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Rock Setup #3: Semi-Hollow Body Guitar and 20W British Amp

 

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There was a time in the '60s and '70s that Semi-Hollow Body guitars were THE guitar to have. Venues weren't as large so feedback wasn't an issue. The result was sound that is often imitated and hard to replicate in our decade. This setup gives you a creamy (pun intended) sound that isn't like either of the solid bodied guitars we've looked at so far.

Our amp is set with the volume at 7 to get a nice breakup. We set the Highs at 5-6 and the Lows at 4. The guitar is set on the bridge pickup with the volume at full tilt and the tone at around 8.

Be careful with this setup, as it can produce some feedback at high volumes or in suspicious venues. You want to also be careful with the effects you may choose to add as they will drastically effect this tone. As you hear from the tone in this lesson, no effects are necessary for a rootsy, classic rock tone. I recommend flying pedal-less when you use this setup. It's a great and bold choice for rock tone.