How to get Appetite for Destruction tone, pure slash

  • Опубликовано: 28 май 2012
  • If you love appetite for destruction, you've probably tried to get slash' tone on the album at some point. Obviously I don't have his amp, but I think a simple (poor mans) way is to add a wah pedal as a filter, rolled slightly back, to a marshall combo, with your LP tone knobs also rolled slightly back.
    Gibson Les Paul Standard - rhythm tone knob rolled back to 7, lead tone knob rolled back to 5
    Marshall AVT 20 - gain 8, bass 9, middle 6, treble 6, reverb/depth 3
    Dunlop cry baby wah - push fully forward to treble position, then roll slightly back (demonstration in the video)
    riffs demonstrated in vid: sweet child, nightrain, paradise city, welcome to the jungle
    song demos begin at 0:48, settings explained begin at 4:53
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Комментарии • 99

  • guitarist 22
    guitarist 22 18 часов назад

    i think you have a lot of bass in your sound but that just my opinion

  • chikimaha1000
    chikimaha1000 7 дней назад

    What kind of chorus do you use for the intro to paradise?

  • Jim
    Jim 2 месяца назад

    That does sound pretty close. I'm pretty sure Slash users a treble booster when playing and recording most times. He probably never lets on and sells more of his signature pickups that way:)

  • Down syndrome
    Down syndrome 3 месяца назад +3

    how to get the slash tone? be slash

  • 97warlock ismyname
    97warlock ismyname 6 месяцев назад

    ISP Decimator & you will sound awesome.

  • Logan Seem
    Logan Seem 6 месяцев назад +1

    Would it sound the same if I used a different amp or would it be best to stick with this exact one

    • guitarwrecker
      guitarwrecker  Месяц назад

      It’s actually worked fairly well/similar with different amps.

  • Dan Anthony
    Dan Anthony 6 месяцев назад +2

    to many time s i think slashs pickup are over looked and people go right for the amp. there a huge part of what gives him that tone.

    • chikimaha1000
      chikimaha1000 7 дней назад

      Dan Anthony so true. For the longest time I'd try the paradise city intro solo on the bridge when it should've been on the neck the whole time. Played it like that wayyyy to long before realizing how it should be played lol.

  • Isaiah G
    Isaiah G 7 месяцев назад +1

    I have a small orange amp not a Marshall but I hope it still works for GNR

  • Isaiah G
    Isaiah G 7 месяцев назад

    what about the overdrive

  • Dan Anthony
    Dan Anthony 8 месяцев назад +1

    I swear about slash using the 59 bassman. the guy who model if is still alive. slash rented around 5 amps and the 59 one. it's the amp marshall took apart and made the first plexi.

  • jimmy sanchez
    jimmy sanchez 9 месяцев назад

    No is the tone

  • Anton St
    Anton St 9 месяцев назад

    How do you make the Wah stay in a specific position?

    • guitarwrecker
      guitarwrecker  Месяц назад

      Don’t do anything, it sticks fairly well, if you wanted to keep it exact you could put a pack of cards with rubber band under it at the right height.

  • TheHalabalusaShow
    TheHalabalusaShow 9 месяцев назад +1

    that is slash sound ?.......
    when ?
    where ?

  • DeGioNesi
    DeGioNesi 11 месяцев назад

    Fuck me this actually works

  • Mr13borf
    Mr13borf Год назад +5

    Haha. Are you trying to do magic spells with your right arm during Night Train?

    • Layne Tryba
      Layne Tryba 3 месяца назад

      Mr13borf just having fun with it one of my favorite intro really good job and tone

  • wallieburger
    wallieburger Год назад +2

    so what do you just tape the wah closed lol

  • JamesR
    JamesR Год назад

    This is kinda ridiculous, but I've found you can use any generic "metal" distortion pedal like a Boss Metal Zone with the distortion on the pedal OFF, as just a sort of overdrive in front of an already distorted amp (preferably Marshall) and it will generate the Slash tone instantly lol.

  • The Atomic Punk
    The Atomic Punk Год назад

    Excellent info, I use the avt 20 with a les paul, thanks for these

  • Christopher Husada
    Christopher Husada Год назад

    hey man, i have questions, if i uses both slash alnico 2 pickups in my LP, do i still need to roll neck's tone to 7, and lead's tone to 5?
    are these settings for all humbucker pickups or just the one in your video? thx

    • guitarwrecker
      guitarwrecker  Месяц назад

      I have Slash Pros in the LP now and still roll back the same, just sounds better and has less harshness than in this video.

  • Dan Anthony
    Dan Anthony Год назад

    slash used a 59 fender bassman on appetite. he rented 5 amps for the album but used the fender . he lied about the 800 jmc juboli. I always knew there was something to his sound that was different then the current sound back then.

    • Slash Le Pew
      Slash Le Pew 8 месяцев назад

      Dan Anthony true, also his hair is fake. it's a wig. I'm also the pope.

    • larson san
      larson san Год назад +5

      wow.........just wow. never heard such a obvious lie.

  • John Smith
    John Smith Год назад

    Nice! Check out my 'Slash tone on a budget' video on my channel. :)

  • Christopher Husada
    Christopher Husada Год назад

    please help me, I've been trying to achieve slash's tone. here's what I use:

    Gibson slash afd + marshall jcm 900 slx (5881 power tube) + marshall cab 1960 (celestion g12t75) - EQ settings currently are: presence 8, bass 7.5, middle 8, treble 6.5, volume 2, sensitivity 6, pre-amp 8.5. (I add a cable in the fx loop for 'boost' effect, all pedals are running front).

    Pedals : sc95 slash crybaby -> mxr smart gate -> tu3 tuner -> boss ge-7 -> mxr distortion+ -> boss dd7.

    Can anybody tell me are these settings good enough for slash's tone. If not, what's the best settings or should I add an od pedal in front of the amp because I find that mxr distortion+ ruin the slash tone. For now it's best to leave the les paul through marshall recipe.

    thx for anyone who wants to reply and help me with this question :)

    • The Star Wars Craft
      The Star Wars Craft 9 месяцев назад

      I don't own a jcm 900 alx infact I don't own any of the gear you have, though settings you could use are: presence: 8 bass: 7 middle: 7 treble: 4.5 or presence: 4.5 Bass: 6 Middle: 6 treble: 4.5 or presence: 6 treble: 6 middle: 10 bass: 7 volume: suit room, a good tip is roll off the tone knob until it makes that sort-of flat sound slash has.

    • Christopher Husada
      Christopher Husada Год назад

      ok thx

    • jsh
      jsh Год назад

      Christopher Husada I'm not sure then I only know how to do it with masters

    • Christopher Husada
      Christopher Husada Год назад

      did you mean master volume? since I live in apartment (with one sided sound proof wall), usually I put it at 2, no more than that. I know i'm using a lot of pre-amp saturation (hence I also put an eq and booster pedal front).

    • jsh
      jsh Год назад

      Christopher Husada how about masters where is that set

  • Harry Hai
    Harry Hai Год назад

    Very practical idea! This is what I want to learn.

  • Proximity PvP
    Proximity PvP Год назад +7

    I have an epiphone plustop pro plugged into the avt20 with the wah cocked at the cracking sound and it absolutely nails it

  • Ori Zilberman
    Ori Zilberman Год назад

    Which Les Paul model and year is your guitar?

  • José Duarte
    José Duarte Год назад

    Distortion or crunch?

    • J A
      J A Год назад


    KOBIBA Год назад +5

    nice idea

    • guitarwrecker
      guitarwrecker  Месяц назад

      Thanks actually got the idea watching one of your GnR cover videos

    • TurtleOrigenHD
      TurtleOrigenHD Год назад

      You use the same amp with the cry baby on just like him too, right? It can be heard on Sweet Child O Mine intro

  • marc1kim
    marc1kim Год назад

    Nailed it!

  • mattjaxe
    mattjaxe 2 года назад +1

    Those Seymour Duncan's slash uses are a big part of his sound you would probably get even closer if you had them

  • Zachary Mandybur
    Zachary Mandybur 2 года назад

    Omg I ordered a used Marshall MG100DFX at guitar center, and it's now delivering to my house, and I've been worried that it would be in bad condition, but since I saw this used one, I'm pretty relieved. And, also, I though I was the only one who does that with the cry baby XD

  • rob bisco
    rob bisco 2 года назад +1

    impressed thanks very much

  • Benedikt
    Benedikt 2 года назад +1

    Sweet Child O Mine was just like listening to Slash play it! Awesome

  • Vincenzo Guintini
    Vincenzo Guintini 2 года назад

    what is the settings for digital dilay?

  • Ken Vorland
    Ken Vorland 2 года назад +2

    Did you juse overdrive?

    • guitarwrecker
      guitarwrecker  Месяц назад

      Just the amps gain, no pedal except the wah

  • Ken Vorland
    Ken Vorland 2 года назад +2

    Cool rock on...

  • scott stretton
    scott stretton 2 года назад +2

    Nicely done!

  • Chosen 1
    Chosen 1 2 года назад

    Man where I have an afd epiphone with the slash pickups would u still turn down the tone knobs a little bit. I have a marshall 100dfx. Also when u find that sweet spot with the wah if I have my tone all the way up it has that wah effect sound but if I turn the tone down it blend with the amp. Do u want it to have a little bit of that wah effect. Or do u want the amp to completely blend with the wah. Because when u solo at the end it seems like u can hear a little bit of that wah effect whick is what slash tone is. Thanks for the vid bro.

    • guitarwrecker
      guitarwrecker  Месяц назад

      Yes I would still do the same thing, should sound closer with the Slash pups

  • Ari Elfasi
    Ari Elfasi 3 года назад

    Super helpful thanks a lot man!

  • SickMetalAddict
    SickMetalAddict 3 года назад

    Try Vintage 30's, Gauge 11 strings, Les Paul with Alnico 2 pickups of any kind, and an all tube amp. That's all you really need in addition to very tiny amounts of delay, reverb, just to make single note playing smooth. I like the idea of the pedal wah, without the pedal, but just the effect, I wanna try it.

    • ZackerTheScar
      ZackerTheScar 3 года назад +1

      Gibson Les Paul studio with A2P Slash pups into a modded DSL40C with a Vintage 30, lots of alcohol, and a tophat. That's how you get Slash tone, the poor man's way

  • Ricardo Rodrigues
    Ricardo Rodrigues 3 года назад +1


  • Michael Reutegger
    Michael Reutegger 3 года назад


  • Paul Shutt
    Paul Shutt 3 года назад +3

    Brian griffin lol

  • William Prince
    William Prince 3 года назад

    He uses a QZ1 box in his setup which is simply a pedal-less CryBaby. Effect is knob controlled so it can be set and left. Dunlop built it because so many were using the wah and the pedal kept falling. The market for it fell off afterwards. They're no longer available. Some used ones can be found for sale. Some boutique shops that will custom build can create one ... for a price. Someone with enough electronics skills can probably take a wah and throw it into a box, or convert the top of the wah (remove the pedal and mounts) and convert the pot motion. The latter would VERY likely be far easier and less costly. My gears are turning now. Converting a used wah would be cheaper than buying the QZ I saw. Bulkier, but cheaper.

  • guitar19971
    guitar19971 3 года назад +5

    you nailed that tone. Thanks a lot!

  • Anthony Maresco
    Anthony Maresco 3 года назад


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    WarSlashTV 3 года назад


  • Yudi Herdiana
    Yudi Herdiana 3 года назад +1

    why so noisy when idle?

    • William Prince
      William Prince 3 года назад

      My experience with solid state Marshall combos has always been hum. A line conditioner might help. Supply voltage is dirty coming into a house, or even venues. Solid state is more easily affected by it than tubed. I think. I'm rationally working through it. Internet will supply a plethora of opinions or rationalized truth. An eliminator would also help.

    • Stark YT
      Stark YT 3 года назад +1

      No hum eliminator I guess

  • fed
    fed 3 года назад

    thank you sir

  • jaymick10
    jaymick10 4 года назад +2

    Thanks dude! This nailed it. Now I can play sweet child and not sound like a jackass.

  • Jon Ang
    Jon Ang 4 года назад +1

    slash's tech himself claims that on tours the eq setting slash uses is like that of a upside down frown, meaning mids would be highest. But anyway i guess it's different from amp to amp.

    • Brian Duplessis
      Brian Duplessis 2 года назад +2

      Wouldn't an upside down frown be a smile?? Mids low?

    • vegetoe01
      vegetoe01 3 года назад

      His Wah is heavily boosting the mids in the middle position.

    • Stark YT
      Stark YT 3 года назад

      Adam Day?

  • MusNick
    MusNick 4 года назад

    I have an MG30 dfx and it works great!

  • MusNick
    MusNick 4 года назад

    Thank you SOOOO much! Ive been playing guitar as my second instrument (im a drummer) and i got an epiphone les paul standard. I was able to use my marshall Mg30 and les paul to get this tone. ordered a used cry baby for 40$ on guitar center used, gonna get it perfect. Again, Thanks a bunch!

  • Sereno Withers
    Sereno Withers 4 года назад

    I have my amp, guitar, and wa set to everything he has his exactly set to. But then again, he has a gibson and a marshal when i have an epiphone with slash signature alnico II hum buckers and a i can see why it doesn't sound as orgasmic as his.

  • Heroic Moose
    Heroic Moose 4 года назад

    when i use my wah (regular crybaby) i lose all of the "gain sound" it loses alot of its punch and the high tones are waaay to sharp, any one have any idea to fix this or is it something i can do?

    • guitarwrecker
      guitarwrecker  Месяц назад

      Not sure I would think the type of wah pedal you’re using may have an impact, I am just using the original Dunlop Crybaby, but the pedal acts like a boost for the amps gain

  • Abcd Abcd
    Abcd Abcd 4 года назад

    Damn nice dude I always had a hunch that he used the wah pulled back a little when I heard the sweet child intro but I never thought that someone else figured that out. Glad I'm not alone haha

  • Existential
    Existential 4 года назад +2

    so it's not just my mg that has terrible feedback

  • Samir Salomon Escoto
    Samir Salomon Escoto 4 года назад

    Are you using the Amp OverDrive or de Super Overdrive pedal?

    • guitarwrecker
      guitarwrecker  Месяц назад

      Not using any pedal here other than wah

  • Samir Salomon Escoto
    Samir Salomon Escoto 4 года назад

    Hi, what about your pedals setup? Can you show us please?

  • yonatan shani
    yonatan shani 4 года назад

    nice tone

  • Fraser Mackenzie
    Fraser Mackenzie 4 года назад

    Awesome M8

  • Andy Shehata
    Andy Shehata 4 года назад

    Thanks man, really appreciate this!

  • Ben Donkin
    Ben Donkin 4 года назад

    yeah the one without any leads going into it?...

  • andres o.c.
    andres o.c. 4 года назад

    know if the model of your amp is in stores and you know what your price

  • guitarwrecker
    guitarwrecker  4 года назад

    haven't tried it with mg30fx so i couldn't say, just using the amp's internal distortion and and the cry baby pedal, nothing else

  • Joseph Lennon
    Joseph Lennon 4 года назад

    Did anybody else notice the tube screamer on top of the marshall

  • andres o.c.
    andres o.c. 4 года назад

    I have two questions, using only the distortion or wah, I can not get that tone with another amp marshall (mg 30fx)?

  • Darren Chan
    Darren Chan 5 лет назад

    Killer tone! Very close indeed. I love what the wah does to the sound, really helps me cut through in a band setting, cleans up the noise problems too!

  • Rambo Junior
    Rambo Junior 5 лет назад

    WOW, very very very close man!

  • Jody1985beta
    Jody1985beta 5 лет назад

    Very close, sounds great man. Even through a webcam mic!
    I would say the wah filter is the sliiiightest bit too high in the mix, if you could turn that down about 5-10% youd be almost identical, pretty good as even Slash says hes never been able to get that tone again haha.

    • guitarwrecker
      guitarwrecker  Месяц назад

      I agree with you, unfortunately the stock LP pups are a bit too hot to adjust as you’re suggesting, but I did end up putting Slash Pro pups in and it’s that much better now, not quite as hot

  • Luis Garcia Alanis
    Luis Garcia Alanis 5 лет назад

    Love the tone :)

  • Caleb Hollingsworth
    Caleb Hollingsworth 5 лет назад