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ChristopherSchlegel
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06/17/2012 3:16 pm
Originally Posted by: Passey01O.k. I know what the obvious answer is but is there any way I can get a nylon string sound out of an electric guitar to play classical style songs?
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Using your equipment you can try to simulate a classical sound by using the out of phase pickup setting combining your neck & middle pickup. This will keep minimize any harshness in attack. Next, keep the volume down, but more importantly dial one or both of the tone knobs down a bit. Experimentation here is crucial.

On the amp side, you need the cleanest, clearest model setting. As a place to start, set the bass & mids at 5 & the treble at 3. Again, experimentation & further tweaking required. :)

Classical guitars being played acoustic do not have any effects. However, when you hear a classical guitar recording it is sometimes typical to hear it recorded in an ambient room or hall. So, a tiny bit of reverb or hall echo/delay can be preferable. Especially, if...
[QUOTE=Passey01]I love listening to Lindsey Buckingham and he gets those kind of sounds out of his equipment and I am looking for the same kind of sound.

He uses lots of reverb & effects on a most clean tone. Look here for more clues!

http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=955776

Have fun. :)
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