Indie sound

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Laimon, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. Laimon

    Laimon Member

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    Hey guys,

    I have a question for you.
    I play mostly metal, so I am used to hi-gain amps distortion...and if I listen to some indie/alternative, I just have no idea how they get their squeaking guitar sound.
    An example, listen to this at 0:33:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HfTGzTKx38

    I have no idea what combination of pickups-dirt pedal-amp might give you this sound.
    Perhaps someone of you can instruct me?
    Thanks!
     
  2. RocksOff

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    Probably single coils into a cleanish Fender ( maybe a HotRod series) with some sort of boost or top boost style pedal?
     
  3. Laimon

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    Maybe a light dirt or low set fuzz, but mostly it's technique. Fast up and down strumming on chords (either barred or inverted) high up on the neck.
     
  5. Laimon

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    Wow, that's quite illuminating actually...I gotta admit that when I saw people strumming so high up, I thought it was sloppiness :hide
     
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    :facepalm

    "indie" guitarists GENERALLY (not always) work with clean or just slightly hairy amps (Deluxe Reverb, Vox AC30, etc) and then use dirt/fuzz pedals.

    A lot of times for that chimey bright sound, single coils are best (Teles, Strats, Jags, Jazzmasters).

    that particular sound to me sounds like a germanium flavored type fuzz pedal, playing some inversions higher up on the neck.
     
  7. Laimon

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    Forgive me, my bad :hide2

    Wait wait wait. First of all, what do you mean by inversions? So far I was thinking of "inverted chords", that usually refers to third chords .
    Second, when we talk about "high up in the neck"...are we talking about the left hand or right hand? Cause I was referring to where the right hand strums (in this particular case I believe the chords too are played around the 12th fret, left-hand-wise)
     
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    i mean really there's no "right way" to play this stuff.....its more about the song writing.

    but when i say inversions i mean this type of chording:

     
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    ^Wow Vampire Weekend is pretty boring nowadays...first album was killer.

    Easy. For a dirty sound, DS-1 or Rat into a Memory Man, so it clips the MM. Bass on low crank mids, highs and reverb. Fender or Vox set clean. For a cleaner sound I used a compressor>EQ w/gain>TS808. I primarily play "indie rock" and got that sound very easily. If you want more of the surfy dream pop guitar sound a Jaguar or Jazzmaster is your best friend...well reverb really. I prefer my Firebird though :) Meat

    As far a boutique pedals go, I find a Scarab Deluxe covers alot of the sounds Id use for a straight up indie rock dirt.
     
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    I see a lot of indie bands with low-priced vintage Fenders (duo-sonics, mustangs, etc.) into Silverface Super Reverbs. Pedals are usually rats, SD1s, or TS-types. Just my experience of seeing live bands in the "indie" vein in the last few years.
     

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