How do I put together a sound with guitar effects pedals?
January 2, 2009 11:28 AM Subscribe
I want to get a handle on how to put together specific electric guitar sounds using effects pedals.
posted by invitapriore to media & arts (8 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've played guitar for some 13 odd years now, and electric guitar for most of that, but during most of that time I was a child with no money to spend on effects pedals of any sort. Now that I can invest some bucks in these things, I'm interested of really taking advantage of the "electric" part of electric guitar.
With that in mind, I guess this is a two part question:
1) I've got a basic idea of how most all standard guitar effects work and sound on their own, but I'm often baffled when I want to pick apart what, specifically, makes a certain player's sound tick. On the other hand, I don't really know how to make feedback, for instance, but I suspect I don't currently own a loud enough amp, so maybe I'm not as informed as I think I am.
2) The sounds I'm most currently interested in figuring out are those of Jimi Hendrix, Sonic Youth and Dungen. I just want to know how Jimi gets his tone. I know that a lot of Sonic Youth's sound comes from non-standard tunings and prepared guitars, and that's something I'll just have to experiment with, but I like their timbre too, especially on Daydream Nation. With Dungen, I'm specifically interested in the sounds the guitarist makes in the solo at the end of the song Du e For Fin For Mig on the album Ta Det Lugnt (this is pretty specific, so no worries if it doesn't get answered).
I guess that's all. I'll note that I inherited a Digitech 2112 from a friend's father, and while I like it alright, I find that it has a high latency and doesn't seem to offer the types of sounds I want, but I'll admit to not exploring it to its fullest depths. I guess I'd prefer analog and DIY solutions, but I'll welcome whatever works. Cheers and thanks!