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Geoff Caldarone approach for SRV Tone

Guitar

1998 Fender Stratocaster Roadhouse

  • Pickups: Texas Specials
  • GHS TNT Boomers or 010 .013 .016 .028 .038 .050
  • Tuned:  E or Eb
  • No mods but would like to add link to tone knob and bridge P/U.
  • Volume:    7-10
  • Tone 1&2:  8-10
  • Leads played mostly on the neck P/U
  • Rhythms on others

Amps

1997 Fender Hot Rod Deville 2-12

1998 Fender Blues Jr. 1-12

  • No mods
  • Note:  Clean channel seems better at 6-8 than the Drive channels do,  Its seems they get muddy very quickly.
  • Switches:
  • Treb:    4-6
  • Bass:    3-5
  • Mid:     1-4
  • Reverb:  3
  • Master:  3
  • Drive:   2-6
  • Volume:  6-8
  • Bright:  Off
  • No mods
  • Note:  This Amp sounds good everywhere.  The volume control and master control work together to get clean thru growl.
  • Switches:
  • Treb:    4-6
  • Bass:    3-5
  • Mid:     1-4
  • Reverb:  3 (max)
  • Bright:  Off

Pedals

Ibanez Tube Screamers TS-9

  • Switches:
  • Gain:   12 o'clock
  • Tone:   12 o'clock
  • Volume: 9-12 o'clock

Setup & Notes

  • Guitar --> TS-9 --> Amp
  • Note A: For the $ the blues Jr Amp is a great value, I even prefer its tone to the 2-12, maybe because its working harder (only 15 watts) and it starts to growl sooner at reasonable volumes than the Deville.
  • Note B: The TS9 is not used a lot , and only when that punch or something extra is needed to add to the dynamics of the song. Also have a Crybaby Wah but seldom used.
  • Note C: I have found that for a better (controlled) bend w/vibrato at the top of the bend, a lighter set of strings helps, and if the action has been raised slightly from my original setup with 5 springs and the plate flush to the body.
  • Note D: Favorite TONES from an SRV TUNE is Leave My Little Girl Alone and Tightrope from the Austin City Limits Video.

 

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