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#21 Libtoem

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 07:38 AM

Getting the nirvana sound is not that hard to achieve but I will say kurts guitar at the reading festival in 92 sounds great,the distortion is so nice.
A easy way to get that sound is to have your amp on clean(I use a marshall half stack)but have it slightly distorted,just mess with your amp until you get it to sound the way you like it and then step on your distortion pedal.
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Posted 02 February 2011 - 08:08 AM

I don't use the neck pick-up in my Jag-Stang.
I would honestly just use whatever sounds as close to YOU as possible,
because it seems to me like it varies from ear to ear what the correct
"Nirvana" sound is. If it sounds good to you, it's ALWAYS perfect :D

Thanks! :) I need to buy a neck single coil pickup to go with the JB I am putting in. I don't want to do the lil'59 or any stacked humbucker. Maybe a Texas Special or Tex Mex? Any other good single coil necks that go with a JB? I thought about a lace sensor Hot Gold, but I don't know if those work well with a JB.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 06:59 AM

Thanks! :) I need to buy a neck single coil pickup to go with the JB I am putting in. I don't want to do the lil'59 or any stacked humbucker. Maybe a Texas Special or Tex Mex? Any other good single coil necks that go with a JB? I thought about a lace sensor Hot Gold, but I don't know if those work well with a JB.


Texas Special's are sweet :D

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 09:01 AM

Texas Special's are sweet :D

I am worried about the magnet poles. The ones from my Jagstang got pushed down. I pushed them back up so they are flush with the back of the pickup, but I read that can damage the pickup. Anyone else have that issue before? It bugs me that the poles can be pushed around like that with your thumb easily.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 11:50 AM

im trying to get those damn texas specials there too much money!
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Posted 03 February 2011 - 12:02 PM

I am worried about the magnet poles. The ones from my Jagstang got pushed down. I pushed them back up so they are flush with the back of the pickup, but I read that can damage the pickup. Anyone else have that issue before? It bugs me that the poles can be pushed around like that with your thumb easily.


Some pickups like the texmex can be pushed to adjust the poles. I have several pickups which are non-adjustable.
If it can be pushed down/up that means it is adjustable. But I am not sure if it can damage the pickup by doing so.
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Posted 03 February 2011 - 12:52 PM

Some pickups like the texmex can be pushed to adjust the poles. I have several pickups which are non-adjustable.
If it can be pushed down/up that means it is adjustable. But I am not sure if it can damage the pickup by doing so.

It just worries me that I could bump it and knock a pole lower and have to take the pickguard off to push it back up....

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 06:55 PM

It just worries me that I could bump it and knock a pole lower and have to take the pickguard off to push it back up....


Is the stock pickup in a Jag-Stang a Texas Special knockoff? I am just wondering if my poles could have been bumped without
me knowing :/

PolyChorus, let me know how your search goes, I also cannot find any cheap Texas Specials. All the ones I found were packaged
in 3 for a Strat setup and I was only interested in the neck TS. I don't think I want to go through the hassle of selling the
mid and bridge on eBay.

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 07:55 AM

#### nirvana the vaslines are wayyyyy better
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Posted 11 February 2011 - 08:02 AM

Is the stock pickup in a Jag-Stang a Texas Special knockoff? I am just wondering if my poles could have been bumped without
me knowing :/

I think it is a Tex Mex knockoff, but I could be wrong.

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Posted 12 February 2011 - 02:48 AM

#### nirvana the vaslines are wayyyyy better


The Vaselines are very great! Listen to the song "Monsterpussy" and "Hairy" if you've never heard them.

Thanks for the info HNB, did not know that. :D

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 05:03 PM

I wouldn't bother too much with neck pickups, only songs Cobain used them on was about a girl,Something in the Way and polly. Maybe another but I cant be keeping track of sh!t like that.

He used the bridge HB 99.9999999% of the time.

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 12:52 PM

I wouldn't bother too much with neck pickups, only songs Cobain used them on was about a girl,Something in the Way and polly. Maybe another but I cant be keeping track of sh!t like that.

He used the bridge HB 99.9999999% of the time.

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Thanks for the input man, I did not know that he rarely used his neck pickup. I learn something from these forums everyday :D

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 01:46 PM

Didn't TeH Kurdtzz use a Randall head through a Bullfrog 2x12 during the pre-Nevermind days?
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Posted 13 March 2011 - 01:51 PM

Didn't TeH Kurdtzz use a Randall head through a Bullfrog 2x12 during the pre-Nevermind days?


I don't know, I've never met him. If that's what you heard it's probably 100% true.

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 01:25 PM

I don't know, I've never met him. If that's what you heard it's probably 100% true.

Oh I see. You think you're being so clever Mr. Wiseguy, but you're not! :P
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Posted 18 September 2011 - 12:15 AM

Neck pickup rarely used. Polly during the Nevermind tour, and sometimes on Dumb during the In Utero tour. He uses it on Old Age during the Nevermind recording sessions also.

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 01:20 PM

the ulitamte way to sound like cobain!

Step 1- Get depressed

Step 2- marry some bimbo who takes your money

Step 3- shoot up alot of black tar heroin

Step 4- Destory guitars randomly

Step 5- attempt to fight axl rose

Step 6- Join that stupid Club
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 09:11 AM

Kurt's sound was as much technique as gear. One thing i didn't see anyone put was crank the mids. Dime the mids and 0 bass 0 treble. I use a tech21 di and i use it just for the mid control. I can really push the mids hard with it and i use a old rat pedal into a mesa. It's more about the way you play. Mute the strings in between chord changes and stay very steady with your strumming. Kurt strummed through the chord changes and when you hit some open strings and mutes when you're changing chords it really sounds like him. Reading was my favorite guitar tone from Kurt. There was something different about his non distorted sound than any other live sound. It took me a while to figure it out. It almost sounds like a blown speaker, but in a good way. What i did to figure it out was dime the mids and i was using a wah to slowly change the sound and i found it. What i think was happening was the mids were breaking up perfectly and the lows and highs were clean with no distortion. I realized the sound i liked was only happening with certain chords. So i think get a cheap eq and play with the settings. Good luck.
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#40 badmotorfinger

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 08:45 PM

how about everyone makes their own sound? CAN I GET A HELL YEAH?
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