"Softening" pedal

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  1. ryandfl

    ryandfl Supporting Member

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    My current tone is a little 'hard' sounding when clean. Without really knowing what I am asking for, what pedal could add some softness, without just cutting all the highs?

    Less crack, more pillow, without being a blob of smoothness.

    Jerry Garcia tone is one example I can point to. I'm not a massive Deadhead, but at least in the early 70s he had plenty of highs, but it had a nice mushiness going on.

    A compressor?
     
  2. T Dizz

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    probably an EQ?? or do you have on in the chain already?. Or utilize the tone knob on you're guitar. .. throw a blanket over your cab,, that's all I got
     
  3. ChampReverb

    ChampReverb Silver Supporting Member

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    Describe your equipment.

    Guitar & Pickups
    Amp & Speakers
    Pedal chain

    -bEn r.
     
  4. Sean413

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    Ya some times it's all about the right neck pickup.
     
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    This.
     
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    Sounds like you're describing what a compressor does.
     
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    Do you have a Mesa amp by any change?

    IF so, an EQ pedal is your friend.
     
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    A pedal that gets a Garcia tone is called the Sarno Earth Drive.
     
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    An EQ and a variable or soft-knee compressor would be my vote.
     
  11. Drumnbum

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    I'd suggest looking into a compressor. Preferably something fairly transparent (some compressors have a signature sound - based on what you described, I don't think that's what you're after. With that in mind, I personally find optical compressors to be flattering and pretty transparent.
     
  12. El Gallo Negro

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    Orange/Juicer type compressor will soften your attack and give you sag/squish.
     
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    Rockett blue note is great transparent light OD for shaping your tone. You have a tone knob to dial in overall tone, a fat knob to specifically dial in your low end and a hot switch to goose the low mids. It's a great pedal, you should probably check out the great demo vid by M Hermans:

    http://rockettpedals.com/product/blue-note/
     
  14. ryandfl

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    OK, here's my current setup.

    Guitar -
    1 - Les Paul Special VOS
    2 - custom made 'Fender' Strat, half upside down (this is less 'hard')

    Amp -
    - 1963 brownface Fender Concert Amp

    Pedals -
    - The Depths vibe (this is new)
    - Sunface TI UK
    - Grand Orbiter phaster
    - RC Booster
    - Fixd Fuzz Delux
    - Astrotone
    - Alter Ego x4 delay
    - RV-7 reverb


    The reverb, delay and Sunface all chill things out, but I'm thinking about clean/base tone right now.

    I got the Concert Amp largely for a 'softer' and woodier sound than my kind of brutal '65 Showman. It is way better, but I want to have even more mellowness available.
     
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    My first thought when reading your request is an analog man modded SD-1 (silver/808) toggle on the symmetrical 808 (left) side. With the gain down if you want to preserve your clean tone.
     
  16. ChampReverb

    ChampReverb Silver Supporting Member

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    Some things that can potentially make your attack sound harder are:

    Some ceramic pickups
    Some ceramic speakers
    Solid state rectifier

    -bEn r.
     
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    A compressor will probably do what you want.
     
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    Ok, glad Compressor is an agreed on answer here.

    Guess I'll probably go with Analogman.
     
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    From my experience a "transparent" compressor eliminates some of the hard and nasty transients without any impact on the overall guitar tone.
    I highly recommend the Empress Compressor. It can be unnoticeable if you want it to be (while still doing its job). It also has a blend knob which is a plus.
     

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