How to Get Great Guitar Tone: David Gilmour’s Pedal Tweaks

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by Jeff McErlain

Kings of ToneWe all could learn a lot from David Gilmour, and personally I have! I am always striving to be as melodic as he is. His vibrato is so beautiful, refined, and recognizable that it’s worth learning his catalog just for that alone. Ok, that and his phrasing, and bends, and tone. I highly suggest going to YouTube and watch him play. We are in such a great age that we have the ability to access that information. I have often wondered “where on the neck is he playing that?” I can go online and watch some awesome concert footage and get my answer. It is an endless resource that has helped me play better in a very short period of time. Kinda like TrueFire!

David Gilmour’s pedal setup is quite complex but we can get into his realm without too much difficulty. His basic setup is pretty straight forward, as you will see. It is extremely important when tweaking your pedals and amps is to do it at gig volume or as close as you can get. The reason for this is the ear hears things differently at different volumes. For example, bass frequencies are less audible at lower volumes so when you crank your amp to gig levels it will most likely be too bassy. This is called the Fletcher-Munson Curve. Now you can impress your friends with that one! Also reverbs and delays are much more noticeable at louder volumes. Watch the following video guitar lesson and performance example from my Kings of Tone course for more details:

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In my Kings of Tone course, I take you on an in-depth look at the styles, tones, amps, pedals, guitars, and setups of Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons, Dickey Betts, Duane Allman, Angus Young, David Gilmour, Keith Richards, and Mark Knopfler. Learn more about Kings of Tone…



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