Mick Mars tone?

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  1. Nicholas666

    Nicholas666 Well-Known Member

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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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    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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    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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    He's also using Plexi's
     
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    I believe he currently uses a Soldano SLO'S preamp into a VHT/Fryette power amp.

    Edit: Nope, more extensive...
    1 Jcm800
    1 Rivera Bonehead
    3 Soldano SLO100s
    1 JMP-1 into a VHT 2/90/2
    1 CAE 3+ SE into some older VHT power amps

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    His rig's been pretty consistent since the 90s.
     
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    he's using those old strats too...no more Super D's I think
     
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    I love Mick Mars, his sound and of course that big ass "voltage machine".
     
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    Nope. J.M. Rolph Pickups wound extra hot.

    Also, his JCM800 is modded with an extra gain stage.
     
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    Wow....So I guess its a jcm 800 modded and a soldano I heard yesterday with chorus!!!
     
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    There is a lot more than a mod, a extra gain stage and some chorus going on I bet. Look at that rack. :cool: :D
     
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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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    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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    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.

    Best Regards.
     
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    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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    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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    Yeah he has that weird bone like disease..:(
     
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    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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    Could be just me but I really like the to fast for love tone. So raw and angry.
     
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    Old.
    Jose Modified Marshall, tons of volume, seymour duncan JB, chorus pedal.

    New.
    Soldano SLO Preamp / VHT Power Amp / J.M. Rolph Pickups /
     
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