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#1 f3nd3r

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Posted 06 October 2001 - 06:28 AM

Hi guys, I just got my 1st electric guitar a few days ago with Marshall Jackhammer and also Boss super chorus pedals. I am trying to get the Nirvana sound (more specifically the sound for smells like teen spirit). I want to play that song very badly but I can't seem to get the settings correct. Any sugguestions?

#2 punk_311

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Posted 06 October 2001 - 06:53 AM

Get a distortion pedal fool. Get a boss metal zone pedal, its the best distortion ever and you can play every nirvana song with it.

#3 brandon

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Posted 06 October 2001 - 07:29 AM

The Marshal Jackhammer is a distortion pedal, silly

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Posted 06 October 2001 - 07:32 AM

oh, (tail between legs) use it then! turn the gain or distortion to the max and cut the mids.


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Posted 06 October 2001 - 07:36 AM

For the sound on Unplugged in NY, the cooles pedal is a Small Face Chorus pedal. Also a distortion pedal should be used. My favorite pedal is Korg AX1g. It has everything you need in a multieffects pedal for less than $200!

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Posted 06 October 2001 - 07:40 AM

i use a DOD grunge pedal, and i put the highs and lows in the middle (maybe the high a little more), and crank up the distortion all the way. if u want a nevermind sound, use a lot of chorus. for an in utero/bleach sound, no chorus, just full distortion.

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Posted 06 October 2001 - 09:21 AM

i dont have a pedal but want to get one.

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Posted 06 October 2001 - 09:26 AM

I would have thought it would be pretty easy to get the Smells Like... sound with the jackhammer pedal. You just turn the distortion right up.

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Posted 06 October 2001 - 09:28 AM

i can kinda get it with my lotus i just turn the knobs on the amp all different ways.


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Posted 06 October 2001 - 09:31 AM

Another way is to get a Fender Frontman 15R amp . It has a chorus like thing and distortion.

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Posted 07 October 2001 - 11:31 PM

uhhhh moron for the sound on Unplugged in NY it would be best to go unplugged.


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Posted 08 October 2001 - 04:09 AM

Get a line 6 pod, or flextone, don't waste your money on a spider, so get the pod or flextone, and you have it all, 32 amp models, 16 digital effects, hold on dropped my owners manual...........

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Posted 08 October 2001 - 06:26 AM

on me guitar i use the gain on me amp for nirvana. i cant use me pedal yet cuz i need a cable
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Posted 08 October 2001 - 07:37 PM

boss mt 2 metal zone distortion pedal, i just got my first on the other day and smells
like teen spirit is sounding awesome with it.

#15 emm84

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Posted 10 October 2001 - 11:01 AM

To the guy who said to just use an acoustic to get the nirvana unplugged sound, he actually used a guitar with pickups and an amp at times in that show, so that's not entirely true.

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Posted 10 October 2001 - 05:43 PM

you might want to try investing $30-$40 on another distortion pedal -- a boss ds-1. considering that's what kurt used on nevermind, that's probably you're safest bet for heavy grunge disortion. it's also quite a bit cheaper than those metalzone pedals. plus, two distortion pedals gives you flexibility 'cause you can use one as an overdrive pedal or booster, and the other as a saturation effect.

anyway, to play smells like teen spirit right, use very saturated, high-gain distortion (turn the gain/volume knobs on your jackhammer up all the way) during the chorus, and use a clean sound with chorus during the verse. use distortion and chorus for the solo.

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Posted 11 October 2001 - 12:21 PM

I actually tried a yamaha onepiece guitar that could give that nevermind sound...

Anyway, if you want a really powerfull distortion, you should get a Boss X-T2 (Xtortion). I have one... but I dont think that they make them anymore. Too powerful mate!

Go to http://www.grungers-corner.com there they have a link to an equipment site where all cobains eq. is listed.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 08:42 PM

Any Grunge pedal is a waste of money. I never got a good Nirvana sound from one. Ive got the best sound from a metal zone. Ds1 and ds2's and a good guitar and amp can give you a perfect nirvana sound (considering that's what kurt used) Theres so many options and combinations out there today for a band with so many different sounds!

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 10:23 PM


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Posted 08 March 2011 - 12:19 AM


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