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What Makes an Electric Guitar Sound Like an Electric Guitar - The Atlantic

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Yeah distortion!

Perhaps the most famous of these sounds—or, at least, the most formative—is that of Dave Davies, the lead guitarist for The Kinks, who got bored of his Elpico amplifier in 1964 and decided to pierce its speaker cone with a razor blade. This effect, known as “clipping,” cuts off the audible waveform at the height of the amplifier’s limits (voltage, current, and thermal), thereby distorting the signal. Although Link Wray had been doing this since the late 1950s, Davies popularized guitar distortion in the first few moments of “You Really Got Me,” changing guitar music.


GREAT song.

Agreed, though this is my favorite Kinks song.

It's their Groundhog Day!

How about


Whoa, I didn't realize they did that song! They're not the original artist though, right?

You're right - it was the Kingsmen. 

Fifty years ago, the governor of Indiana banned the Kingsmen's Louie Louie for being obscene. The FBI then spent two years investigating its lyrics, cementing the song's reputation as rock's ultimate rebel anthem, recorded by everyone from the Stooges to the Clash.


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