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    Default How to get Beatles "Something" guitar tone

    Is that just Lennon's Epiphone Casino with the tone rolled back? How would you replicate it? Guitar / pickups / tone setting / effects?

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    I'd have to say a Vox AC30 with a Telecaster bridge pickup because I thought that it was George Harrison playing the big guitar part of that song being that he wrote it
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZoSo0789 View Post
    I'd have to say a Vox AC30 with a Telecaster bridge pickup because I thought that it was George Harrison playing the big guitar part of that song being that he wrote it
    You're right it is a Harrison song. It figures, seems like most of my favorite Beatle songs were written by him. The tone he gets is so mellow, I would have never guessed a Tele, let alone the bridge pup. I assumed a hollow body or something.

    OK, so I don't have a Tele or a VOX; but I do have a Strat & an ES-335 copy through a Rivera. I've had this song stuck in my head today. I don't have the Abby Road Album; but I know someone does. So I think I need to give it a listen; and check out the tone in detail.
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    Default Re: How to get Beatles "Something" guitar tone

    I thought that one was Harrisons Brazilian Rosewood Strat.

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    Default Re: How to get Beatles "Something" guitar tone

    Sounds like a Tele, plus they used Fender's amps from 66 on to the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PylonRacer View Post
    You're right it is a Harrison song. It figures, seems like most of my favorite Beatle songs were written by him. The tone he gets is so mellow, I would have never guessed a Tele, let alone the bridge pup. I assumed a hollow body or something.

    OK, so I don't have a Tele or a VOX; but I do have a Strat & an ES-335 copy through a Rivera. I've had this song stuck in my head today. I don't have the Abby Road Album; but I know someone does. So I think I need to give it a listen; and check out the tone in detail.
    I can tell he rolls the tone back quite a bit. And I wasnt aware that they used Fender amps after 66..... not that it should be much of a suprise since they baically lived in Abbey Road Studios
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    George Harrison is playing through a Leslie as well on this. Most people mistake this as Chorus, buty I believe it was a Leslie and he turned EC on to it so he used it on Badge. I am pretty certain it was a Telecaster, but not sure about the amps. The Beatles rarley used AC 30's, they used the Super Beetle Vox amps more than Fenders. It is possible he was using the Ricenbacker as well.
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    yeah, harrison for certain (despite how sinatra mis-introduced it) - beautiful song
    i will check in my beatles gear book tonight - might have a clue in there
    there is definitely some kinda pulsing vibe effect on it .. dunno if it was printed or added in the mix
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    i just went to youtube to see if there was a video. The video that lists George Harrison - Something shows mostly videos of the Beatles and their wives, but it does do a couple of cuts to George in a Concert playing that song and he is using a Strat.

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    More than likely- "Something" is the Lucy Les Paul, tone rolled off, through a Twin.

    Watch the Let It Be/Get Back footage and you see what Harrison had around at that time.
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    Check out the two Twins, LP and Leslie cab:

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    i'd say either a strat or a tele into a fender. If you mean the lead tone that is. upon further listening i'd say it has to be a tele.
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    Quote Originally Posted by henry_the_horse View Post
    It's was a 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop (factory refinished in red, called "Lucy") plugged into a 1964 Fender 6G6-B Bassman, guitar tone rolled off. The rhythm guitar was a 1968 Fender Rosewood Telecaster plugged into a Leslie 122 driven by an early 1968 Twin Reverb.
    Both guitar parts played by Harrison. Lennon played piano but it was mixed out because it was too intrusing. The piano was mixed in just for the descending a-ab-g-gb-f-e and c-b-a-g-e-d-c lines before the solo.

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    henry_the_horse knows all things Beatles like you wouldn't believe. Check out his Gear Page posts.

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    I was hoping henry_the_horse would post more here.
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    Harrison's tone is unmistakable. Remarkable player...

    Sounds like Humbuckers to me on "Something" but it could be anything.

    It's in his fingers.. the touch, the slide, the years and years of constantly tweaking his playing.

    His early work sounds nothing like his later work, he also liked to use odd chord structures to compensate for his voice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
    I was hoping henry_the_horse would post more here.
    No kidding! I don't know anyone on this forum who's into the Beatles more than you and me. Guess I'll have to go over to TGP to get my Beatles fix.

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    No kidding! I don't know anyone on this forum who's into the Beatles more than you and me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by henry_the_horse View Post
    It's was a 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop (factory refinished in red, called "Lucy") plugged into a 1964 Fender 6G6-B Bassman, guitar tone rolled off. The rhythm guitar was a 1968 Fender Rosewood Telecaster plugged into a Leslie 122 driven by an early 1968 Twin Reverb.
    Both guitar parts played by Harrison. Lennon played piano but it was mixed out because it was too intrusing. The piano was mixed in just for the descending a-ab-g-gb-f-e and c-b-a-g-e-d-c lines before the solo.

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