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Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by DaphneBlue, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. Iago

    Iago Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 18, 2006
    My "clean" clean is Tele or Strat into a Bearhug compressor (more often on than off) into a Vox + amp reverb + a little delay sometimes. That's it.

    Similarly to Moosie, I'll use a modulation pedal, like trem, vibe or phase but not so often.
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  2. tominwa

    tominwa Tele-Meister

    Sep 15, 2016
    Olympia, Wa
    I bought my first really nice amp, well it was really nice to me....a 68 Deluxe Reverb RI. It took a day before I started plugging directly into it. Both a Gibson 335 and 175 are perfect that way. My Tele, seems to enjoy a little help with the compressor petal but thats about it. I don't play with crunch and can get what I need direct from amp and guitar tone controls.
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  3. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 6, 2014
    My old Mkiii Boogie with an EVM speaker has every clean tone I could want. An MXR microamp, warms things up a bit. The 200w rated EVM has loads of glassy, rich headroom.

    A vintage 80’s rack delay and a modern Lexicon Reverb unit handle time based & ambient stuff in the loop if I want.

    I also LOVE the clean tones plugging straight into my ‘79 JMP 50w Master Lead 2x12” esp. since making the bright cap switchable.
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  4. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Poster Extraordinaire

    May 12, 2013
    Fort Worth, Texas
    IMG_0360.JPG For a clean sound I like a Black Facey type scooped tone... think Super Reverb. This rig is the best I have ever run and its just a bit 'tighter' than my old Supers but this actually helps when I need to get them up a bit loud. Stays together a bit better. The dirty sound is WAY thumpier, but I digress. Click on the Ethos dirty side or BD-2 and roll the volume back, very musical 'clean' with soul.

    Very old pic..
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  5. DaveKS

    DaveKS Friend of Leo's

    Oct 21, 2013
    Bunch of guitars>pedals>2 Champ 12's as a stereo or wet dry pair. Their all decked out with hand picked RCA 7025, Sylvania 5751 and GE or Sylvania 6L6GC. Tone Tubby 40/40 speakers in both.

    Usual pedals for clean will be VFE Rocket or Pinball>VFE White Horse>VFE Old school trem>Kingsley Page>Adineko, VFE Ravine, PDS 20/20, Hardwire DL-8 for delays, Hardwire RV-7, Hermida Reverb 3 for reverb. Adineko>Hermida Reverb 3 is my fav Delay/reverb combo at moment, their set up on right amp only so when I kick them on I'm running wet/dry. That is some righteous clean tone with White Horse pushing both sides. Amp drive chan is set up to just do a slightly boosted hairy clean, I'll kick on just left amp for lead boost.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2017
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  6. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

    Nov 15, 2010
    Whatever guitar I'm playing into a '63-reissue Vibroverb with all the pedals turned off except the MXR Micro Amp. Sweet, full and jangly
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  7. Jakeboy

    Jakeboy Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 26, 2008
    Sedalia, MO
    Fender single coils or Firebird pups into a clean amp.....usually a Blonde 6g6b Bass,am clone by Lil Dawg, or the Vox channel on my Mesa TA15....

    Effects....? Either a Belle Epoch or Memphis Sun for some Echo to create space, or if I am in a freaky mood, a Keeley Dynomyroto Pedal.

    But usually it is low out put pups straight in.
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  8. crossroader

    crossroader Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

    Sep 24, 2004
    Endicott, NY

    Although, for me, I'll add one pedal for my "dream clean" rig.

    Thinskin Jazzmaster -> Dano PB&J Delay -> 1968 Deluxe Reverb with the Reverb ~3

    Sweet, warm, and spacious.....
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  9. Colors

    Colors Tele-Meister

    May 12, 2016
    Gretsch 6117, cable, BF Bassman. Volume at 3/3.5
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  10. DaphneBlue

    DaphneBlue Tele-Meister

    Jul 22, 2017
    new techniques mentioned here. it's great to read this!

  11. Doghouse_Riley

    Doghouse_Riley Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 11, 2016
    Tele, Strat or LP
    Xotic SP compressor
    Zendrive (On for bright clean, edge of breakup. Off for warmer, "jazzier" tone)
    Flashback X4 (Delay1: spacey strumming, Delay 2: long slapback, Delay3: short slapback)
    TCE Arena (a little spring reverb)
    1980 Fender Vibro Champ

    *Edited to add SP*
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2017
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  12. noah330

    noah330 Friend of Leo's

    Feb 10, 2009

  13. RajDonYasser

    RajDonYasser TDPRI Member

    Oct 8, 2017
    Right here
    Here's what I used last night to accompany a vocalist. I really had to brush up on my technique preparing for these shows since there's no drums, bass, piano, etc., to hide any sloppy playing. Previously I just brought a volume pedal but I recently added Dunlop Echoplex Preamp to add some "oomph" to my clean tone and the MXR carbon copy for some echo on a couple Les Paul & Mary Ford covers (the singer particularly liked the slapback guitar on "Bye Bye Blues").

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  14. DaphneBlue

    DaphneBlue Tele-Meister

    Jul 22, 2017

    volume pedals combined with preamps are so sweet!

  15. mexicanyella

    mexicanyella Tele-Holic

    Jan 26, 2012
    Troy, MO
    I can totally relate to this. I too am happier with a more mid-forward clean sound. It seems to me like it makes it easier to leave my amp set one way and have the ability to induce a little bit of crunchy edge if I really pop the strings or dig in with my pick, while leaving me plenty of clean "wiggle room" if I pick softer or use a pick-and-fingers hybrid picking approach.

    I've been using a late-eighties Special 150, and for me it does not work as a channel-switching amp...the dirty channel is like instant hyperspace. The clean channel is nicely adjustable, though, with a three-band passive EQ and an active presence control. I cut the bass back to about 2 and crank the mids and treble, and usually cut the presence back to a little shy of noon to keep the bite under control. This makes for a clean sound with the vocal-sounding mids mentioned above. Plenty bright, but doesn't make your teeth hurt. Plenty of clean headroom if the clean volume is below 5 or so, and with a Special 150 adjusted this way and turned up to 4-5, pants will flap.

    I use a compressor pedal with the Peavey--either an old DOD FX82 or an Ibanez CP5 set for mild compression and just a touch of signal boost--and just a hint of the amp's spring reverb. I mostly play a one-humbucker Squier strat these days, with the stock pickup lowered a bit. Lowering the pickup makes it sound better clean. It's a pretty bright guitar and having the pickup higher makes it punchier but also kind of harsh. I don't need punch; I play pretty hard.

    Recently I've been playing a lot of bass and have discovered that I can get a similar sound and feel from the Zoom B-2 bass modeler/preamp that I use. The clean amp model I use for that is the Zoom's Hartke 3500 model, which can get plenty bright with a guitar going into it. Add a touch of Zoom compression and a hint of reverb and I'm there. I recently got an AudioKinesis bass cab that I really like. It's got four FaitalPRO 8" woofers in it and no tweeter and it sounds great with my guitar and lap steel too. So right now I'm using instrument>Zoom B-2>Peavey M-3000 power amp>AudioKinesis Birdhaus 48 cabinet.
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  16. RajDonYasser

    RajDonYasser TDPRI Member

    Oct 8, 2017
    Right here
    This is literally a brand new pedal-chain for me, having only purchased the EchoPre yesterday and it's absolutely what the doctor ordered for my clean tones. In smaller rooms, where I can't turn the amp up past 1:00 or 2:00, this does the trick. I'm going to write a short review cause I'm so pleased!
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  17. Asmith

    Asmith Friend of Leo's

    Nov 27, 2014
    Morley, England
    You're not alone, I use my orange for clean in the same way I don't need my mids scooping but the mids knob can do if that's what I need. It does have built-in spring reverb but it's not boinging one just to add some room ambience not too different from your use of analogue delay.
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  18. MrGibbly

    MrGibbly Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 19, 2014
    I have two that I bounce between depending on what I’m playing at a given time:

    1. Vibrolux Reverb with amp trem and ‘verb. Fender Starcaster.
    2. Strat into Mesa Boogie V:25 with MXR Carbon Copy, Red Witch Empress and Keeley 4-knob.
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  19. MrGibbly

    MrGibbly Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 19, 2014
    The great thing about this is that you get both clean and with gain all in one!
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  20. jimash

    jimash Friend of Leo's

    Nov 5, 2013
    I am really enjoying the sound of the Cabronita Tele, to the '68 Princeton, with the Bogner Harlow and some Catalinbread echorec.
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