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Posted: 22 Jul 12, 02:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi all,
I just bought an AC30 combo and I have a Fender Stratocaster.
Does anyone have any tips for me on getting the signature May distortion sound out of those two? I know I won't be able to get it to sound like the red special and I do not have a treble booster - but any tips would be good, including which pick ups to have on.

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Posted: 22 Jul 12, 04:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Cool... that will make you sound exactly like Brian May!

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Posted: 22 Jul 12, 04:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sorry Liam, but you won't be able to achieve that "signature May distortion" sound, even with the knobs and amp turned up to 11.

The treble booster alone is a very important part of that sound, next to having an actual BM guitar. I recently bought a BBE Freq Boost stomp box, and trust me it makes a HUGE difference!

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Posted: 22 Jul 12, 07:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't expect it too obviously...I mean how could I make a Strat and an AC30 come close if at all.



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Posted: 22 Jul 12, 08:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What about Digitech's pedal then?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRs56JqhUFE


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Posted: 23 Jul 12, 10:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Suggestion to the last two posters: press enter before the "[" of the "/QUOTE" and your posts will look right :-)

The Digitech pedal will get you pretty close to the tone. A treble booster will be even better.

But the most important part is in your fingers. Vai once said - Brian played the guitar and it sounded like Brian. Then he handed it to me, and it sounded like Steve Vai.


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Posted: 23 Jul 12, 10:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Real Wizard wrote:
Suggestion to the last two posters: press enter before the "[" of the "/QUOTE" and your posts will look right :-)

Wondered why it looked odd.....Ta!

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Posted: 23 Jul 12, 11:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Get the Fryer Treble Booster deluxe. Trust me. Even if you don't have the Red Special an AC30 with the Treble Booster will get you a close enough sound. Just make sure you play around with the knobs on the amp till you find the perfect sound. You might not find it right away. Good luck!


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Posted: 23 Jul 12, 11:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Get the booster, it really does the magic.


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Posted: 24 Jul 12, 12:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"Brian played the guitar and it sounded like Brian. Then he handed it to me, and it sounded like Steve Vai"

Exactement! One only has to watch videos of various folk playing on the actual guitar at one of those Red Special meetups to see that it's really in the hands of the player.


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Posted: 24 Jul 12, 17:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You may find the AC30 able to re-create a much tastier, beefy sound than what Brian used it for. Don't get hooked on Treble Boosters...

It's one of the best Guitar amps out there, but for more than just Queen songs. Much more.

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Posted: 24 Jul 12, 17:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

slightly off topic, but does anyone have tips on how to attempt to replicate Brian's sound in GarageBand on a Mac?  I know it's hardly pro gear but there's a Vox AC30 style amp, I have a Guild BHM so for an approximation any tips would be appreciated.

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Posted: 25 Jul 12, 03:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If you have spent the money on an AC30 then buying a £120 booster pedal shouldn't be to much of an issue if you are really after the BM sound, the fryer pedals are great and even with a strat will sound pretty close to the BM sound if you use one, it will make you sound close to Rory Gallagher who was the person who gave Brian the idea of using this combo in the first place.


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Posted: 25 Jul 12, 07:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have been looking into the fryer pedals. Which one would you recommend? The plus, delux or touring model? I know Brian currently uses the touring, however most reviews say the deluxe gives you the classic 70's tones.


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Posted: 26 Jul 12, 03:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Anybody....Togg...


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Posted: 26 Jul 12, 04:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There is little to chose between them to be honest the sound is very close. I have the Touring which i use a lot because it's just a little softer, I also have the deluxe, slightly harsher but still great.
Or you can go buy a booster with a control knob on which will allow you to adjust the amount of boost.
For a pure BM tone your best bet would be an AC30 and a Fryer pedal, I would go for the Touring to be honest.


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Posted: 26 Jul 12, 09:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks a lot for your help mate!


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