Heavy Metal Guitars (How To Get A Rock Sound With Distortion). The basic idea is to get your guitar amp to sound more like rock; that ACDC tone. How do you get that super-electrifying tone on your guitar? The Divided by 13 CJ-11 amplification is a great ampere to demo with as you tweak and tune this sound. You can try it on a cheaper amp until you get it right, but the above-mentioned amp (though expensive) is a better bet.
The pun on ‘ampere’ is intended; in case you did not catch that. The amp being used is the CJ-11 mentioned earlier.
- There are different types of amps, this one being a tube amplifier. In keeping with its nature, it has glass tubes at the back (based on yesteryear technology like TV’s back in the day, but it is still effective).
- Tube amps will heat up with use. This promotes a nice sound, in fact. Plus its characteristic distortion helps produce a ‘sustained’ sound.
- As a result, your music feels more ‘organic’ and ‘alive’; an important element in rock.
- Toggles include power and standby switches and dials for treble, bass, and MV (master volume). Of course, a regular volume dial (could also be labeled overdrive, gain, distortion) is also present; helps manage sound fuzziness. Jacks for headphones or speakers are not out of the equation.
- Set the bass and treble dials as you see fit; depends on your sound preference.
The rock sound rests in the distortion. The regular volume dial, more often termed gain, should be way up to ensure this. The master volume, meanwhile, will remain low to beget that rock sound. Play the demo and hear it out.
Get Your Rock On
The gain determines distortion level and the master volume determines how loud that distortion is, namely its overall level.
- Switch the front pickup up to get that classic high note.
- Play a composition and check to see if you are happy with the rock-distortion flowing off the guitar.
- Turn the gain as needed to alter the sound. You can turn the gain down and hear a ‘clean tone’; be sure to get the master volume up.
Play around with this idea and hear the varying tones. Before long, you will know what to do to get that rock sound. You can revert to something normal whenever you want.
The same amp can let you play a host of sounds and tones. The better the amp the more control you have over the specifics, from bass and treble to gain and master.
- Some amps carry multiple channels with separate controls. You can set one channel up with rock distortion and the other, however you want.
- A foot switch helps shift between the two modes.
- The divided by 13 CJ-11 contains a single channel and is perfect for recording purposes.
- Accessories like a distortion booster pedal lets you press down to increase gain. This is best for live performances. You can turn it off in a similar way to regain a clean sound.
The VOX DA-5 (about $100) is an excellent beginner amp, if you feel the CJ-11 goes over your head. The concept to getting that super rock sound out of a beginner amp is the same.
- You will find master volume and gain options.
- There are ‘fancy’ presets you can play with as well.
- Turn up the gain and turn the master volume relatively low.
- Demo the sound.
A great amp and a cool electric guitar can work in tandem to produce some of the most impactful sounds out there, especially when it comes to rock.