Getting a Jazz Sound

Gibson ES-175 guitar developed in the 1940s

Gibson ES-175 guitars were developed in the 1940s. Archtop guitars like this are the favourite instruments of many jazz-guitar players.


A Roland Jazz Chorus amplifier works well with a Gibson ES-175.
Although jazz can be played on just about any type of guitar, you might want to try an electric archtop model such as the Gibson ES-175, as this produces a warm, mellow tone. A relatively clean amplifier such as a Polytone Mini Brute or Roland Jazz Chorus will complement this guitar perfectly. Set your amplifier to boost the low and mid-range frequencies, and cut back on the high frequencies to accentuate the warmth of the guitar.

If you want to play jazz rock, try a solid-body or semi-solid guitar with a rock amplifier as this will allow you to play soaring, sustained solos with minimal feedback. You can also use a chorus pedal to smoothen your chords, and an overdrive unit to make your solos sound more dynamic. Another effect worth trying is the ring modulator, a pedal that produces metallic atonal sounds, and is great for creating a really out there' vibe!

Cubase - most popular MIDI and audio sequencer for home recording

Cubase has long been one of the most popular MIDI and audio sequencers for home recording.
You can also use an amp-modelling box like the Line 6 POD. a virtual amp software package such as IK Multimedia's AmpliTube to create a realistic jazz-amp sound. If you're using a software sequencer package such as Cubase SX. Logic or Sonar to make recordings on your computer, you can also use the sequencer's built-in effects to add more colour and spice to your guitar sound.