Originally Posted by: craftykennyi play mostly blues think Joe Bonamassa and alot of clean stuff think Mark Knophler,although i must add not nearly as well as either of those 2 gentlemen.
Bonamassa often plays Fender Tweed amp (those brown combos). And sometimes he has a pretty overdriven tone, but it's the result of volume more than gain. For that type of tone I suggest using this:
Crunch amp type
Effects - Booster (yellow color on the button) on 5 (this is a really important part of getting that punchy sound of the pick attack to sound right)
For his cleaner sounding blues I'd recommend:
Clean amp type[br]Gain 5
Volume 5[br]Bass 5
Effects - Booster (yellow color on the button) on 4
A little delay & reverb won't sound bad here & will flesh out the sound.
Delay (yellow) 2
For Mark Knopfler tone (especially that classic cealn 'Sultans of Swing') you have to start with the guitar. He used a Strat with single coils & set on the middle & bridge pickup. He also used a compressor into a mostly clean amp. And that's where you can use the Booster again!
Clean amp type[br]Gain 4
Volume 5[br]Bass 3
Effects - Booster (yellow color on the button) on 3
Again a little delay & reverb won't sound bad here & will flesh out the sound.
Delay (yellow) 2
That will probably get you in the ballpark. But you'll have to tweak to get closer depending on your guitar, playing style & volume.
And that's the caveat with all of these: it will depend a lot on your guitar & how loud you are playing. The louder the volume, the less you will need the bass & treble to make it sound full. At low volumes you often need to turn the bass & treble up to make up for the lack of punch from the speaker. Hope that makes sense. You can hear it for yourself with a little experimentation!
Also, if you haven't yet, you might check out the Katana website for downloadable patches. I haven't use them but I did play around the Tone Central computer program!
Hope that helps! Have fun tone chasing, but don't forget to play guitar more than fiddle with knobs. :)
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