Login / Register
 
Your Favourite Strat tone
New Reply
Subscribe
#121
28th April 2010
Old 28th April 2010
  #121
Moderator
 
Blast9's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: London, innit
Posts: 5,842

Blast9 is offline
Ty Tabor wailing in his Elite Strat >> modded Lab series amp. Terrible soudn quality but there's no denying the tone!

Check out 3'00" onwards thumbsup

__________________
::
November 11th 2013 - New song/free download
http://andymitchellmusic.com/#/music
::
twitter > http://twitter.com/mitchellmusic - http://www.twitter.com/theyardbirds
#122
28th April 2010
Old 28th April 2010
  #122
Lives for gear
 
b0ssa's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Adelaide, OZ
Posts: 1,249

b0ssa is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blast9 View Post
Ty Tabor wailing in his Elite Strat >> modded Lab series amp. Terrible soudn quality but there's no denying the tone!

Check out 3'00" onwards thumbsup

Shit sound.. may as well have posted morse code audio.. the playing is also, in a word, lousy.
__________________
9800GT -> LG W2452V -> Dell 3008WFP | Cubase 6 | RME HDSPe RayDAT |TCE (SK48 & DKx32) | PowerCore 6000 & Express | UAD2 Nevana128 | UAD1 Mackie | Duende Native | Liquid Mix | 49SL MKII | AW4416/Waves Y56K | Akai S6000 | Mackie HR824 | Yamaha NS-10M Studio | POD XTLive | Variax 600 | POD XT Pro | Digitech GSP1101 | Axon AX100MKII - Godin Freeway LB | Gibson VOS 57 Gold Top Les Paul|
#123
29th April 2010
Old 29th April 2010
  #123
Gear maniac
 
Joined: Jun 2008
Location: Oakland
Posts: 253

ltemma74 is offline
Hendrix had great strat tone. The pole pieces are reversed due to the backwards stringing. It makes the tone more balanced and Hendrix-like (of course) than a normal strat. I have a 1997 Hendrix Tribute Strat. It's annoying to play because it's upside-down. But the tones are always pure strat and sound very much like Jimi when sent into a Marshall (Plexi or JCM in my case). I am always impressed with the recorded tone of that guitar.

I like Frusciante's strat tone too. It's usually the same formula as Hendrix - Strat into Marshall. Lots of strat goodness in Frusciante's lofi heroin-induced solo effort "Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt." Production is awful but the strat tones are pure. You really hear his fingers in that recording. Have a listen if you're a strat fan.

Strats and Marshall complement one another nicely. Such a huge variety of tones can be copped depending on the player. This combo taught me that "tone is in your fingers."
#124
29th April 2010
Old 29th April 2010
  #124
Gear maniac
 
Joined: Apr 2006
Location: Denmark
Posts: 299

tombuur is offline
Whereas I agree that The Shadows "Appache" has a very typical Strat tone, there are actually several who believe it was recorded with a Gretsch Country Gentleman 1960. Here is one:

http://www.oldboys.se/dokument/Hank.pdf

A friend of mine who is very much into Shadows has researched this and believes it so true that he went and bought a vintage Country Gentleman for this very reason.
#125
29th April 2010
Old 29th April 2010
  #125
Lives for gear
 
karp47's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2008
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 778

karp47 is offline
Dire Straits strat tone, definitely my personal favorite guitar tone possibly ever
#126
5th May 2010
Old 5th May 2010
  #126
Gear interested
 
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 1

drumguy is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kronos147 View Post
Both Mike and Scott play Suhr guitars. I put the Suhr FL pickups (Flether Landau) in my strat and paired with my '67 Fender Princeton, I am happy!
landau plays a 63 fiesta red strat and a 69 strat tuned down to eflat. he stopped using the suhr a while ago...................he will bust out the sg once and a while...................
#127
8th May 2010
Old 8th May 2010
  #127
Gear nut
 
Joined: Mar 2004
Location: ny
Posts: 119

jerrybarnesbass is offline
Niles Strat

1. Le freak - Nile rogers = Tokai Strat not Fender
__________________
TuBiLaH DoG on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Videos


This is not accurate!
I emailed Nile today and this was his response:

"Hitmaker. I didn't own a Tokai then. Eddie Martinez is the first person to tell me about another Japanese co that made strat copies which then lead me to Tokai, I can't remember the other co but Fender sued them and put them out of biz- Oh Fernandez or HernandezI believe they were called. Then I got a few Tokia strats but that was after Good Times."

The Hitmaker is Niles famous Fender Stratocaster!!
__________________
jerry barnes
#128
8th May 2010
Old 8th May 2010
  #128
Gear Guru
 
FFTT's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2005
Location: A stoned throw from ground zero
Posts: 12,471

FFTT is online now
While we all find our influences hearing the masters, there also seems to be
so much emphasis on copying someone else's tone rather than finding your own personal best tone as it relates to your own music.

What makes us appreciate these artists was that they chose to be leaders
rather than followers, even though I'm sure they all found inspiration from
their favorite players too.
__________________
Don't look at me in that tone of voice

Put music in your heart
and heart in your music
#129
10th May 2010
Old 10th May 2010
  #129
Lives for gear
 
Ben B's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 1,532

Ben B is offline
Listen to the clean solo starting at around 2:27. Just gorgeous.

Lala Song Player - A Thousand Years by Toto

There's a lot of subtle clean strat work throughout the song, if you listen carefully. The solo is the highlight, though.

-Ben B
#130
10th May 2010
Old 10th May 2010
  #130
Lives for gear
 
Ben B's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 1,532

Ben B is offline
Never mind, the link only plays about :30 of the song. Search for it, if you're interested.

Sorry,
-Ben B
#131
12th May 2010
Old 12th May 2010
  #131
Gear maniac
 
Vatraxos's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 236

Vatraxos is offline
I will never ever forget how I felt the first time I heard those first Em arpeggios on Black Star....ever!
#132
12th May 2010
Old 12th May 2010
  #132
Moderator
 
Blast9's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: London, innit
Posts: 5,842

Blast9 is offline
^ Yeah amazing!
#133
12th May 2010
Old 12th May 2010
  #133
Lives for gear
 
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: North Central MA
Posts: 527

Mr. Kelly is offline
Interestingly, Mark Knofler of Dire Straits stopped touring with a Strat in the '80s. He began using a Schecter "Strat", as he said he didn't want to lug around his vintage guitars and risk getting them beat up. He said one of his Schecters was the best sounding guitar he'd ever owned (at the time of the writing).

Not sure when he stopped recording with them.
#134
12th May 2010
Old 12th May 2010
  #134
Gear maniac
 
Joined: Apr 2006
Location: Denmark
Posts: 299

tombuur is offline
Mark Knopfler still uses a Strat a lot when playing electric, but it is true that he may use a Les Paul more often these days.

Personally I prefer the Strat. The way it looks, the way it sounds. Even if it is the most abundant electric guitar I don't care. It's a classic. Look at a symphony orchestra, would you say: "Don't care for at all those identical violins. Guess I will pick a flute instead, there are only two guys playing that instrument." To me it appears that the Strat along with a handful of other guitars originating in the 50's and 60's have set the standard for what an electric guitar is, the same way violins did it for classical music a few centuries earlier.
#135
13th May 2010
Old 13th May 2010
  #135
Moderator
 
Blast9's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: London, innit
Posts: 5,842

Blast9 is offline
YouTube - Eric Gales at Musik-Schmidt, 13 Nov 2007

Another very cool Eric Gales clip - better sound.

he's playing in a music shop in Frankfurt... You can really hear the tone of different pickup positions. Gogeous clean tones

according to youtube comments this is a JCM800 "Slash" model
#136
18th May 2010
Old 18th May 2010
  #136
Lives for gear
 
unsung's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2005
Location: Phila PA
Posts: 3,562

unsung is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by sears View Post
For me it's "September Gurls"
Yes yes yes!!! First two Big Star LPs------- Pretty much why I got a strat.
Ngr
#137
24th May 2010
Old 24th May 2010
  #137
Ngr
Gear maniac
 
Ngr's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: Roma, Italia
Posts: 270

Ngr is offline
Hendrix in VoodoChild (slow, long version) is yet unsurpassed
#138
24th May 2010
Old 24th May 2010
  #138
Gear Guru
 
FFTT's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2005
Location: A stoned throw from ground zero
Posts: 12,471

FFTT is online now
Just watched the David Gilmour Live at Royal Albert Hall DVD again.

According to Gilmourish, he's playing custom built reproductions during
the entire show and just wow the tones he's getting are phenomenal.
The bite he gets on each note and his bends are just riveting to watch.

His sense of melody and timing and the way he builds the excitement
in his leads and every single note seems to be the perfect note.
#139
2nd June 2010
Old 2nd June 2010
  #139
Gear interested
 
Joined: Jun 2010
Location: Upper East Side, NYC
Posts: 8

Bret138 is offline
I skimmed through the pages and didn't see anyone mention Jimi with the Band of Gypsys, Machine Gun live at the Fillmore East

By far my favorite live tone ever recorded. That solo starting with the seemingly endless note around the 4 minute mark...wow..

Also his Voodoo Chile Blues (long version) pretty fantastic as well
#140
3rd June 2010
Old 3rd June 2010
  #140
Gear nut
 
bluzkat's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2007
Location: Lansing, Michigan
Posts: 137

bluzkat is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bret138 View Post
I skimmed through the pages and didn't see anyone mention Jimi with the Band of Gypsys, Machine Gun live at the Fillmore East

By far my favorite live tone ever recorded. That solo starting with the seemingly endless note around the 4 minute mark...wow..

Also his Voodoo Chile Blues (long version) pretty fantastic as well

Amen, brother!!
Deleted User
#141
4th June 2010
Old 4th June 2010
  #141
Deleted User
Guest
 
Posts: n/a

Re: Your Favourite Strat tone

Any Eric Johnson tone, particularly 'Cliffs of Dover' it's absolutely stunning.
#142
14th July 2010
Old 14th July 2010
  #142
Gear interested
 
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 20

straycatstrat is offline
Gilmour is my fave, above all, when it comes to strat tones, there his mid 70s sound on Animals.

But the the best "real live" strat sound i heard recently from Philip Sayce, who played an amazing show in my town.
this was by far the best sound, i could listen to for myself.
#143
14th July 2010
Old 14th July 2010
  #143
Gear addict
 
CapnMarvel's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 308

CapnMarvel is offline
I think all of these have been mentioned, but I will second the following (in no particular order)

1. Gilmour Live at Pompeii - The Black Strat (still more or less stock) > Si Fuzz Face > Colorsound Overdriver > Hiwatts through his WEM cabs and WEM spinning speakers, Binson Echorec. Gorgeous, gorgeous use of that technology and still very clearly a Strat. Made me want to buy one after being a Tune-O-Matic and Tele guy for a very long time.

2. Jimi Hendrix throughout Electric Ladyland and the final days of the Experience on through to the Woodstock-era band. I won't rehash the rig(s), but c'mon!!

3. Eric Clapton using 'blackie' on the Layla album - to think it was recorded through a bunch of Fender Champs and similar small amps but still sounds this huge is very inspirational for me.

4. Jeff Beck ever since he moved to strats for good back in, what - the BBB era? His rig is (and has typically been) deceptively simple, but he wrings every possible thing he can out of a strat, and again, what he does you can really only achieve on a traditional strat setup.

5. Rory Gallagher - yup.

6. Ritchie Blackmore - I would say his was a very specific and groundbreaking tone for the time, and you simply couldn't do what he did or sound how he did without using a Strat. Classic strat tone.

7. Buddy Holly - Hello. He's one of the main reasons why people fell in love with Strat tone to begin with.

8. Robbie Robertson - Not my favorite player by any means, but he made a strat do some very unique things within his style and deserves mention here.

9. Big Star and the Impressions are also very, very good choices. I will also mention Ernie Isley's and (some) of Eddie Hazel's tones in the early 70's as being especially great.

10. I'm honestly really bored by SRV, but he did take many cues from Hendrix yet map out his own tonal landscapes, which is admirable.

And despite how BRILLIANT the rest of the show is, Jimmy Page's work on the strat on the Knebworth show is kinda groady, imho.
__________________
My gear: Three or four that go 'WHANNGGG!' A couple that go 'deedle deedle' and 'tweet', a few little ones that go 'thumpity thump', and some that don't make any noise at all but have bunches of delightful little lights on them.
#144
16th July 2010
Old 16th July 2010
  #144
Lives for gear
 
darkhorse's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 1,483

darkhorse is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blast9 View Post
Ty Tabor wailing in his Elite Strat >> modded Lab series amp. Terrible soudn quality but there's no denying the tone!

Check out 3'00" onwards thumbsup


??????? I used to kind of like this band, must have been studio work.
I hate to down anything but this is reaaallllllly bad tone and playing, and it does not seem to be just a bad recording...

There is so much more out there to serve as an example of "strat". I can think of 3 off the top of my head, anything by Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Malmsteen...I hear that Clapton fellow plays a decent strat as well.
__________________
"Funny thing about VINTAGE, when those old cats played that gear and got those legendary tones the gear was NEW, and it did not cost all that much."
#145
16th July 2010
Old 16th July 2010
  #145
Lives for gear
 
darkhorse's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 1,483

darkhorse is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by jamiedonnelly View Post
Any Eric Johnson tone, particularly 'Cliffs of Dover' it's absolutely stunning.

I was digging on Eric's tone 20 years ago before anyone ever heard of him. I cannot sound anything like him but I dig the tones.

Darkside: it must be Godlike to have renderd something of such stunning quality and musicianship as to sound relevant 40 years later. I cannot think of anything else that can muster such a paradigm. I can listen to Gilmour or Jeff Beck all day. AND might I add my all time Strat God, Robin Trower, some of that old stuff is just bloody amazing tones. Ever hear a Strat sound like Bridge of Sighs? Incredible tones and still sounds great today. I have all of Trower's works in my IPOD unit, and Jeff Beck, sadly my best Gilmour stuff is on DVD.

The Strat gets my vote for the best all around, versitle, most amazing sounding guitar of all time clean or dirty.
#146
17th July 2010
Old 17th July 2010
  #146
Lives for gear
 
CrankyRayHanky's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 755

CrankyRayHanky is offline
This is awesome; I'm a new fan!


Quote:
Originally Posted by Blast9 View Post
Black Star off his 1st album

amazing clean tones and singing overdriven lead tones... Very tastefully played... His best playing IMHO

Eric Gales is astonishing: - Strat > Blues driver >Bassman

Live at The Rex - just watch all of the clips!

#147
17th July 2010
Old 17th July 2010
  #147
Lives for gear
 
CrankyRayHanky's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2006
Posts: 755

CrankyRayHanky is offline
Exclamation

I can't the people dissing SRV, they must not have seen him live- he kills
#148
17th July 2010
Old 17th July 2010
  #148
Lives for gear
 
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 629

Frisbieinstein is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by pashatom View Post
Nothing can sound as good as a fine-sounding, well-played and well-recorded Stratocaster.
Some people might go for an orchestra :-)

As far as Strat tone, I'd go for Little Wing. That's what the thing really sounds like.
#149
18th July 2010
Old 18th July 2010
  #149
Lives for gear
 
popmann's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2004
Location: Nashville
Posts: 4,690

popmann is offline
Strat neck...neck+middle...that's it.

I'm a fan of the sounds that descended from Hendrix's mellower tones. Dolly Mae...Axis...Little Wing...Castles Made of Sand...and then into SRV...and Mike Landau...and Richie Kotzen...

I was just listening to Kotzen record this morning, and while I forget the specific song on Break It All Down--there was one that I went--THAT is the missing tone from my arsenal. I know what it is...Strat, low output neck PU into a Plexi turned up LOUD to where it's just going to break up on the peaks.

Thing is...that's hard to come by at a reasonable volume. I played a Reinhart Plexi clone that had the most gorgeous clean...I turned it up loud...still didn't break...I could've gotten there, I'm sure, but it's unrealistic to think I'm turning a 100wt Plexi clone up until it starts to break on any kind of regular basis.

I see they make some now with built in Variac like circuits...I'm going to seek one of those out...see if I can get "that" tone from it.

Richie gets it pretty well these days with his signature Cornford...but, there are none to play in the US. And, well--it's a $3600 head. Yikes.

Anyway--would love to have that. Right now, I have most of what I dig between my FralinVVT and (old) BassmanRI w/NOS tubes...and a handful of OD pedals. Barber Small Fry is my current fave, but there's something kinda cool about the old Marshall BB into the Bassman, too. I would just like to have that last EL34 pushed clean sound...
__________________
New singles available in all it's linear 88.2 glory:
Cogs In the Machine
Cliche
Older archives:
My work--now available in linear PCM for download!
#150
19th July 2010
Old 19th July 2010
  #150
Lives for gear
 
darkhorse's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 1,483

darkhorse is offline
Be hard pressed to down any of the current players using strats, it's all about personal tastes really. I like Strats and anyone who plays them rules in my book.

I always go back to Jeff Beck and his last DVD Live at Ronnie Scott's will remain a fav of mine, great tones on that work. Now everyone remembers Blow by Blow w the LP but Wired for me after that was the best instrumental I think I have ever heard.

Gilmour is an absolute tone monster. David gets some of the most intense fuzz leads ever, competes with Beck for some of the most intense honking ODs still played musically.

I will always have a debt to Robin Trower for his early work, like no other sparked me to play the guitar, sure there was Clapton, Beck and Page but Robin really moved me with the colors of sound he created using effects artfully. He always got a bad rap as a Hendrix clone, but really listen to those old works, really incredible and Dewar was great powerful soulful singer. Hendrix was cool and all but what Trower did 4 to 5 years after Hendrix seemed like another planet in tone and creativeness.

I dig SRV as well, my youngest daughter is named Stevie Rae. He brought the blues back for me, too bad Bonamassa plays LPs, that dude wails.

Last edited by darkhorse; 19th July 2010 at 07:14 AM.. Reason: add
New Reply Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook  Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter  Submit Thread to LinkedIn LinkedIn  Submit Thread to Google+ Google+ 
 
Topic:
Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter / Forum
Replies
lank81 / So much gear, so little time!
13
beats workin' / Geekslutz forum
8
thecementmachine / Work In Progress / Advice Requested / Show & Tell / Artist Showcase / Mix-Offs
6
electropoet / So many guitars, so little time!
0
Da Mill / So many guitars, so little time!
3

Forum Jump

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.