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Clean players who use Les Pauls

bluesjuke

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The clean sounds are what sells me on Gibsons.

3D waves of sound driftting through the air to my ears is so rewarding.
 

roadrunner

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Mike Bloomfield and Freddie King? That's funny, I never thought of their tones as "clean." Clean(er) yes, but anytime you're plugged in to a tube amp, there's gonna be a little hair on it.
A lot of the old blues guys would plug straight into the recording desk, to keep things clean. A lot of BB King's later output on Crown Records was recorded direct. You can hear it, little to no ambience, and REALLY clean (although the desks back in those days were all tube powered). A lot of T-Bone Walkers guitar tones are from being plugged into the desk and not using an amp as well.

Check out Mickey Baker, he did some rather clean sounding stuff.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rSIaNjmyp8
 

bluesjuke

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Yes, MB had the tube saturation thing going on most of the time but not over the top.
 

Big Al

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I thought Bluesbreaker Clapton was pretty clean. Early Cream too, with the loafers and sweaters. But by the end he looked scruffier, definitely not as clean cut.:laugh2:
 

bluesjuke

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I hear in the early days Eric always washed his hands before playing too Al.
 

chuckNC

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I struggle with playing clean more than I used to. These days I have to pay more attention to nose hair. And ear hair and.....
 

bluesjuke

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That's hard enough Chuck when the bushy eyebrows start to get in the way of the already fading vision.
 

Elliot Easton

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I realize that Bloomfield got some sustain from his amp, but using mainly Super and Twin reverbs, his tone was much cleaner than most of the Marshall guys. I've always considered small Fender amps 'clean' tones, compared to Marshalls and other high-gain amps. Obviously a cranked tweed Deluxe or Bassman is not a clean sound, but I think most of you understand what I mean. I'm not talking about "plugging directly into the board like Les Paul" clean, but what "most" of us refer to as a clean tone, like a Twin or a Deluxe Reverb amp.
 

JJ Blair

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BTW, Elliot, I had to learn a couple of your solos for a gig last night. It was a real bitch playing that stuff left handed!
 

Elmore

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There's an awful lot of Strat on that track. Jimmy Page did get some great clean tones from his Les Paul though, especially on live performances.

Yes, JP seemed to get the most out of all of his instruments. You can find live bootlegs of Ramble On and Over the Hills that have great intro clean LP tones. I am sure Beck has some on Blow By Blow.
 

Pat Boyack

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A lot of the old blues guys would plug straight into the recording desk, to keep things clean. A lot of BB King's later output on Crown Records was recorded direct. You can hear it, little to no ambience, and REALLY clean (although the desks back in those days were all tube powered). A lot of T-Bone Walkers guitar tones are from being plugged into the desk and not using an amp as well.

Wow. Never heard that before...... :hmm
 

chuckNC

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I realize that Bloomfield got some sustain from his amp, but using mainly Super and Twin reverbs, his tone was much cleaner than most of the Marshall guys. I've always considered small Fender amps 'clean' tones, compared to Marshalls and other high-gain amps. Obviously a cranked tweed Deluxe or Bassman is not a clean sound, but I think most of you understand what I mean. I'm not talking about "plugging directly into the board like Les Paul" clean, but what "most" of us refer to as a clean tone, like a Twin or a Deluxe Reverb amp.
The first time I heard Mike Bloomfield (and knew it was him) was on a Chess album called Muddy and The Wolf. I wouldn't call the sound here through-the-board clean but I think it is within the parameters of the OP's question. And it's some good playing too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iltUij2wi2Y
 

Big Al

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Wow. Never heard that before...... :hmm

That's a new one for me. They mostly played live and mic'd up to the board from what I know. Buddy Guy complained they wouldn't let him wack up his amp in the studio.
 

Elmore

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Freddie King's Let's Hide Away and Dance Away album has some great clean LP tones. At least what most would call clean. P90s and a Fender amp clean.
 

bluesjuke

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Originally Posted by chuckNC
The first time I heard Mike Bloomfield (and knew it was him) was on a Chess album called Muddy and The Wolf. I wouldn't call the sound here through-the-board clean but I think it is within the parameters of the OP's question. And it's some good playing too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iltUij2wi2Y



Ahh, "Fathers & Sons", one of my favorites.
 
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Mike Bloomfield and Freddie King? That's funny, I never thought of their tones as "clean." Clean(er) yes, but anytime you're plugged in to a tube amp, there's gonna be a little hair on it.

Agreed.:dude:
 
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