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post Aug 9 2011, 12:44 AM
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Hey Ben,
Hope you don't mind my asking, but I'm curious what amp/rig you're using on the scorpions solo lesson you posted here:

The leads have that aggressive nasal sound that's pretty darn cool and I'm wondering what rig you used to get that tone?!

Still one of the coolest lessons on here cuz it's loaded with style cool.gif

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post Aug 9 2011, 09:30 AM
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Hi Chris,

Really pleased you like that tone.. I love that European nasal Marshall sound they got in the 80's.. cool.gif

Ok, well the amp is my Marshall JVM410H, 100w head. I just run an XLR straight out the head into my soundcard and comp. It has 4 channels, with each channel having 3 modes, either green, yellow or red. The different modes give different gain structures designed to emulate different Marshall amps through the years. A gain setting that is low on the green mode would sound heavy on the red mode..

I used OD1 channel on the RED setting. EQ: BASS - 1, MID - 6.5, TREBLE - 6, GAIN -3.

I always keep the bass low on the solo channel. With Marshalls, as you turn the gain up the structure changes and becomes almost boomier so I keep the bass down to counteract that.

Annoyingly, I can't remember what pickup is in my fixed bridge guitar. It's either something called a 'Vintage Vibe' made by a company called Golden Age who specialise in recreating classic pickups of years gone by.. in this case a Vintage Vibe would be based on the hot rodded humbuckers found in Gibsons. Either that or it's a Kent Armstrong.. possible called 'Rocker'.. it's a higher distortion one.

I know those pickups are in my guitars but I just don't know which ones as my Dad made them up out of exisiting bits that were at hand :S

Either way, it's a combo of very vintage sounding pickups as opposed to modern EMG type things, coupled to a classic Marshall tone.. it gives me the necessary juice and bite to nail those harmonic squeals and get those high bends sounding crisp and sustain-y cool.gif

I think if someone put any Gibson type guitar through the amp it would get a similar tone smile.gif

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