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Hound Dog Taylor tone

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Shidoin, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Shidoin

    Shidoin Tele-Holic

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    Ha! the jokes on me. I have great gear, but I want to get the sound of a $25.00 guitar through a $50.00 amp. Is there any pedal that NAILS the Hound Dog tone? It's almost a fuzz, but not quite.

    Don't misunderstand me, I can get a good tone on my own, and a good distorted tone with the stuff I have, but I want the Dog's tone!
    Thanks.
     
  2. blowtorch

    blowtorch Doctor of Teleocity

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    Get some crap gear.
    Seriously.
     
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    artdecade Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yup. Get a Pignose or something and play a cheap guitar through it.
     
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    HDT played a 1964 Kawai S-180 4 pickup guitar, and also Kingston and Teisco 4 p'up models. He played through a variety of tube Silvertones (1472/82, maybe 1484), and when he started playing bigger gigs, his manager, Bruce Iglauer bought him a Fender Super, which The Dog and Brewer Phillips both plugged into on occasion...
     
  6. blowtorch

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    a decent EQ pedal should get you there. Try experimenting with extreme settings, with some frequencies cranked and some turned all the way down.
     
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    Chiogtr4x Friend of Leo's

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    No Bass right, just HDT, a cranked Tele and drums?

    I actually get a similar tone (perhaps more polite, but close) with my Dano w/neck pickup/( vol/tone cranked) >really any OD I own at Moderate Gain> Blues Jr.
     
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    The Nick Greer Ghetto Stomp can get close to the sound of a low wattage Valco cranked. That and some single coils should put you in the ballpark. Assuming your hands and technique are in Hound Dog's ballpark.
     
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    I can get some super trashy blues tone plugging my Harmony H-74 hollowbody---equipped w/ Dearmond gold foils, into my Danelectro eq to give it some boost, then into my Silvertone 1484 TwinTwelve with the channels jumped.......
     
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    Danelectro Pastrami Drive. $30 of nasty.

     
  11. Shidoin

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    Thanks tjalla, that's kind of what I had in mind. If that's you, great playing!
    I put this thread in the stomp box forum because I know what kind of gear the Dog used; I just thought with so many effects makers putting out stuff, someone would have tried to copy one of the greatest tones of all time.
     
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    You might try fuzz with your guitar volume rolled off a bit. I go for a similar sound with a tele, no compressor, Devi Ever Torn's Peaker fuzz with my volume rolled off half way. It gets me that nasty skronk.

    I set my fuzz with a hot level so I can roll off guitar volume and still get unity gain with my non-fuzz settings. I rarely use fuzz with my guitar wide open.
     
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    Most fuzzes will have too much low end for Hound Dog tone. You could put your fuzz and an eq with bass cut in a loop so you switch on the loop and approximate the sound.
     
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    get a teisco. got mine for the price of a new big muff.
     
  15. blowtorch

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    yeah teiscos bring it! the garage band i'm in, the other guitarist is a big teisco/harmony aficianado
     
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    I've never heard a pedal that can sound like an old Japanese guitar through a cranked SF Super Reverb. Do please let us know when you find it!
     
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    Yes yes yes!
     
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    The one time I got to see him play I remember the amp being SF Fender. Didn't really pay attention to which model but I remember when he came out and started playing with the band nothing came out of the amp. The band kept playing and he just sat there while someone figured out what was wrong. Seemed like it took about 30 seconds and then that amazing sound came on. He was always one of my favorites.

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    I suspect that Hound Dog would've sounded like Hound Dog playing a vintage D'Angelico into a Roland Jazz Chorus. And that tone! He sounded like amplified barbed wire--and I mean that in a good way!

    I'm a huge fan of Hound Dog, and I've bought a bunch of gear trying to get it. I did find a tone that I thought was close using a Kawai three-pickup sort of Jazzmaster-y thing with a tiny Sears Silvertone amp (a 1430--about 2.3 watts into a six-inch speaker) and a Roger Mayer Stone fuzz, with the gain barely cracked open and the drive set to taste. The small speaker reduces bass response, and overdriving with the fuzz gives a very hot sound.

    I now have a funky little PA that consists of a Realistic-brand tube head and an eight-inch speaker. I plug into the microphone input. When the PA is dimed, it sounds pretty amazing--at least to me. It's not exactly Hound Dog, but it's pretty close.

    Now here's a challenge: try getting the tone that Elmore James got on "Something Inside Me" or "I Need You Baby."
     
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    You could modify that nice $2000 tube amp you have.

    Just take a razor and slice the speaker cone. :cool:
     
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    Another option would be a Menatone Dirty Blonde or Foxy Brown - can sound nasty when pushed. A nicer nasty than the Dano for sure, I have used them both. Not me on the clip btw.
     
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