Obscured by Clouds settings and setups

Effects, guitars and amps Settings and setups

Keep in mind that all effect settings and setups are based on pictures and video from a certain date and/or interviews and 3rd hand transcriptions that are subject to interpretation. David often make adjustments and may not even be consequent in how he’s using the equipment. This feature should therefore only be used as a guideline for your own setup and not as a gospel. It’s also wise to acknowledge that technique, place and time, studio trickery and who knows what plays a role in David’s tones in addition to the equipment.

Fuzz Face
– v 70%, fuzz 100%
Note: David would roll down the guitar volume knob to create overdrive sounds for rhythm parts.

Binson echo
– 310ms (repeat mode) with variable feedback and volume.

Obscured by Clouds
studio
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
– slide solo (2 guitars); Fuzz Face

live (Chicago, USA, March 7. 1973)
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
– slide solo; Fuzz Face and echo

WHEN YOU’RE IN
studio
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
– rhythm & lead (2 guitars); Fuzz Face

live (Chicago, USA, March 7. 1973)
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
– rhythm & lead; Fuzz Face and echo
Note: The live version included a long mid-section with guitar and hammond solo.

Burning Bridges
studio
Stratocaster, neck pickup (unless otherwise noted)
– rhythm/melody; clean signal
– solo; clean signal
– slide solo (bridge pickup); clean signal
Note: David may have used the Fender Stringmaster twin neck pedal steel for the slides but this isn’t documented.

live
– no known live performance

Gold is in the…
studio
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
– rhythm (2 guitars); Fuzz Face
– solo; Fuzz Face

live
– no known live performance

Won’t … Uh the Deal
studio
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
Acoustic steel string guitar
– rhythm (2 guitars); acoustic guitar
– slide solo; clean signal
Note: David may have used the Fender Stringmaster twin neck pedal steel for the slides but this isn’t documented.

live
– see Royal Albert Hall and Gdansk 2006 for details

Mudmen
studio
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
– rhythm (2 guitars); Fuzz Face
– solo; Fuzz Face
Note: David may have used the Fender Stringmaster twin neck pedal steel for the slides but this isn’t documented.

live
– no known live performance

Childhood’s End
studio
Stratocater, regular tuning
Stratocaster, tuned down one step (D G C F A D)
Acoustic steel string guitar, tuned down one step (D G C F A D)
– rhythm 1; acoustic guitar
– rhythm 2 (bridge pickup); Fuzz Face
– rhythm 3(bridge pickup); Fuzz Face (guitar tuned down one step)
– solo (neck pickup); Fuzz Face (double tracked and delayed)

live (Chicago, USA, March 7. 1973)
Stratocaster, middle pickup
– rhythm & lead; Fuzz Face and echo
Note: The live version was played in F#m and included a long mid-section with guitar and hammond solos.

Free Four
studio
Stratocaster, bridge pickup
Acoustic steel string guitar
– rhythm 1; acoustic guitar
– rhythm 2; Fuzz Face
– solo; Fuzz Face

live
– no known live performance

Stay
studio
Stratocaster, neck pickup
– solo & picking; clean signal and wah wah

live
– no known live performance

Absolute Curtains
– no guitars