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Gibson SG special Sound Clips

1969 Gibson SG SpecialThe SG Special is a nice guitar, and this example from 1969, is no exception. The samples recorded below are an attempt to demonstrate the amplifiers and the guitar in a range of settings, from the fat mellow tones of the WEM Clubman to the searing brightness of the Marshall Mercury

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WEM Clubman MK8

1969 Gibson SG Special through WEM Clubman MK8. All samples recorded with the amp mic'd (Shure SM57) into a M-audio mobile pre USB interface

Marshall Mercury 2060

1969 Gibson SG Special through a Marshall Mercury 2060, mic'd with a Shure SM57, into a M-audio mobile pre USB interface

WEM amps have a good reputation as recording tools; they can produce a lot of very rich tones, from clean to fuzz, with every level of overdrive in between. This amp is early seventies British rock!

Clean tones

Amp settings: volume 5/10, treble 5/10, bass 5/10

Both pickups, all volume and tones 10/10. Played with a pick.
Neck pickup only, volume and tone 10/10.
Neck pickup only, volume 10/10, tone 0/10.
Bridge pickup only, volume 10/10, tone 10/10.
Bridge pickup only, volume 10/10, tone 0/10.

Crank it up a little

Amp settings: volume 8/10, treble 5/10, bass 5/10. You can get some really creamy fuzz tones with this amp

Both pickups, all volume and tones 10/10. Played with a pick.
Neck pickup, volume 10/10, tone 0/10.
Bridge pickup, volume 10/10, tone 10/10.

The treble rolled down on the amp (amp: volume 8/10, treble 2/10, bass 5/10)

Neck pickup, volume and tone 10/10, bridge pickup, volume 8/10 and tone 3/10, fingerstyle.
Neck pickup only volume and tone 0/10, fingerstyle.

This small Marshall amplifier is remarkably bright. I wouldn't have it as my only amp; it struggles with mellow, but the highs are superb. Piercing solos and chimey chords both sound great on this amp.

Clean sounds

Amp settings: volume 2/10, tone 0/10. This amp only stays clean at really low volumes and/or with the tone rolled down

Both pickups, volume 10/10, tone 5/10, with a pick.
Both pickups, volumes at 10/10, tones 0/10, fingerstyle.
Neck pickup only, volume 10/10, tone 0/10, fingerstyle.

Amp settings: volume 5/10, tone 2/10. Pretty trebley for 2/10!

Both pickups, volumes at 10/10, tones 10/10, fingerstyle.
Both pickups, volumes at 10/10, tones 0/10, fingerstyle.

Amp settings: volume 2/10, tone 5/10. Even at these settings it's already starting to get a little crunchy.

Neck pickup, volume 10/10, tone 5/10, fingerstyle.

Getting dirtier...

Amp settings: volume 5/10, tone 5/10.

Bridge pickup only, volume and tone at 10/10, played with a pick

Amp settings: volume 8/10, tone 2/10

Both pickups, volumes at 10/10, tones 5/10, played with a pick

Cranked

Amp settings: volume 10/10, tone 5/10

Both pickups, volumes and tones all at 10/10
Neck pickup, volume and tone 10/10
Neck pickup, volume 10/10, tone 0/10. Despite the high volume, the rolled down tone tames the amp significantly
Bridge pickup, volume 10/10, tone 10/10

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