Fuzz on "happiness is a warm gun"

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  1. aram

    aram Member

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    Anyone here know what the fuzz is on the Beatles Song Happiness is a Warm Gun.

    I'm talking about the part at 0:44.

    I'm looking to get a fuzz pedal and that sound is my favorite!

    To me it sounds like a fuzz combined with some type of wah or filter.
     
  2. noctilux1

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    I'm with you. Love that fuzz, also on Dear Prudence. There was a Beatle Forum that listed all the gear used on songs. I'm not at home now but if I get a chance I'll try and look it up. I'm sure others will respond. There's quite alot out there on this........
     
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    That sounds like a Vox Tonebender to me. It also sounds like it's being played with some weird string bending technique but it could be a pedal.
     
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    Sounds 100% like it's just string bending... no pitch-related pedals there to my ears. At least that's how I play it.
     
  5. aram

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    i've been hearing a lot more slide playing on the solos of these beatles songs than i expected, and i have a feeling that it might be slide on this as well.

    they'll also double the solo, one played slide, and the other played with fingers.

    either way, it sounds awesome!!!

    i've played a tonebender before, and it didn't sound quite as ballsy as this sound, but that was a while ago. i'll have to go to the shop to check some out.
     
  6. SGNick

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    No slide, just a big bend (It's only 1 1/2 steps at most) . Slides sound quite different than frets.

    Agreed that it's probably the tonebender. Guitar is either..

    Epiphone Casino - John or George's
    Gibson SG - owned by George, played by John (IF thats it on the record)
    Gibson Les Paul - IF it was recorded AFTER While my guitar gently weeps.
     
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    I have no idea which fuzz was used, but I really do like that song (and the whole album for that matter).
     
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    No mention of which Fuzz Pedal, if any, was used
    on "Happiness". There is a Tuba panned hard left
    matching the Bass note for note during the "I Need
    A Fix" part. The guitar amps being used during "The
    White Album" sessions were....

    Fender Bassman Head and 2x12 Cab
    Fender Blonde (?)
    Fender Showman
    Vox Conquerer
    Vox AC30 Twin
    Fender Deluxe

    Could of been just a cranked amp.
    Sorry I wasn't much help.
     
  10. tubetone74

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    Also could have been "at the board" by one of the engineers, Geoff Emerick, ect.
     
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    One of my favorites indeed. I've always wondered the same.
     
  12. aram

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    there's so much in this song.

    it's just incredibly deep.

    i've been on a huge beatles kick lately- for the past month i've been listening exclusively to them in order to really know the reperotoire inside and out.

    and what i'm discovering is that it just gets deeper and deeper.
     
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    Mark Lewishon (one of the best Sources for this kind of thing) Mentions that the Tuba is virtually deleted in the final mix, if you can hear it, you've got Dog ears man!

    As for the guitar, it was played by George, which gives a few options as to what the guitar was...

    Epiphone Casino
    Fender Strat
    Gibson Les Paul

    George was mostly a fuzz user, rather than tape deck manipulator most times. it seems the only confirmed use of tape deck distortion is the guitar in Revolution.

    My vote is still Vox Tone Bender + Casino. though it could be a les Paul.
     
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    i can hear the tuba just listening through my mac laptop speakers.

    i agree with casino and tonebender.

    i think thats it.
     
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    Ah yes, I heard the tuba. really lost amongst the growly jazz bass
     
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    Really? I always heard George didn't start playing slide until he did the Delaney & Bonnie tour in summer '69, by which point Abbey Road was already in the can but not yet released.

    So, that would mean he never played slide on a Beatle record. I know John played lap steel on "For You Blue" and there's a slide guitar part in "Strawberry Fields" that's basically just an effect, no discernable melody or whatever to speak of.

    Which songs are you hearing solos doubled by slide?

    Long-time Beatlemaniac here from way back when they were still together...I have an iPod nano with the entire catalog on it...a long drive with that sucker on 'shuffle' and a big thermos full of coffee is my idea of a good time...
     
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    The end bit of the solo on Drive My Car was done on a slide.
     
  18. aram

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    i first notice it on the solo on "come together"

    it might just be some amazing bending though.

    same thing with "something".

    that sounds like fretting along with slide playing.

    but maybe i'm just crazy- and to be honest, this is the first time i've ever gotten totally into the beatles. it's amazing!!!!! :)
     
  19. SGNick

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    Drive my Car solo was probably Paul

    Come Together is overdubbed, 2 Les Pauls, Bending

    Something, Les Paul again, just good bending

    George played Slide on "Run For Your Life" on his strat

    The slide part in Strawberry Fields was programmed on the Mellotron.
     
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    OK, I'll bite. How do you program a Mellotron?
     

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