Heard a tune on the radio the other day, my ears picked up right away. Only when it got to the chorus did I realize I’d heard it before – guess I dismissed it at the time. “It” is the tune “Cold Hard B*tch” by the Australian band Jet. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but give it a fresh listen:
Not a heck of a lot of chops, but that’s some wood right there!
Tried to chase down their gear for that tune – sounds a lot like what they’re using in that vid, but couldn’t get anything definitive. At the time, here was their live setup (thanks to a thread at guitargeek.com):
> Nic Cester (singer, guitar player): ’70s Gibson ES335 > Hiwatt head > Marshall cab (looks non-vintage)
> Cameron Muncey (guitar only): a “big and heavy” Gibson Flying V > ’70s 50w master-volume Marshall > Marshall cab
Not sure how those rigs could sound unwoody, even in semi-capable hands, but props to the engineer and producer on that one.
Cameron said they mix it up a lot gear-wise in the studio, and you can for-sure hear other tones on other tracks from the same album CHB is on (Get Born). But again, that tune sounds like those rigs.
In the vid you can see a pedal or two for a sec. Couldn’t tell what they are (you?), but a guitargeek thread had this info:
> Nic: Ibanez TS-9 (Tube Screamer), an unknown Sans-amp/Tech21 pedal, a Crowther Hotcake, a Boss TR-2 trem pedal and a Boss TU-2 tuner.
> Cameron: Ibanez TS-9, Boss OD-2 Turbo Overdrive, Boss TR-2.
Not sure how current that info was, but there you go. Word is the dirt was from the amps, and the pedals were mostly for leads, but I hear it a bit differently here:
Listened to a few more of their tunes on YouTube – didn’t hear anything as rocking as CHB. Kind of a bummer.