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Tom Petty soundalike settings for Vox ac30cc2?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Lord_Ingipz, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. Lord_Ingipz

    Lord_Ingipz Tele-Meister

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    May 13, 2015
    Cicero, IL
    Have been having a hard time trying to dial in his tone. Mainly American Girl and Last dance with Mary Jane. Closest I got was using the top boost channel with the bright switch engaged. Playing a Fat telecaster with an american special bridge pickup.
     

  2. Wally

    Wally Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Lubbock, TX
    I showed an owner of one of those Voxes how to do that jangle one day. I plugged into my Pro Sonic, put it in the cathode biased mode and switched my very versatile ‘strat’ into a certain pickup arrangement and....his eyes and ears went wide open. There it was....something that his amp would not do. Interesting....Beatles, Byrd’s, Petty....I could cop them all with that guitar and the Pro Sonic.
     
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  3. DrPepper

    DrPepper Tele-Meister

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    Get a Princeton Reverb...
     

  4. horseman308

    horseman308 Tele-Meister

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    Do you remember your gain and eq settings for that? Just curious.
     

  5. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    I think you'll need an overdrive to push it a little for some of those tunes.
     

  6. Wally

    Wally Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Lubbock, TX
    No, I don’t recall...I just adjust to get it there. A lot of it has to do with the versatility of my guitar, too.
     

  7. gridlock

    gridlock Friend of Leo's

    Oct 1, 2011
    Tampa, Fl
    My band played “Last Dance with Mary Jane”. It’s tuned kind of weird. A quarter step flat.

    I used a Les Paul and a Marshall with some light overdrive.

    Thought that I always nailed the tone.
     

  8. horseman308

    horseman308 Tele-Meister

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    Yeah, the Strat probably has more on-board versatility than most. I always kinda heard that song as an out of phase thing, so a Strat quack would do it well. I get it with my LP, which has the pups wired OoP. And yeah, some tweedy OD is about all you'd need otherwise.
     

  9. codamedia

    codamedia Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2009
    Western Canada
    Top boost with the bright switch engaged on a CC2? YIKES! That should bleed ears 5 states away!

    What was done in the studio is always difficult to nail... there is often layers of compression as well as eq/filters at the board. I also think the studio cut is a Ricky, not a Strat, but I could be wrong about that.

    Tom's live tone is very different. Thicker, crunchier.



    With my strat and VOX CC I can nail Tom's "live tone" with these settings.

    * Strat bridge pickup
    * Normal channel
    * Bright switch off
    * BIAS set to WARM on the back of the amp
    * Channel volume around 7 or 8
    * Turn up master for desired level
    * if there is too much high end, turn up the CUT control (I have mine turned up slightly... may 10 o'clock or so)
    * if there is not enough high end, turn on the bright switch then dial up the cut control as needed
     

  10. Wally

    Wally Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Lubbock, TX
    Well, my guitar is not a Fender....it is much more versatile with 16 different options plus a bass control in addition to the normal treble.
     

  11. zombiwoof

    zombiwoof Tele-Holic

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    Oct 17, 2008
    Tujunga California
    Tom has used many different amps in the studio and onstage, not just AC30's, but the SS Vox Beatle amps, old Fender Bassman head/cab, even Marshalls, so pinning down one song or the other is kind of hard. He also had a big guitar collection, and used many different ones in the studio and live. I think the very first album is mostly the SS Vox Super Beatle and the old Fender Esquire/Tele that both guitar players would share, as time went on they amassed a ton of amps and guitars and used them all. All of their equipment was kept in their big rehearsal space and they would pick out whatever they wanted to use for each song. I think on "Mary Jane" he used the Bassman (I don't remember if it was a blonde or a blackface, I'm thinking Blonde Brownface but could be wrong) and I'm not sure which guitar.
    Al
     

  12. Marc Morfei

    Marc Morfei TDPRI Member

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    I have an AC15 and we do many Tom Petty songs in my band. The Vox is PERFECT for those songs. Beatles, too. Here are my settings (pic below). I keep the Tone Cut dialed almost all the way back, because I like the brightness. But I dial the bass up a good amount to give me a fuller sound. For songs like "The Waiting" and "Listen to her Heart" I just play it straight clean. For songs like "Mary Jane" I add some very light gain. I used to use a Sparkle Drive but recently switched over to Timmy pedal, because you can get a darker sound that balances the brightness of the amp. I have also found that an Xotic EP Boost pedal is a very good fit for the Vox, since it is very darker and really thickens up the tone for leads.
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