Dialing in Blues Fingerpicking Guitar Tone

I love a screaming guitar solo as much as anyone, but some of my favorite music to listen to is that greasy, slow, electric fingerpicking blues guitar. Lightning Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, and R.L. Burnside are some of my favorites in that style.

I’ve gotten several requests to cover the song “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues,” by Skip James. It’s a perfect slow blues song to perform as a solo 6-string arrangement, since it has such a killer vocal melody and baseline.

For this recording, I chose to pick on my vintage Harmony Monterey guitar. It’s got a clean and punchy acoustic tone, which I mic’ed with a WA-47 Tube mic from Warm Audio. I also plugged the guitar into a Fender Princeton Blackface (re-issue) with the vibrato intensity cranked to 11. The old Hershey bar pickup in the Harmony is in neck position, which also contributes to the warm, full-bodied electric tone. Watch the video above, for the complete details on the gear and settings I used.

If you want to check out more of my rig-rundowns, and get a behind-the-scenes look into my recordings and videos, Subscribe to my new channel “Live form the Guitar Loft” HERE. If you have song requests or gear questions, let me know in the comments there. That channel is devoted to answering questions and requests. 

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Keep Rockin’,
Justin Johnson

Posted on August 8, 2019, in 6string, album, beginner, blues, cigar box guitar, delta blues, diy, easy, electric guitar, fingerpicking, fingerstyle, guitar, homemade, how to, instruction, interview, justin johnson, lesson, lessons, luthier, music, roots, video and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Really have gotten so much practical knowledge from you, but the inspiration you’ve provided far exceeds that. Building and playing hand-made guitars has provided a great hobby for the past couple of years. I’m excited about getting better at both playing and building in the future, thanks to you.

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