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 #44594  by Stratmaster
 Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:08 pm
I was watching The Grateful Dead movie and was wondering how Jerry gets that nice high sound. I play an sg and cannot get such a crisp tone and i have tried a lot of different things.

 #44596  by b weird
 Tue Jun 03, 2008 4:22 pm
Well I think I might know your problem. Your pick-ups. Jerry's Wolf has three single coil pick-ups while your SG has two humbuckers. The difference; well a humbucker has more power more crunch. It play's dirtier, rougher. While a single coil has a thinner HIGHER sound. A Fender Strat has single coils if you don't have a Strat you can buy a fine Standard of $430 from

 #44606  by astroman99
 Wed Jun 04, 2008 4:27 am
Hey Stratmaster, try rolling back the mids and bottom on your amp and dialing up the treble to almost 10, 8 or 9 anyway, try it you'll like it!

 #44613  by tigerstrat
 Wed Jun 04, 2008 7:34 am
Stratmaster, you must have a Strat, eh? The SG is good for '68-mid '71 sounds.

 #44616  by waldo041
 Wed Jun 04, 2008 8:33 am
a preamp buffer usually brings out more highs and better clarity all around.