Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by g335, Feb 19, 2009.
What guitars besides a Rickenbacker would be good to get The Smiths type tones?
I believe JM never did play Rickies so much. It's more Teles (This Charming Man) and 335s. Try a 335 on both pickups through a clean Twin. Very Johnny Marr.
^...and strats. The Ric's were used here and there. Definitely on the first album, also live and later in stints with the Talking Heads, Pretenders & The The.
when I think SMITHS , I think 335 and tele - thru clean Fender amps ( and an occasional vox )
Johnny Marr also used a strat alot and a bigsby'd LP ( and a Ric ) - and more recently Jags and Jazmasters w/ Modest Mouse
But SMITHS - tele / 335 / clean Fender reverb model amps
doesn't really matter.
most guitars can do it through the right amp. fender, vox, roland.... anything chimey and jangly. if you aren't satisfied, use a compressor and you'll be there.
Thanks for the replys.
Did he ever use 12 strings much?
Classic Smiths is the 335 and a Twin Reverb, not exact but I can get close with even a Les Paul and a Twin Reverb...
Funny this should come up today - I just recorded a cover of 'Never had no one ever' from The Queen is Dead last night.
I did it on my 335 into a Mesa Maverick, sounded great. I recently saw a live version on YouTube and he used a Les Paul. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHyYs-CBEWM
Johnny played a bunch of different guitars, but the 335 and Tele come up often. I used to have a Ric 330 and that absolutely nailed 'The Headmaster Ritual'. But I can get that jangley sound out of my Tele or Epi Casino.
JM used Jaguars and Jazzmasters too didn't he?