I tweeted about this the other day, but it’s so good I gotta put it here on my site as well.

Even if you’re not a guitar player, you should watch this. This guy is able to get dramatically different guitar tones by simply adjusting the tone and volume knobs on the guitar.

Same concept applies in the studio. Yes, it’s good to have good plugins, mics, preamps, etc., but until you really master the fundamentals, all the gear upgrades in the world won’t help you much.


  • Pete Woj

    I like Joe Bonamossa’s video on the way he achieves his diff tones out of one of his Goldtop’s… So sad how so many guitar players use pedals these days as a crutch for lack of ability… I would also like to point out that these techniques are infinitely easier to achieve/pull off live as opposed to in the studio. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkGCvLstPrE

  • http://daniellyle.com/ Daniel Lyle

  • Oldblood

    Been my mantra since I first got an electric, I used to watch the other guitarist in the band I was in do ballet on his effects board and wonder what he was trying to achieve, don’t get me wrong I have a hefty flight cased board stacked with toys, but they are for effecting not guitar oriented tone. As I grew up on a feast of Peter Green and Carlos Santana I soon realised what a powerful bit of kit the electric guitar was. Great Vid Joe thx for sharing.
    P.S. The flight cased Effects board gathers dust these days got to heavy, these days I go out with Line 6 Dream Rig, Amp, Pedal and Guitar all work in harmony, Saves a lot of the heavy stuff. But I still have to take my LP for comfort/string breakage pose etc lol.

  • Johnny Fuller

    This was VERY cool. Thanks fot sharing’, Joe.

  • harlequingr

    wow!!! this guy is cool.i have always believed in played without pedals.never liked them and never got used to them.the guitar and your fingers is all any guitarist needs.

  • Simon Jewel

    Fascinating and so true!! Thanks for sharing this :)

  • http://www.hrbassman.com/ Howard Rabach

    Totally spot on, Joe. As a bassist, though I do own and use pedals, I probably play 95% of my gigs using only a compressor and an EQ – and on rare occasion some OD. And just like this guy, by playing with my onboard controls, boosting, cutting, pickup selection, I can handle just about any type of music thrown at me. It connects really well with Graham’s post from today also, when he uses subtle saturation with a guitar track; you have to always play it in the mix – don’t solo it as you’ll never hear the song played with only the guitar track soloed. Similarly, here, you are playing in some sort of ensemble setting. Listen to the stage mix through your monitor or from where you’re standing. What does it sound like in the mix? And this guy totally nails this concept. Thanks so much for sharing this little gem, Joe.