Blues Lick #22: Stevie Ray Vaughan
Lick the Blues with a phrase from one of the Grand Masters of the blues
This is one of my personal favourite SRV licks and one I use pretty often, doing that semitone bend on the 9th fret is just too cool. This is a proper all time great blues lick.
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Getting The Sound
For this lick I'm using a Fender USA Stratocaster (1989) into a Fender Super Champ (old valve one from 1983 designed by Rivera, not the current model) recorded with a Shure SM57 microphone.
To get the sound I used Position 2, the blend of the neck and middle pickups, I have no idea if this is what SRV used, but it sounded closest to the reference track. Volume right up. Tone right up.
Getting the sound for this is a lot about the Reverb! Turn it up :) lots of verb here and it really adds depth to the lick. You'll have to experiment with your Reverb box and just see where it sounds good on yours. The EQ settings (Bass, Middle, Treble) will be different on your guitar than it was on mine, my 2 strats sound incredibly different so 'exact settings' even if you had the same amp would not be very accurate... but my settings (for use as a starting point): Volume 6, Treble 7, Bass 8, Reverb 7, Lead N/A, Master Volume 3.
None used! The signal went through my mini pedalboard but the only thing I used was the tuner!
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