Bends era Radiohead overdrive/distortion sounds?

mrverks

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Been listening to mid 90's Radiohead lately and was wondering if anyone knew what amps + distortion/overdrive/fuzz boxes are responsible for some of the huge overdriven sounds on that album, primarily, "Just" "The Bends" "My Iron Lung"
 

NHBluesMan

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pretty sure they used RAT pedals alot, which are super versatile in and of themselves. I'd start there
 

dwk302

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Think they used a Turbo Rat and an original Marshall Guv'nor.

Edit: Marshall Shredmaster, not Guv'nor.
 
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teleking36

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We do some RH covers once in a while in our original set, and I use a RAT to cover those gain tones. Works like a charm with my tele.
 

Nobby Nobskin

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Jonny - ShredMaster > Fender 85
Thom - Turbo Rat > Twin
Ed - Mesa Tremoverb
This is true - Jonny's tone is the lead guitar sound. I bought a Shredmaster hoping to get the tone but, as is often the case, it isn't that easy. I haven't tried going into a solid state amp like he does but I suspect a lot of the aggression and tone is from his hands and helped by the humbucker in the tele and perhaps a few mods in the pedal by his tech. Don't forget a Whammy for Iron Lung and tremolo for Planet Telex :)
 

nb2rock

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Jonny - ShredMaster > Fender 85
Thom - Turbo Rat > Twin
Ed - Mesa Tremoverb

Shredmaster was used quite a bit by Jonny back then, and even some of the sounds on their newer albums. I think it's been on his board since day 1
 
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If you're talking about lead sounds then a Marshall Shredmaster or Boss SD-1.

That simple.
A tele helps, preferably one with a maple fretboard.
 

Tim Bowen

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Listening now, among my all time favorite records. Can I go slightly OT and ask if anyone knows anything about the 'ramping down' tremolo on bones? Interesting to me that Stevil's diagram lists a "home-made tremolo"...
 

shoepedals

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I think an AC30 is really a major component of that sound as well, though. The clean sounds on Just also sound like an SG or Les Paul neck pickup to me.

Edit: Guess it's not the AC30 at that time. AC30 was bought in 1997 apparently.
 
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He DID use a home made tremolo for a while.
As for the ramping down sounds, he just turned down the speed by hand.
Not a big deal.
 

Jellybelly33

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Diamond Fireburst or a Rat will do it. The Shredmaster isn't all it's cracked up to be, though very nice for that one tone.
 

mrverks

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I think the Bends gets overshadowed by OK Computer a lot, but every song is solid more or less and there's a ton of innovative guitar parts going on in there. I still listen to the newer stuff quite a bit, "In Rainbows" was a great album, but there's something about their guitar based albums in the 90's before they went ambient with Kid A...
 






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