What kind of guitar pedals or processors do I need to get this kinda tone?



That's all that's on it.

Actually, after comments, there is a single delay repeat on it too - so quiet I didn't spot it to start with.

The rest is just a very simple clean Strat sound, front pickup.
It doesn't hurt at all that he plays it well.

I was trying to find some earlier refs for a historically similar sound, but basically it's a brighter, modern version of a classic strat sound.

Hendrix is similar, but slightly dirtier - YouTube keep taking down the good mixes of this, so this is the best I could find [he's playing the wrong guitar in the video, it's definitely a strat on the record][1]

..and I must at least bow in the direction of probably the originator of the sound. From over 60 years ago, the late Buddy Holly…

[1]If you want to hear the record at its best, then seek out the version from the Cornerstones album, which was remastered beautifully in the late 90s.

  • It sounds more like a delay pedal than reverb. I can hear distinct repeats of phrases. You don't typically get that with reverb. – ggcg Nov 12 '19 at 14:34
  • Ahhh…yup, I can hear it now you called it. In some points you can hear a clear repeat. There's definitely a long pre-delay rev on it though. tbh, it's not making a significant difference to the sound, it's about as 'plain clean strat' as it gets. – Tetsujin Nov 12 '19 at 14:46
  • I agree, there is more than one effect. Reverb, Delay, perhaps chorus too. But not overdone. It sounds nice. – ggcg Nov 12 '19 at 14:50
  • Yes, I thought delay was in there too. There's also a lot of pad in the background, which makes it difficult to determine exactly what's happening in parts. – Tim Nov 13 '19 at 17:06

Hm! lovely! that's a mixture of Dire Straits and Hank Marvin :-)

I'd go for ..

  1. A reverb

  2. A mild delay as well

  3. Probably a compressor

  4. New bright-sounding strings

  5. An excellent & very clean playing technique

  • Hank used lots of delay (echo), and maybe no reverb. But it's still that strat single coil pup sound. Like no.5. – Tim Nov 13 '19 at 17:03
  • @Tim : Good point - in fact I think it would have been a tape delay in those early days ? They tend to have their own nuance, like the sound becoming slightly more dull in tone as a sound is echoed then "re-echoed" – user2808054 Nov 21 '19 at 11:13
  • He used a tape echo (various makes) into the later days, too. With several heads, there were many subtly different echoes to be made, unlike the recent '2-head' digitals. Yes, the degradation was part of the Shads sound. Not too badly re-made on a Zoom pedal I don't use much any more. – Tim Nov 21 '19 at 11:21

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