How to use drop tunings, octave effects and layered tones to create a deep, huge sound

Jake Bowen
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Today I'd like to talk about some effective ways that you can reinforce your rhythm guitar tone when recording, by double-tracking parts and utilizing unusual tunings, octave pedal effects and split-coil tones. To illustrate, I will cite the intro riff I wrote and recorded for the Periphery song Follow Your Ghost, from Periphery IV: Hail Stan

I play this song on a 6-string guitar that’s tuned to what many players refer to as drop-A, which is drop-B tuning (low to high: B, A, D, G, B, E), transposed down a whole step. So, low to high, the strings are tuned to A, G, C, F, A, D. 

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