Are you getting the tones you want from your
Before you start laying out cash for pedals and pricey amps, be sure you know all the tonal variations available using just your hands and your
For example, you can change between a gainy sound a clean sound just by using your volume knob. You may also notice that the volume on 10 is a lot brighter than the volume on 6 — so, in the volume pot alone you’ve got the potential for some significant treble/bass variation. For me, the volume knob is a lot more usable and flexible than dealing with master/gain controls or dual-channel amps.
Watch the video below to learn how pickup selectors, volume, tone and picking technique can open up the tonal possibilities on your
These ideas are demoed here using my Strat, but the same approaches can be used to similar effect on any electric
Jeff McErlain is a New York City based guitarist, songwriter, teacher and producer. He has contributed to