Join Date: Dec 2005
Re: Paul Gilbert's Sound...
He used to back in the old days. He might still have it like that on some guitars, but he doesn't use it as music these days.
The main ingredients of his sound are:
Marshall-style overdriven amp (whether it be a Marshall, Laney, Splawn, etc...)
- High treble and mids
- Not as much gain as you'd think
- Some sort of overdrive pedal set to clean boost (modded TS9DX, Fulltone OCD, Xotic AC, etc...)
- Fairly hard pick attack when alternate picking
- PAF Pro, Tone Zone, Super Distortion, PAF, etc.. all should get close for bridge sound
- PAF Pro, HFH, etc... for neck sound
I find his tone is pretty easy to get. But others have said, a lot of it comes from his fingers quite literally (including the way he picks, how hard he presses strings, and all those factors).