Can The HT-20R MkII Sound Like Jimmy Page?
Can the HT-20R MkII Sound Like Jimmy Page?
The HT-20R is a versatile amp, we’re going to look at if we can make it sound like Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.
Jimmy Page has used a huge range of gear over the years. His most famous rig would be the combination of a Gibson Les Paul plugged into a wall of Marshall stacks. Page is also known for his use of the Fender Telecaster in the early days of Zeppelin, plugged into a Supro amp.
While his early albums did not contain much in the way of pedals, he did use an Echoplex unit to push the front end of the amps along with a Vox wah for those wah soaked guitar leads.
The Gear Used in the Video
In this video, I am using the following gear to emulate some of the classic sounds:
• Epiphone Les Paul Standard
• Tokai Telecaster
• Blackstar HT-20R MkII
• TC Electronics Spark Mini
• Dunlop Crybaby Wah (BD95 – Billy Duffy Model)
All the tones in the video are direct from the amp unless stated. There are certain licks that use the Spark Mini to push the front end of the amp. The Spark is a clean boost that does not tonally affect your guitar sound. I am using it in this case to just hit the front end of the amp harder to force a little extra breakup.
The gain tones and reverb are all from the amp which is mic’d up with an Aston Origin Condenser microphone, plugged into a Focusrite preamp and recorded straight to the DAW. No postproduction processing has taken place on the guitar signals you hear in the video. The mic is placed about an inch from the speaker grille in the centre of the speaker.
All the tones were recorded with the overdrive channel on the first voice (The more British sounding voice) with the ISF rotated fully clockwise to 10 giving the amp a more mid bumped, British sound. I also set the overdrive channels volume to 10 to mimic the pre-amp of the stack being pushed but the level of gain is low. Page did not use a lot of gain; his tone had a lot of clarity.
The EQ is set with the bass and middle both on 6 and the treble bumped to 10. Many artists used treble boosters around that time period to hit the front of the amp harder, but also, an amp that is played at a loud volume often has more perceived treble even when the control itself might be set lower. This extreme level of treble is to compensate for the lower recording level. If I was gigging with these settings, I’d probably back that treble off to about 7.
The master volume was set at 1 for this video with the 20w mode of the amp engaged.