Heavy Guitar Tones With Rabea Massaad: What Can We Learn?

Published 1 May 2020

Rabea Massaad joins us to talk about how he creates his awesome heavy guitar tones.

Life too short for long YouTube videos? Please see the ‘Interesting bits and go-to sections’ information below.

Welcome to the show! This is the last pre-Coronavirus-lockdown show we filmed back in March. Our great friend Rabea Massaad had come to visit to do a pedalboard video, so we took the opportunity to film another one while he was with us.
It’s no secret that contemporary ‘heavy’ tones aren’t exactly a great strength of ours. That said, Dan especially has a great love for more progressive styles music and of course we’re both MASSIVE fans of Bea’s approach to music, guitar and all-round creativity.
What better excuse then to see what we can glean from him in a general chat about tooooaaaan, man?

Please check out Rabea’s band Toska here:

If you’re surprised at the contrast of the mics at 53:50, so was I. Mick here. I asked Fraser to double check the audio/settings/EQ etc and the annotations are correct – the Sennheiser e906 dynamic is much less bright compared with the Sontronics ribbon. I’m going to assuming it’s either broken or very badly placed on the speaker! A 906 is normally waaaaaay brighter than that!

Enjoy the episode!

Pedals & stuff in this episode…

TheGigRig Three2One

Strymon Riverside
UK & Europe:

Keeley D&M Drive
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Keeley Filaments
UK & Europe:

Mythos Mjolnir Ltd Edition - Link to normal version
UK & Europe:

Empress Tape Delay
UK & Europe:

Empress Echo System
UK & Europe:

TC Electronic Flashback 2
UK & Europe:

TheGigRig G2

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing: 0:00
Hello! 0:45
Please help us: 2:08
Rabea’s new guitar: 2:40
Starting with the base crunch sound: 3:15
Rabea’s tuning: 5:55
Strat, Tele and ML3 through Rabea’s rig: 6:23
…and some humbuckers: 9:30
Picking attack? 10:55
What about a Marshall? 15:09
How Rabea sets up a pedal (and a discussion about midrange): 17:25
How he does that bouncy chuggy thing: 21:58
Let’s talk about gain: 24:30
Heavy tones from the D&M Drive and Marshall? 25:45
…and Victory Kraken: 28:40
…back to the Marshall: 30:40
Keeley Filaments: 32:30
Everything at 2 o’clock! 34:05
Lead line tones? 35:10
Reverb and delay in the FX loop: 37:30
Setting up a lead line sound into the Victory: 38:00
…and the Marshall: 39:50
What about mics: 52:00
The two mics separate and blended: 53:50
We haven’t really concluded anything: 55:10

Guitars in this episode:
Chapman Guitars Rabea Massaad Signature ML3 BEA Pro in Carthus Burst
UK & Europe:

Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s video at
Fender Custom Shop 1963 Telecaster - Dan’s video at
Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Standard – Dan’s video at
PRS S2 Singlecut Standard -
Ibanez JEMJRSP –

Amps in this episode
Victory VX100 Super Kraken Head with Victory V212-VH cab/Celestion Vintage 30 & Celestion G12H Anniversary
Marshall 1987x with 1960AX cab / Celestion G12M Greenback speakers

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