Currently Being ModeratedJul 20, 2012 9:13 PM (in response to Samurai_Guitar)Re: Your 4 basic tones
What device are you using & how many memory slots do you have? Some U2 songs have very particular settings, especially delay, or it won't sound very good. It would depend on how particular you are, and how elaborate the distortion & effects are that you like to use. What might sound good in one song, may sound crappy in another song. At the same time, I've heard good guitar players, where their tone doesn't vary much from song to song & it sounds good. It all depends.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 21, 2012 8:23 PM (in response to aaron__aardvark)Re: Your 4 basic tones
I did something similar, having a 4 tone setup, but mine were:
And then as you mentioned, I'd use the volume knob and pickup selection (and sometimes effects) to tweak things. I never really cared to try and sound like the recording, and it isn't really necessary. I usually played with a 3 piece (drum, bass + guitar, so sounding exacly like the recording just is not going to happen, no matter what you throw at it).
But, with good arrangement of parts (especially vocal harmonies) you can cover a lot of territory. If the song is recognizable, and played decently, sounding the same really will not matter.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 21, 2012 8:45 PM (in response to Samurai_Guitar)Re: Your 4 basic tones
I personally love the approach of using fundemental tones. I think they can work 95% of the time...I agree with Aaron that there are always a few songs here and there that really need some specific FX settings...U2 - Streets, Idol - Rebel Yell, Priest - Hellion are a few that I have played with different bands that required dedicated tones...
In terms of fundementals, I have been hitting it like this...
Clean (SLO Clean (HD400) or AC15)
Brown (Just about anything heavy)
In terms of lead, I set up stomps for lead on each patch...Dyna-Delay and Vintage Pre are my current favs for lead boost...I usually set the delay feedback parm to an expression pedal...It's an old school approach and the spillover works great making for very perfect transitions...On my HD400 I have to do things a little different...I generally use some outboard stomps with that board...