THE SQUIRE FILES
This sound is taken from the legendary Blackpool Empress Ballroom gig in August 1989.
Squire used his Gretsch for this one.
Capo'd at the first fret (so it's in the key of Ab Major).
The song can be played using open G, C and D major chord shapes.
The sound is very slightly overdriven.
This is achieved by pushing the preamp of the mesa/fender twin so it starts to distort slightly.
You should be able to play softly and get a clean sound, but if you pick or strum with more force it should distort a bit.
There is also a nice touch of chorus.
A slight reverb setting is used, but not too much or this will play havoc with the wah wah effect!
The key to this one is not have to much mid on your eq.
If you put it past 3 your wah wah effect seems to get too muddy.
When you're using a hollowbody guitar and a mesa you don't need much bottom end.
But if you're using a different amp try doing the wah wah bit and see how the bottom sounds.
Adjust if necessary.
You might want to try different placements for the wah wah pedal, but if you put the pedals in this order it should sound the business!!:
chorus - wah wah - tube screamer (this is how Squire had it in his effects chain)
Although ironically, when they're hooked up they will physically be the other way round!!
This should give you the closest sound.
Squire manages to create a cool feedback effect when he presses down on the wah wah.
Sound engineers will want to eliminate it immediately, and the rest of the people in the band mightn't like you for it either.
I think it's pretty cool, but you've got to be able to control it.(which is the tricky bit!!)
It's basically a high pitch feedback.
Or a squeal sort of sound produced by a lot of top end when pressing down on the wah pedal and interacting with the relationship to his monitors.
Just as you lead up to the first verse the tube screamer is added to the sound to get a yet more overdriven sound which is used pretty much throughout the rest of the tune.
Also, just before the end of the song a slightly large reverb effect is used to create a big wah wah sound.
Hope you like it!!
GUITAR (clean sound)
||FILTERTRON + SUPERTRON (OR BOTH PICKUPS ACTIVE)
|IBANEZ TS-9 (overdrive)
|IBANEZ CS-9 (chorus)
|SMALL REVERB (0.6sec)
|BIG REVERB (5sec)
|MESA BOOGIE MKIII