ZZ Top Sound Question

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  1. InkedLester

    InkedLester Drippin with Blues Blood

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    I know that this has been discussed before, but with pedals always changing and technology improving, I'm curious what pedals you players would use to get the ZZ Top fuzz and bit.

    I'm playing an R9 through a Blues Jr Tweed.

    I have a fuzz but just can't seem to get it right.
     
  2. snaredrum

    snaredrum V.I.P. Member

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    are we talking live ZZ or a specific recorded ZZ?
     
  3. bulletproof

    bulletproof aka tarddoggy Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    Ive used a Bixonic,COT and Thrbak SB to cop some of the Rev's tones....
     
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    snaredrum V.I.P. Member

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    yeah, the COT is very good.
     
  5. Drew71

    Drew71 Premium Member

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    Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top - Guitar Rig and Gear Setup - 2003

    Hope that link helps. IMO, the Rev is kind of secretive about his tone.
     
  6. rockinlespaul

    rockinlespaul Recovering Oxblood Addict V.I.P. Member

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    One of the easiest tones to cop imho...
     
  7. rabidhamster

    rabidhamster Senior Member

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    turn the blues jr up all the way, and find a pedal to boost it with a little. Less fuzz, more overdrive.
     
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  8. InkedLester

    InkedLester Drippin with Blues Blood

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    Holy smokes! Not the setup for the common man. :) I'm going to see them play next month and can't wait!

    I'll have to try the "amp up with an added boost" setup :)
     
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  9. Chadd

    Chadd Senior Member

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    I use my Zen clone for the ZZ Top stuff that we play
     
  10. NYC LP player

    NYC LP player Premium Member

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    Rebox the BJ and go from a Jensen Fendery speaker and go to something more Marshall.

    Not that the BJ is bad but Id say its the weak link in what you are looking for.
     
  11. Alex W

    Alex W Senior Member

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    Seems like a complicated rig to play basic blues-based rock music. I bet the Rev would sound amazing playing Pearly Gates directly into a brownface Deluxe. Stick a mic in front of the Deluxe and run that through the PA. *shrug*
     
  12. Mookakian

    Mookakian Senior Member

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    What gets me is how the buggers play guitar like its a reflex! No stress, just chill and rock it! Bu yeah guys have some solid gear up the sleeve...

    Money, it's a crime
    Share it fairly but don't take a slice of my pie
     
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  13. OldBenKenobi

    OldBenKenobi Senior Member

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    He could do that but why would it? Its not like he has to set up his own rig, nothing to lose by it being complicated.

    Thats definitely some wild shit through. I know the EQ is programmed to make each guitar sound like Pearly Gates and thats self-explanatory. But then hes got all of his effects isolated in their own loops, included six ODs run in series? Then that signal is split into a JMP-1 and a JCM900? Pretty nuts.
     
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    You gotta realise there are a LOT of different tones the BG has had over the years. The early stuff is just plug-n-play, but the later albums have a lot of processing....remember it was the 80's!!
     

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