska chords to a ska rhythm, that'll sound just find.
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When i played in a ska band, I used a roland jc80, you can pick them up on ebay for dirt cheap, but they went out of production a couple months ago so they will probably go up in price. And for guitar, Get a Fender fat Strat , and split the humbucker and you should be good for life.
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When i played in a ska band, I used a roland jc80, you can pick them up on ebay for dirt cheap, but they went out of production a couple months ago so they will probably go up in price. And for guitar, Get a Fender fat Strat , and split the humbucker and you should be good for life.


Hmm, it looks strikingly like the standard Strat. So you're saying that the humbuckers make a huge difference, basically?
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Hmm, it looks strikingly like the standard Strat. So you're saying that the humbuckers make a huge difference, basically?


itll kill the home and sound a bit crunchier.

btw, it is a std strat. with just a HB
#6
You're basically going to need alot of mids, quite alot of treble and not a great deal of bass.

Alot of ska playing is in how you play it though, that's why ska sounds awesome on acoustic guitars too. Get that jaunty stop start thing going and you're good.
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up strokes, barrechords, get enough percussive sounds, and treble around 9,mids 7-8, bass 5... same goes for reggae and some funk

oh and distortion around two...and use your brightest pickup (neck?)
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ok ok.... wait..... someone tell me what Ska is. I want to know. I have no idea except it's a form of Emo from what I heard. Blah...
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ok ok.... wait..... someone tell me what Ska is. I want to know. I have no idea except it's a form of Emo from what I heard. Blah...

who ever told you ska is emo is ****ing retarded

anyway its basically a form of punk with a horn section, that originated in jamaica
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who ever told you ska is emo is ****ing retarded

anyway its basically a form of punk with a horn section, that originated in jamaica

Ska has been around much longer than punk. Its hard to know for sure but most people believe it comes from a mixture of jazz and Jamaican music. It didn't really get associated with punk until two tone/ second wave ska when a lot of the people who were into punk switched to over to ska. Third wave is the only wave of ska (there are 3) that is purposefully combined with punk and it also happens to be my least favorite.
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I do belive the band 'Cake' plays ska, maybe check them out. I'm not sure, but I think Sublime too? I haven't listened to either of the bands in a long time.
#12
sublime isnt really ska... but cake is... and well i know mainly bout second and third wave... ill look into finding about the first wave
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