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Mike Oldfield Tone?

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How do you get Mike Oldfield's guitar tone from any of his albums? What effects pedals, amps or guitars can I use to replicate his tone?
 

whackystrings

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Casual follower of his work, here...
I have seen/heard his performances using a Strat, a PRS, and classical. It sounds like no one else. He definitely gets those fingernails in there for all picking.
If I was to going to cop Oldfield tones (and I am not going to, but *if*)...I would definitely use moderate-to-heavy compression, very little-if-any ambience or modulation.
Probably go for a very good tracking harmonizer effect for those 8ve+ harmonies or even 100%mix high pitched lines...his very quick left hand vibrato is more classical in nature (rather than typical blues-based perpendicular movement to the string).
 

huw

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If I was after a 'quick fix' I'd grab an SG junior with a single P90, grow my fingernails and start to work on my fingerstyle picking and (very importantly) right hand muting.
 




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