Tech Tip:Fuller, Fatter Guitar Tone
The following tips for aspiring guitarists are courtesy of John McCarthy of The Rock House Method, publisher of video lessons for musicians at every skill level.
J. Harris; Tempe, AZ
Q: I am looking to make my sound fuller, with more dimension. Is delay used for this? I am using an analog chorus and it works to an extent but adds too much effect sometimes. I play blues-based music and just need more depth to my tone.
A: Yes, delay will give added fullness to your sound. The way you set the delay can make big differences in the sound too. Setting a long, transparent delay will add fullness to your overall sound and is ideal for playing rhythm guitar. By setting the delay short with fast repetitions you get a slap-back type effect. This also creates a full sound, but it focuses more on each individual note. I like this setting more for playing lead guitar.
You can also use a reverb pedal if your amp doesn’t have this effect already, to add extra fullness to your sound.
Hope this helps,