I'd say you don't "need" the onboard preamp but it really helps if you're going to use your volume knob. I think a Fender Twin Reverb and JBLs are essential and I really noticed a big difference when using the DiMarzio Super 2 in the middle position (split coil). I'd say if you added this pickup to a Strat style guitar (25.5" scale maple neck) as opposed to a Les Paul style (24.75" mahogany) it would be closer to that sound.Rushmoreacd wrote:Thanks so much for the tips. Does anyone else have any essential information to share for this beginner?
Also, do I need an on-board pre-amp to achieve this clean sound, which I describe in my first post (I’ve read up on Garcia's UGB)? Correct me if I am wrong, but this device helps to preserve the sound of tones when using effects? If I am trying to achieve this clean sound, as I describe above, would the on-board pre-amp be necessary? Otherwise, what else achieves this, deceptively simple tone?
However, that particular sound you mentioned (open chord Touch of Grey) is more of the sound of the cocobolo guitar resonating and the tone of the McIntosh power amp along with the other stuff mentioned.