Wall of Sound (or) The Head Banger Factor:

Wall of Sound (or) The Head Banger Factor:

I was thinking some years back on how I used distortion on all guitars,  hard rock and metal music of course!  One day listening to Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, even some Van Halen… my playing changed.  Listening to these guys I suddenly (duh!) realize that they are not super distorted, if distorted at all.  Yet the sound is thick and powerful, yet with both clarity and power! Eureka!

After many hours of tinkering with settings on the amps, low tunings, etc… my small brain figured it out.  That sentence pretty much sums it up, with a tube amp cranked up, good speakers, low tuned guitars, doubling the guitar tracks up, maybe delay, and hopefully some good playing… this was my answer… a good crunch, and perhaps ever so often a very “light touch” of distortion was all I ever needed to get the sound I wanted.  My tracks suddenly had clarity, and power!  Try it, you’ll like it!

– Dave Williams


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Musician for over 42 years. Drums, guitars, bass, keys. For hire. Recording/mixing/mastering engineer. Pro gig recording and video services at competitive rates. Maker of fine handmade boutique guitar pedal effects and Telecaster wiring harnesses.

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