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Amp + Drive combo to use with SSS Strat

djidoe

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I'm searching for patches to use with my strat (SSS) : An amp + drive pedal combo for rhythm and lead. I want to approximate a Pink Floyd sound (think Comfortably Numb). Everything I tried lack of dynamic. The guitar tone is so compressed it's unusable.

With humbuckers (Les Paul + Ibanez w/bare knuckles) no problem at all... I'm dialing a lot of great tones.

With my strat, I can achieve very great clean tones but the drive tones are horrible.

Maybe my pickups are problematics. I think they are low output... Can it be the problem ?

If you have great patches, could you share them ?

Thanx
 

BadMelonFarmer

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I use a slightly different approach with the Axe-fx II for this sort of thing, I used to use the Drive and Amp way.... but have changed to using an Amp X/Y model.

So I set my clean or Rhythm sound in the Amp "X" slot then set my Lead or dirtier tone in the "Y" slot

This way I can EQ and shape the "Y" slot to be exactly how I want ... sometimes its as little as the same amp as X...but with the boost switch engaged, sometimes it's an entirely different amp model.

I have an Amp "X/Y" IA switch on the MFC and just use that.

i now find i rarely use the drive blocks that much.... was surprised how it changed the way I approached the traditional drive pedal approach.

Regarding dynamic amps on the Axe-FX II for Single Coils.... the Super Verb preset 46 is really nice, the Komet Concorde sounds pretty nice and dynamic too....also the Shiva Clean and Shiva Lead work well together.
 

TheScientist

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Thats kind of life with a strat tho. You can try a clean amp with a Tube Driver, MXR, etc. I also had real success with the Ruby Rockey with no drive and the drive cranked. You'll also want to work the amp's low cut a lot when driving an amp with a strat, and possibly play with the input gain.
 

Fabio KTG

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Try the HIWATT models with a drive block and low gain. There is a guy in the Ultra/Standard section that plays for a PInk Floyd tribute act. Do a search for him and ask him about his patches.
 

MikeyB59

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You might want to use the Input Trim control in the amp with low output pickups. You can get a hotter level into the amp that way without clipping the input which might help you get both a little more drive and some more dynamic control.
 

Johnnyh64

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You might want to use the Input Trim control in the amp with low output pickups. You can get a hotter level into the amp that way without clipping the input which might help you get both a little more drive and some more dynamic control.
Do what MikeyB59 says. I have very low output SSS pickups and the input trim gives a nice slight edgy tone without sounding too driven.
 

rewddog

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I get nice drive using a vox ac30 model just a point of break up and then put a fet boost in front - gives nice overdrive but maintains the guitar tone - try one of the patches I uploaded to axechange and lift the drive up on the fet boost
 
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