#1
Hey UG, i have a question...

How do you get a nice full sound with one guitarist? (as in a band setting)
I mean, with 2 guitars you do get fuller sounds in general, but with one guitar is there any way to make your sound more "full"?
uh, maybe, split the signal to 2 diff. amps? Using some effect pedal?

Please advise
#2
Simple, a chorus pedal
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#3
Quote by ChemicalFire
Simple, a chorus pedal


Not going to work with distortion so nicely though.

And yeah you could split the signal, but thats not really needed
if your micing the amps live through a PA then it should sound fuller.

My bands only got me as a guitarist, we cover Laid to rest, we didnt think itd be enough really, but it sounds alright.
#4
Quote by ChemicalFire
Simple, a chorus pedal

thats not necessarily going to fill out your sound.

I think its not really what gear you use so much as what you play and how you play it. Usually the arrangement for "power-trio" type bands that i work towards is getting the bass to sort of play a harmony behind any lead parts. As for rhythm, i just use big barre chords, or power chords.
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#5
You just gotta get a good bassist. He has to have some good licks of his own so when you and him are playing in unison it sounds stronger than if he just played the keys.
#6
set a flange so it has a doubled feel. Dimebag used to use a flange since he was the only guitarist
#8
Hmm guys thanks I don't think a chorus would work, since it's not really giving the effect of 2 amps. Chorus pedals are delays actually.
Micing up the amp won't do much, I've tried. The best would be to split the signal I guess. But will that affect the volume?
#10
It also does not hurt to get proficient with some kind of a looper... which will also mean your band has to be very tight as well. You can do a lot with a looper and one guitar.
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#11
The bassist is going to help alot in helping you sound full. If he isnt going to be playing the same thing you are, then turn up your low end a bit, that will give you more prescence. Reverb will help. but not too much of it or you will sound like you are playing at the bottom of a well.
#12
Basically, it all depends on how your music is.


Look at John Petrucci. He utilizes large, lush chords that fill in much better than single note sort of melodies or progressions. Look at some Rush as well.

John and Alex Lifeson both know how to make a band with one guitar sound full, eliminating the need for two.
#14
Quote by ExplorerFreak
Basically, it all depends on how your music is.


Look at John Petrucci. He utilizes large, lush chords that fill in much better than single note sort of melodies or progressions. Look at some Rush as well.

John and Alex Lifeson both know how to make a band with one guitar sound full, eliminating the need for two.


don't forgot Adam Jones of Tool :P
(he's splitting his signal through 2 amps...)
#15
Splittinh your signal doesn't make it sound any more full though.. It sounds like 1 guitar being played through 2 amps, which will essentially just be louder really.

The 2 things that need a +1 are, find a great bassist, not just someone who picks 4 root notes per bar, you need an actual bas player who will play interesting things to fill out the sound.

and Just practice yourself at what you play and how you arrange the songs, there is no magic pedal or cheat way of doing it. To do it right you just have to be a really good guitarist and have a really good band.

If you and the bass player can't do it, just get another guitarist?
#16
Quote by paulefty
maybe, split the signal to 2 diff. amps? Using some effect pedal?

Please advise

I did this before, I used a Marshal and a Peavey, it worked amazing!
I just had 2 different distortions going on.
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#17
Quote by apollo minor
You just gotta get a good bassist. He has to have some good licks of his own so when you and him are playing in unison it sounds stronger than if he just played the keys.



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