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How do I get the "Bad Religion" guitar tone?

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    Posted: 04/30/2012 at 07:14
Hey everyone, it's Banjo - I'm an idiot and managed to lock myself out of my account. :D

Anyway, in a couple of days I'm getting my first electric guitar (and amp and so on). I'm really looking forward to it, but I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to go about getting a "Bad Religion" sound (and I don't mean ringing out 12-12-12-X-X-X :P). I've ordered this amp and a Yamaha Pacifica 112v, but it's all completely new to me.

From what I understand (and I understand NOTHING), by changing the settings on the amp, you can get different sounds. So how do I go about getting a Bad Religion sound? "Treble to 6, bass to 2, mid to 4" and all that kind of stuff I know nothing about?

I know Bad Religion's guitar sound has changed a lot over the years (even between different songs on the same album), but I would like to get a You Are the Government kind of tone, and also a Sinister Rouge tone, but if I'm asking stupid questions, please let me know!


Many thanks!!
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It's a bit of a task to give you a general overview seeing as the sound varies so much depending on your amp and your guitar. They all sound different.

Either way...the guitar tones on Suffer and TESF are quite different but I'll try to give you the best settings based on my experience. For Suffer, turn pre-gain all the way up. This controls the amount of distortion you want, and Suffer had lots of it. I'd do the same with Low and High and put Mid somewhere on 50-75%. If you want a beefier tone, turn the Mid all the way down, but for Bad Religion that normally sounds way too metal.
So yeah, post-gain is pretty much your volume control. Turn it up carefully because with pre-gain turned all the way up it'll be loud.

For TESF I'd put the Mid halfway up and do the same with High, since the tone on the album sounds pretty muddy.
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Thanks!!! I really appreciate that. I'm really looking forward to trying it out to see what it's like!

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For a Suffer tone, have someone hit a snare drum whenever you're about to start playing.
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this looks like a modelling amp. they don't own the right to the names of the real amplifiers they try to simulate. but my guess is "twin" is a Fender Twin Reverb and "Brit" is a Vox AC 30 sound for example. so you have to figure out what name is a Marshall sound.
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Thanks, reading online it seems "Brit" is Marshall?
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Sounds right.


One thing to keep in mind is, various things go into a guitar tone, including equipment and playing, so you probably won't get an exact BR guitar tone
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Yeah, I don't expect it to be perfect, but close would be cool. :)
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Btw, these sounded awesome. I feel like a dick for not coming back to this topic after I tried it.

Now I'm going to sound like even more of a dick; Any other stabs at the settings for other albums? I know they're probably going to be pretty similiar;

SUFFER

Pre-gain: 10
Low: 10
Mid: 6
Treble: 10

THE EMPIRE STRIKES FIRST

Pre-gain: 10
Low: 10
Mid: 5
Treble: 5



Any more? I know it's all BR so it should all be roughly the same kind of tone, but if anyone can help out with any variations that would be cool to hear!

Thanks!
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