Post by FreeRider on Sept 20, 2023 12:25:14 GMT -5
anything is possible (unless you're really complex like a Neil Young tone, his gear is ridiculous). It looks like a Gibson ES-339? Or 335? If you get that kind of pick up and run it right into those Marshall amps he favors, you could probably re-create that tone. Which I believe are P-90 pickups. Paul seems to favor those over the humbuckers. He stated as much when doing the endorsement with the First Act signature guitar. He said he likes the amp to do all the work.
As Westerberg himself describes his vision for the PW580: “Something not too heavy, that I could play quietly or full volume. It has a single pickup, and it sort of snarls. It’s lean, clean, and mean, and it doesn’t have that big, overdriven, fuzzy sound. You can get that with an amp, but the guitar itself doesn’t put it out, and that’s what I was looking for. There’s a definite old-school thing—it belongs in a garage.”
I love it, it's such a powerful, and for want of a better word, thick, sound. Especially on Silent Film Star and High Time. I'm assuming he used a Les Paul for this?
EDIT: so I watched his performance of Silent Film Star on Letterman in '02 and he's using a hollowbody for that.
Although it doesn't have the same tone you're describing, which I agree is thick(!), I could listen to Let's Not Belong Together over and over and over for quite some time. I love those chuggaroo Chuck Berry riffs, and he plays them so easy.
Hi, first time posting - only discovered this board recently but have been on a steady diet of PW/Mats much longer.
Whenever listening to 'Mono' I've always felt like most of it was played on the Thinline Tele he seemed to be using a lot around that time - certainly on 'High Time' it has that kind of sound. That said, my track record of guessing guitars based on sounds is pretty dreadful...