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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-18-2011, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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How do you get this lead tone?

There is this new tone I might be interested that I never thought I would be interested in. It starts at 3:49 of the track in the link below. Totally different than the rest of his leads in the track. Its insane how different it sounds. Its almost as if its Santana's signal chain coming in. (who else sounds like that?)

Does anyone know is this altered sound the result of the Eventide he's going through or is he using some kind of Santana signal chain? This is a totally different lead sound than what he is using on the rest of the track. I found out through alot of research that the normal lead sound for the majority of the track and most of his leads in general is as follows:

simply starts with 10-46 strings for his C sharp standard tuning (about the same tension relative to tuning as 9s to 42s would provide in standard E tuning), single coil pickup in neck position, to a tube screamer to a Mashall through an eventide rack effects unit for various choruses or verbs. That is his exact tone. BUT....... at 3:49 the tone completely changes... is this just a flip to the bridge pickup with a different preset on the eventide fx unit? Or is this a totally different guitar with totally different pickups and a totally different voicing, amp, signal chain etc? Please help... here it is at 3:49 the tone change:
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-19-2011, 02:50 AM
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Re: How do you get this lead tone?

Switches to Neck pickup,warm organic tone for sweeping etc..
Standard metal technique we all use.

Should be a humbucker though,standard double or stacked single to get the full tone.
A standard single coil usually isn't as liquid sounding in the neck as the humbuckers.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-19-2011, 07:54 AM
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Re: How do you get this lead tone?

Pretty sure James used 11-49's, per his forum(when he still posted there), for C#.

Go on the Sneap forum and ask the man himself? I don't think he was using single coil neck pickups at all.

Edit: After digging through some older forum posts, on Testament's The Gathering(recorded around the time of Feeding the Machine) James was using an S-Classic with a Steve's Special and Air Norton. Chances are this guitar was used for the tones you're looking for, as the strat with the single coil neck pickup was in the Low/Convergence era(when he was definitely using Rectos).

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-19-2011, 09:21 AM
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Re: How do you get this lead tone?

At 3:49 you hear him switch to his neck pickup yeah, but it sounds very processed. I hear lots of diodes lol. Some kind of effects unit like stack of chorus, light ring mod, and delay. Probably done in post with Reaper/Protools or with a pod/eventide, etc.
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