Dating vintage gretsch guitars
The sound was very Many Rockabilly guitarists play a '59 Fender Bassman (or similar) - vintage or reissue. I found a way to get around that and always have the same "Bassman-sound" no matter what volume I'm playing at...I often get asked how I set the Sans Amp GT2 pedal to get a vintage sound.Other analogue equipment, like tube preamps, does make sense, but as the digital effects get better, there's not all that much to gain by spending tons of $ on analogue equipment.The long and the short of it is, that analogue equipment is cool, but often costs too much and is unreliable.If you're into Surf music it's a whole different ballgame though.
Recording on tape has very, very little to do with achieving a vintage sound, and does nothing that you couldn't achieve by running the recording through an equalizer or other effects.
Later on, in the Guitar section, I'll also talk about Standel and Echo Sonic, but they're produced in such small numbers that it's fair to say they'll only have historic interest to the most of us So...
As long as you get a Fender you'll probably be on the right track, because they all sound pretty good.
Sure, the reverbs sound great, but when you're playing live only use an echo (I use a digital one - the Boss DD-3.
) or else the sound will get too muddy for rockabilly when you use both an echo and the reverb.
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