Can dial good John mayer setting?

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  1. Mr. Tone

    Mr. Tone Member

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    Hi everybody :D

    This is a question for the JM fan :p

    JM is my favorite guitar player and I know all his lick and all.. but I really don't get his sound... I know I would need a Two Rock and a better guitar, but I don't have the cash for that.

    I have

    Fender Blues junior III
    Ibanez TS808 RI
    Way Huge Aqua Puss RI
    Fender Stratocaster standard mim HSS

    Do you have any advice to give me ?

    Thank you :D

    Mr. Tone.

    EDIT: Sorry for the error in the title, I mean CAN'T
     
  2. cwcashiniv

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    Sounds like a compressor might be beneficial, and something to boost the TS808. You're pretty close, though, or should be.

    Lots of JM's tone is in his playing/fingers...
     
  3. Orbis_Ignis

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    A Keeley compressor would be a good pedal to get
     
  4. guitargod2u

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    alot of tone is in fingers didn't he just use a strat into blues jr. when he appeared on chappelle show? He sounded like john mayer to me :munch. Maybe try to get your hands on a ts-10 i think he uses one of those too
     
  5. StratStringSlinger

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    Another pedal to consider is the Keeley Katana.
     
  6. Mr. Tone

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    I need setting advice please :D

    I'm currently on the market for a keeley katana boost & keeley bd2.
     
  7. JRBain

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    Advice #1: Do NOT assume to buy the same boost or overdrive pedals as John Mayer (or anyone else for that matter), or even similar to his choices. You don't have his amp or his guitar, let alone his fingers. Buy pedals that work well with your amp and your guitar, and of course, your fingers.

    Advice #2: John Mayer's tone is in his fingers. Look for YOUR sound, not his.
     
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  9. In Tune

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    :beer:agree
     
  10. markplaysguitar

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    He uses the neck/middle position on the strat for a lot of his sounds. Otherwise, you should be pretty close with the gear that you have! Also, you probably want to set the TS808 as a boost to push the amp. Volume high, drive low.
     
  11. Wootie

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    You need at least 3 tuners. Boss TU-2 or TU-3.

    Secret weapon for every true JM fan...
     
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    John Mayer would sound like John Mayer through your rig.

    You don't need new gear. I'd work on practicing to get the tone you want with your fingers.
     
  14. monwobobbo

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    suprised no one mentioned pickups. if your MIM is stock then the pups are wrong for what you want.
     
  15. RyanFromQA

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    Overwound vintage strat pickups help me get mayer/late hendrix type tones. I have a set of BG overwound V60's in my strat, and they sound heavenly.

    John plays in position 2 and 4 a lot, and with an HSS strat, you're not going to get a good position 2 sound. So you'll have to stick with positions 3 and 4.

    For settings, goose your mids a bit on the amp if it has a mid control, go with level @ 3:00 gain @ 12:00 on the TS9.

    Don't be afraid to play loud and pick confidently.
     
  16. Fender074

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    Im a huge fan of JM too and worked for ages to get his tone with nothing but a Bugera V22 combo, ge-7 eq, and a blues breaker original. Boost the mids cut the really high frequencies so it smooths it out, more mid then treble on your amp and whatever bass sounds good to you will get you there near enough -the two rock clarity.
     
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    First - take lessons from Tomo!

    JM's tone is typically centered around a Fender BF type amp.
     
  18. telecasting

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    I've been thinking; JM's last big sound was based around his reliance on strats and 6l6-based heads, alessandro cabs et al; but from what has come out over the last few months, his new sound includes a brown vintage AC30 and a more countrified tone so go figure.
     
  19. Zero G

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    :agree

    Another thing I don't see mentioned is that you need to take care of your strings. If you don't wash your hands before you play, and you don't wipe down your strings after you play, expect that jangly, spanky Strat tone to fade rather quickly after you put a new set on. If your strings are old and dull, don't expect that your amp, pedals, or fingers will compensate.
     
  20. JRBain

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    Great post; I agree, it's not mentioned enough. Made even more pertinent by the fact that so very often the recordings being discussed (probably) feature new strings anyway. I imagine that Mayer has his strings changed before every gig.
     

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