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Guitarist Tones & Settings

Ever tried to get your guitar to sound like your favorite guitarist, but couldn't even get close? It can be frustrating, especially if you don't know what type of amp, guitar, or pedals they use. Very few can accurately tell what type of distortion unit a guitarist uses, or what gauge of strings they use, without reading it somewhere or seeing their gear firsthand.

How to Sound Like Eric Clapton
Interested in trying to make your guitar sound like Eric Clapton's? This article provides information on how to set your guitar and amp to mimic several of Eric Clapton's legendary guitar tones.

Beck, Jeff
This is a rather brief outline, by Beck, of the equipment he uses. Not very detailed, but some may find it interesting and informative.

Bettencourt, Nuno
Not a ton of information here, but these pages should give you a good idea of Bettencourt's studio and live equipment.

Blackmore, Ritchie
From GuitarPlayer.com, here is "10 Things You Gotta Do to Play Like Ritchie Blackmore". Not a *huge* amount of detail, but this article should point you in the right direction.

Carlton, Larry
From the guitarist's home page, here is a fairly detailed list of the guitars and equipment Larry Carlton uses.

Childress, Ross (Collective Soul)
Visual layout of the guitarist's set-up that includes a Peavey 5150, two Fender Twin Reverbs, a Paul Reed Smith, and a mess of pedals. No effects settings are included.

Clapton, Eric
From uberproaudio.com, this page offers good documentation of Clapton's guitars and amps; past and present.

Cobain, Kurt (Nirvana)
An entire website devoted to the equipment used by the master of the haphazard guitar sound, that became one of the inspirations for the grunge movement.

Collins, Albert
Dig the Albert Collins sound? Check out simplicity at it's finest - the Albert Collins road set up. From Guitargeek.

Davies, Dave (The Kinks)
See Davies set-up, circa 1964, featured on hits like "You Really Got Me" and "Sunny Afternoon". Simple, but effective.

Dimebag Darrell (Pantera)
This fella uses a whole lotta amp to get his onstage sound. Darrell also curiously uses two Digitech Whammy pedals side-by-side. Lots of info here, although no specific pedal or amp settings.

Edge, The
A great, highly detailed explanation of how the U2 guitarist sets up his delay unit, often to match the tempo of the song. Might be a bit technical for beginners, but if you want to replicate the Edge's sound, you'll need to absorb this.

Garcia, Jerry
A ton of very specific info here on Garcia's road set-up. Click "More of Jerry's Rig" and move your mouse over the picture to see detailed explanations.

Gilmour, David (Pink Floyd)
An great overview of the gear David Gilmour used on earlier and more recent Pink Floyd recordings, including amplifier, guitar, and effect information.

Gough, Damon (Badly Drawn Boy)
This eclectic artist has a similarly unusual stage set up, that includes unusual effects loops, a Mooger Fooger ring mod, and other peculiarities.

Green Day
Informative, but rather brief documentation on the instruments used by Billie Joe and the rest of the band. From Greenday.net

Green, Peter
Not a web site, but a forum discussion on thegearpage.net that outlines the guitars and amps used by Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green.

Greenwood, Jonny (Radiohead)
A whole lot of info here on Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood's guitars, effects, keyboards, and amplifiers.

Hammett, Kirk (Metallica)
A collection of quotes by Hammett on some specific settings the guitarist uses, as well as a list of guitars, amps, strings, etc. that Kirk Hammett uses.

Harper, Ben
An excellent page that compiles interviews from guitar magazines and other sources, and provides a highly detailed account of the instruments, effects, and mic'ing techniques used by Ben Harper.

Hendrix, Jimi
Compiled from various sources, here is a visual description of Hendrix's late stage set-up. No specific info on pedal settings, etc.

Hetfield, James (Metallica)
Some good overall information about the Metallica frontman's gear on this site. Doesn't offer much info on effects used, or any specific settings, but it should give those interested some general insight.

Korn
Basic information on gear used by Munki of Korn, courtesty of guitargeek.com.

Lamonde, Larry (Primus)
This website offers a good overview of how to recreate the Primus guitar sound. No specific settings are given.

Lang, Jonny
If you're a fan of the blues guitarist, you'll want to check out his rather simple set-up, that includes plugging into a Fender Tonemaster.

Lynch, George
Site that offers a very detailed description of the gear setup Lynch uses to create his signature guitar sound. Includes gear info for both recent and older recordings.

Malmsteen, Yngwie
A lot of really nice, specific info here for Malmsteen fans. Includes information on Yngwie's guitars, amps, and effects, both in live and studio settings.

May, Brian (Queen)
Not very lengthy, but this article on Queen guitarist Brian May's gear is very informative. Includes diagrams of May's effects chains.

Morello, Tom (Rage Against the Machine)
From Guitar World Magazine, an interview with the Rage Against the Machine guitarist, in which he discusses extensively his gear, and his unusual uses for it.

Navarro, Dave (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Relatively brief, but informative details on Nararro's stage set-up, from the Guitargeek website. No specifics on amp and pedal settings.

Petrucci, John (Dream Theater)
This page offers extensive info on the gear settings of Dream Theater guitarist Petrucci. This will keep you busy for a while!

Radiohead
This is a Yahoo club, that you'll need to join in order to read and post discussions of the gear used by Radiohead.

Raitt, Bonnie
An overview of Bonnie Raitt's live set-up, circa 2000. Her sound includes use of a Vox amp, with the somewhat surprising addition of a Fender Pro Junior.

Santana, Carlos
Very thorough documentation of the guitarist's gear is provided on his official site, including info on his guitars, pedalboard, amps, and speakers.

Satriani, Joe
In this area of Joe's official site, every aspect of the guitarist's favorite axe,"Chrome Boy", is highlighted in excrutiating detail, in annotations by his guitar tech, Gary Brawer.

Shiflett, Chris (Foo Fighters)
If you like this band's sound, then you'll want to check out this layout of Shiflett's live set-up. Includes guitar, amp, and effects information, although no specific settings are given.

Slash
Quite a bit of info here, although it might be a bit hard to find. Scroll down for a while, and you'll find it. Information on Slash's gear, guitars, amps, etc., including some specifics on settings.

Sonic Youth
An exhaustive list of the guitars and basses used by the band, complete with pictures and years used. An almost comical amount of information is provided.

Smith, Adrian (Iron Maiden)
Find the layout of Smith's road set-up here. Includes information on his guitar, amps, pedals, etc. No settings have been included.

Petty, Tom
A graphic representation of Petty's live set-up, from TomPetty.com. Includes pedal information.

Vai, Steve
Here is a listing, from Vai's official site, of the gear he used in live settings in Vai's various bands. Focuses on effects and amps, rather than on guitars.

Van Halen, Eddie
Lots of detail about the guitarist's axes, amps, and effects. This good site goes into a rather large amountof detail, and fans will find it very useful.

Vaughan, Stevie Ray
Another excellent page, with a whole ton of information, photographs, and more, regarding SRV's guitars, amps, effects, strings, picks, etc.

Vedder, Eddie
Not much to ponder over here... Vedder simply plugs into a Hiwatt head with a Marshall 4x12 cabinet. For a little bit more detail, check out this description on Guitargeek.

Weezer
More info than you could ever want to know about the gear history of Rivers and the rest of the Weezer crew. Includes photos and more.

Young, Angus (AC/DC)
Here's an illustration of Angus Young's road set-up. Includes information on Young's guitar, amps, strings, etc.

Young, Neil
A collection of articles on Neil Young' Guitars, Amps, Whizzer and Equipment on how he obtains his unique, grunge and feedback sound.

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