Anyone else curious or fed up with the Mayer/80's Clapton tone posts?

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  1. CapCrunch

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    I am not a fanboy of either but enjoy and appreciate them both. Now, the tone of Mayer's latest release seems to be getting talked about some, around other forums. Anyone else into it? I like it. Not to use it all the time but I think it's a cool sound for some moments.

    I'm sure there is more than one way to skin this cat. I am more into a facsimile of the tone done on the cheap.

    Soldano or simiar type pedal maybe? I only knew of the Wampler SLOstortion but found an AMT S2 pedal that appears to also do that tone. Bought it on a whim. Honestly, I am not too into it.

    Chorus and a stereo split right? I have an JC40, I'll play around with that a bit.

    Stereo splitting early in the signal chain. and use different drives for each side seems also like a fun idea.

    What would you do? Just curious. It's a fun exercise even if the tone isn't that close.
     
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    Haven't heard it. Can you post one of the tracks?
     
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    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    Not curious or fed up.

    Its my least favorite Clapton era but, there are some gems in there.
     
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    Seamus OReally Mr. Serious Gold Supporting Member

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    Haven't heard boo about it. Are people comparing Meyer's current tone to Clapton's 80's tone?
     
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    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    Mayer's probably using his Kirkland pedal for that tone.

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    Seamus OReally Mr. Serious Gold Supporting Member

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    The only problem with that pedal is that it's exclusive to Costco and you have to buy a case of them.
     
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    I'm ok with the whole thing.
     
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    Not a fan of Mayer in the slightest, he annoys me. If his new sound was like bagpipes I wouldn't know because I read or listen to nothing about him.
     
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    Dammit, beat me to it!
     
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    Yeah he's clearly aping the mid-80s Clapton Lace Senspr thing. If you took his vocals off that rack, I'd swear under oath it was a B-side off of Journeyman.

    I thought the main component of that sound was the Lace Sensor pickups and the active mid boost in the guitar? I obviously havent gone down that particular rabbit hole, so maybe I'm off the mark

    For the record, I liked Clapton's tone well enough back then, so I found this new Mayer track perfectly pleasant.
     
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    Going to Raleigh, Charlotte and Atlanta to see him with Dead and Company this year. Mayer seemed like a weird pick for them at first but we've seen them every year since they formed in 2015 (Well except 2020 of course) and the shows have been really good! As weird as it seems, it just works.
     
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    Wow, that's an awesome throwback to Journeyman mix wise! The lyrics and singing are kinda meh. What really makes it is the Prophet 5 analog synth...so warm and organic. I'd love to have one someday.

    I keep telling you guys the 80's sound is good. Now John Mayer is doing it so that means it must be cool lmao :p:D.
     
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    That new song is about as cheesy as it gets...

    new light at least was sarcastic to some degree but this looks like a 2003 clip of Billie ray cyrus
     
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    My main references on guitar tones are John Mayer, SRV and Clapton. I use Bias FX (I have the entire suite with Celestion cabs, a lot of amps and so on) as a laboratory, a clue of how to shape a specific guitarist tone. After experimenting with cabs, I found that the best speaker for my needs is the Celestion Alnico Blue. Alnico Jensens are probably fine or even better than Celestions, but Bias FX doesn't provide Jensen impulse responses to test. I wouldn't care too much with specific pedals... I'm getting great blues tones with a Boss DS1 (although I have a TS808, a Boss SD1, a Boss Blues Driver Waza and a bunch of generic overdrive clones). Even on Bias FX, a lot of John Mayer presets on Tonecloud use tube screamer simulation instead of the Klon's. So, in my opinion, I'd start looking for a Mayer/SRV/Clapton blues tone by using a strat guitar, a classic overdrive pedal (Boss, Ibanez, a Klon clone, don't care), a tube amp and an alnico speaker cab. After that, add a stereo imaging with two amps, a phaser or chorus or vibrato, reverb and delay. Playing with knobs, I really doubt you won't get something that reminds your favorite blues player.
     
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    Some of his Trio stuff I vaguely, in a passing the room fashion, found slightly interesting... That current sound I find annoying...
     
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    I wanted to see him in a wood chipper in the 90's.

    But that's just me.
     
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    I can understand that. He was not worthy of that Strat he had...
     
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    I rarely say how much I can't stand someone because they could be some else's #1.

    But I just can't hold back with JM.

    Billy Joel either. Gaaaaaawd, why did his parents reproduce.
     
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