Watch the Country Guitar Sounds online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from 1-2-3 Country
There are three guitar sounds that we will talk about in this section. I think you can cover a lot of ground with these three. The first is a clean guitar using the bridge pickup and reverb. This is great for the Bakersfield sound. You can use your tone knob to roll off any harsh high end. The second, is clean guitar with delay and a little reverb to taste. The reverb can mask your slap back delay and wash it out a bit so be sparing. The last sound we'll talk about is a more modern country sound. We'll start with using an overdrive pedal to recreate the sound of an amplifier on the edge of breaking up. This is when an amp sounds the most dynamic. It's able to react to your touch in the most obvious way. We'll add a short delay and it's up to you if you want to add some reverb. Compression is up to you. I tend to only use it when playing blackface amps. Even then I use it sparingly. It's become a huge part of a lot of modern country guitarists sound.