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The band Boston's guitar technique?

At the beginning and ending of some of Boston's songs (esp. Rock and Roll band) there's this very electronic, spacey sounding slide that can be heard. Anybody know what effects Boston couples with this, and is it really just slide combined with effects?

When I think of Boston I think modulation effects, but which one is used in this case?
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Re: The band Boston's guitar technique?

7/12/2004 8:19 PM

Kevin Bowling (5230) wrote:

Tom Scholz created a bunch of his own effects. Was some kind of electronics whiz or some such. I believe he went on to start the Rockman Company. Sorry, dunno which effects he used.

Kevin



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7/12/2004 8:33 PM

Kent Minagawa (387) wrote:

Thanks for the response! Wow, his own effects? Do you know if any of these are on the market or if there are similar sounding ones available?



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7/12/2004 8:51 PM

David Hall (2662) wrote:

I don't know if he made anyhing like delays or whatever for public sale, but he made this really cool portable headphone practice device called 'Rockman' that had effects in it that would get you very close to the 'Boston' sound- if your guitar had humbucker pickups. The only other Tom Sholtz device I saw much of, although there were probably others, was a thing called a 'Power Soak', which was basically a big heat sink that would take the full-crank signal of an amp, and you could adjust the volume down without losing the tone. They were teriffic if you had a Marshall Stack, but didn't want to get arrested for using it as it was intended.





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7/12/2004 9:09 PM

Shane McAfee (3332) wrote:

Rockman also made delays if I am not mistaken. Company called SR&D (Scholz Research and Development. Shcholz is an MIT alumnus.





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7/13/2004 12:36 PM

Inactive Member wrote:

Rockman produced a line of half 19'' rack units, among them delay/chorus effects. No longer available I think, so you have to look for them in ads or on ebay.



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7/13/2004 7:56 PM

Chris Pinto (24466) wrote:

Kent,

Yeah, he designed MANY effects units & such. The most famous was the "ROCKMAN" (like a Sony Walkman, but a tiny amplifier with headphones)....And other brands soon followed with their own similar devices.

In the 1980's, he basically designed many of his own delay units, and other effect units, (mostly rack-mount units) but those units are hard to find these days....For curiousity, I'd check Ebay for some of his stuff.

He's an electronics-whiz-type of guy.

Chris

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7/12/2004 9:28 PM

Scott Irvine (851) wrote:

Kent, Tom gets that sound by running the side
of his pick down the wound strings of his
guitar. As far as eguipment used, I imagine a
REALLY good distortion or overdrive pedal is
the basis of the sound. Oh yea, Tom
designed and built his own guitar rig. He
started Scholz Research & Development. His
guitar and bass processors sold pretty well in
the late 80's into the 90's. You can probably
still get a Rockman or whatever you are
looking for. I haven't seen much of the Scholz
stuff in a while.
Boston's site is pretty cool. Check it out:
http://www.boston.org/boston.html
Adios, Scott

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7/13/2004 1:14 AM

Kent Minagawa (387) wrote:

Thanks for all the help, guys, I'll look into the Rockman gear. By the way, just out of curiosity, you guys know what kind of axe he played out of?



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7/13/2004 7:11 AM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

Tom mentions on the albums the gear he uses. Most often I have seen him pictured with a Goldtop Les Paul. He usually puts in a sentence in his liner notes to the effect "no synthesisers were used in making this album".

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7/13/2004 1:56 AM

John Rich (3189) wrote:

Kent,

Well first of all, you better start learning how to do harmonized or double leads. That's one the trademarks of that Boston sound. Get some multi-effects processors and go to work and figure it out. Lots of distortion, reverb, and echo will be the key to getting alot of that sound.

Good luck,


John Rich



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Re: The band Boston's guitar technique?

7/13/2004 6:19 AM

Joshua Taylor (176) wrote:

Scholzt didn't use double stops did he? Sounds a bit too clean. I'm thinking he overbudded or maybe use a harmonizer live. I could be wrong though.

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