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Sound samples of various vintage Gibson guitars

Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1966 Gibson EB-0
through a
1964 Ampeg B-15N

1966 Gibson EB-01964 Ampeg B-15N
All sound samples were recorded with an amp with the following settings: volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

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Played fingerstyle

Volume 10/10, tone 10/10. You can get a a more note definition if you play down by the bridge

Volume 10/10, tone 0/10. With the tone rolled down, you get a really deep dubby bass sound that is felt as much as heard. Terrfic fun, and great live, but often inaudiable on certain speakers.

...and with a pick

Volume 10/10, tone 5/10. A great classic rock sound.



Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1966 Gibson EB-0
through a
1973 WEM Dominator Bass Mk 1

1966 Gibson EB-01973 WEM Dominator Bass Mk 1
Amp settings are: Channel 1, Volume 5, Treble 5, Bass, without the 'Bright' mode activated - unless otherwise specified.

Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface. The WEM Dominator Bass amplifier is very responsive to playing style. At middle volumes it can go from clean to overdriven depending on how hard you play.

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Channel 1, volume 5, bass 5, treble 5

Guitar: volume 10/10, tone 10/10. Significant distortion, even with the amp at just 50% volume, especially, as here when played hard, with a pick.

Guitar: volume 10/10, tone 10/10. Fingerstyle, but still digging in for the overtones.

Amp in 'Bright' mode. Guitar: volume 10/10, tone 10/10. Played with a pick.



Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1966 Gibson EB-0
through a
1964 Gibson Atlas IV

1966 Gibson EB-01964 Gibson Atlas IV
The clips were recorded with two amp configurations: Volume 5, Bass 5, Treble 5, and Volume 5, Bass 3, Treble 8. This small adjustment gives some extra clarity; useful for really bassy guitars like the Gibson EB0

Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

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neutral amp: volume 5, bass 5, treble 5

Guitar: volume 10/10, tone 10/10. Fingerstyle. This clip shows the tonal differences of this setup when played gently, and with more attack.

Guitar: volume 10/10, tone 10/10. With a pick.

Guitar: volume 10/10, tone 0/10. Fingerstyle.

brighter amp: volume 5, bass 3, treble 8

Guitar: volume 10/10, tone 10/10. Played with a pick.

Guitar: volume 10/10, tone 0/10. played with a pick. This configuration gives more note distinction than perhaps you'd expect from an EB0 with the tone rolled down.

Guitar: volume 10/10, tone 0/10. Fingerstyle.



Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1968 Gibson EB2D
through a
1964 Ampeg B-15N

1968 Gibson EB2D1964 Ampeg B-15N
Amp mic'd with a Shure SM57, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface. The first four clips are without bass boost, the last four are with bass boost.

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

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Without bass boost

Both pickups, volumes and tones all at 10/10. No bass boost. Played fingerstyle.

Neck pickup only, volume and tone 10/10. No bass boost. Played fingerstyle.

Bridge pickup, volume 10/10, tone 10/10. No bass boost. Played fingerstyle.

Neck Pickup, volume 10/10, tone 10/10, bridge pickup, volume 9/10, tone 3/10. No bass boost. Played fingerstyle.

With bass boost

Both pickups, volumes and tones all at 10/10. With bass boost. Played fingerstyle.

Neck pickup, volume and tone at 10/10. With bass boost. Played fingerstyle.

Bridge pickup, volume and tone at 10/10. With bass boost. Played fingerstyle.

Neck Pickup, volume 10/10, tone 10/10, bridge pickup, volume 9/10, tone 3/10. With bass boost. Played fingerstyle.



Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1969 Gibson SG Special
through a
197X WEM Clubman MK 8

1969 Gibson SG Special197X WEM Clubman MK 8
Amp mic'd with a Shure SM57, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

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

Both pickups, all volume and tones 10/10. Played with a pick.

Gibson SG Special. Neck pickup only, volume and tone 10/10.

Gibson SG Special. Neck pickup only, volume 10/10, tone 0/10.

Gibson SG Special. Bridge pickup only, volume 10/10, tone 10/10.

Gibson SG Special. Bridge pickup only, volume 10/10, tone 0/10.

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.

Gibson SG Special. Neck pickup, volume 10/10, tone 0/10.

Gibson SG Special. 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.



Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1969 Gibson SG Special
through a
1972 Marshall Mercury 2060

1969 Gibson SG Special1972 Marshall Mercury 2060
Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

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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, volumes 10/10, tones 5/10, played with a pick.

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

Neck pickup only, Volume 10/10, tone 0/10, played fingerstyle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both pickups, volumes 10/10 and tones 10/10. Played with a pick.

Neck pickup, volume 10/10 and tone 10/10. Played with a pick.

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. Played with a pick.



Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1972 Gibson EB-OL
through a
1964 Ampeg B-15N

1972 Gibson EB-OL1964 Ampeg B-15N
Amp mic'd up with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB portable soundcard.

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Neutral amp settings (vol 5, treble 5, bass 5)

Guitar: volume 10, tone 5. Played fingerstyle.

Guitar: volume 10, tone 0. Played fingerstyle.

Brighter amp setting (vol 5, treble 8, bass 2)

Guitar: volume 10, tone 10. Fingerstyle.

Guitar: volume 10, tone 0. Played with a pick.



Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1974 Gibson L-9S Ripper
through a
1964 Ampeg B-15N

1974 Gibson L-9S Ripper1964 Ampeg B-15N
Amp mic'd up with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB portable soundcard.

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Pos 1 - both pickups in series

Guitar: volume 10, tone 10, midrange 10. Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Fingerstyle. With the Q system controls all on 10/10 the Ripper has plenty of tonal bite in position 1.

Guitar: volume 10, tone 5, midrange 0. Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Fingerstyle. With the midrange turned right down and the treble at 50%, we get the 'walking bass' sound, as described in the 1974 promo disk

Pos 2 - bridge pickup

Guitar: volume 10, tone 10, midrange 10. Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Fingerstyle. The bridge pickup alone is the 'entirely new bass sound' described on the 1974 Ripper promo disk

Guitar: volume 10, tone 7, midrange10. Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. This setting is described in the promo disk as a great pick sound

Pos 3 - both pickups in parallel

Guitar: volume 10, tone 10, midrange 10. Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. With all controls at 10/10 we get a very full tone: plenty of bass, mid and treble.

Guitar: volume 10, tone 6, midrange 6 Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. By backing off the tone and midrange we get the suggested fingerstyle setting from the Ripper promo disk

Guitar: volume 10, tone 6, midrange 10. Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Fingerstyle. This is the suggested 'double stop' sound as described in the 1974 promo disk

Guitar: volume 10, tone 10, midrange 5. Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Fingerstyle. This is the 'popular electric bass sound' as detailed in the 1974 Ripper promo disk

Pos 4 - both pickups in series (out of phase)

Guitar: volume 10, tone 10, midrange 10. Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Fingerstyle. This is the 'funky fingerpicking sound' as demonstrated in the 1974 Ripper promo disk

Guitar: volume 10, tone 4, midrange 8. Amp: Volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Turning the tone down a little reduces the clankiness of this setting



Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1976 Gibson L-6S Custom
through a
197X WEM Clubman MK 8

1976 Gibson L-6S Custom197X WEM Clubman MK 8
Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface

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Varitone position 1 (both pickups, in series, in phase) midrange-5, tone-8. Amp volume-8, bass-5, treble-8.

Varitone position 2 (front pickup only) midrange-5, tone-0. Amp volume-8, bass-5, treble-8.

Varitone position 2 (front pickup only) midrange-4, tone-0. Amp volume-10, bass-4, treble-0.

Varitone position 4 (both pickups, parallel out of phase) midrange-5, tone-5. Amp volume-8, bass-5, treble-8.

Varitone position 5 (back pickup only) midrange-5, tone-10. Amp volume-8, bass-5, treble-8.

Varitone position 6 (both pickups in series out of phase) midrange-10, tone-10. Amp volume-8, bass-5, treble-8.

Varitone position 6 (both pickups in series out of phase) midrange-4, tone-6. Amp volume-5, bass-10, treble-0.



Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1976 Gibson L-6S Custom
through a
1972 Marshall Mercury 2060

1976 Gibson L-6S Custom1972 Marshall Mercury 2060
Recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

Marshall Mercury 2060 vol 10/10, tone 5/10.

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L-6S custom varitone position 2 (front pickup only) midrange-10, tone-10.

L-6S custom varitone position 4 (both pickups, parallel out of phase) midrange-10, tone-10.

L-6S custom varitone position 5 (back pickup only) midrange-10, tone-10.

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