Will this equipment give me a good sound similar to The Edge?

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  1. ktmay2

    ktmay2 TDPRI Member

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    Hi,
    For Christmas I'm getting a new guitar, amp, and maybe a few pedals.
    However I haven't decided whether I want a Fender MIM Tele or Strat... what do you guys think?
    Will these give me 'The Edge' style sound?

    Guitar: Fender MIM strat/tele
    Amp: Vox Pathfinder 15R
    Pedals: TC Electronic Flashback Delay, Boss SD-1 Overdrive, MXR Dynacomp Compressor, and the Boss CH-1 Chorus.

    What do you think? Is it a good setup for an intermiediate guitarist?
    Thanks :D
     
  2. DirtyMacSpecial

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    I've seen the edge play both strat and tele in concert, in the end if you want his "sound" you need a decent gear, a good delay or 10 and his skills
     
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    I would suggest, that Telecaster -> M-9 -> Pathfinder would be nice. And then buy a second amp for stereo.
     
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    That looks like a good combination. I've gotten "Edgey" with a MIM Strat (the pickups on those are hotter than you think) with a lot less. A tele should be perfect and those are some decent pedals. Good luck!
     
  5. ktmay2

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    Don't know, for some reason I really don't like all of these multi-effects stuff, I prefer just standalone pedals. And yeah, I know that I'm not gonna sound like the Edge without his skill :eek: but I want to give it a go ;)
     
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    No it won't ,you definitely NEED a decent TUBE amp for this sound,buy a small cheap tube amp like the VHT special (or an Epiphone Valve JR) that sounds KILLER & a decent delay (the Flashback is fine), the guitar (as long as you know HOW to play it) does not really matter.
     
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    have you seen "it might get loud"? you need like every pedal ever made and an extra guy to run them all for you.
     
  8. ktmay2

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    Yeah sure, I understand I might need a good tube amp, but to be honest, I don't really have the money for buying it and maintenance and stuff. Obviously I would LOVE to have a good Vox AC-30, but that's not exactly gonna happen any day soon (meaning about 5 years).
    I have definitely decided on the Pathfinder, practically all of the reviews says it sounds quite 'tube-like' and its a very good amp overall.
     
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    Don't forget the Herdim picks (or something similar). Def a big part of his sound.
     
  10. ktmay2

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    Yeah, sorry. I forgot to add that to the list!
     
  11. mitch_m

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    I think the Strat will be able to get you close to some of Edge's tones. Like the in between the bridge and middle sound on Where The Streets Have No Name. I would recommend swapping the chorus with a reverb. Preferably one that has a 'shimmer' setting. I believe that Beringer makes the rv600 that has it and isn't very pricey.

    Oh and you'll do fine with the.Pathfinder for now. If you like, the LED clip mod makes the amp sound much more tubey. And you get more headroom and the gain channel is actually useable. It's simple too. No solder required.

    Anyway, hope you like the rig you choose.
     
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    Yes, I prefer standalone pedals too, and to have a dozen of amps and guitars, but I have not for some reason :) Looks like you need some compromise, and M-9 would be more effective, and, maybe sounds better, then pedal combination, that you wrote. But that's just my suggestion.


    I think, that essential "Edge" sound was produced, when he played on the beach with DMM into AC-30 :)
     
  13. ktmay2

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    Thanks. This might sound seriously stupid, but what are all these mods and how do you do them and stuff? Obviously I've heard of them, but thats about it.
     
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    i would say up to the late 80s, and even that is arguable, he has an "essential" sound, since then not really. were talking 20+ years where his "sound" has been pretty much anything and everything.
     
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    Not stupid at all. It's a valid question. So to do any mod ok an amp, you have to get to the guts. That involves simply taking off the piece of wood on the back of the amp. Once you see the circuit board, look for two LED's that are sitting together. It's not hard, they are the only two LED's on the board. Then, cut them off of the board with pliers it something. That's it.

    The LED's add additional clipping to the circuit. I think that when your guitar signal passes a certain threshold, they light up, causing the amp to clip and distort. Removing these lights eliminates this distortion and allows for a more natural sound.

    If you want to make the mod reversable (like I did) just heat up the LED's with a soldering iron and pull them out. But trust me, you won't want to go back.
     
  16. ktmay2

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    wow, thanks. why exactly were they put in the amp in the first place? can you still get a good distortion and clean sound from it? sorry, i may seem like a bit of a newbie.
     
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    His sound from which era? If there is one constant about The Edge, it's that his sound changes on each album.
     
  18. mitch_m

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    They were put in to add additional breakup. My ears didn't like it. The gain knob and the gain channel on the amp should be more than enough distortion that you would want from a Vox.
     
  19. ktmay2

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    Good question. Mainly the 80s era, songs like bad and WTSHNN.
     
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    The pathfinder 15R is a great choice.
     
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