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Rock Setup #8: Strat Style Guitar and EL84 Combo Amp

 

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Ever wonder what kind of distortion pedal the Beatles used? Ever wonder where the older groups went to get an overdriven muscle guitar? Look no further than this combination. The combination of warmed up EL84 tubes in a 20W combo amp paired with the single coil pickups produces a warm and creamy tone that can't be reproduced with a pedal.

If you use an overdrive pedal to push this tone a bit, cut the drive way down and boost the volume a bit. See what happens there. It's magic. Notice that it's clean enough for a good rhythm guitar tone but still beefy enough to be a good lead guitar tone as well. You may want to distinguish between rhythm and lead with a pedal, but then again you may not want to change it at all!