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Best recorded example of the "quack" sound

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Treeface, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. Treeface

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    People always talk about a strat "quacking," especially in the in-between positions. I've never liked those types of sound-words* because they're so imprecise, there's no clear definition of a quack. But the proof is in the pudding. What songs or solos - to you - best define what people mean when they talk about a strat quack?


    *also: guitar tones that are creamy, chewy, or smooth
     
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    Sultans of Swing comes to mind, but it sounds more like a cluck than a quack to me.
     
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    Easy!

    Da dah dah dah dum quack!

     
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    Buddy Guy on Junior Wells' Hoodoo Man Blues album. Lots of quack.

     
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    On the whole first Clapton solo album, from the opening track Slunky to Let it Rain, Eric pretty much lives in the bridge/middle quack position. But, what immediately comes to mind to me the most is Ed King's Strat on Sweet Home Alabama. Also, Paul Barrere's tone on Let it Roll and Texas Twister, and most of the Little Feat from that era.
     
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    Tips if you are trying to get it:
    -Neck pickup with staggered poles
    -Weaker middle pickup (drop it further toward the pickguard than the neck/bridge for lower output)
    -Middle pickup with staggered or flat (so different than neck and/or bridge)
    -picking over the high frets or at least over the neck pickup, between the neck pickup and the end of the fretboard.
    -Humbuckers can quack too .. Lower the pickup to the trim ring, raise the screw poles (unequal bobbin output), and even better if you can push/pull to put the bobbins in parallel, you'll get it.
    -Cleaner side of the amp, too much drive will ruin it.
    -Maybe mess with delay and compression.
    -Weaker magnets, lower pickups overall, lower windings.

    Surprisingly repeatable -- Indonesian-made Squier Bullet Strats you can buy 'under $100'. If you can get along with skinny necks.

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    I would say that "quack" is just an attempt to describe the sound. I don't know a more accurate word. but I listen to SRV a lot and he used that out of phase sound quite a bit. I wouldn't describe his sound as "quack". I think "cold shot" is an example of this sound.
     
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    Here is one from my childhood that I still love...lots of quacky strat tone throughout this one.

     
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    Clapton lives there as someone said, but this is the best example I know of. It’s played in position 2. Bridge/Middle.

     
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    You beat me to it! I was going to say, "Snatch It Back and Hold It."
     
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    This one:



    Edit: That video is... something else.
     
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    Yeah!...Robert Cray "lives there" almost as much as old Mark Knopfler Dire Straits. Richard Thompson also uses it a LOT!!!!
     
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    Start about 2:43" mark:


     
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    Thanks - the Robert Cray clips explain it best. It still sounds nothing like a quack to me
     
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    YES!

    This has one of my favorite guitar solos of all time:

     
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    Can't beat RT:

     
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    Seconded the Richard Thompson, but I'll put this video up instead because of it being such a "pure" recording. Trio format, well recorded, not a bit of age on it.

     
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    true quack ain't no rock or blues thang...

    deep down, this is the quack thing....



    this all made quack 'the thing' super strats... valley arts etc..
     
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    Hubert Sumlin was the quackiest on the Chess Howlin' Wolf records.
     
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