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Old 12-19-2004, 05:28 PM   #1
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How do I get the Edge's "U2" sound? on guitar?

Hello everyone,

I apologize for the simple question...but I started playing guitar, and I am wondering how to duplicate Edge's classic U2 guitar sound. I refer to songs like "All I Want Is You" and "Beautiful Day."

Can anyone help?


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Old 12-19-2004, 07:02 PM   #2
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Well, for one thing, you're going to need something that will give you the echo delay, that's what you're hearing on those songs, Pride, WTSHNN, etc.

Echoes used to be produced all by analog, but there are digital echo things now...pedals, amps, etc. I'm not the best person to ask, but that's just a general idea there.


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Old 12-19-2004, 07:58 PM   #3
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There's a pedal called "Edge", thats all you need to get the sound, and maybe some reverb as well


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Was the pedal named after Edge, or was Edge named after the pedal??


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Old 12-19-2004, 09:28 PM   #5
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If you really want to sound like Edge, you will need his equipment lol. The Korg SDD-3000 or whatever it is... it is a rackmount unit. If you look behind Edge during concerts and see all those crazy gizmo's.... that's what is making his sound. I'm not a techno wiz, but that's as far as I know. That Korg delay unit costs a couple grand. You'll be fine with a simple delay pedal though. It won't sound quite the same, but you can work it out.


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Old 12-20-2004, 02:12 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the insightful feedback. I don't think I ever fully appreciated the incredible effort The Edge makes to contruct the right guitar sound for each song and create those special U2 riffs.

I think I'll start with the dealy pedal for now.


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Old 12-20-2004, 06:05 PM   #7
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I saw one of those Korg units on eBay for $700. There were a couple Korg rackmount delay units on there. I'm thinking to really get his sound downpact, you will need a pedal that will not only do just delay, but allow you to set the repeat times and such.


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Was the pedal named after Edge, or was Edge named after the pedal??

Named after 'el maestro' Edge


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Old 12-22-2004, 03:40 AM   #9
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If you're short on money you should get a V-amp 2
It costs about $99.95-$129.99 right now I think


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Old 12-23-2004, 03:07 PM   #10
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I have heard that the Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man Pedal was at one point, early on, used by the Edge, but I'm not sure how much faith you can put into that rumor or not. If you go onto www.musiciansfriend.com you can find that pedal and listen to some of its sound - and I must say it comes pretty close to the Edge.


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Old 12-25-2004, 10:13 AM   #11
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You might want to try going here, (sorry, I can't post links yet):

Triple "W" dot u2sound-forum dot com/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi


This forum is all about U2's sound. Mostly about the Edge. Or you could check out the U2_recording group on Yahoo Groups.


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I have heard that the Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man Pedal was at one point, early on, used by the Edge, but I'm not sure how much faith you can put into that rumor or not. If you go onto www.musiciansfriend.com you can find that pedal and listen to some of its sound - and I must say it comes pretty close to the Edge.
It sounds dead on ... of course mine has the "Analog Man" true bypass mod ... taking out some of the coloration.

Check it out here ... http://www.analogman.com/eh.htm

The Edge used this pedal through the War album. Then he switched over to the Korg SDD-3000 , on The Unforgetable Fire.

I have two delays on my board ... besides the Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man , I use a Guyatone MD-3 delay for longer delays. Use should get a good Digital Delay ... then if you are really fanatic about the early Edge tones , get the Memory Man.

The Edge's sound is mainly;

Strat/Les Paul/Explorer --->Distortion --->Tremolo --->Delay ---> Vox AC30/Roland Jazz Chrous 120

For more Edge info check out these pages ...

http://snow.prohosting.com/crasio/u2/Musician8300.html

http://snow.prohosting.com/crasio/u2/Musician9203.html


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The Edge's sound is mainly;

Strat/Les Paul/Explorer --->Distortion --->Tremolo --->Delay ---> Vox AC30/Roland Jazz Chrous 120


thats kind of simplified, dont you think? Edge uses 2 full stacks of rack effects, not to mention his wahs and volumes and whammy.



but for us mere mortals, that would pretty much do it


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I know I was just simplifing it.


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I've gotten a pretty good Edge sound with my Gibson SG, Rivera M100, and Line 6 DL4. *shrugs*


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