Anti-Shred Video – Marathon ES Guitar & Line 6 Pod Farm 2

pod-farm2-carlton-toneI totally forgot to publish this video though it is online for almost 2 weeks now! I know it is not the video that will make you jump but still I’d appreciate some feedbacks on it.  I’ve shot this video as an entry to the anti-shred competition held by Jon from Guitar Noize… all he wanted was to see some melodic skills rather than shredding skills.  An anti-shred competition? Of course I wanna enter this one… I can totally anti-shred the hell out of this backing track. By the way the competition is still up until June 03 so come on everybody… Show us your melodic lines on this nice backing track…  Plus there is an MXR Micro-Flanger pedal to win, it can’t be bad to enter?

I am posting the video here also because it shows how you can get some nice clean / crunchy tones from a very cheap guitar with the Line 6 Pod Farm 2. I used a preset that is supposed to emulate the tone of the fantastic  Larry Carlton. It is basically a Solo 100 Head simulation (based on the Soldano SLO 100) into a 2×12 cabinet withe a reverb, and a noise gate.


As you can hear, and see this is a fairly simple improvisation I’ve made… I think it was the second take. There is nothing tricky in it, and I slightly overused the octaves. I did so because  I like how octaves sound. But I also often use octaves while improvising because I used them as a landmark to settle, and see where I am in the middle of the improvisation landscape. It is quite helpful whether you know you’re going to get lost, or to break repetitive patterns.  As I tend to play octaves without thinking, I can imagine where I want to take the improvisation… The funniest thing being that octaves already make evolve the solo to take it somewhere else…

The guitar I have used is a cheap Asian copy of an ES-335 branded as Marathon which was probably made in the late 80s, early 90s. It is far from being the most wonderful or the most comfortable guitar. Yet I love it. Its pickups where changed for a set of  handmade pickups by Etienne Lauzon a craftsman from Quebec (Canada) who makes very good pickups for an affordable price.

Have a nice week-end…

About Sem

I am the founder of Muzicosphere (that also exists in a French version). In 2011, I also created Guitar Fail, the Guitar LOL place to be. And before that I created GAS a GoGo, a gear giveaways blog in French.


  1. Excellent!!!

  2. Bravo, joli et bien envoyé ! En ce moment je donne plus dans le root de chez root avec comme seul effet le jack. Mais les simulations nous aident a trouver de belles sonorités et participent à la création. En tous cas bravo, je suis bien incapable d’en faire autant.

  3. Merci les gars 🙂 Je suis d’accord avec toi 12Bb, les modélisations sont vachement utiles pour trifouiller des sons ce qui peut aider à la création (à condition de ne pas se perdre en chemin et ne plus faire que ça, ce qui arrive plus souvent qu’il ne faudrait!)

  4. Super impro, ça sonne !

  5. I must confess that I think shredding is good excercise, but provides little in terms of music. Despite the fact that I am an avid sci-fi/horror movie buff, sound effects on the guitar do little for me outside THAT particular genre. This Anti-Shred Video hits home. It treats music as language. It conveys emotion from a human being. It’s a conversation between musician and listener;and what a delightful conversation it is!

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