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ChristopherSchlegel

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Originally Posted by: Bowman_David

May I please ask for the best settings for T-rex's 20th Century boy.

Mike details the settings really well on the gear & tone page of that song lesson.

https://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=27277&s_id=2287

Based on that I'd start with this on the Katana:

Guitar with humbucker in the bridge position (probably the most important part of that tone!)

Amp: Crunch

Gain & Volume at 50%

Bass: 45% Mid: 55% Treb: 60%

Effect: Yellow booster on 75% (to simulate the Big Muff Fuzz)

Reverb: 30%

This guitar goes into detail about how to specifically dial in the Big Muff Fuzz effect on the Katana.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0MybCUawLc&t=127s

Originally Posted by: Bowman_David
It would be incredible if there was a section on the site to download presets/patches that we could install.

I doubt if GT would be willing or even able to host something like that. And anyway it would be just reinventing the wheel that already exists at other sites dedicated to that purpose.

http://bosstonecentral.com/

Also, I think it's an invaluable learning experience to be have to turn those knobs yourself & listen to what they do so you get that knowledge directly. Hope that helps!

Have fun with that tune. It's a fun one!

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#41

Originally Posted by: Bowman_David

May I please ask for the best settings for T-rex's 20th Century boy.

Mike details the settings really well on the gear & tone page of that song lesson.

https://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=27277&s_id=2287

Based on that I'd start with this on the Katana:

Guitar with humbucker in the bridge position (probably the most important part of that tone!)

Amp: Crunch

Gain & Volume at 50%

Bass: 45% Mid: 55% Treb: 60%

Effect: Yellow booster on 75% (to simulate the Big Muff Fuzz)

Reverb: 30%

This guitar goes into detail about how to specifically dial in the Big Muff Fuzz effect on the Katana.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0MybCUawLc&t=127s

Originally Posted by: Bowman_David
It would be incredible if there was a section on the site to download presets/patches that we could install.

I doubt if GT would be willing or even able to host something like that. And anyway it would be just reinventing the wheel that already exists at other sites dedicated to that purpose.

http://bosstonecentral.com/

Also, I think it's an invaluable learning experience to be have to turn those knobs yourself & listen to what they do so you get that knowledge directly. Hope that helps!

Have fun with that tune. It's a fun one!

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Jim Stanford

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Well, what the hey, let me jump into this with both feet...

I tend toward Southern Rock/Blues, but trying to find that good tone from .38 Special such as "Hold On Loosely" and other songs in that vein. I picked up a Boss Katana 50 MkII last weekend anticipating re-learning a lot of stuff. Primary guitar right now is an HSS, but I do have a couple of HH lying around that I can dig out if that will make a difference. (Also working on a project guitar with three single coils, but that's going to be a bit.)

Thanks in advance.

2020 Ibanez RG421 w/ Evertune bridge, 2010 Ibanez SA-120 (modded with locking tuners and Seymour Duncan pickups), 2018 Epiphone Les Paul Special, 2019 Yamaha Pacifica 112J, along with several acoustic guitars.

2008 Line 6 POD 2.0, Boss Katana Air, Boss Katana MkII 50-watt.

N-Track 9.1 Digital Audio Workstation software, Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Gen 3.

Mainly into blues and southern rock, but checking out all styles on GuitarTricks.

#42

Well, what the hey, let me jump into this with both feet...

I tend toward Southern Rock/Blues, but trying to find that good tone from .38 Special such as "Hold On Loosely" and other songs in that vein. I picked up a Boss Katana 50 MkII last weekend anticipating re-learning a lot of stuff. Primary guitar right now is an HSS, but I do have a couple of HH lying around that I can dig out if that will make a difference. (Also working on a project guitar with three single coils, but that's going to be a bit.)

Thanks in advance.

2020 Ibanez RG421 w/ Evertune bridge, 2010 Ibanez SA-120 (modded with locking tuners and Seymour Duncan pickups), 2018 Epiphone Les Paul Special, 2019 Yamaha Pacifica 112J, along with several acoustic guitars.

2008 Line 6 POD 2.0, Boss Katana Air, Boss Katana MkII 50-watt.

N-Track 9.1 Digital Audio Workstation software, Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Gen 3.

Mainly into blues and southern rock, but checking out all styles on GuitarTricks.

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Originally Posted by: Jim

I tend toward Southern Rock/Blues, but trying to find that good tone from .38 Special such as "Hold On Loosely" and other songs in that vein.

To my knowledge those guys used Gibson style guitars with humbuckers into Peavey Mace amps. This site confirms it, also mentioning an MXR EQ pedal. I think they likely used it to boost the mid & high frequencies.

http://www.woodytone.com/2011/04/26/jeff-carlisis-38-special-gear-deets/

The rhythm tone on those old tunes used a little less gain & the lead tone a little more.

To get either of those with your Katana, I'd use a guitar with a humbucker in the bridge position. Then try these settings to get started.

Crunch amp type

Gain 5

Volume 5

Bass 4

Mid 6

Treble 8

Effects - Booster (try yellow or red setting) on 75%.

Reverb - 25%

The difference between the rhythm & lead is the amount of gain. So, you might have to turn the gain or booster up or down a little. Alternately, I set my amp up a lead tone, then turn the guitar volume down a little for rhythm.

Hope that helps!

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#43

Originally Posted by: Jim

I tend toward Southern Rock/Blues, but trying to find that good tone from .38 Special such as "Hold On Loosely" and other songs in that vein.

To my knowledge those guys used Gibson style guitars with humbuckers into Peavey Mace amps. This site confirms it, also mentioning an MXR EQ pedal. I think they likely used it to boost the mid & high frequencies.

http://www.woodytone.com/2011/04/26/jeff-carlisis-38-special-gear-deets/

The rhythm tone on those old tunes used a little less gain & the lead tone a little more.

To get either of those with your Katana, I'd use a guitar with a humbucker in the bridge position. Then try these settings to get started.

Crunch amp type

Gain 5

Volume 5

Bass 4

Mid 6

Treble 8

Effects - Booster (try yellow or red setting) on 75%.

Reverb - 25%

The difference between the rhythm & lead is the amount of gain. So, you might have to turn the gain or booster up or down a little. Alternately, I set my amp up a lead tone, then turn the guitar volume down a little for rhythm.

Hope that helps!

Christopher Schlegel
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Jim Stanford

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Thanks, Christopher. I'll give that a shot and see how it goes. Much appreciated.

2020 Ibanez RG421 w/ Evertune bridge, 2010 Ibanez SA-120 (modded with locking tuners and Seymour Duncan pickups), 2018 Epiphone Les Paul Special, 2019 Yamaha Pacifica 112J, along with several acoustic guitars.

2008 Line 6 POD 2.0, Boss Katana Air, Boss Katana MkII 50-watt.

N-Track 9.1 Digital Audio Workstation software, Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Gen 3.

Mainly into blues and southern rock, but checking out all styles on GuitarTricks.

#44

Thanks, Christopher. I'll give that a shot and see how it goes. Much appreciated.

2020 Ibanez RG421 w/ Evertune bridge, 2010 Ibanez SA-120 (modded with locking tuners and Seymour Duncan pickups), 2018 Epiphone Les Paul Special, 2019 Yamaha Pacifica 112J, along with several acoustic guitars.

2008 Line 6 POD 2.0, Boss Katana Air, Boss Katana MkII 50-watt.

N-Track 9.1 Digital Audio Workstation software, Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Gen 3.

Mainly into blues and southern rock, but checking out all styles on GuitarTricks.

ChristopherSchlegel

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Originally Posted by: Jim

Thanks, Christopher. I'll give that a shot and see how it goes. Much appreciated.

You're welcome!

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Originally Posted by: Jim

Thanks, Christopher. I'll give that a shot and see how it goes. Much appreciated.

You're welcome!

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Jim Stanford

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Originally Posted by: ChristopherSchlegel
Originally Posted by: Jim

Thanks, Christopher. I'll give that a shot and see how it goes. Much appreciated.

You're welcome!

Chris, just a follow up.... that setup worked on my Boss Katana 50 MkII. Thanks for the help. I managed to figure out how to save it to one of the channels, so now I have it (along with the message you sent printed out and on my music stand... lol.)

Thanks again. Much appreciated.

2020 Ibanez RG421 w/ Evertune bridge, 2010 Ibanez SA-120 (modded with locking tuners and Seymour Duncan pickups), 2018 Epiphone Les Paul Special, 2019 Yamaha Pacifica 112J, along with several acoustic guitars.

2008 Line 6 POD 2.0, Boss Katana Air, Boss Katana MkII 50-watt.

N-Track 9.1 Digital Audio Workstation software, Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Gen 3.

Mainly into blues and southern rock, but checking out all styles on GuitarTricks.

#46

Originally Posted by: ChristopherSchlegel
Originally Posted by: Jim

Thanks, Christopher. I'll give that a shot and see how it goes. Much appreciated.

You're welcome!

Chris, just a follow up.... that setup worked on my Boss Katana 50 MkII. Thanks for the help. I managed to figure out how to save it to one of the channels, so now I have it (along with the message you sent printed out and on my music stand... lol.)

Thanks again. Much appreciated.

2020 Ibanez RG421 w/ Evertune bridge, 2010 Ibanez SA-120 (modded with locking tuners and Seymour Duncan pickups), 2018 Epiphone Les Paul Special, 2019 Yamaha Pacifica 112J, along with several acoustic guitars.

2008 Line 6 POD 2.0, Boss Katana Air, Boss Katana MkII 50-watt.

N-Track 9.1 Digital Audio Workstation software, Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Gen 3.

Mainly into blues and southern rock, but checking out all styles on GuitarTricks.

ChristopherSchlegel

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Originally Posted by: Jim
that setup worked on my Boss Katana 50 MkII. Thanks for the help.[/p]

Good deal! You're welcome. Have fun with it!

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#47

Originally Posted by: Jim
that setup worked on my Boss Katana 50 MkII. Thanks for the help.[/p]

Good deal! You're welcome. Have fun with it!

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