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Bruce Gilbert's guitar tone?

Postby fakeorganisms on Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:57 pm

I've been messing around with a cheap guitar and amp, and handfuls of stomboxes. I've looked all over the web. I've asked Wire bassist Graham Lewis, and friend if the band Robert Poss if they knew. How can one get a guitar sound that Bruce got between 154 and A Bell Is A Cup. (Especially the sound in Feed Me).

Please help, if you have some insight.
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Re: Bruce Gilbert's guitar tone?

Postby Seby on Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:02 pm

I had not heard Feed Me so I just watched the film clip on YT.

Christ in a cup....

Anyhow, muck about with an EQ, delay, and Rat-y pedals and you will get there.

Man that film clip....
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Re: Bruce Gilbert's guitar tone?

Postby llllllllllllllllllllllll on Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:26 am

There’s a bunch of interviews online with Colin Newman that might get you started, at least as far as their live sound. Seems that on record they used “all sorts of stuff.”
Additionally, there’s a Wire thread in the Crap/Not Crap that goes into their gear a little. You can use the search function or search google for: site:electrical audio.com band wire
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Re: Bruce Gilbert's guitar tone?

Postby Tommy on Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:41 am

I don't know about that era specifically, but I think both he and Colin used Music Man combo amps.
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Re: Bruce Gilbert's guitar tone?

Postby 154 on Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:27 pm

Tommy wrote:I don't know about that era specifically, but I think both he and Colin used Music Man combo amps.


Yep. They're both clearly visible in the Rockpalast video, which was right before they recorded 154.

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I guess when I think of Gilbert's tone specifically, I think more of 'Pink Flag': lots of bar chords, neck pickup, and MXR distortion into a MM.

I do think Lewis and Gilbert were mostly responsible for Feed Me, because Newman called it trash in the Read & Burn book. Heh.
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