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Re: (OT) Stick Distortion

Hi Kev,

I think I read that Tony blends his fuzz sound (EH-Big Muff) with his 
sound. I use the SansAmp Bass Driver &/or the PSA-1 on my Chapman/NS 
Although I love the sound a Rat through a loud tube amp. As far as Trey 
goes, I find it strange that he uses the POD on a Warr with custom 
Great Grapes->Bad Wine

From: "KEVIN SIMONSON" <RITX075@revenue.state.il.us>
>Reply-To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
>To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>, <sine@zerocrossing.net>
>Subject: Re: (OT) Stick Distortion (was Adrenalinn - more info please)
>Date: Sun, 07 Apr 2002 15:14:26 -0500
>I've been trying with varying degrees of success to find distorted
>voices with the stick (treble) and have had some marginal success.  The
>problem that I typically run into is that a particular device
>configuration will sound wonderful at certain registers/positions and
>rapidly begins to sound strange when you stray too far from that
>position on the instrument.  I tend to have the best luck with a series
>of devices run in parallel with a fairly strong clean sound component in
>the resulting voice.
>IMHO, after listening to years of distorted guitar I had to re-evaluate
>what I was actually wanting out of a stick voice.  I can't and shouldn't
>want my grand to sound like a pawn-shop iceman through a laney pro-tube
>and peavey (hey!) 4x12".  That's where a lot of the "amp emulation"
>based effects processors sort of fall down in my (complete hack) opinion
>- the stick is NOT a guitar, nor is it a bass.  Kudos to Trey and Co. on
>their success with the PODs, but I would bet that the custom bartolinis
>in his Warr sound hella different than a standard stick pickup.
>His lead voice (on stick) on the RFSQ's "Bridge Between" and
>accompanying live video is really great, and IIRC is from a couple of
>ART boxes.  In particular, I recall him saying something about modifying
>the attack of the instrument, which is *another* big difference in how I
>hear the Stick vs. Guitar.
>My first impulse was to try to find an "angry gorilla pounding on the
>gates of hell" sound with the stick, but soon realized that most of that
>aggressive quality that I appreciate in a guitar sound was really in my
>approach to playing the guitar, and less in the effects themselves.  So
>now I attempt to find the "demented craftsperson carving intricate
>scrollwork on the gates of hell" tone :)

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