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Username: dtrice

Post Number: 63
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Monday, June 04, 2007 - 1:38 pm:   Edit Post

Hi, I am a big fan of John Paul Jones' and Geddy Lee's Rickenbacker tone. I am trying to get my Alembic to sound close to their tones'. They are obviously not identical tones but they have similar characteristics (btw I'm refering to Jones' Alembic tone on Presence and In Through the Outdoor). They are what I would call "upfront" tones that are rough and cut through the mix; they both seem (to me) to have boosted mids and are very 'present'. They also seem to have a little boost in treble to give them some 'clank' sound. I use an Ampeg pre-amp and/or a Sansamp pre-amp and also a compressor. I was wondering if anybody had suggestions as to how to E.Q. my amps to get close to either of these tones that would be great. I love the sound of my Rickenbacker and I usually use that for Geddy type things, but it is uncomfortable and awkward to play. So I want to set my Alembic (which has Anniversary Electronics) to sound as much like my Rickenbacker as I can. Thanks.
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Username: terryc

Post Number: 173
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, June 08, 2007 - 8:44 am:   Edit Post

Think I would leave the compressor out and let the tones 'breathe' from the Alembic, I have never been a fan of compressors, usually relying on finger dynamics when plucking or fretting.
Loads of top and top-middle boost on the amp BUT use the filters on the bass to soften the whole overall tone so it doesn't 'clank' too much.
Could use a pick at the bridge end(if you don't already).
Anyway that's my two pennies worth

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