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Does Eric Clapton Use any guitar effect pedals?

Discussion in 'The Effect effect' started by clapton-fan-1, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. clapton-fan-1

    clapton-fan-1 New Member!

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    I was just wondering if eric clapton used any distortion pedals or other effects.
     
  2. StratoBrew

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    Are you talking about now, or at any point in his career? He used a Leslie cabinet to great effect on The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," for example, as well as a Vox wah on "White Room" and "Tales of Brave Ulysses" while in Cream. Back in the day he would just crank his amp (an 18 watt Marshall while in the Bluesbreakers, for instance) for distortion. He wasn't known for using a fuzz pedal much, to my knowledge.

    But that was a long time ago. I don't have any idea what his setup is currently.
     
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    I read a while back he now only uses a wah occasionally and the Leslie cabinet. No overdrive or distortion pedals.
     
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    Doesn't he have a midboost in all his starts? That could almost be considered an "on-board" effect...
     
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    Saw Mr. Clapton and Mr. Winwood this summer in Dallas. I was next to the stage, close enough to get spat upon.... He had a Kelley Tube Screamer TS9, used it mostly as a preamp. Level on 9, tone varied between 3 and 7 for different songs, Drive maybe at 1 or 2 at the most, and a crybaby wah but didn't seem to touch it much. Other than that he played thru that Cornell Custom 80 amp. Sounded just great...! From everything I've seen and read, he's not so much into effects. I have seen him use distortion on heavy Hendrix or SRV tunes, but that's about it... seems to stick with the same gear his hero's from Chicago used...amp, guitar, and fingers.

    Ruger above asked about the mid boost. Fender sells the EC artist strat with the MRB. But, I seem to have read somewhere that he did not use that for long and took it out of his stage guitars.
     
  7. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Well shut me up. I could swear I saw him reaching for the mid boost thingy on the vids I have.
     
  8. Razorc195

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    I know what your talking about. I've seen him rolling the bridge tone pot sometimes between solos and rythm parts too, and thought the same thing.... since I have one of the Clapton strats and then I read that article about him not having it installed any more... I mean its ok, but I seem to live with it not being on my other guitars. Kinda a novility really, and you have to deal with the battery and all... since its an active board in the guitar. I'll see if I can find that article and post the link.
     
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    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    How do you like the Clapton strat? I played one at GC and it wasn't set up. Thats hard to believe a premium guitar wouldn't be set up. I don't know if I could get used to the v shape of the neck.

    Also I wonder....The guitar in the vids I have appear to be charcoal ish and as far as I know none of the Calpton guitars are avaialble with that color. Do you think he just grabbed an american standard or is it a customn color?
     
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    He does have several of my uncles "Hoochee mama" pedals, browntone electronics, and he is not the only one........
     
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    he's got a rack of effects behind the stage that'd fill an Antanov... ;-)
     
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    Here's the fan club FAQ. Specifically, here's the effects list on that site. I can't vouch for how accurate these lists are....

    I will say I was having good luck coping a bit of the Madison Square Garden tone with an Transparent Overdrive into my Deluxe Reverb... with my CP50's Strat (57/62 pickups).

    I remember playing a lot to the 24 Days CD back in the 90's. He used some chorus and I think he was using the Lace pickups back then. Everybody was over processing the crap outta their sound back then.

    I gotta admit, I like the current guitar (Vintage noiseless?) into amp tone much better. I liked the early 70's fuzzy overpowered champ tone too.... or that bright, crunchy, almost country like sound... like Lay Down Sally, Love that tone!
     
  14. Razorc195

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    Yeah, mine came from a GC in Dallas, I like it a lot(its a few yrs old now), its real fast, very low action, stays in tune, (blocked trem), Intonation is true all the way up the neck to the last fret, and has crazy long sustain!!! ... Setup on mine was pretty close when I got it, I did not have to mess with it much to get it the way I like em.... I'm playing it tonight for the first time in awhile... Havent had it out much lately, I'm ashamed to say. Everyone who plays it likes it alot, guess so they usually will ask to play it when I have it out..... Only thing I may do to it is stain the neck to look older. Not real fond of the way the bare, satin, maple looks..... I really like V-necks I have 5 of them, even my Martin has a V-neck. I even put a 50s V on my 62RI (Pictured).....You know what they say, once you go V, you never go back....:cool:

    Your absolutely right they are Charcoal. You may be able to get a standard line production in the grey. But, I thought that they were only available from the custom shop in the Charcoal...I may be wrong.... Anyway mine is a std black one and I've played the CS model and can't tell the difference, and have had several other people who own the CS version say its not worth the extra coin, that the regular one's are just as good.... What I'd like to have is one painted in the multi paisley colors like his other strat... now that's one cool looking guitar....

    I'm here to tell ya, If you want a keeper get one of the artist guitars, Fender does a good job on them. It may be the people working that line may take a little more pride in workmanship, or their the better workers....who knows, but I've never heard one bad word about an Artist guitar from them..... As for the setup, the dealer should make sure the setup on any guitar they sell you is correct at least to the baseline spec. or your abilities before it leaves the store....bottom line, or go elsewhere.... Anyway the artist guitars cost more for a reason. Their worth it!
     
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    Dark grey was definitly an official color back in the day (maybe early 90's) I really wanted one back then in that color. Maybe he's using custom color or he's using an older one??? Or maybe the video is from the 90s?
     
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    No the vids I'm talking about ae from Crossroads 2007 and the PBS special with Steve ...Uh drawing a blank here. You know traffic guy.
     
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    i could swear i hear a fuzz face on "deserted cities of the heart" (cream.)
     
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    Yes he does. I understand your a Clapton fan and there is nothing wrong with that. However, I would suggest purchasing some books from Amazon about Eric Clapton. I think you will find more answers about this artist then most of us could provide you. Good Luck
     
  20. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yeah but groundless speculation is fun.
     
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    your sig is giving me...........bad thoughts :mrgreen::mrgreen:
     

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