By Vince Gordon I'm often asked rockabilly guitar questions, so I have created this page that should answer most FAQ. There are - like with most things - different ways of achieving the same goals. The Scotty Moore sound (video) Recording Gretsch Electromatic Col Effects Johnny Burnette & The Rock'n'Roll Trio Rock Around the Clock guitar Brian Setzer's gear Carl Perkins' guitars Scotty Moore's strings You can get an "authentic" rockabilly guitar sound by following the advice, but it actually leaves you a lot of room to get your own sound. If you wanna check out my playing & sound you can listen to a sample of "Don't Tell me What I Want" from our CD New Set Of Rules and watch a video of "Take This Heart" from that CD.
If the room is very dry I turn up the E.level to full.
The typical settings for a rockabilly slapback echo (for guitar) on any unit are between 100 and 200 ms and very few repeats. There I use various digital delay effects (emulating tape echo for instance), as I record without echo and add it in the mix.
Later on, in the Guitar section, I'll also talk about Standel and Echo Sonic, but they're produced in such small numbers that it's fair to say they'll only have historic interest to the most of us So...
As long as you get a Fender you'll probably be on the right track, because they all sound pretty good.
This would be a great reason to buy the book :-) HOWEVER!
That’s not the sole reason why it's a great book :-( Many writers have contributed and all the important artists have been covered. The weird thing about the book is that's it's actually a good read for both beginners and old-timers like me. This book is also full of great pics and anecdotes, but you should really check it out for yourself! Here's a link to it on Amazon: Rockabilly: The Twang Heard 'Round the World: The Illustrated History I never heard anything better than a Fender if we're talking about the big manufacturers.It doesn't have to be vintage at all, but they do look pretty cool. The distortion (which is where you get the right sound from) changes dramatically with change of volume.Actually I started out playing a vintage Vox AC 30 and it wasn't bad at all. That's very impractically when you play live, where you have to adjust the volume after the size and acoustics of the place where you playing.Many purists go on about the necessity of recording on tape, but that's nonsense.Recording on tape has very, very little to do with achieving a vintage sound, and does nothing that you couldn't achieve by running the recording through an equalizer or other effects.I then use the Sans Amp GT2 pedal that can emulate the old Bassman as an insert between the amp and the guitar. The pedal can also emulate a lot of other legendary amps quite good, but so far I never used that.