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Old 06-04-2011, 11:07 AM
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Tom Scholz BOSTON guitar tone?

We are covering a few Boston songs and I need to get a convincing Boston lead guitar tone.

Is there a pedal or something that will get me close enough?
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:25 AM
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:15 PM
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Or a smooth distortion pedal + boost @ around 1KHz + a touch of chorus.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:19 PM
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powersoak your amp into powertube heaven, and ad a touch of echo and doubling chorus. don't forget you isp decimator.....you will definitely need one.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:29 PM
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I thought that tone was all studio production... rich pedal distortion with massive compression.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:34 PM
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I thought that tone was all studio production... rich pedal distortion with massive compression.
In that case you better use an Axe-FX
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:15 PM
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The big keys are - Les Paul, cranked Marshall, and EQ with an MXR 7 band with the lows rolled off and a notch in the high mids. Do a google search - its out there.
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:23 PM
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I was gonna say plug the gtr into a transistor radio while miking up your blender making frozen margheritas.







(sorry..... couldn't resist....)
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:28 PM
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Invented by the man himself.....the Rockman Sustainor:



While it's primarily used in the studio through a mixer, it can be run into the clean channel of an amp, too. Combine it with humbuckers, and you're good to go!
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:36 PM
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I know all about the Rockman stuff. I'm not in a dedicated Boston cover band or anything. I just need something to get close. Buying old Rockman gear is not really in the cards for me right now.

Any pedals that will get me close?
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Old 06-04-2011, 02:39 PM
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Boston= awesomeness
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Old 06-04-2011, 02:47 PM
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I thought that tone was all studio production... rich pedal distortion with massive compression.
it was a small 5-10 watts amp with a loose tube as i recall reading from GP ten decades ago
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Old 06-04-2011, 02:56 PM
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I'd imagine that a Beano Boost, set in the MID position, into a chorus and delay could get you very close. And yeah, a Les Paul!

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Old 06-04-2011, 03:00 PM
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Some may disagree whether Tom actually did this or not, but that nasally lead tone can be had with a parked wah, fixed wah or Q-zone pedal! Boston is why I'm playing guitar today! The coolest tone!
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Old 06-04-2011, 03:28 PM
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It was a great tone that fit the band and the era and when their songs come on the radio station I still crank it up but, honestly I wouldn't want to be stuck with that tone for all the other stuff I play.
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