1. J, thanx, i learnt something.So volume is just a big a part as all the rest when it comes to tone.
    I have always turned my amp up to as loud as the venue could take.i play a supersonic so it’s at about 3 max all the time and my guitar is on 10.Looks like i need to crank up my amp to say 7 or so and control my volume at the guitar as i play.looks like turn down for cleaner sound and up for dirty.Am i on the right track?

    1. That’s right. At 60 watts or even 30, it will be too loud for most small clubs. The power of an amp turned up like that will be way too much. An attenuator can help. Read more about it here. http://www.tedweber.com/atten.htm
      That’s why a lot of people use the Deluxe Reverb, but even so depending on where you’re playing can be too loud. Thanks for the comment!

  2. I prefer a shall tube amp that i can turn up a bit and I do cahnge my settings a bit when switching between a single coil or a humbucker but most of it still comes from your fingers as funny as that sounds even when i sit in on someones elses eq there is still the me factor.

  3. Excellent lesson, thank you John.
    I recently bought a Pro Jr. and I want to replace the actual speaker.
    My tech recommended me a Weber 10A125-O and I read great reviews of this speaker but you are the slide expert. In your opinion this speaker would be a good alternative to Eminence Copperhead for slide playing? I mean the 10A125-O is an alnico 30W speaker and Copperhead is Ferrite 75W, which one would be better for slide playing and an early breakup?
    Thank you!!!

    1. Thanks! Well the reason I got a higher wattage is because I wanted some headroom. It you want any chance of getting a clean tone, I don’t think the 30watt speaker will do it. If you’re playing with a band and only want a dirty tone, then the 30 watt speaker will be great. Just don’t plan on getting anything real clean. Even the 75watt breaks up at low volumes. It depends on what you want really.

  4. Dear Mr. Tuggle,
    First of all, many thanks for the lessons on blues guitar. You teach much better than any other instructor i have ever watched on the web and i play so much better now then I did before i found you on YouTube.com I use a Gibson SG special faded which has 490 R Alnico pickups. Do you know if these pickups will sound good with a Pro Junior? I will be purchasing one very soon. I dont know a whole lot about amps and tecnology but i know i want a good, clean blues tone and my Hartke amp isn’t really doing it for me. If you could enlighten me with some advice, I would be very grateful. Thanks.

    1. With that Pro Junior you’ll get too much breakup to get a real clean sound. I would recommend using something like a Fender Deluxe Reverb for clean. It’s just hard to get a real clean sound out of a Fender Pro Junior with Humbuckers. Single Coils will be a little cleaner though.

  5. OK … as an admitted “crank-everything-to-10” guy, this lesson absolutely revolutionized my approach. I always was messing with the knobs on my amp … which is much mmore difficult than messing with the knobs on the guitar. I found the elusive tones I’ve been looking for for (too many) years for both my Les Paul and my Strat … Thanks, John.

  6. Great tone! Really enjoyed the licks. Don’t have a significant question or whatever to add here bit did want to express my appreciation for the effort. Thanks for sharing. Rock on! Rip it up!

  7. Hey John, your free lesson have been invaluable, thank you. Did I miss something, or did you not mention the “guitar” tone knobs? Lots of great volume knob advice, but no tone knob advice?

    1. Hi Kenny,

      No I don’t talk tone knobs in this article but yes you should be experimenting with them. Lots of great tone options there.

  8. Dr. john
    your play like clapton lessons put me in the right path for blues guitar playing, im really thankfull for those lessons, i love your style of teaching! i got a fender blues jr.3 and i play a clean tone with a little grith from the fat switch but it really is clean and i use a ts-9 pedal which i dont know how to dial it to get a convincing eric clapton latest tones, do you recommend any other pedal that works best? or do you have any settings in mind?
    kind regards!

    1. Thanks Fabrizio. Did you watch the tone lessons in the videos? Other than the TS-9 I like the Maxon OD 808

  9. Hey John

    I love your videos and absolutely love that tone you get from that guitar and amp combo. It’s like the holy grail of tone and some day I’d love to replicate that set up. I try to play my current ampa as loud as tolerable and use the volume and tone controls on my guitar to achieve a nice fat tone like you have suggested but can’t get there. I have a humbuckers equipped guitar and hope to get an actual SG soon but do you have any suggestions for people that aren’t able to play their amps on volume 7+? I would love get that killer tone and sustain when playing slide but I typically can’t play my amps loud enough to to hit that natural crunch point. I have a ’69 fender bassman 50 and a Fender Rampart 9w. Perhaps some pedal suggestes? I’ve read everything from EQ pedals to boost mids, Transparent OD pedals as well as compressor pedals. Any thought on those or other ideas? Thanks a bunch! Really appreciate it!

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