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Post by : Christy  
  Date : 19 August 2009  
  Subject : Gear  
  Title : Clean sound on your solo albums  
         
  QUESTION:  
 
Ok, I've been scouring the questions you've already answered about your gear, tone, etc., and I couldn't find an answer to my question BUT if you already have answered it please feel free to just link me to your previous explanation. I've always found your clean tone on your solo works to be incredibly unique compared to anything I've heard from other guitarists. It has almost a . . . glass-like quality to it. Well, the other day I played some of your music for my boyfriend who had never heard your solo stuff before and he was just plain flabbergasted as well. So, we sat there wracking our brains trying to figure out just what in the world you're doing, and after about an hour of "Well maybe . . . I think it could be . . . Perhaps . . . Possibly . . . It's probably . . . OH FFS I HAVE NO IDEA," we came to the only conclusion we could muster; and we think it's a combination of incredibly forceful picking and high compression. (And yes, there are of course a million other factors to add to the equation but as I said, I find your sound pointedly different from anything I've heard so it has something to do with gear AND something with technique.) Now you're probably having a nice chuckle at this point, thinking to yourself, "Hah hah you guys are soooooo off;" so, any insight you want to give us is more than appreciated. Thank you for all the years of beautiful music.
 
     
  MARTY'S ANSWER:  
 
Thanks for the kind words. There really is no method other than being satisfied with whatever it is before you wind up hearing it. I use different gear almost every day, with different people setting it up in different ways. If I`m planning to record a clean part, I will have the tech and engineer choose a gtr, amp and fx, etc., dial up something I might like and while they do that I`ll go out and have a bite or whatever. When I get back, usually it`s something I can work with, and we get started. If I absolutely hate it, I`ll play a little bit while they tweak the sound until it fits what I`m going for. I really don`t like to do much of that, because while recording I like to truly totally focus completely on the matter at hand ( interpreting the music) and not waste time doing other people`s jobs...Unfortunately I`m not one of those guitarists that can rewire amps and build FX from scratch, I wish I was...But luckily I get to work with people who know how to dial proper basic sounds up. Hope that helps!
 
     
 
 
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