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how to get this tone on strat

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by emann, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. emann

    emann Strat-Talk Member

    Oct 14, 2018

    whilst waiting for my strat, any advise on how he is getting this tone.

    Through google i found that this might be a strat with texas specials and last xmas i got the bias fx software so I am eager to experiment a lot once all is hooked up. Popa Chubby, SRV and Hendrix seemed to have an era where they used these pickups and their tone is amazing....can never stop playing their music.

    Any ideas appreciated.
  2. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Beer me up Scotty Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 11, 2015
    Terra Incognita
    Neck + middle + good clean amp + chops= there ya go
  3. Swampash

    Swampash Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 13, 2012
    + a tube screamer and a bit of slap-back delay
  4. Red Bread

    Red Bread Strat-Talk Member

    Feb 1, 2019
    Green mountains
    Good amp,,proper technique and practice
    I will say I’m not a big effect guy but I picked up a Danelectro Texas Pride pedal and Tex Mex pick ups in my Strat thru my Super Champ x2 and Supro cabinet with the reverb up in the 6-7’s and I get an amazing Texas sound
  5. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 22, 2010
    Ask the man himself-
    (that is one way how to get that tone but playing like the one and only Popa would help more than any gear)

    All the best,
  6. emann

    emann Strat-Talk Member

    Oct 14, 2018
    So I have a blues junior IV...Is this possible with this type of amp ...Also what is tube screamer and chops please.
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  7. balston11

    balston11 Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 8, 2013
    Preston UK
    Couldn't concentrate on the tone so appalled at the awful version of a great song how it should be done
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  8. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 13, 2011
    Music City TN
    Texas Special pickups were not released until years after Stevie died, and decades after Hendrix died.
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  9. emann

    emann Strat-Talk Member

    Oct 14, 2018
    I have found the guitarsystems fuzztool at reverb...would this pedal connected to the blues junior iv get me in any way close to this tone - any ideas?

    @Tone Guru: thanks for the clarification
  10. Guitarmageddon

    Guitarmageddon Squier-A-Holic Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 19, 2014
    Windsor, Ontario, Canada
    Chops is learning how to play like Popa Chubby, that's the only way to get that tone....a pedal won't do it for you......
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  11. Misty Mountain

    Misty Mountain Strat-Talker

    Jan 1, 2013
    Looks like he is on the neck pickup in that video...
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  12. PCollen

    PCollen Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 13, 2014
    Texas Special pickups weren't even available to SRV or Hendrix. Hendrix never used anything other than stock Fender pickups available in the guitars during his career and he just bought stock Stratocasters "off the rack" and played them.
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  13. emann

    emann Strat-Talk Member

    Oct 14, 2018
    @Guitarmageddon: aaarrgghh... i wonder where i could learn to play in his way...
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  14. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 10, 2014

    Lower the neck pickup close to the pickguard, put the middle pickup flush to the pickguard (this helps with that #4 quack setting), raise the bridge pickup until volume parity with the neck pickup when switching back and forth. Turn the amp volume up and back off the volume knob.

    Work on pick attack and where picking happens -- looks like in the OP video he's in between bridge and middle pickup. Plus I caught some volume knob tweaking -- he's not just riding the guitar dimed.

    Looks like the OP video he's in #4 position early in the song and then neck for the solo -- but that's hard to see with the video quality/angle.

    Different players, different tones, different guitars but maybe some tricks here that can be applied. I go back and re-watch these from time to time and learn something new.


    Pick placement and knobs

    Working one pickup, pick attack, knobs

    This Phil X video convinced me to get a Junior (Epi though!) and that guitar taught me more about how to play than any other guitar in the fleet.

    Last edited: Feb 7, 2019
  15. gofmusic

    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 24, 2013
    I agree, furthermore, most of the classic rock bands we adore used off the rack Fenders and Gibsons.

    While pickups make a difference, theres a lot of mystery around them IMHO. What I listened to in that video was a nice strat through a nice tube amp played loud, with a tube screamer during the solo. There is really nothing strange or rare to that tone IMO.

    Having stock alnico pickups, Fat50s, Texas Specials, Tex-Mex or Fralins wont make such a dramatic change as it will having a good amp and knowing ur way around its knobs, and the knobs on the OD pedal and on your guitar. So, thats good news for everyone :) we need less than we think haha.
  16. Textele

    Textele Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Oct 10, 2009
    That is pure, from the heart channeling music at it's finest. IMO.

    And I agree there is nothing mysterious or complicated to getting that tone. He could pickup any Strat and decent amp and lay that down. That's Popa, flat killin' it.

    Lots of practice is what's really needed.

    Sorry but after hearing that performance, that is all I got to add. :thumb:

    Thanks for posting that, I hadn't heard that one, thoroughly enjoyed it.
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  17. gofmusic

    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 24, 2013
    Wherever u want :)

    Just need a computer with internet, time and dedication.

    Pay close attention to what he is doing, how is he doing the things that got to you? how does he bend? how does he make vibrato? watch videos, learn his licks, learn what scales he used and how. His and others, the videos @jvin248 posted are also good examples.

    Ive been doing for the past years, on and off, and I can say that the only thing that impresses me about the vid you posted about Popa (regarding guitar ofc) are the ideas he improvises on the solo, they are melodic and really nice. Thats a whole other level. The tone I know how to get it, and all the tricks he pulled I can do them no problem.

    Good luck on your journey!
  18. gofmusic

    gofmusic Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 24, 2013
    Let me add that there are things I think you really truly learn and master being in a room with your guitar and trying them out. Living and breathing with your instrument goes a long way... it did for me. Im taking about knowing what guitar knobs and picking place can really give you, and those kinds of simple things. They have a bigger impact on your tone than changing pickups and such.

    Ofc it was easier back in the day when all I had was a guitar and time... now I got tons of options to pick from (guitars, pedals, etc) and no time lol.
  19. Fretmeltkid

    Fretmeltkid Strat-Talker

    Feb 10, 2018
    United Kingdom
    Good playing always shines through no matter the gear
    if you can play you can play!!

    its the same in motorsport if you can really drive a car or ride a bike you will always look great
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  20. PCollen

    PCollen Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 13, 2014
    Yeah, nice guitar tone. But Chubby has appropriated a millenial anthem and changed the words. How does he get by with this? I don't like his adaptation of this song at all.
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