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I am playing a solid body guitar, PRS SE245 and actually I want to have some jazz sounds. I am combining this guitar with Blackstar LT Echo 10 and actually couldn't succeed to get the tones of jazz.

So I am considering changing pick ups but I am not sure if it will be the solution or can I have jazz sounds with my current set up?

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  • There are thousands of jazz tones. You don’t need to change pickups on any guitar to get tones that sound good for jazz. What do you not like about the tone you currently have coming from the guitar? Apr 11 '21 at 18:18
  • I always thought "basic jazz sound" was "set tone pot to 2" ;)) but actually, looking at that guitar you also ought to get rid of the skinny 8s & put at least 10s on there, probably heavier. You can't do "jazz" with shredder strings.
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 11 '21 at 18:25
  • Actually with jazz sound I try to refer more bass tones because right now it sounds a lot bright. Then as I understand I should change to some thicker strings did I get it right?
    – kuti
    Apr 11 '21 at 18:36
  • If you feel like your sound is too bright then lower the tone control(s) on the guitar and you can also lower the treble control on the amp and/or raise the middle and bass controls. Apr 11 '21 at 20:05
  • As John Belzaguy mentioned too unfortunately my amplifier doesn't have total control over tones but thank you I will keep it in mind
    – kuti
    Apr 12 '21 at 6:42
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By “jazz tones” I assume you are talking about a dark mellow hollow body-ish sound ala Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, etc. Your guitar isn’t really made for that sound but you can simulate it somewhat. I assume you want to have the pop/rock sound of the instrument available to you so based on that here are some suggestions:

  • Use only the neck pickup
  • Roll the tone knob down A LOT
  • Try a compromise of heavier gauge strings that are comfortable enough for everything you want to play. Keep in mind that some jazz guitarists use up to 13’s (or higher) and sometimes flatwound strings too.
  • It doesn’t look like your amp has much in the way of tone controls so get it as warm as you can.
  • Consider some type of external eq if your tone control doesn’t roll off enough highs.
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    It was exactly what I was asking for! Thanks a lot.
    – kuti
    Apr 12 '21 at 6:42
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    A 7-band eq pedal (Boss, etc) would be a good move. And really old strings..!
    – Tim
    Apr 12 '21 at 15:40
  • @Tim Both good suggestions, If there are no old strings laying around you can always eat some fried chicken or barbecue right before practicing for a few days, lol! But seriously, the eq pedal is good, I have a Boss bass eq that can dial in and out a lot of specific tones. Apr 12 '21 at 15:48
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    Yes, it was based (!) on my bass eq. Also like the parametric eq. for a quick step on change of tone. And possibly use a thicker pick - or even a wooden one. Or one's thumb.
    – Tim
    Apr 12 '21 at 16:04
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    @Tim the thumb worked fairly well for Wes Montgomery! Apr 12 '21 at 17:17

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