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Unread 02-18-2013, 09:08 PM   #1
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The Jeff Beck "Growl"

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So, I've been listening to Jeff Beck recently, and I love his tone. There is one thing that I can't seem to get how he does it. He does this pinch harmonic "growl" that is so amazing, and I don't understand how he gets it. An example is in this video at around the 19 second mark (and again at :41 seconds):

I'm not sure how he gets the pinch harmonic with just his thumb, but he does use his whammy bar as well, but that overtone growl he gets with it is haunting, and stumping at the same time. Any suggestions?

EDIT: cannot seem to embed the video...here's a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMoZ08cISac

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Unread 02-18-2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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Your vibrato has to be set up to float...not rest on the body at all...and make sure the bar is tight and then you flick the bar with your finger which causes a rapid vibration of the vibrato system, making the "growl" or warble sound that you're hearing.

Brad Willis from Night Ranger was known for making this sound back in the '80s:
1983 Night Ranger "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" (Rock Palace) - YouTube

@ 2:23 - 24
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Unread 02-18-2013, 10:18 PM   #3
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That used to be one of my favorite tricks when playing lead Kinda miss my floyd sometimes

You can also get fun sounds like that from banging the body with your fist right behind the bridge. Same concept.
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Your vibrato has to be set up to float...not rest on the body at all...and make sure the bar is tight and then you flick the bar with your finger which causes a rapid vibration of the vibrato system, making the "growl" or warble sound that you're hearing.

Brad Willis from Night Ranger was known for making this sound back in the '80s:
1983 Night Ranger "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" (Rock Palace) - YouTube

@ 2:23 - 24
Ah...I do have my tremolo set to float so that should be no problem...i'll try it out! Thanks for the help!
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K I recently tried it, and I couldn't get that note to sustain the growl. Is it possible I'm not hitting the whammy bar hard enough? If I hit it harder, it rebounds off the body. Does this mean I have to increase how much my bridge floats? BTW I'm using a Strat to try it.
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