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American Woman Tone? Answered

 I've got a Fat Strat, a Tele, a Vox VT30 and a Boss SD-1, what should I do?

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gmoon
gmoon

Best Answer 11 years ago

Randy Bachman used (co-invented?) the Garnet "Herzog" for "American Woman."

It's actually a "complete" tube amplifier--complete in the sense it has a power stage as well as a preamp. There's a built-in attenuator to drop the levels down, to safely feed the output in to another amp.

The schematic shows it's very much like a Fender Champ (or any other single ended 6V6 amp), but with the attenuator instead of the speaker.

How to copy the tone? I'd experiment with different fuzzes. Try the bridge pickup on the Strat, but roll the treble way down...

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acedolcholine
acedolcholine

10 years ago

Get an EHX Big Muff fuzz pedal, and put in in front of (before) an overdrive or distortion. Switch to the neck pickup, the bridge is too twangy for that sound. That's what I use, and it sounds pretty spot on. A Muff on its own has a very aggressive, harsh sound, but placed in front of some overdrive it sounds very rich and smooth, and can sustain for miles. 

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kelseymh
kelseymh

11 years ago

Smoke on the Water

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

11 years ago

.  "Stairway To Heaven"
.  (shouted from the audience) "Free Bird"!

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RavingMadStudios
RavingMadStudios

Answer 11 years ago

<holds up lighter and sways>

I'd hold up a cell phone instead, but as someone already mentioned, I'm old.

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seandogue
seandogue

11 years ago

Presumably you mean the tone of the guitar.

Best guess, listen and try to duplicate. I don't know of particular settings. It's an ear thing.