Tech Tip:Fuller, Fatter Guitar Tone

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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,
John McCarthy
Rock House