Better Solo Tones For Everyone

Published on Jul 15, 2016

In this video Daniel and Mick explore some basic concepts around getting a better solo tone.

What is a better solo tone? Obviously it’s an extremely subjective topic once you bring personal likes/dislikes into play, but the one thing on which we can all surely agree is that as a very basic start point, a good solo tone begins with ‘one that can be heard’.
By contrast a ‘bad’ solo tone is one that can’t be heard, and there are many of us who have been in that situation where you step on the next pedal to make your tone soar… only to find that it just crashes! That is where we begin.

Throughout the video we touch on the areas of gain, EQ and relative wetness of your effects in the context of being heard for that all important solo.

Interesting points of go-to bits
• What is a ‘good’ solo tone? 2:05
• Thoughts on gain and solo tones: 3:25
• Amps we’re using today: 4:57
• Midrange, gain and being heard (with Angry Charlie V3): 8:53
• How more gain can impact on the dynamics of your playing: 14:01
• Using a mid-boost (TS Mini) before and after your main overdrive: 15:38
• Angry Charlie after Carpe Diem: 19:27
• Zen Drive and mid frequencies: 23:00
• Zen Drive & Angry Charlie 25:45
• EQ pedal thoughts: 27:15
• Delay time basics and solo tones – short or long? 29:29
• Reverb basics and solo tones: 38:08
• Compression and clean tones: 40:42

Pedals used in this video:

• JHS Angry Charlie V3
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• Boss GE-7 Graphic Equalizer
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• Keeley 30ms Automatic Double Tracker
UK & Europe:

• MXR M300 Reverb
UK & Europe:

• Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini
UK & Europe:

• Hermida Audio Zendrive by Lovepedal
UK & Europe:

• Fire Custom Shop Carpe Diem

• Origin Effects Cali76 Compact Deluxe
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• Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man 1100-TT
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Guitars used in this video:
• Collings 290DC S
• Fender Mexico special Edition Reverse Headstock ’60s Stratocaster (from 2007/8)
• Nik Huber Krautster II

Todays amps are:
• Hamstead Artist 20+RT for all the pedals
• Victory The Sheriff 44 (for the rhythm guitar only, no pedals)

As always, all amp and effects routing and switching is handled by TheGigRig G2.

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