Neil Young tone?

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  1. JCW513

    JCW513 Gretschie

    134
    Sep 21, 2017
    Boston
    Honestly, with my El Pescadoro and my Mystery Brain with the pre amp cranked and delay.... I can get a nasty agressive Neil Young tone..

    The Analogman Peppermint fuzz does a great job too.
     
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  2. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Here's one of the most interesting interviews with Neil, shortly after the Buffalo Springfield break up.

    http://neilyoungnews.thrasherswheat.org/2018/11/1969-neil-young-interview-alone-at.html?m=1

    Looking back, it sets the stage for how he would evolve in his musical world.

    The difference between his first solo album "Neil Young" and his next album "Everybody Knows this is Nowhere" is dramatic, considering the short time between the two.

    Neil evolved quickly from recording through a board to live recording. His gear changes and evolution never really stopped.

    When I hear "I want to get that Neil Young sound/tone" from anyone, I have to wonder "which one" are you after?

    IMO, anyone interested in Neil's tone, has to listen to these two albums, and will see that he was always a man on a mission right from the beginning.
     
  3. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    PNW
    To me, the Neil Young I like best is acoustic. But there are some early electric things I like too.
     
  4. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    I absolutely agree.
    It’s safe to say though that his tone
    changed heavily after The Whizzer and the Old Black. He couldn’t have played his Falcon with the Whizzer without fighting some really heavy feedback.
     
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  5. BohemianLikeMe

    BohemianLikeMe Gretschie

    304
    Apr 18, 2020
    Prague, CZ
    My all time favorite Neil Young guitar sound is the Dead Man soundtrack. (Great film, too.) Young's score is one the craziest, most unique, and totally fitting scores for a film ever.



     
  6. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    Hey Stiv :)

    By far Neils most famous tone is still his current one which started with "Ragged Glory" and the double live "Weld" from 1990's. They're not far off from the distortion tones on "Live Rust" featuring his "Old Black" LP and broken Fender Deluxe amp. That amp has changed tone over the years and Neil has changed with it :)

    Only us old guys would remember Neil's Gretsch days from the 1970s.
    And by the 1990's it was very different with no appearances of the White Falcon.

    There's many threads on thegearpage forum about Neils' legendary tones from 1990's to present. For me that's by far his best tone heard on the 2nd video below from 1991 :)

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  7. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Same here. Perfect soundtrack for that movie.

    Never gets old watching and listening to Dead Man.
     
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  8. Green_grass

    Green_grass Electromatic

    9
    Dec 7, 2017
    swampland
    I always liked the opening guitar tone in Ohio by CSNY. Sounds like Neil to me but I don't know anything about it.
     
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