Examples of good sounding clean tones

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  1. WarMachine

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    Wasn't really sure where to plug this so i figured this may be the best place for it. I'm recording my 2nd CD, just about have it wrapped up. And i'm looking for some outside input on some good clean guitar tones for reference points. I'm recording with a Line 6 Pod Go so i have a few different Fender sims and the Roland JC120 to use with it. Any references would be appreciated duders. My style (not that it matters too much for this point) is in the vein of Pantera/BLS/Megadeth/AIC/Sevendust.
     
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    Einziger and Frusciante would be good reference points IMO.
     
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    The clean interlude section of Steve Vai's "Blue Powder". What a treat for the ears.
     
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    Gonna toot my own horn here. JCM800 clean.

     
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    Yup... The hidden secret of the mighty 800.
    There's a 'Low' input that does wonders...or just roll back that guitar's volume control.

    I'm cheating. I just ordered a '64 Fender Princeton.

    Honestly? Go try one of those new Fender Tone Master series amps.
    I've played a couple, and the new Blonde Deluxe today...stunning.
     
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    I love single coil cleans so sultans of swing drives my strat GAS like none other.
     
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    Roland JC 120 > All other cleans. I've managed to get pretty good cleans out of a lot of amps but nothing has ever come close to a well cared for, 1980s JC 120.

    As far as Artist examples I'd have to really think on it for a few. Self-titled AAL there was some amazing cleans, and pretty much everything Cynic has ever recorded. I'll find some links later
     
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    Yeah that and the fender twin reverb are the top slots as far as cleans go.
     
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    I believe the early years would be Fender Twins, and then after Planet of Ice (2007) it's all Mesa Lone Stars, but Minus the Bear has always had great clean tones

    Fender Twin



    Lone Star

     
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    1954 Magnatone Varsity
    1962 Magnatone 213
    1963 Watkins Scout
    1965 Fender Bassman 50
    1965 Gibson GA5T Skylark
    Tone King Sky King (Fender 50s and 60s)
    Kendrick Badassman (Custom 59 Bassman 410)

    Looking to buy a Marshall JTM45 or Plexi Super Lead soon for the Marshall cleans. But for now a Victory RK50C. Cranked with boost on, roll back guitar volume.

    For reals tho, get an amp to a medium amount of dirt where the pre and post tubes are cooking, and then roll your guitar volume back to 4-6. You will get a sweet compressed clean tone that is spanky and notes will jump out. Bonus if you have a treble bleed circuit otherwise add a boost pedal it will fix the impedance.
     
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    You already know about the JC120 and Twin. Also check out the Lonestar in the POD Go. Hell, even try one of the Ampeg SVTs.

    But I'm partial to the JC120



     
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    In the POD Go, I really like the Soldano clean.
     
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    I think using a single coil or coil tapped humbucker makes a bigger difference for awesome clean tone than the amplifier itself. Other than jazz stuff on the neck pickup I've always found humbuckers pretty much useless for clean tones
     
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    I have always loved James hetfields clean tone on this intro

     
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    The trick is to use the bridge pickup.

    FWIW, that video I posted (and the album) are two early 80's JCM800 2203s, one 6505 loaded one EL34 loaded, both pretty damn loud, into an Orange PPC412. Not sure what mics were on it but likely a 57 and 121 at minimum. Main guitars were a PRS S2 singlecut stock and a Reverend Eastsider T (IIRC). We only used the high inputs.
     
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    IIRC this era was actually ADA MP-1 for clean tones live. In the studio they'd blend the ADA MP-1 with a JC120.
     
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    ADA MP-1 has stupendous cleans
     
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    Thanks for all the replies dudes! It's always really easy to find reference points for the brootz cuz, that's what we do. But you never hear much variety in the clean department.
     
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    It does. The SS clean + chorus activated is supposed to be a dead ringer of a JC120.
     

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