Carnival by Natalie Merchant

First of all, this is a magnificant song. Natalie Merchant’s voice is, as always, a perfect blend of soft tones and quiet intricacies blended exquisitely with the music. But for me, this track is all about the guitar. Jennifer Turner is the guitarist and I really don’t know anything about her. What I do know is that this thing is full of great licks, chops and blurbs from start to finish. Then you get to the best part…the tone. I’m guessing by the sound that it is simply a very high quality guitar plugged into a nice warm tube amp. Perhaps a PRS plugged into a late 70s era Marshall? I really don’t think there’s a lot of processing going on. What I would give for that tone…absolutely fabulous!

 

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