I recently got a Pod X3 and like McD's I'm loving it.

I'm trying to get a deep clean riffing sound from it like in Torn by Creed.

I can't seem to find a configuration that gives a deep, bassy sound like that. I've cranked the bass way up on the EQ, tried a couple of the amp flavors.. but not quite getting that sound.

How exactly would you get a sound like that, (with or without a Pod)?

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    You do realize that exactly at 0:52, that little lick before the chorus is actually done by a bass? =D Commented Jan 14, 2011 at 4:52

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"Mark Tremonti's Guitar Gear Equipment and Rig" mentions his amp's settings, and amp types. That's a starting point. Note that it says he uses a "Bogner Uberschall for low end", so on your X3 try setting up a dual-patch with a Rectifier head and cabinet, and a second stack using the Bogner amp model. I don't remember which one it was, but I'm pretty sure they have one in the Pod X3.

Even with the exact same amp, cabinets, guitar, cables, effects, picks and maybe even clothes, you still won't sound like a particular player. A lot of their sound comes from their fingers and picking attack and even attitude.

Besides that stuff, a couple things might help. Have you tried:

  1. Drop-D tuning? The song you link to has that low note that sounds very drop-d-ish.
  2. Cranking the bass on the amp isn't necessarily going to give you a full bass sound. On a lot of amps it will give you a muddy, or flabby sound because the amp can't handle the power demand. A Pod X3 (which I also have) will model the performance of a particular amp, including its (in)ability to stay clean at particular settings.
  3. Cabinet types make a big difference. I've gotten better solid lows out of the modeled Rectifier 4x12-type cabinet than I did from the Marshall imitations but you might not like that particular sound.
  4. What type of guitar and pickups are you using? Hot pickups can push the amp-model too hard so backing down on the volume might be necessary. Unfortunately, the X3 seems to suffer from impedance loading worse than a real tube amp, so your sound might get muddier than you want - it's a balancing act. Also, humbuckers seem to get muddy faster than single-coils, especially when you roll the volume back.
  5. What are you using to monitor your sound? High quality headphones designed for studio work? Plugging into a stereo system? Running into a power-amp then to some high quality keyboard cabinets? Or, are you plugging into a combo's input jack? You want to remove external influences from the sound. I set up my patches using a good set of Sennheiser over-the-ear headphones plugged into the headphone out of the X3. I get the same sound going into the computer that way. My amplification comes from the power-amp section of a Line6 Flextone III, skipping its pre-amp and modeling. It's a very clean amp so the X3 sound isn't messed up like it would be going into a regular guitar amp.
  • And don't forget you can use the EQ. It may help to get the sound you want as it doesn't have the same effects as the bass / middle / treble knobs.
    – Julien N
    Commented Jan 14, 2011 at 13:15
  • On the guidance of my singer, I have recently tried a proper EQ footpedal before my effects - makes a hell of a difference when trying to recreate particular sounds!
    – Doktor Mayhem
    Commented Apr 18, 2011 at 16:51
  • I have a MXR 10-band as the first item in my effects chain with the guitar amp.
    – Anonymous
    Commented Apr 18, 2011 at 19:09

Another reply has already been marked as answer, but I do believe that if you are looking for Mark's CLEAN SOUND, the model you want is this:

1965 Double Verb (*based on a Fender Twin Reverb)

This is a later gear post, but worth mentioning: "For cleans, Tremonti uses a duo of Fender 65 Twin Reissues with a TC Electronic G-Force for delay and reverb"


I believe Mark used Fender Twins even in the early days of Creed and used an A/B switch to move to the Mesa when using high gain. I dont know how early he used the Bogner.

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