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I was goofing around with some amp and effect settings today. Does this sound anything like Eric Johnson tone? I realize that my guitar playing is bad. I have been trying to learn more chicken picking country stuff, and have not played any rock stuff for quite a while.

What do I need to do to get it more like Eric Johnson tone?

Here is a new youtube video:

Old video:

Posted : 05/09/2009 1:03 am
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To me it doesn't :?

The YouTube audio is not the best thing for listening tones and good sounds. Probably you will sound much better live, YouTube compresses the sound. On the other hand, there is too many reverb or delay in the mix to me.

There are a couple of YouTube videos where Eric Johnson explains the gear that he uses. Perhaps it can help you.

And remember that the tone is in the fingers :wink:

Posted : 05/09/2009 10:36 am
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Compared to his tone in this video:

I think you sound very good, especially the reverb and delay settings, but EJ's got more presence and a more nasal, violin like tone overall. Your sound seems darker with more bottom end; might not cut through a band mix as well. Bit more work with an equalizer should get you closer. Would really help to have his fingers, his guitar, his amp ...

Posted : 05/09/2009 12:31 pm
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I have been told that a lot of Johnson's sound has to do with the preamp section of the Echoplex. You hit a note and after a few milliseconds the note fades in there so you don't hear the pick strikes too strong. It sounds like the strings are almost singing by themselves.

About 10 guys on the internet, that I have found, have this sound, so I know it's not just in the fingers as some people want me to believe. You've got to have the right combination of gear plus great technique.

Posted : 08/09/2009 10:06 pm