That Pedal Show – Thoughts On Clean Sounds, Part 1

Published on Nov 18, 2016

In this episode Daniel and Mick begin a discussion around ‘clean’ tones. It’s a massive subject and much of this video is devoted to the kinds of dynamic and transient attack characteristics you can expect from certain kinds of guitars and amps. We talk about compression, tremolo and light gain, before touching //very// briefly on delay and modulation.
We’re sure this video will throw up a lot of questions that we can address in some follow-up videos!

Pedals Featured In This Episode…

• Analog Man Bi-Chorus (loop 7)

• Electro-Harmonix Electric Mistress Flanger/Filter Matrix (loop 4)
UK & Europe:

• Boss BD-2 Blues Driver (loop 6)
UK & Europe:

• Hamstead Soundworks Signature Analogue Tremolo (loop 3)

• Vemuram Jan Ray (loop 2)

• Origin Effects Cali76 Compact Deluxe Compressor (loop 1)
UK & Europe:

• Strymon TimeLine (loop 8)
UK & Europe:

As ever, all switching and routing is handled by TheGigRig G2 – watch Dan’s video at

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…

• Intro & housekeeping: 00:00 - 02:15
• Today’s amps: 02:15
• Compressor clean sounds: 9:56
• Using an overdrive pedal and your guitar volume pot: 14:46
• Treble bleed mod and retaining high end: 16:12 (demo) & 18:24 (explanation)
• Why tremolo is totally ace: 23:34
• When is clean not clean? 28:40
• Clean BB-style blues: 34:26
• Barely perceptible OD into all three amps: 37:07
• Guitar makes a massive difference: 39:41
• A very quick look at modulation. Very quick - more another time! 43:33

Amps in this episode
• Fender Super Reverb reissue with 4 x 10-inch Jensen P10R speakers (amp output 2)
1970s Roland JC-120 (loop 10)
1961 Vox AC30 (amp output 1

Guitars in this episode
• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – watch Mick’s video at
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – watch Dan’s video at
• Nik Huber Krautster II – watch Dan’s video at
• Grestch G5422TG Electromatic Hollow Body
• Gibson ES-335 (2000s Dot model), belonging to Peter Honoré

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