Is J. Mayer using a compressor on this tune ?

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  1. JohnK24

    JohnK24 Supporting Member

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    On this video from the new DVD, he's playing a Guild Starfire through his Dumble/Two Rock rig...that tone is killin' me !

    I love the combination of presence, snap and grit. Is that a compressor he's running to achieve that "snap" in the tone or is it the guitar/amp/pick attack ? I know a pedal won't achieve the "exact" tone, but curious to what y'all think.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PortLNFAwU
     
  2. VintageToneGuy

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    sounds like he is; but John is a killer player and able to do alot with his fingers by way of technique
     
  3. Hugo Da Rosa

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    I think a lot of it is technique. There is that snap and a little bit of punchiness but that could be mostly his fingers. When he goes off into the solo, it sounds like the compression went away.
     
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    thanks for the video link.

    meanwhile, i think it's actually the first time i've seen john play too many notes. . . . for MY taste

    classic tone, as always, from his guitar, etc. . . perfect slapback.

    as far as compression is concerned, i think you can grab that tone without it using that style of guitar. if he is using compression, it is probably set to 'subtle'. .. . .
     
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    Thanks for the link.
    I really enjoyed that. I even checked out more of the trio. Cool stuff.
    I don't know enough about compression to help there.
     
  6. B_of_H

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    doesn't sound compressed to me. My ibanez artcore has a similar tone into a clean amp. If you are trying to get that sound with a strat then it might sound more like it with some light compression maybe.

    I think it's mainly just the sound of the wood combined with it having humbuckers and being semi-hollow.
     
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    Imagine running an amp hot and round enough to make a strat sound like that, and then putting those HUGE tones into it from the Guild.

    I love playing my Tele, setting my amp, pedals, and everything so it sounds big and fat and round... and then plugging in my Gretsch G6120... wow. Maybe a bit too fat for some applications, but I love that tone. Compression and thump for days.
     
  8. MBreinin

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    Compression.

    Mike
     
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  10. JohnK24

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    btt...I like seeing the comp/no comp comments...
     
  11. madscientist

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    I don't think there's compression in that tune.



    Others, maybe (i.e. Vultures), but I can't really hear it in this one.
     
  12. slopeshoulder

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    no comp. that's what 335-type semi-hollows sound like.
     
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    It's definitely compressed. In fact, his sound is compressed pretty much all the time. Last I heard, it's the Keeley.
     
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    i wish john would just play hollowbodies or gibsons. he sounds 10X better than when he plays a strat. he doesnt cut it when he plays the blues on a strat. when he plays gibsons, his vibrato is better and taste.
     
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    It definately sounds subtly compressed during the vocal parts but not much so in the solo
     

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