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Guitar Tone Settings

So I found a whole list of general settings for different guitar sounds.  These are just the basics for the overall tone and not as in-depth as you may want. You can use these to give yourself a good starting point and then Google more info about the guitarist you’re trying to emulate and see what effects they use on top of the initial amp sound. Give ’em a try and see if it helps you!

Gee-tars!Gee-tars!

Jimi Hendrix of Jimi Hendrix Experiance Gain – 4
Treble – 5
Mid – 5
Bass – 8
Reverb – 5

John Petrucci of Dream Theatre
1)Clean Channel:
Preamp Mode: Rhythm 1 Yellow
Gain: 6
Treble: 6.5
Middle: 3.5
Bass: 3
Lead 1 Drive: 0
Lead 2 Drive: 0
Master: 5.5
Presence: 8
Dynamic Voice: 7
Power Amps set on Deep And Modern

2)Main Distortion Channel:
Preamp Mode: Lead 1 Red
Gain: 6
Treble: 6
Middle: 6
Bass: 4.5
Lead 1 Drive: 4.5
Lead 2 Drive: 0
Master: 4
Presence: 6.5
Dynamic Voice: 6.5
Power Amps set on Deep And Modern

3)Lead Channel:
Preamp Mode: Lead 2 Yellow (MarkII Lead Sound)
Gain: 7.5
Treble: 4.5
Middle: 4
Bass: 5.5
Lead 1 Drive: 0
Lead 2 Drive: 6.5 Master: 6
Presence: 0
Dynamic Voice: 3

4)EFFECTS CHAIN:
Clean Sound – basic chorus sound
Lead Sound – 602 and 460 millisecond delay with 3 repeats
Crunch – 26 milliseconds delay

Tom Morello of Audioslave/Rage Against the Machine
Gain – 7
Treble – 10
Mid – 4
Bass – 4
Reverb – 0

Eric Clapton of Eric Clapton 
Gain – 7
Teble – 5
Mid – 7
Bass – 7
Presence – 8

Mick Thompson of Slipknot 
Gain – 9-10
Treble – 8
Mid – 7
Bass – 8
Reverb – 2
Note tuning of B F B E Gsharp Csharp (low to high)

Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin
Gain – 4
Treble – 8
Mid – 3
Bass – 7
Reverb – 2

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana
Gain – 7
Treble – 7
Mid – 4
Bass – 3
Reverb – 2

Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen
Gain – 6
Treble – 4
Mid – 3
Bass- 9
Reverb – 4

John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers
Gain – 4
Treble – 8
Mid – 2
Bass – 6
Reverb – 7

Kirk Hammet of Metallica
Gain – 7
Treble – 7
Mid – 2
Bass – 7
Reverb – 2

Keith Richards of Rolling Stones
Gain – 4.5
Treble – 4.5
Mid – 6.5
Bass – 5.5
Reverb – 1.5
Note use of open G tuning, D G D G B D (low to high)

The Edge of U2
Gain – 1.5
Treble – 7
Mid – 5
Bass – 3
Reverb – 8.5

Brian May of Queen
Gain – 8.5
Treble – 4
Mid – 9
Bass – 5.5
Reverb – 4
Note Brian famously uses old sixpences to pick the strings of his guitar.

Slash of Guns N’ Roses 
Gain – 6.5
Treble – 4.5
Mid – 7
Bass – 7
Presence ? 8

Dimebag Darrel of Pantera
Gain – 7
Treble – 10
Mid – 4
Bass – 9
Reverb ? 0

Billie Joe Armstrong (newer) of Green Day
Drive – 6
Treble – 10
Mid – 8
Bass – 5
Reverb ? 3

Billie Joe Armstrong (older) of Green Day
Gain:9
Treble:10
Mid:8
Bass:5
Reverb:3

Dave Sullivan of Iron Maiden
Drive – 7
Treble – 9
Mid – 7
Bass – 4
Reverb – 0
Use your brigde humbucker – I find this tone to be excellent for Maiden – The Trooper, Hallowed especially

Gary Moore of Thin Lizzy
Bass 7
Treble 7
Mids 8-10
Gain 5-7 depends on song
Coutour at 3-4 not so high to suck the mids but not os low to sound crappy
maybe a splash of reverb
Neck pickup

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters
Distortion:8
Treble:7
Middle:5
Bass:3
Reverb:3 (room)

Joe Walsh of Eagles
Treble: 7
Bass:3
Mid: 4
Master:3
Reverb:2
Presence:3

Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins
For songs like 1979:

Bass: 8
Mid: 7
High/Treble: 6
Pickup Position: 2 or 4 (Strat)

For heavier songs like Zero or Jellybelly:

Bass: 10
Mid: 4
High/Treble: 8

Use a thick heavy distortion with medium tone and a lot of sustain.

Angus Young of AC/DC
Gain – 5
Treble – 10
Mid – 10
Bass – 5

Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd 
Treble – 5
Mid – 10
Bass – 5
Gain – 2-3

Mike McCready of Pearl Jam
Treble: 7
Mid: 7
Low: 5

Daron Malakian of System of a Down
Amp Used: Crate VFX5212
Gain: 8
Treble: 6-7
Mids: 3-5
Bass: 10
Presence: 8
Note the use of Drop D down 1/2 step (Db Ab Db Gb Bb Eb)

Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath
Gain – 7 or 8
Bass – 6
Middle – 6
Treble – 6
Channel – Overdrive

Kirk Hammett of Metallica
Gain – 9
Bass – 7
Mids – 2
Treble – 10
Reverb – 3
Channel – Distortion

Kirk Hammett 2 of Metallica
Gain – 7
Treble – 7
Mid – 2
Bass – 7
Reverb – 2
Channel – Distortion

Mick Mars of Motley Crue
Gain – 3
Bass – 2-3
Contour – 2-3
Treble – 10
Channel – Overdrive

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana
Gain – 7
Treble – 7
Mid – 4
Bass – 3
Reverb – 2
Channel – Overdrive

Kurt Cobain – Chorus Effect bits of Nirvana
Effects/Other – Ibanez CF-7 Pedal
Speed- 10
Depth- 5
Delay Time- 0 or 1.5
Regen- 3

Mick Thompson of Slipknot
Gain – 9-10
Treble – 8
Mid – 7
Bass – 8
Reverb – 2
Effects/Other – Tuning of B F B E G# C# (low to high)
Channel – Distortion

Noel Gallagher of Oasis
Gain- 5.5
Volume- 10
Treble- 7
Middle- 5.5
Bass- 4.5

Steve Jones of Sex Pistols 
Gain- 7
Volume- 10
Treble- 8.5
Middle- 6
Bass- 4

David Gilmour of Pink Floyd 
Bass: 10
Middle: 6.5
Treble: 10
Gain: 1.5

or

Gain-2-3
Treble- 7-8
Mids- 9-10
Bass- 5-6
Reverb- 60-70%

Joe Perry of Aerosmith
Gain: 5.5
Treble: 2
Mid: 7
Bass: 2
Volume: Full (used Fenders in the early days and switched to music Man during the Toys era, now uses a mixture)

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top
Treble: 3
Middle: 10
Bass: 10
Prescense: 10
Gain: about 5 (crunchy type of sound)
Use a Les Paul guitar with not to much output in the pups and select both!

Randy Rhoads of Black Sabbath 
Gain 7
Bass 7
Mids 7
Treble 10
Reverb 0

Steve Vai
Clean:
Treble: 8
Mid: 5
Bass: 4

Lead:
Presence: 6
Treble: 6
Mid: 7
Bass: 7
Gain: 8

Sublime
General
Treble 9-10
mid:0
bass: 7
with a hint of chorus…on clean

Kerry King
Gain – 9-10
Treble – 10
Mid – 4
Bass – 6-7
Reverb – 3

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