Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe Frogstomp was recorded with a Marshall. Leon would know.I'm a big Silverchair fan and their live guitar tone is ridiculously huge, especially for one guitarist.
I was actually looking into it the last couple days and apparently they used Soldano HR100's; I think HR stands for "hot rod". Not sure how much they differ from SLOs, but perhaps @2112 can comment...
From what I've read, I believe that they used the JCM 900 for Frogstomp era -- sometime after that he switched to Soldano HR100sCorrect me if I’m wrong, but I believe Frogstomp was recorded with a Marshall. Leon would know.
Really only a PRS into Soldano w/ greenback cab (for that era) will get you that very unique gutsy tone, it really is that simple. The low-mids of a PRS and the mid and high-mids of a Soldano Amp just works. He was using McCarty pickups (in the Green Custom 24 previously owned by Page Hamilton of Helmet) around Freakshow, but switched to Dragon 2's for the Tours (this was straight from a PRS dealer who enquired directly with John's manager and the reason I tried one).
He liked to set the amps with treble pretty low (3-4 max), mids around the same or lower, bass about 8 and presence very low. Freakshow tour was with JCM 900 cabs (G12t75) and thus he set the highs around around 2.5 due to the aggressive tone from those speakers.
Literally not a single one of those bands played a PRS, and except for the Foo Fighters, none played a Mesa. Lol
Considering all the different PU's and tones available on PRS's, and all the different-sounding Boogies, that's kinda wide open, dontchya think?
You beat me to it Leon! I was just thinking the same thing, but not sure how to describe it: That a lot of the sound had to do with how the bass was set to mix in with the guitar(s). Absolutely.Most of the usual suspects have been listed already, so I'll just note that having some crunch on the bass guitar goes a long way to the overall sound of a lot of those bands.
You beat me to it Leon! I was just thinking the same thing, but not sure how to describe it: That a lot of the sound had to do with how the bass was set to mix in with the guitar(s). Absolutely.
No, absolutely! And I was thinking that as I was writing. But something in particular about the music in the OP, just immediately sprung to mind about the bass, and then when Leon mentioned it...That's true today too. Good guitar tone means nothing without a good bass tone. And bass and drums need to sound great together. When guitarists hyper-focus on just guitar, watch out haha.