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Watch the Pocket Change online guitar lesson by Ladd Smith from Modern Nashville Guitar

This tune is a demonstration of how one might approach 'Country/Southern Rock' in the studio - Country/rock bends, triad pedal-steel guitar bends, banjo rolls and double stops mixed with a Southern rock tone. Like I said, it reminds me of Keith Richards, a kind of controlled-chaos-Telecaster approach. By the way, did you know that it was actually Ry Cooder who played the opening lick for "Honky-Tonk Woman"? This is another good example of a groove and tempo that doesn't ever seem to go completely out of style, so we wind up cutting a ton of demos and master tracks with this feel. On this tune and most of the grooves, the thick round tone I was going for translated a lot better in the breakdowns than the actual performances as my Boss Bluesdriver was in the shop being modded by Robert Keeley at the time of the performances. No excuses!-Haha!


I'm using the Seymour Duncan Five-Two™ bridge pickup on my G&L, a 'hard-knee' Keeley Compressor, Keeley modded Boss Bluesdriver BD-2 for the thick crunch, into the Keeley modded Line6 DL4 using Slap-back delay and then into the Mesa-Boogie Lonestar 1x12 tube amp at 30 watts. I try to use as much real tube overdrive as possible on these sort of tracks.