It’s not about the drive…Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar Tone.It’s about the volume. That’s right, don’t care about who is around you, make it scream. His hands were huge, writhing with blood veins that showed off how much practice he had dedicated to his beloved guitar. Remember, there are no shortcuts to becoming a great guitarist. Olny blood, sweat, and tears can prove who you are through your guitar. Stevie Ray Vaughn proved who he was, and he found himself through tour after tour. He even took time to reinvent himself as a player. Look at his early performances and you will find a timid version of the audaciously adorned icon of latter guitar fame.
- Get an Ibanez Tubescreamer (TS9, TS808, TS10 makes no difference which one) back off the drive, and crank the Volume. Play Rhythm.
- Keep that hand a-strummin, up and down, don’t let it stop. Let that rhythm shine through the solos, and the verses as well.
- A spring Reverb and Analog chorus like a Visual Sound H20 / adds some mojo as well.
- Change to .011, .012, or .013 strings. (Played it till my fingers bled…)
- Kick an extra TS808 on, add the gain conservatively, again volume is the focus to goose the amp. Or do what Bart Walker does, get a Visual Sound Double Trouble, 2 TS808’s in one box!
- Dig In with a harder pick. Try Green Tortex or an even harder pick, it’s the best EQ you have! A harder pic will force you to play more cleanly as well.
- A tube amp cleanly-dimed with 6v6 or EL84’s always helps!
- Play with passion!
- PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.
- Don’t try and play like Stevie Ray Vaughn, try and play like yourself. Add in SRV liberally so you then sound better than you really are.
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