Clapton tone

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  1. Fiesta Red

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    An EQ pedal with a boost is a handy tool for this endeavor.

    An 808-style pedal, using the volume as a boost would work, with some tweaking to your playing technique.

    An MXR Micro Amp could help, if you have a mid-heavy amp.
     
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    Great point.

    I listen vinyl and Spotify more than I watch.

    I think I'm referring more to the more modern, perhaps lace sensor era.

    Blues breaker tone is cool, and I have a pedal that gets close.. but I'm not as enamoured of that.

    Today it was live from 2016 with JJ Cale. I believe his tone got better with age.. jmho.

    Axe
     
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    If you dig the Clapton signature Strat era, then give 24 nights live a listen. He has incredible tone. It was a fantastic return to his roots. I think it was recorded back in the early 90s.
     
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    I always thought that his strat tone these days sounds very different to a strat plugged into a tweed amp. That mid boost circuit pushes his guitar into 'humbucker-ish' territory sound wise.

    On the whole, I think of his tone as a cranked tube amp with some treble rolled off, and fairly prominent mids. This was true in the early days, and seems the case since he got his signature models. To me, it seems the 70s were when his strats sounded like typical strats, with less mids.
     
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    here's a good example.. think this is early 2000s. Worth watching anyways! sax player steals the show, and sheryl crow sings beautiful harmony
     
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    after watching this again now, damn... imho that's up there with SRV's rendition.
     
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    I believe that Clapton's most recent rig consists of a EC Signature Fender Strat with the latest version Fender noiseless pickups with the 25db boost control into EC Signature Fender Twin Amps. No pedals.

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    In my opinion Clapton's tone has always been much more about his immaculate technique and note choice than it was about equipment...
     
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    Nothing wrong with those Lace Sensors either for that Clapton tone! Trust me, plug and play with the EC mid boost and you are there without pedals. and without a big boost in volume either.
     
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    More EC tone. A bit grittier on the chording here. But woman tone on the lead at about 2:15... At about 1:30 he steps on the chorus pedal and the sound get BIG. At 2:10 or so he steps on an OD (?) and it feeds back so he steps to the side of the amp until he gets things under control. Gawd I love Steve Gadd's drumming and snare tone... If you saw the size of the crowd at the start, he must have that little tweed cranked to 12...
     
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    more tone, great, different arrangement for this tour:
     
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    The sound guy gets told to make sure Eric sounds better than the other guy(s).
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    Clapton solo face resembles Gilmour solo face here. Just realized how much alike they look. I'm gonna look for a video of them playing together...
     
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    Since the late 80s or early 90s EC has mostly played the Clapton strat, also he has sometimes played 335s.

    Early Clapton strats had the Lace sensor noiseless pickups. Current models have the Vintage Noiseless pickups.

    There's both a TBX tone control, which seems to have the effect of boosting "presence", and the mid boost control, which is an active circuit. Could you get close to the effect of the mid boost with a TS style pedal or an EQ? Probably. Or you could buy the kit. See post number 8 above.
     
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    I have the same circuit in my Buddy Guy USA signature Strat. I tried, but a tube screamer just didn't do it. There may be some other pedals that can get the sound, but I haven't heard one.
     
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    Cara Clap Tone. Jimmy Cara made a pedal with the exact circuit built in. Available on Reverb and eBay.
     
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    I believe the "chorus pedal" is a Leslie and the "little tweed" is probably an EC signature Twin-Amp.
     
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    There are advantages and disadvantages to the pedal v the circuit in the guitar. The pedal is easy. You set it for a lead tone you like and hit it when you want.

    Having it on the guitar gives you more flexibility. You can dial in the amount of presence or mid boost you want on the fly.

    My preference because I'm really needy is to have the circuit on the guitar and a pedal such as a Klone clone, Boss SD-1, or TS-type to step on if I want that rather than to boost the mids on the guitar. YMMV.
     
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