Fattening up my tone

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  1. TelecasterSam

    TelecasterSam Tele-Afflicted

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    Thanks for all the advice. I'm going to try 'em all. Mine is an American Standard with the EMG Tele pickups. I moved the neck pickup to the middle and put a Humbucker in the neck. I mainly use the bridge pickup and sometimes the bridge/middle. I have a 5-way switch. The strat sound I was hoping for isn't quite there, but not bad. My amp is a solid state Princeton....probably not the best choice.
     
  2. Frodebro

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    My personal favorite is the Barber Gain Changer. It plays well with every amp I've run it in front of, but I mainly use it in front of my DRRI to fatten up the sound when using single coils.
     
  3. waparker4

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    The Boss OD-3 works really well to fatten up sounds of a solid state amp in my experience.
     
  4. codamedia

    codamedia Poster Extraordinaire

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    I've been fattening my telecaster/stratocaster tone with a compressor (w/mild settings) since the early 80's. Not enough to squash, just enough to fatten.

    My choice of comp is an old Boss CS-2, but any comp should do the trick - just keep it subtle. IMO when used subtly they are the "magic spice" that most people are missing.

    If you are looking for a thicker sound with a bit of dirt, there are plenty of dirt pedals already mentioned... might I add the Fulltone Fat Boost to the list. It's got a very mild O/D that does a nice job.
     
  5. rokdog49

    rokdog49 Friend of Leo's

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    This will do the trick.
     

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    stomps I've used to "fatten" would be stuff like the ep boost's fat setting at unity or a drive/eq pedal that adds low mids

    effects I've used to "liven" my tone up would be small amounts of reverb/delay/modulation, subtle tremolo, and boosts that add "sparkle" ... those little things that aren't tele into dry fender amp
     
  7. LoveHz

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    Ah, EMG pickups.

    I had a Telecaster-type guitar from the Valley Arts Custom Shop and it was truly a beautiful thing. But it had EMG pickups. I know some players love these pickups but I couldn't get what I considered to be a 'proper' Tele tone out of them — they always sounded too 'hi-fi'. I suppose I could have just replaced the pickups but I ended up just selling the guitar in the end. Maybe I should've kept it because I'll never find another one — and probably couldn't afford it now if I did find one.
     

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    rokdog49 Friend of Leo's

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    Man that's a beauty! I would have put different pickups in that one and never let it go.
     
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    Ive been using a Voodoo Labs Giggity for a couple years now. Gives me several increments of fattening using the sun/moon knob, plus a great eq section to fine tune. Fattens without adding hair/gain, or tweak the loudness knob to add gain. Very useful pedal in my collection.
     
  10. JohnK24

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    Spark Booster or EP Booster. A hellva lot of fattening in those 2 boxes.
     
  11. noname_dragon

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    I use an Analogman Boss GE-7 EQ sitting on top of my amps right before the input. A small boost at 200 and 400 hz create some 'fatness' to a Tele bridge sound. Works great, a little dab will do ya.
     
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    Experiment with strings. Nickel is different than stainless. Brands are different sounding. Coatings affect tone. Gauge obviously makes a difference. Wrap type affects everything.

    "Mellow roundness remains elusive." wrote Calvin in his log.
     
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    ^^^ Good advice. Also, even something as simple as changing pick thickness/material will affect your tone.
     
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    On my Blues Junior amp, right betwixt the TREBLE and the VOLUME knobs, there's a nifty little button, just for that. Labeled FAT... push it down.

    Another easy way to go- thicker pick... less pointy...
    Altering where you pick- farther from the bridge pickup, etc. ...
    Then there's always the knobs on your guitar and amp....
     
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    bblumentritt Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

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    I use a tube boost pedal, and it fattens my Tele up very nicely. Since it has a tone control, I can boost the top end or fatten it up. I do the latter.
     
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    BBE Sonic Stomp. It really adds a fullness/roundness to the overall sound.
     
  18. DaveKS

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    Solid state amp, wants fatter tone = Kingsley Page
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    Pure nickel strings and V-Picks.
     
  20. Newbie Brad

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    Play with the tone knobs on your amp. Back to basic tone shaping. Big dividends.
     
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