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SansAmp GT2 sound settings
for rockabilly

By Vince Gordon

Here you see the actual recording sheet for the song "Anyhow" from the CD "Mean Side Of Town" by my trio The Jime.

Click here to listen to "Anyhow" in streaming audio if you haven't already checked it out on The Rockabilly Guitar Page.

So...
You can tell how the SansAmp is set just by looking at the photo so I won't go any further into that, but now we're at it I might as well tell you what the rest of the stuff says.

It's partly in Danish by the way.

The recording sheet shows that "Anyhow" was played on my customized Epiphone guitar with the pickup switch in middle position.

The strings were Ernie Ball 0.10 regular slinky and they were used (as opposed to brand new).

It also says the guitar was recorded through my 1968 Fender Showman with 2 x 12" cabinet in stereo using two Shure SM58 microphones.

Let me add (it doesn't say so on the sheet) that I record with the mics very close to the speakers and the Showman at very low volume.

Here you see the recording sheet for the song "C'mon In" from the CD "Mean Side Of Town" by my trio The Jime.

Click here to listen to "C'mon In" in streaming audio if you haven't already checked it out on the lyrics page.

The sound is somewhat more distorted than on "Anyhow" and even though it just sounds like a variation of the settings from "Anyhow" you can see that the settings are completely different.

It also says...

I played my customized Epiphone guitar with the pickup switch in middle position.

The strings were Ernie Ball 0.10 regular slinky and had been used in concert.

The guitar was recorded through my 1968 Fender Showman with 2 x 12" cabinet in stereo using two Shure SM58 microphones.

You can tell the settings on the Fender by looking at the sheet.

To the right of that you can see the exact placement in centimeters of the two Shure SM58 microphones.

 

Here you see the recording sheet for the song "Lonesome Train" from the CD "It's Still Rock'n'Roll To Me" by my trio The Jime.

If you haven't got the album, you'll have to go buy it to hear the song (not that I mind =:-) 'cos I can't upload a song that I don't have the rights to.

The interesting thing about this set-up for most players is that I'm using the lead pick-up (bridge pick-up) which on my customized Epiphone is a vintage FilterTron pick-up.

That means (In my opinion) that you can compare this with the sound you'll get from most Gretsches (played in the bridge pick-up position of course).

If you were to finetune these settings you could get pretty close to the sound used by Brian Setzer or the sound used by Reverend Horton Heat for instance.

In short, these settings can give you a modern rockabilly sound.

It also says...

The strings were Ernie Ball 0.10 regular slinky.

The guitar was recorded through my 1968 Fender Showman exactly like "C'mon In".

 

 
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