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Old 09-03-2012, 04:27 PM   #1
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Mick Mars tone?

Last night I wen to see Kiss and Motley Crue...Motley shouldve played last cause Kiss wasnt as good..meaning their lights and stage....good concert in all!! Some opener played also..They were also tight!! I walked away with Mick mars tone stuck in my head!!!Anybody know how to get that tone??? Thanks!
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:11 PM   #2
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Re: Mick Mars tone?

From what I've read and remember, he uses super high output pickups. I mean really really high but still passive. Motley is in D standard and I believe Mick uses 11's? Though I might be wrong.
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:24 PM   #3
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Re: Mick Mars tone?

Yeah i knew d standard....I saw a jmp1 in one picture..but he has soldanos and a jcm 800 also..
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:26 PM   #4
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Re: Mick Mars tone?

He's also using Plexi's
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:59 PM   #5
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Re: Mick Mars tone?

I believe he currently uses a Soldano SLO'S preamp into a VHT/Fryette power amp.

Edit: Nope, more extensive...
1 Jcm800
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1 JMP-1 into a VHT 2/90/2
1 CAE 3+ SE into some older VHT power amps



His rig's been pretty consistent since the 90s.
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:29 PM   #6
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Re: Mick Mars tone?

he's using those old strats too...no more Super D's I think
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:36 PM   #7
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Re: Mick Mars tone?

I love Mick Mars, his sound and of course that big ass "voltage machine".
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:46 PM   #8
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he's using those old strats too...no more Super D's I think
Nope. J.M. Rolph Pickups wound extra hot.

Also, his JCM800 is modded with an extra gain stage.
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:50 PM   #9
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Re: Mick Mars tone?

Mick Mars Uses Vintage Gear: Who Knew? : WoodyTone!

Heres a pretty interesting article. It turns out all of his amps are ran into the VHT power amps.

And that voltage box is a huge-ass variac.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:05 PM   #10
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Re: Mick Mars tone?

Wow....So I guess its a jcm 800 modded and a soldano I heard yesterday with chorus!!!
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:25 PM   #11
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Re: Mick Mars tone?

There is a lot more than a mod, a extra gain stage and some chorus going on I bet. Look at that rack.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:52 PM   #12
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Yeah he has a bucnh of stuff...last night i did hear chorus though..Im sure of it..It sounded Marshally also...But with so many marshall immitators u dont know
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:44 PM   #13
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Re: Mick Mars tone?

I am thinking an arena. Definitley a chorusing affect going on there. I have not fooled with Micks sound in a long time but a good bit of preamp metalizing, some EQing, a little noise gating, with delay and reverb mixed depending.
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:17 AM   #14
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Re: Mick Mars tone?

I remember reading Mick used a variety of Marshall's with the Jose mod, but is quite the gear whore, and will try anything to get a specific feel or tone for a song.

I can believe that looking t the rack pix! It looks like Mick never met an amp he didn't like. And his tone over the years has varied so much. Nearly Mötley was very thin and with weird mids, like in Looks That Kill. Then more normal in Wild Side. Then Metallica gave them the ultimate compliment when Lars said the tone they were chasing on the Black Album was from Dr Feelgood.

I have a DSL 100. The best MM tone has been almost no bass and all mids for early Crüe. I think they went hard to the wet/dry from Shout and forward. I have been slaving a 5153 into the DSL to get that wide tone. Gonna flip it and try the DSL as the master soon.

Neighbors only have so much patience!

Great forum y'all have here. I know very little of Marshall's bit have been playing for a while thru other manufacturers.

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Old 09-05-2012, 10:19 AM   #15
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Re: Mick Mars tone?

Softail, I agree.
His beginning sound was more straight. Later albums had more (time based) processing. I think he likes a lot of mids and a little extra bass for rythym but drops all that and raises the highs for solos and stuff.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:27 PM   #16
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Re: Mick Mars tone?

Mick a tough one too. He has more things wrong with him than a govt spending bill, but he keeps rockin on. Great at playing just enough.
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:20 PM   #17
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Mick a tough one too. He has more things wrong with him than a govt spending bill, but he keeps rockin on. Great at playing just enough.
Yeah he has that weird bone like disease..
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:53 PM   #18
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Re: Mick Mars tone?

Mick's got a pretty good live sound , ive seen them several times , and he's always had a Marshall & a Soldano some where back stage !!
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Re: Mick Mars tone?

Could be just me but I really like the to fast for love tone. So raw and angry.
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:15 AM   #20
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Last night I wen to see Kiss and Motley Crue...Motley shouldve played last cause Kiss wasnt as good..meaning their lights and stage....good concert in all!! Some opener played also..They were also tight!! I walked away with Mick mars tone stuck in my head!!!Anybody know how to get that tone??? Thanks!

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Old 09-07-2012, 03:20 PM   #21
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Re: Mick Mars tone?

I guess that thats the core of his tone huh?
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:28 PM   #22
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i heard 'girls girls girls' on the radio today...

horrible tone imo.
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i heard 'girls girls girls' on the radio today...

horrible tone imo.
Sarcasm?
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:09 AM   #24
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Re: Mick Mars tone?

I also wasnt a fan of his early tones, to be honest. His tones on Dr Feelgood and later releases were quite a bit better, Imo.
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:31 AM   #25
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Re: Mick Mars tone?

Saints of Los Angeles has cool tone
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Re: Mick Mars tone?

I always thought Shout at the Devil had the best guitar tones.

Funny story ... the first time I heard this album was around the time I had started playing guitar (1984 - age 10), and I happened to be over at my aunt's house. Anyway, my older cousin was a metal head, and knowing I was getting into the guitar, she thought she'd play the role of 'cool cousin', and introduced me to Shout at the Devil, and thus, Motley Crue ... I f'ing loved it. Incidentally (and this just makes the story so much cooler in my eyes), it's also the day I learned the word "****". While listening to the album, my cousin said something along the lines of 'this is so ****ing great!' ... not wanting to appear out of the loop, I just rolled w/it. When I got home that night, I asked my parents "so, what does **** mean?" ... they went ballistic hahaha.

Learning about Motley Crue and the word "****" in the same day? A memory that'll stay w/me forever
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:19 PM   #27
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Hahahahah I learned what **** is in Greek..hahah Shout at the devil is amazing
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:35 PM   #28
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Saints of Los Angeles has cool tone
He used protools plugins for his guitar sound on saints.

I can get pretty close to his sound through my 2203 and MHD 5150s! Awesome player and they put on a great live show!!

Did he ever use stock jcm 800s at the start of motley? Or always with the gain mod
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:55 AM   #29
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I've been avoiding this thread! but I can't any longer. I just listened to 'GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS' and that just sounded like a standard JMP low input with boost pedal (possibly MXR dist +) If you have the JMP low in Vol it gives you that brittle metallic gain that is all over that studio recording. Good playing, catchy tunes.
If he stays at home lots then he's probibly going to get lots of gear and experiment to find new tones. (i heard he's got all the gear too)
When you heard Motley Crue back in the 80's the 'bright tone' (and vince's voice) is what made them recognisable. The 'slick california metal' tone. which they lost with 'DOC feelgood' (druggie Sludge corperate rock)
They have had 'MENTAL ILLNESS' for a long time!!!!!!!
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Sarcasm?
no, i really think its pretty lousy.

all top and bottom, brittle and boomy, no "body".
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