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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-13-2010, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Looking for well known examples for Overdrive, Distortion and Fuzz Sounds

Hi there,

I am preparing a lecture about the history of the electric guitar.

Initially I thougt it might be a good idea to demonstrate some sounds live... and since people tend to do better with things they already know, I wanted to play some "everybody know that" riffs.

Well, Fuzz war quite easy, since nearly anybody above 30 (most people in the lecture will be between 30 and 50) know "Satisfaction".... but... what riffs should I take to demonstrate "Overdrive" and "Distortion"? For the latter I had "Enter Sandman" in mind, but maybe someone else has some better ideas?

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Re: Looking for well known examples for Overdrive, Distortion and Fuzz Sounds

One sound sample you could use is from Chuck Berry. I read this just a week ago, so if you have the album then it could be relevant.

An early user of valve overdrive was Chuck Berry, who at the start of his career played through small valve amplifiers, the only ones he could afford. Because of their low output, they were easy to overdrive, giving Chuck's guitar tone a warm overdriven sound, which can be heard on his recording of his first hit "Maybellene". On later recordings he was able to afford better and larger amps and consequently his tone became cleaner. The earliest uses of intentional distortion that have been recorded were achieved through "doctoring" amplifiers and speakers. Guitarists would use a razor blade, screwdriver or pencil to poke holes into their speaker cones to create a distorted sound.[4]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distortion_%28music%29

That being said, try something from Jimi Hendrix for overdriven sounds.
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Re: Looking for well known examples for Overdrive, Distortion and Fuzz Sounds

Other good examples of overdrive are the Who.



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Re: Looking for well known examples for Overdrive, Distortion and Fuzz Sounds

The very first distorted guitar sound ever was Link Wray, everyone will know that song, and yeah people did cut or destroy speakers after that to replicate the broken speaker sound.
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