How to get Neil Young's sound?

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  1. khm9

    khm9 Member

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    Hi,

    Lately I've been searching on how to get that open, big, heavy, unpredictable Neil Young's guitar sound.
    There have been few threads regarding my question, but nothing concrete.

    I am not interested in what he used to get it. Buying the exact same gear is used/uses is pointless.

    The particular sound I am interested in is the electric guitar sound from the movie "Dead Man"


    So if anyone can recommend a distortion / overdrive pedal(s) or any other pedals that deliver this type of sound, I'll be very grateful :)

    Thanks :)
     
  2. johnkoz

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    Catlinbread Formula No. 5, Catalinbread Formula 55, or Wampler Tweed for that melting down Fender Tweed tone along w/ some short-ish delay/echo from an Echoplex pedal.

    Guitar should have P-90 and Firebird pickups which are also close in tone to P-90s.
     
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  4. raph

    raph Member

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    I can't recommend a distortion/overdrive pedal for that NY unpredictable sound, but I can recommend a Boss BF-1. It's all over that track.
     
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    From the videos I've heard/seen so far, the new CBread Formula 55 sounds like it's gonna be spot on.
     
  6. IanJarrold

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    For dirt I'd go with one or several of the following:

    Durham Electronics Crazy Horse.
    Lovepedal Deluxe 5E3
    Lovepedal High Power Tweed Twin

    Plus an analog delay of your choice.

    It's a great sound!
     
  7. dwoverdrive

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    Such a cool sound. OP you are right, there are a variety of ways you can get this sound. Honestly if you have a combo amp like a Princeton or Deluxe if you want to get loud, or a nice little tweed number cranked up nicely you are going to be most of the way there. Heated debate material for sure, but that sound is the sound of a loud amp and not a pedal. I'm just cautioning you from turning your mission into an overdrive search that is ultimately trying to emulate the sound of a good loud tube amp. From there its really a deep wash of tape echo. Your options there are almost endless. Beautiful sound for sure. Enjoy!
     
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    Since Young doesnt use dirt pedals, but overloads his deluxe and plays really loud, it's hard to get just right. The crazy horse fuzz from Dunham is not a bad pedal, but not quite right, Imo.
     
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    Get this



    Run this into it



    Get a guitar with this

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    And these

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  10. shallbe

    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    A 5 watt Swart amp with reverb and an analog/tape delay would be a great start, along with a P90 or Firebird PU equipped guitar.

    I have the Durham Crazyhorse and use it with my Swart---it is great, but I use it a lot dirtier than that. That sounds like an amp turned up to me.
     
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    Remember pedal order too. If you're using a foundation OD you want it at or near the end of the chain. Young also runs an analog delay *into* an octave divider.
     
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    Swarts can definitely get there. My AST master is gloriously chaotic when cranked
     
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    I had success using a Fuzz Factory.
     
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    The new Formula 55 sounds really great!
     
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    The tweed recommendations are all spot on, but mostly you need to play like you absolutely, categorically, do not give a f**k. And I mean that in the best possible way.
     
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    Way Huge Red Llama is a good pedal for this. Add a little reverb or delay. Play loud.
     
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    I would add that the most distinct part of that sound in my opinion is the delay, which again I believe is unmistakably a tape delay.
     
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  18. ProDeco

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    A dod 250 is a good cheap option for like a hurricane tones. Ive used a colorsound overdrive recently for neil young stuff with good results. A germ fuzz face through a tweed champ works great too. And yes a delay and/ or plate verb are part of his sound.
     
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    Good luck with this. Guitarists have spent years trying to get his tone, and variations of it. That's why there is a pile of pedals attempting to recreate it.

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  20. johnkoz

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    ...or build a 5e3 with all that $$$$ :horse
     

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