How To Get A Good Rock Tone With An Amp Or Pedal For Beginners .pdf
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How To Get A Good Rock Tone With An Amp Or Pedal
By Dwayne Jenkins
Copyright 2017 Dwayne Jenkins Publishing. All Rights Reserved.
This resource guide will provide you with resources that you need to help
you to get a good rock tone to get started playing rock guitar.
1.) The right guitar
2.) The right amplifier
3.)The right effects pedal
1.) The Right Guitar:
A solid body electric guitar with a dual pickups. This will allow you to get
a thick tone which is required for playing rock music. A guitar like the
one pictured below should do fine.
You can also use the classic Fender Stratocaster
Gibson Les Paul or Possibly a Flying V would work nicely too.
2.) The Right Amplifier.
If you ask me, there is only one to choose and that’s Marshall. But just
in case you prefer some other options, here’s the Marshall & a few other
popular amps to consider.
Marshall MG10. Perfect for getting started. Two channels and very
Easy to operate.
Peavey Backstage. Perfect for practicing and dialing in a great tone.
Comparable to the Marshall MG10.
If you’d like something a bit bigger with more bells and whistles (which is
not needed in the beginning) but can be fun to play around with. You
can also choose modeling amps such as.
Line 6 Spider. Great little amp with a built in effects and four channels.
Also allows you to create custom tones of your choice.
Fender Mustang. Which is a nice amp designed for rock. Comes with
effects and multiple settings of rock tones.
All these amplifiers can give you the rock tone and just like the pedals, it
is recommended that you try the out at your local store, check reviews
online and see which one is right for you as they are all a bit different.
3.) The Right Effects Pedal:
A nice quality distortion or heavy metal pedal will be best. Not all
distortion pedals are the same so be sure to grab the right one. Here
are a couple to try out:
Boss MT-2 Metal Zone. Designed for getting the heavy metal crunch of
Metallica The MT-2 Metal Zone is one of BOSS' most popular pedals. This
stompbox provides some of the most over-the-top, insane distortion tones in
the world—with huge mids and lows and an ultra-saturated sound.
DigiTech Metal Master. This pedal will give you the arsenal you need to
tear the heads off of your crowd! Use the Morph knob to morph between a
smooth high gain tone, to a scooped midrange sound, all the way to a
punchy mid range heavy metal sound that will cut through ANY mix!
MXR Fullbore Metal. This is another great pedal to give you the Metallica
sound. This compact but powerful device is all you need to unleash the
most devastating contemporary metal guitar tones ever heard. The Fullbore
Metal turbo-charge’s your guitar signal with lethal amounts of ultra high
Electro-Harmonix Metal Muff. Another super pedal for getting the
Metallica tone. The Electro-Harmonix Metal Muff with Top Boost is aimed
directly at our metal-loving guitarists, and may just be the finest pedal for
heavy metal ever created! The 3-band EQ boasts a midrange control that is
perfect for contouring the mids, it’s like having two pedals in one. So a
great value for the money.
I’d recommend trying out a few different ones at your local store or
possibly checking out some demonstrations on Youtube.
Anytime you look to get a certain tone with musical equipment, you need
to take some time to learn how it all functions individually and then
You might also want to consider the right kind of guitar picks. I prefer
Dunlop tortex picks. But you can choose from many. In addition to that
you might want to look into guitar strings as well.
When you buy the guitar it will have strings on it that will work fine, but
when it comes time to change them you might not know exactly which
ones to choose. Here’s the brand I prefer.
Ernie Ball Regular Slinky
They also have Super Slinky & a
Hybrid Slinky. Actually, any of Ernie Ball strings are great. You just
need to find what works best for you and your kind of playing.
If your playing a lot of chunky rhythm with a non-tremolo guitar, you
might want to use heavier gauge strings. They give a heavier sound.
But if your playing lead guitar with a tremolo, you might want to use
lighter strings because they bend easier. But it’s strictly up to you.
Getting the right tone is quite easy if you follow these instructions and
use this guide as a reference tool.
Print it out and put it somewhere safe (possibly in a binder) that you can
look at for quick reference along with all other reference material you
Once you get the tools of the trade together, you can then start learning
how to play guitar. That’s when the fun really starts. So get your tools
together, get a good book or video course and start learning how to have
fun playing rock guitar. Before you know it, you’ll be impressed with all
you have accomplished.
Thanks for taking the time to look at this resource guide and I hope it
helped you learn what kind of tools are necessary to get the infamous
rock tone. If you need additional training, please let me know.
Sincerely, Dwayne Jenkins
Dwayne’s Guitar Lessons.com