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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Stratocaster Twang

phil lassiter


Don't blow your top,I'm leaving town.
Aug 6th, 2017 06:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am looking for a small amp to get a good twangy tone.Is a Fender Pro Junior in that tone or not?Are effects pedals needed.I know about the bridge pickup and bridge-middle.

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Aug 7th, 2017 07:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a PJ, haven't used it much but my initial reaction is EL84s aren't first choice for twangy tone. I reckon a player "fluent" in twang can make just about any amp/guitar give it up, but I'd be inclined to look more along the lines of a Princeton Reverb. For me twang needs a little girth underneath it. For a vintage bridge style pickup on a Strat, even a Fralin baseplate might be enough to get you there.

Of course this is all subjective.

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Edmond, OK

Aug 7th, 2017 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

littleeuch is right.
And remember, tone is in the underpants lol

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Aug 7th, 2017 08:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

"tone is in the underpants lol"

My underpants twang. It's all in the elastic waistband.


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Aug 8th, 2017 06:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't know that the twang lives in the amp, I do know that it lives in the strings right close to the bridge however...

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Aug 8th, 2017 06:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not the amp.

The underpants.

Te 52

Laws of Physics

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Aug 9th, 2017 11:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

I would agree that any blackface-ish amp should do. A steel baseplate will give a little shot of testosterone to the normally thin-sounding Strat bridge pickup. Lindy Fralin and others make them. Around 10 bucks.

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Broke Down

in the Brassicas
Aug 12th, 2017 09:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

What they said. And as you asked about pedals, a compressor. I use a Mooer Yellow Comp which I like and is a budget model, really brings out the strat twang.

IMHO pickups are important, 'vintage' style, not too hot or you lose twang.

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