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Postby KCFenderFan » July 2nd, 2009, 6:19 am

I am trying to learn this song and I am wondering what fuzz pedal to buy to best capture the sound. I went to GC a few days ago and was directed to (and I bought) the Way Huge Swollen Pickle. :oops: It's a bit more complicated than I had hoped for and was wondering if there are other options that other players might have experience with.



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Postby greybeard » July 2nd, 2009, 6:28 am

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Postby Wes Inman » July 2nd, 2009, 8:01 am

The Electro Harmonix Big Muff should get you close to that distortion. There have been various stories about how this sound was obtained, I have read that it was obtained by running two fuzz pedals into each other. You can imagine just how distorted that would be. :D
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Postby KCFenderFan » July 2nd, 2009, 9:20 am

Thanks for the responses, greybeard and Wes. gb, I hadn't even thought of looking at the Wiki. Wes, I will have to take a look at the Big Muff.


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Postby greybeard » July 2nd, 2009, 3:17 pm

Another trick that was used a lot was to use a razor blade on the cone of the speaker. It is said to be how the Kinks got the sound on "You Really Got Me"
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Postby Ricochet » July 2nd, 2009, 3:25 pm

Link Wray and Lou Reed were reputed slicers of speakers.
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Postby gnease » July 2nd, 2009, 4:55 pm

greybeard wrote:Another trick that was used a lot was to use a razor blade on the cone of the speaker. It is said to be how the Kinks got the sound on "You Really Got Me"


Dave Davies tells two different versions of this story. in one, he desecrated his Elpico speaker cone with knitting needles, while in the other, razor blades. probably tried both. I've always liked the image of him playing You Really Got Me through an amp impaled by a pair of k-needles attached to a skein of yarn, or a partially finish tartan muffler.

anyone willing to do this let me know how it works out for you.
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Postby Scrybe » July 2nd, 2009, 5:05 pm

would there be a perceptible difference in tone between askein of yarn and a tartan muffler Greg?

I heard Link "invented" distortion using the old razor bladed speaker cones effect.

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Postby gnease » July 2nd, 2009, 7:34 pm

well ... yeah! and the particular tartan is important as well. not just any ole Sullivan will do!
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