Chasing Tone


Last night was “let’s experiment.” Rearranged some furniture so I could set the amp atop a table–read where it greatly improves the Vox’s tone–and it did seem much more resonant. Also made it easier to get to the controls. Fooled around with a few settings I’d seen Voxheads post on the Net; a couple of them were worth writing down in my guitar notebook, which is filled with arcane notes about gain, level, and tone.

Found just a beautiful combination of reverb, chorus, slight overdrive, light delay, and the “Blackface” amp (emulates a Fender Twin Reverb). Perfect for the Epiphone and the blues, a haunting, shimmering American roadhouse sound that reminds me of Ry Cooder’s “Paris, Texas” soundtrack. Just makes you want to slowly play chords unitl you drift away. You can almost hear the oil pumps clanking in the distance.

Got a little writing done too. Not a bad day in the Art Ghetto.

S

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