That said, I’m using a Stratocaster for this tutorial, and that will get me in the ballpark of the tone coming from his guitar.
Next, the guitar was plugged into a treble booster to tighten the bass by cutting the low end flab, also boosting the mids & treble register & providing more sustain & bite.
May would often employ a wah pedal, and set the pedal in a static position to boost a particular middle frequency range when recording
solos - especially harmonized solos.
Sometimes he would kick in a chorus effect for a fuller sound.
He also used various modified tape echoes for his guitar orchestra effects, eventually replaced with the more reliable modern digital delay. Finally the guitar & FX were plugged into several Vox AC30s
cranked with the top boost on. The combination of treble booster into a
pinned AC30 provided loads of gain and crunch - perfect for hard rock
riffing and sweet soloing. Also notable is that to get a cleaner sound,
May would simply roll down the volume on the guitar.
He also famously used a British coin for a pick; a sixpence which
has a serrated edge.
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