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Eric Johnson Clean Tone and "Cliffs of Dover"


Brett Kingman: Preset: Here

This one is good but Camilo forgot to share the preset

Two old presets:

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Several details are crucial for generating Johnson’s violin-like tone, including turning the amp’s presence and treble controls all the way down, using a Y-cable to access both channels turned all the way up and dialing in the Tube Driver (still made today by B.K. Butler and highly recommended) so its gain provides smooth compression without overly distorted sizzle. Johnson’s “bounce” picking technique, where he brushes upstrokes on the strings instead of plucking them, is also a key element of his smooth, violin-like tone that minimizes the percussive attack. Placing the Echoplex in the signal chain between the guitar and the Tube Driver causes the delay/echo effects to only be prominent on more sparse and percussive parts and “duck” or sound more like reverb when playing faster and more aggressive lines.


Epiphone Limited Edition ES-335 PRO Marshall Origin20C 20-watt 1x10 combo Dunlop Echoplex Delay TC Electronic Tube Pilot overdrive

(Image: © Clayton Call/Redferns/Getty Images)
TONE TIP: Start with the Marshall’s Tilt control at “5” to simulate using both Marshall channels at once, and dial to the left if you desire more warmth. If you can afford it, adding a Dunlop Echoplex Preamp will get you even closer to Johnson’s violin-like warmth and sustain.


1963 Gibson ES-335 (bridge pickup setting), volume: 10, tone: 8; 1954 Fender Stratocaster with DiMarzio HS-2 bridge pickup (bridge pickup setting), volume: 10, bridge/middle tone: 7 (Note: Johnson’s Strat wiring was modified with a tone control connected to the bridge and middle pickups instead of only the middle pickup)

AMP: 1969 Marshall Model 1959 Super Lead 100-watt head (Presence: 0, Bass: 4, Middle: 2.5, Treble: 0, Volume I: 10, Volume II: 10; Y-cable connected to top input jacks on channels I and II), Marshall 4x12 wired at 8 ohms loaded with 8-ohm Celestion G12-80 speakers

EFFECTS: Maestro Echoplex EP-3 (Echo setting, Sustain: 3, Volume: 1.5, Delay: 24 on a scale of 0-35); Paul C.’s/Chandler Tube Driver (Output Level: 3.5, Hi EQ: 0, Lo EQ: 0, Tube Drive: 4)

STRINGS/TUNING: GHS Nickel Rockers .010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046/standard

PICK: Dunlop Jazz III red
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