Mother of God, that is a lot of stuff going on up there.
It should come as no shock that Mark Tremonti has one of rock/metal's most noticeable sounds. It is a sound that combines several boutique amplifiers, speaker cabinets, guitars, pedals, rack units, and more from some of the biggest names in music into a leviathan tidal wave of guitar tone.
The only question for most of us is, "how do you get a tone like that without spending thousands of dollars on high-end gear?"
I mean just look at all this!
(thanks to MarkTremonti.net and GuitarGeek for the old school cool pics :)
The folks over at Anderton's have a cool new feature called "Sound like" where they find ways to sound like a given musician at (usually) around $1000 or pounds for our British friends ;)
So, how exactly does one get a Mark Tremonti type sound, without buying his signature PRS, a Mesa/Boogie Triple Rectifier and Rectifier Cabinet and other rack and pedal effects? Are there ways to get this tone that will not break your bank account?
Personally, I have always loved finding pro tone in some more obscure places, because if you do enough digging, you'll often find some true gems in the guitar world, often times costing a lot less than you'd imagine.
Rabea and Matt have chosen the following simple four products to tie together to create a Mark Tremonti tone, and as a bonus, demo his riffs with their settings: They picked the venerable PRS Tremonti SE Custom in Gray/Black, a Line 6 DT25, a Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster pedal, and since they couldn't get Morley in the UK store, they opted for a Dunlop Crybaby Wah pedal. Thus, a good Mark Tremonti tone means, a beefy singlecut humbucking guitar, a high-ish gain amp, a boost to lend clarity and smoothness to the amount of gain, and a wah for soloing.
That breaks down to: $700 (PRS) + $300 (COMBO Line 6) + $100 (SD pedal) + $80 (wah) = 1180 bucks! Add a bit more in for the Line 6 head plus a cabinet if you want to go full stage size. Overall, not too bad....
So how'd they do with this small and [actually] simple wishlist that only sets you back in full about $1200 ish? Did they sound like Mark?! Can they even play his riffs?!?! Check it out:
The verdict? I'd say they did a DAMN good job getting a Tremonti tone from the gear they used! So if you're looking to nail down a tone like Mark's for your own music, definitely give this a look and a listen. Don't agree? What would YOU use for a Tremonti-budget rig?
Feeling some GAS after this?
Grab a FRET12 Hot-Rodded SE Custom today (all installed and set up with PRS USA Tremonti Signature pickups)!