#1
How does John/George/Paul get a tone like the lead guitar in "Hey Bulldog," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Helter Skelter," and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (the song)? It seems to be a very unique overdriven tone. Very fuzzy, but still warm, smooth, and thick.

"Hey Bulldog" - http://youtube.com/watch?v=_fOs2Snt62U
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" - http://youtube.com/watch?v=AHChc2I7FKk
"Helter Skelter" - http://youtube.com/watch?v=9WuJ3EvNh-0
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" - http://youtube.com/watch?v=yVekysgeLXQ

It's only the lead guitar in each song with the tone, and the lead guitar is pretty prominant in each song. Just try to stick out each song until the solos (except "Sgt. Pepper's," which has no solo). Also, I'm pretty sure it's the same tone in each song. Some have told me it's the crappy overdrive from Fender's, or a fuzz pedal, or a slashed amp speaker, or a distortion pedal, or just a screwed up amp that was exploited to sound good. So help me!



Edit: Also, John (lead guitar) gets that tone in this video. Although his playing is terribly out of tune because it's so cold and his strings shrink, thus putting the guitar out of tune. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-993513943350119001&q=Rooftop+concert+beatles+site%3Avideo.google.com&total=3&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0
The tone is on Revolution, too! http://youtube.com/watch?v=hK3hJcTlfUQ
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well in while my guitar gently weeps is all clapton's guitar magic tone
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well in while my guitar gently weeps is all clapton's guitar magic tone


Not really. Clapton said he was try to make the tone and playing style as Beatlesy as possible.
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i heard one time they slashed their speakers?
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Not really. Clapton said he was try to make the tone and playing style as Beatlesy as possible.


that may be, but they were still clapton's fingers
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i thought it was an AC30 with slashed speakers?
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while my guitar was ADT'd (automatic double tracking) repeatedly. paul plays a fender esquire on sgt pepper with a fuzz box.dunno bout the others. john's playing a semi-hollow epi casino on get back and hey bulldog...
#9
dave davies (kinks) slashed his speakers. i know the revolution distortion (john casino george les paul) was acheived by plugging firectly into the soundboard. maybe thats it.
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Revolution is running Lennon's Casino directly into the soundboard and overloading all the levels.

I think "Hey Bulldog" was the last recording done on George's SG. To me, it sounds a lot like the Revolution tone, which means they plugged the guitar directly into the soundboard and overloaded the levels.

WMGGW is Clapton, likely using whatever setup he was using at the time. SG or ES-335 through a Marshall, with some ADT added to make it more Beatles-y. I think. I'm no Clapton fanboy, so I could easily be wrong.

Get Back looks to be Lennon's Casino through a Fender, I think maybe a Twin.


As for the other two, I'm not really sure. However, one of their tricks in the later years was to use an overdriven Leslie rotary speaker for the guitar. Might be what was used in these tracks.
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Some have told me it's the crappy overdrive from Fender's


Are you serious?

Fender OD is the sh!t!
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Also you have to remember how the 1960s recording quality will affect the tone.
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^Definetly. Also keep in mind George Martin was a recording genius and he used a lot of tricks in the studio.
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Are you serious?

Fender OD is the sh!t!


Hell yes, I'm serious. You must be an idiot of you like the overdrive channel of a Fender. But the cranked clean channel is a different story...
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^Definetly. Also keep in mind George Martin was a recording genius and he used a lot of tricks in the studio.

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^Yeah. When I listened to Hey Bulldog, I heard he used a lot of compressor on the guitar (like after effect), at least to me it sounds like that. Basically, getting the studio tone is pretty hard (to get EXACTLY), since they used so many studio tricks.
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