How to play like syn

Matt Wildman

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It’s all about technique my dude. You don’t need any special pedals to achieve his style. If you just have a good distortion channel on your amp that’ll do the trick. Tone wise for the amp I usually don’t go crazy on the treble for the rhythm stuff he plays and when I play lead I crank it up a little bit more. I know he has used Marshalls, Hellwins, and messa boogies.? Those are amps though not pedals.
 

Jak Angelescu

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Matt nailed it. I’ve had people stunned that my tone sounds like his occasionally but I’m not using anything near his set up, or price point of a setup. Having someone else’s tone isn’t everything. His tone is incredible, isn’t it? Not sure what pedals he uses, but I love his solos like hell
 

Ids Schiere

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Tbh I’m a very firm believer in the whole time is in the finger thing. Sure you can get close to someone else’s tone but getting it exactly right even with the same gear is pretty much impossible. If you give 10 players exactly the same gear and exactly the same settings they probably won’t sound the same.
You could try this pedal

https://equipboard.com/pros/synyster-gates
 

Ids Schiere

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If you have $3000 laying around to buy an axe-fx and can buy the cab packs in the store you still need to create a present that works. Syn does not sell presets he sells cabs
 

Brian Haner Sr.

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I will chime in here and say when I recorded the outro on Angels, Syn had just recorded a solo. He handed me his guitar, still plugged into his amp. Same set up. Didn’t change a thing. I started playing and he looked at me like – “How in the hell are you getting that sound to come out of my guitar and amp?” If you listen to that outro solo – it sounds nothing like Syn. Of course the style and note choices are different – but the TONE is completely different. I couldn’t sound like Syn if I wanted to. My hands don’t do that.
So my advice would be to work on Syn’s techniques; the way he holds the pick, the way he mutes strings, his vibrato, etc. These are the things that will get you closer to his sound. And in end – you don’t want to sound exactly like him anyway. You want to sound like you. Take what you can from Syn and apply it to your style. Someday kids will be asking how they can sound like you!
Good luck!
Cheers!
PG