#1
Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone could help me obtain this tone. I'm looking to get my guitar to throw out a tone that is sparkly. I'm not talking about twangy (like a Strat with single coil pups), but actually bright and sparkly. I want to make my guitar sound like crystal chimes.

Any suggestions?

I'm playing an Edwards Alexi Pinksawtooth through a SpiderValve. I've also got an Ibanez.

Is there any pedal which would give me this sparkly and chiming crystal tone?
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I don't know much of anything about the spider valve but there has gotta be a Fender amp model on it, right?

If so use that.
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I don't know much of anything about the spider valve but there has gotta be a Fender amp model on it, right?

If so use that.


I did, it just sounds like a Fender-ish twang.

I'm looking for something close or somewhat similar to a chime from a crystal.
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#6
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EQ pedal?


Not necessarily, but I'd figured that using an EQ pedal to reduce the bass would do it, but from my trials, that just made the tone thin.

Is there a pedal which would saturate the trebles and mids? Something close to a crystal chime would be ideal.
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#7
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A treble boost and a little reverb might help


Reverb. OK I'll patch that in.

But is there a pedal or something which would saturate the tone so that the loss in bass wouldn't make the whole tone really thin and sharp?
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#9
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Reverb. OK I'll patch that in.

But is there a pedal or something which would saturate the tone so that the loss in bass wouldn't make the whole tone really thin and sharp?

It can, but don't lose the bass. I find that just boosting treble a bit more makes it brighter and clearer, but doesn't lose the body of sound.
#10
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chorus, nice shimmer


nice shimmer... is that a description of the sound or a pedal or something?
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It can, but don't lose the bass. I find that just boosting treble a bit more makes it brighter and clearer, but doesn't lose the body of sound.


I tried that a while ago, but it still sounds like a guitar.

I admit that a guitar will always sound like a guitar, but I was hoping to be able to recreate a chime that is remisicent of a crystal or at least simulate a similar effect. Really bright, clear and resonant.

My friend asked me to play some piece for his wedding night, and we've come to the conclusion that portion of the song would sound really romantic for the "you may kiss the bride" portion of the ceremony.

Any pedal like a sparkle pedal or a chime drive? lol.
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#13
imo you wouldn't want to use pedals with that amp - its a great amp (regardless of what the "its still a spider lolz" bandwagon says), but I don't think it'd handle pedals too well, like all digital amps.

You should be able to easily get a chimey tone out of the amp, i think the blue clean setting should help. Another suggestion would be, if your guitar has humbuckers, you could consider installing a switch to make the coils of the bridge pickup run in parallel.
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#14
To be honest ive describe my clean tone as 'Sparkly' and i use an ibanez aswell but ive got an RG2570E and to be honest the tone i believe is very 'sparkly' and i achieve this with just a guitar and amp so you're shouldnt look for pedals etc but instead go into stores and grab the high end RG's and see if you can hear it!
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imo you wouldn't want to use pedals with that amp - its a great amp (regardless of what the "its still a spider lolz" bandwagon says), but I don't think it'd handle pedals too well, like all digital amps.

You should be able to easily get a chimey tone out of the amp, i think the blue clean setting should help. Another suggestion would be, if your guitar has humbuckers, you could consider installing a switch to make the coils of the bridge pickup run in parallel.


I agree on both counts, it really is a great amp. I can't figure out how its "digitised" as some consistently claim. Yes, its doesn't take pedals very kindly I feel either.

OK, let me try the blues setting, any eq config I could try? I really want the guitar to sound like a crystal chime.
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#16
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To be honest ive describe my clean tone as 'Sparkly' and i use an ibanez aswell but ive got an RG2570E and to be honest the tone i believe is very 'sparkly' and i achieve this with just a guitar and amp so you're shouldnt look for pedals etc but instead go into stores and grab the high end RG's and see if you can hear it!


Any chance you can share a sound clip of your sparkly tone?

I don't exactly have a high end RG... I think its a 320? I cannot recall and I cannot find any pictures which make reference to the Ibanez I have, anywhere online.

I've upgraded the pickups, because the stock pups were crappy.

I've got DiMarzio D Sonic | Lace Sensor Hot Gold | DiMarzio Evo 2 in "bridge | middle | neck" configuration.
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#17
Ibanez RG with two buckers and a 5-way? Position 2 or 4 on the pup selector, some chorus, some reverb, cut some mids and boost some treble - that how I start to gets me my 'sparkly' tone.