Getting a Jazz Sound
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!
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.