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What guitar did Eric Clapton play on Disreali Gears to get the classic woman tone. Was it the SG or an LP custom? Weren't the 50's LP custom all mahogany?

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What guitar did Eric Clapton play on Disreali Gears to get the classic woman tone. Was it the SG or an LP custom? Weren't the 50's LP custom all mahogany?

 

He had like 4 guitars on that record, one was an SG, so yes. Woman tone is nothing but backing the tone machine controller knob device about halfway down. Then get yer crappy wah halfway open. You can do it on any mahogany bodied humbuckered guitar that has the word Gibson at the pointy end. Yes, LP customs should be all mahogany.

 

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What guitar did Eric Clapton play on Disreali Gears to get the classic woman tone. Was it the SG or an LP custom? Weren't the 50's LP custom all mahogany?

I think it was mainly the 335, but I'm not an authority on the matter :)

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Personally, I think the key to this sound would actually be the amp and wah pedal. Just about any Gibson with traditional humbuckers should do the job just fine

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One key to the tone is also the dimed Marshall head. Twist your tone knobs anyway you want, you won't get there without a Marshall. Just sayin'.

 

So to recap...

 

Gibson or some other 24 3/4" scale guitar with humbuckers

Tone knob rolled off

Old Marshall cranked up

Wah optional

 

Done...

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One key to the tone is also the dimed Marshall head. Twist your tone knobs anyway you want, you won't get there without a Marshall. Just sayin'.

 

So to recap...

 

Gibson or some other 24 3/4" scale guitar with humbuckers

Tone knob rolled off

Old Marshall cranked up

Wah optional

 

Done...

 

Yep. That's it right there.

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Still worth trying just cranking up whatever amp you've got and rolling the tone knob back on your guitar.

 

In Cream's 2005 Royal Albert Hall performance Clapton is playing a Strat into a pair of Fender combos and sounds pretty Cream-y :)

 

Not the exact sound of Disraeli Gears but pretty close

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To be more specific, I think Clapton was using a 100W Marshall 1959 Super Lead (aka "Plexi"), set up as a full stack, turned all the way up during the Cream period

 

The "1959" part isn't the year of manufacture, it's just the model name

 

You can get a reissue or clone of this amp, but it is going to be insanely loud set up the way Clapton used it. There is a 50W version as well, but Eric used the 100W

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I do have a Marshall Class 5 that my son has "borrowed". Not quite the same but it is a British made Marshall.

 

It's a start... turn it all the way up. Even better, plug it into a 4-12 cab and turn it all the way up.

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