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How To Sound Like Mick Mars - Get The Dirt On His Tone

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Dagan shows us how you can sound like Mick Mars in our Motley Crue gear and tone guide. Watch and listen as Dagan talks us through Mick Mars' sound through each album. Here, we find out what guitars, amps and pedals you can use to get the sound of classic albums such as 'Shout At The Devil', 'Girls, Girls, Girls' and 'Dr. Feelgood' using equipment readily available today. Skip to each album: 5:07 Too Fast For Love 12:34 Shout At The Devil 17:24 Theatre Of Pain 21:57 Girls, Girls, Girls 27:41 Dr. Feelgood 36:52 Motley Crue 40:00 Generation Swine + Onwards Gear used in this video: Gibson Les Paul Custom: http://bit.ly/2FpPSg5 Epiphone Les Paul Custom: http://bit.ly/2FoUjrn Charvel Pro-Mod: https://www.pmtonline.co.uk/brands/charvel/ Ibanez Premium RG1070FM Electric Guitar, Natural Low Gloss: http://bit.ly/2HGb6ry Fender Stratocaster: http://bit.ly/2HNqp1N Marshall Studio Classic SC20C 20W Valve Combo Amp: http://bit.ly/2Fllweo Marshall AST2CD5 Astoria Combo Amp Vintage: http://bit.ly/2Fm8nBN PRS MT15 1x12 Tremonti Extension Speaker Cab: http://bit.ly/2FmN9Eb Dunlop GCB-95 Crybaby Standard Wah Pedal: http://bit.ly/2FnpoeQ Boss LS-2 Line Selector Pedal: http://bit.ly/2FoA7WK MXR M234 Blue Analog Chorus Pedal: http://bit.ly/2FmFHJa Strymon Riverside Multistage Drive Pedal: http://bit.ly/2FlNl6h Boss TU-3W Waza Craft Chromatic Tuner: http://bit.ly/2FnAG2Z Electro-Harmonix Nano POG: http://bit.ly/2FnqaZi Electro Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Synth Pedal: http://bit.ly/PitchForkEHX Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble Pedal: http://bit.ly/2Fm9qld Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal: http://bit.ly/2FnwYGD MXR M109S Six Band EQ Pedal: http://bit.ly/2FnfKJf Check out our Motley Crue Mick Mars Gear Guide: https://www.pmtonline.co.uk/blog/2019/02/28/motley-crue-gear-guide/ Check out Mick's rig! http://bit.ly/2Fm58dB (it's a google search) Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/c/PMTVUK?sub_confirmation=1 Find us on social media: https://www.facebook.com/PMTHouseOfRock/ https://twitter.com/pmthouseofrock https://www.instagram.com/pmthouseofrock
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Steven Lerma (18 days ago)
Click bait. This guy is pompous promoting himself
captainwhizz (21 days ago)
Was that So Cal modded? I thought they all had Duncan Distortion sets in?
BRANDON PHILLIPS (25 days ago)
To sound like Mick Mars on a budget I belive I would suggest a Jet City JCA22H and some lynchbacks in a 2x12 or 4x12
Brandon Long (25 days ago)
29:52 , ur welcome
Bminz07insta YT (27 days ago)
Bro too fast for love sounds awesome man keep it up
motto sierra (1 month ago)
Sonds like the fresno 85 live cd
Andrew Lawrence (1 month ago)
Fucking Kramer Telecasters
Tony Escobar (1 month ago)
http://www.uberproaudio.com/who-plays-what/192-motley-crue-mick-mars-guitar-gear-rig-and-equipment This lists the equipment he uses for his sounds. \m/
riccosuabe (1 month ago)
What model is that kramer? Soooo nice! Sell me it, one north east lad to another hahaha
mudflap 98 (1 month ago)
I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings but your rendition of live wire was nothing like the original
No meat here
Gavin Strohl (1 month ago)
What’s the first guitar you were using? The strat style with Floyd rose. It’s beautiful
SDC 8 (1 month ago)
It's a Kramer barretta
Johnny North (1 month ago)
Need a little more distortion dude
Ken Scott (1 month ago)
Your guitar is so out of tune.. Could only watch about 30 seconds... FF.. His tone is simple.. Modded Marshall.. One stack dry.. The other with about 20 ms delay.. Panned L/R
Dr. love (1 month ago)
Something called a step down
Brendan Rutledge (1 month ago)
Don’t really like Kramer’s
Stewart Tomkinson (1 month ago)
Reverb has two of those tels your loking for
Very super cool Rockin guitar Riff🎸🔥🎢🎡🎭🏝⛳☠💀🎸
mesa8699 (1 month ago)
He also used a Furman PQ-3 into His Super Leads just watch the US Festival concert.
Dave Lanciani (1 month ago)
Great video, but let's see if WMG blocks it. Hope not.
Leon Mohan (1 month ago)
Why no link to the awesome Kramer?
Leon Mohan (1 month ago)
For a real in depth look at Mick Marr's tone and how he got it, check out the yt channel CIRCLE OF TONE. This guy totally nails it and he does some real Sherlock investigation into the gear and studio technique, really worth a look. He does loads of other artists as well. And im in no way affiliated with the channel, its all mho.
Tate Thompson (1 month ago)
I owned a ‘76 Les Paul Custom that was Micks. It was wired for open volume and had a super distortion in bridge, t-top in the neck with cover on.
Jay Kapolka (1 month ago)
I don't think they would sue you for showing a picture of his rig lol
J2 Martnz (1 month ago)
Live....he has a lot of BACKING TRACK going on
Daniel Barajas (1 month ago)
Way too much chorus dawg
Handgun Shooter (1 month ago)
Think he ran slo 100 around dr feel good
Luc Alberts (1 month ago)
His signature strat is one of the most insanely comfortable guitars I’ve ever played.
cappy from boston (1 month ago)
Epic fail.
keith carman (1 month ago)
Who is the asshole?? go back to making cookies!
orangequarter (1 month ago)
Holy shit Jack Sparrow, you wish you were alive in '89? I feel old now. Good job though.
Modern Rebellion (1 month ago)
I think it’s hard to get Mick’s sound bc he makes a lot of modifications on his gear, all by himself. I believe Nikki said once that Mick used to spent hours changing stuff on his guitar and amps till the sound was right, kind of a guitar geek. Great vid anyway
Cooper Kaesemeyer (1 month ago)
8:16 i was hoping it would say mars on the back
Unskilled Slash (1 month ago)
same
Year Zero65 (1 month ago)
Me.personally, sounds like crap
IvanMcdouble 18 (1 month ago)
you dont even know how to spell diorama
Year Zero65 (1 month ago)
+IvanMcdouble 18 don't forget to make a diorama
IvanMcdouble 18 (1 month ago)
your mom doesn't love you but its ok
Year Zero65 (1 month ago)
+IvanMcdouble 18 wow, real mature....
Abbath (1 month ago)
Way to weak on distortion and muddled. I think at one time he used a Soldano premium amp.
Chris LINK (1 month ago)
I love your Kramer guitar
Leon Mohan (1 month ago)
Yeah, Why is there no link to the Kramer in the show notes? I really wanted to check that out.
Josh Serna (1 month ago)
without a doubt the best Mars tone video ive seen
Brian Buckles (1 month ago)
The TC Electronic Mimiq does the double effect.
jack hucklbee (1 month ago)
Need more gain
Big Caddy Daddy (1 month ago)
Dagan,  Enjoyed the video and listening to you.   You put on a good show bro!
TerSan (1 month ago)
A pic of his rig: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ec/12/75/ec1275c8a2719480826e8017b9446bf7.jpg His gear: http://fullinbloommusic.com/gear-list-mick-mars-motley-crue.html
5five6 (1 month ago)
This is what you do when your boss goes home, the store is closed and you break in and make YouTube Videos playing all the guitars your boss says “Do not touch”...! BUSTED..!!!
Cpl Autumn (1 month ago)
do this but for metallica
DOG FACED GODS \m/ (1 month ago)
Motley Crue sucks balls almost as much as this fuckstick
charles gring (1 month ago)
Shit band, shit guitarist, shit sound.
haywoodyoudome (1 month ago)
Almost a whole hour and didn't once sound like Mick Mars. Good job douche.
S Shake (1 month ago)
Can I take a kiss on the bum and a tap on the cheek
hellboundTX333 (1 month ago)
Slightly cocked wah on all the time. Micks secret sauce. He’s never admitted it tho. You’ll never get his mids without it.
5five6 (1 month ago)
Jeffrey Dohnger I do believe you are correct sir...
Jeffrey Dohnger (1 month ago)
+5five6 Does his name rhyme with "gash" lol
5five6 (1 month ago)
hellboundTX333 Someone else who wears the same stoker hat covering his huge curly hair, aviator glasses and leather pants who uses the WAH in situ as part of his tone but wouldn’t admit it either... his ‘59 with Alnico V pups.!
Dagan u seem to excited to talk properly (which i can understand ) lol good vid. Crue for every. By the way mucky and confused is good lol
JD Schirato (1 month ago)
Rivera bonehead amps not VHT!!
TheScunion (1 month ago)
Yep, that's the tone I aspire to have🙄
Friend Of David (1 month ago)
Who the hell wants to sound like Mick Mars?  One of the most mediocre and lifeless rock guitarists ever outside of Kirk Hammett.
Mike Wells (1 month ago)
I am a huge Crue fan. Where did you get that necklace and the hat! I need those in my life! Great vid man!
Stephen Gray (1 month ago)
mick is playing the same dam fender strat with a floyd rose for 25 years,you are fake news,ha ha ha ha ha
TheWaterbound07 (1 month ago)
Close more like 27yrs now but this is about all years for guitars not since 1994
Stephen Gray (1 month ago)
dude you are full of shit .you brits know nothing about mick mars hes a fender man ,and all his pickups are made by a guy in tn.your so full of shit,mick wasnt a kramer man
Dan Luzanycia (1 month ago)
Great player!
ThomasMetal75 (1 month ago)
With that Kramer and amp tone, you could do any Zakk Wyle tunes!
Tony Michaels (1 month ago)
"With the popularity of 'The Dirt" on Netflix, why not do a video on Mick's tone and gear and see how many views and likes I can get?"
T Robins (1 month ago)
I didn't know that Russell brand had a brother ?
Mr1087shotwell (1 month ago)
Ah, wishful thinking
ADAM JASON (1 month ago)
Mick uses a .73 pick
Dyl fam (1 month ago)
This guy loves himself
Joe Fekete (1 month ago)
I think you could do a "Captain Jack Sparrow"
Jack O'Neill (1 month ago)
Great video man. You really broke down the components of Mick's tone which is nice and nasty. I've admired what he's done for years and I've taken a few pages from his book in crafting my own tone. I read recently online that Richard Fortus of GN'R managed to acquire Mick's most treasured Marshall amp, supposedly his main work horse that he used on the early Motley records. It makes sense because Rich has a killer tone and now we know why. Because Fortus coveted the sound so much, he got Voodoo amps to clone Mick's Marshall. It's available as a modded V-Rock amp. So, for those who just can't get enough Mars, they can track down a Fortus Voodoo and they're right in the Motley wheelhouse! http://www.voodooamps.com/home/News/tabid/943/ctl/ArticleView/mid/2219/articleId/56/Richard-Fortus-of-GnR-The-Dead-Daisies-talks-about-his-Rig-Voodoo-Amps.aspx
lozz196 (1 month ago)
Good video, enjoyed that, and a good few tips on how Mick got his tone, well done Dagan, could easily see the enthusiasm in the vid.
Anthony Blanco (1 month ago)
You could buy a Mars owned Marshall at Voltage on Sunset pretty cheap in the 90's.
JezBollah 667 (1 month ago)
And most of megadeths backline and early bc rich guitars at pawn shops scattered all throughout Los Angeles! Lol
Dave Hendricks (1 month ago)
Not even close to his tone !
Christopher Morrow (1 month ago)
Found a Kramer tele on reverb.... but you can keep your nuts, but I’ll take one finger.
GuitarsAre LikeStupid (1 month ago)
Great, someone who wasn't even alive during the first few Motley Crue records, getting a Mick Mars tone out of the new, Chinese-made (?) Marshall copies. Pass.
JezBollah 667 (1 month ago)
Marshall copies? Fuck guitarists believe in the dumbest shit, even long after they've been completely debunked as fairytales. You don't understand how amps like that actually work do ya so you keep believing the same dumb shit forever like you do.
Patrick Kowalski (1 month ago)
I think Mick uses tortex 1.14 mm. He’s had the classic tortex saying on them and in purple and black colors
Stephen Gray (1 month ago)
slash ,i as well,i find picking much better when fast and moveing with the heavier pick ,slash give that advice,i dont care what i pick up i do better with 1.14 tortex purple than anything else
Stephen Gray (1 month ago)
mick uses 1.14 purple tortex same thing slah uses u r right
Dj #1 (1 month ago)
BC Rich warlock.. your welcome,, and he used a talk box also.. like frampton
JezBollah 667 (1 month ago)
He also used a lot of Kramers as well, especially in the motley Crüe era. In fact, that's all I've ever seen him play in those days actually.
Freedom Fighter (1 month ago)
That I’ve been as sounds like shit should’ve stuck with the Charvel
Phil Dem (1 month ago)
Chorus ??? On the girls girls girls tour and after you see a eventide H3000 in his rack whitch sure does chorus BUT is also renowed To be used in the wet-dry-wet setup for detuning. The trick is few cents lower pitch one side, dry center, few cents upper pitch the other side, amount to taste. Like EVH, Haggar era. Three amp mixed also help the thickening! Oh by the way, good playing ! Cool riffs rundown 😎🤘
Mike McHan (1 month ago)
Thanks Phil Dem. I've been saving up for a third amp and an ABC splitter as it is but changing the pitch a tad here and there is something I never considered.
Marc Frieder (1 month ago)
Yes Carlos you right. This guy play good but i think in under kokaine and is better to him he go listen CD to Motley Crue
wet water (1 month ago)
I'm rolling with a 89 kramer focus 3000 and a B-52 LG200AS head and B-52 cab to match, I can get a pretty damn good girls girls girls era tone but I'll never be dead on.
Chris Hopkins (1 month ago)
"His rack gear grew more and more" - his other "gear" probably grew more and more too! :)
Wasted Youth (1 month ago)
With a shredder yell, it grew more, more, moooore!
Chris Hopkins (1 month ago)
I'm sure there was a fixed wah pedal on the Looks that Kill riff originally
WillyVonHalen (1 month ago)
He also used the Soldano SLO 100
JezBollah 667 (1 month ago)
WillyVonHalen I guess you're right then. I'd never even noticed one back then and let's be honest, they're pretty hard to miss in a world that is just all black and black! Lol. A good mate of mine swears by em though and I trust his opinion so they must be something special.
WillyVonHalen (1 month ago)
The SLO 100 was released in 1987. Mars used them live since. The Rivera Bonehead 100w.
JezBollah 667 (1 month ago)
Did they even exist back then!?!?
Drumz6 (1 month ago)
1. Girls girls girls, 2.live wire, 3.to fast for love, 4. On with the show, 5. Shout at the devil, 6. Too young to fall in love, 7. Looks that kill, 8. Louder than hell, 9. Home sweet home, 10. Smoking in the boys room, 11. Girls girls girls (Again), 12. Wild side, 13. Helter skelter (I think), 14. Kickstart my heart, 15. Dr. Feelgood, 16. Same Ol Situation, 17. Without you, 18. (My brain hurts to remember what that riff is), 19. Hooligans Holiday, 20. (Don’t know many songs from there 94 album), 21. Hell on high heels, 22. Saints of Los Angeles, 23. (I can’t think of the song but I’ve herd that riff before)... since I named most of the riffs you played could I please have my dream bass?? Epiphone Firebird PLEASSSEEEE?? I’ll even come to the shop and play them on bass 🤘🏼🤘🏼
Flavio Pintinha (1 month ago)
https://www.ebay.com/itm/KRAMER-Classic-3-Floyd-Rose-Original-beutiful-JAPAN-rare-useful-EMS-F-S/302872453786?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D56922%26meid%3D0c7aed15749f40f1ad13c2241840d0ae%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D302872453786%26itm%3D302872453786&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3A1e00a22e-518c-11e9-840a-74dbd1807cc2%7Cparentrq%3Ac5af2abe1690ad4aa3b3d31efff4358d%7Ciid%3A1 You're welcome...
carlos rapalo (1 month ago)
Mick has more powerful sound..you're too far from there
captainwhizz (21 days ago)
A whole bunch of amps, a whole bunch of guitar tracks, and people like Bob Rock producing do make a difference. Funny that.
Ryan McDermott (1 month ago)
carlos rapalo it’s not the same because he’s inside(being quiet) and doesn’t have a full wall setup of Marshall cabinets to boost his sound
carlos rapalo (1 month ago)
You are not even close to sound like him , you don't even show the pedals he uses or used .. you play his songs not too bad but show nothing you intended to..
David Shannon (1 month ago)
Thought I recognised that Les Paul, my buddy Mickeys 😝 haha, my band Saints Of War have played alongside Tygers, great bunch of guys! Cool video by the way 👍🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻
tied78 (1 month ago)
Where’s the JCM 800 2203s and 14k pickups?
JezBollah 667 (1 month ago)
The little Marshall behind him replicates the circuit boards of all their most infamous amps from the past, jcm 800 included of course
Chris Cuthbertson (2 months ago)
Marshall should make a JCM 'Mick'hundred
Sasha DC (2 months ago)
Girls girls girls, live wire, come on & dance, too fast for love, on with the show, shout at the devil, too young to fall in love, bastard, looks that kill, louder than hell, home sweet home, city boy blues, smokin' in the boys room, girls girls girls (again xD), wild side, you're all i need, kickstart my heart, dr feelgood, same ol' situation, without you, she goes down, hooligan's holiday, hell on high heels, saints of Los Angeles Might be missing a few, but the classics were played :) great video, massive info on Mars' "secret" tone. This is damn close if not spot on :)
Real Heel Ryan (2 months ago)
More videos like these please! Don't care who the bands are, just enjoy hearing you talk about gear.
theczarofguitar (2 months ago)
what year is the Kramer?
JezBollah 667 (1 month ago)
Around 86 ish!? Maybe a little earlier, they weren't around for that long really.
Stephen Meredith (2 months ago)
Almost as long as the movie. 😂
Djarra (2 months ago)
Mick's Les Paul had the pickups rewound by J.M. Rolph at some point early on, possibly before Mötley, he still uses J.M. Rolph pickups to this day.
Kevin Glenn (2 months ago)
There's 51:54 of my life that i'll never get back. 🤨
motto sierra (1 month ago)
Anyone will never get mick's sounds with modest gear like that , sounds good but no very close , i saw the crue in the feelgood Tour back 89 and my ears still hurts sometimes by that lol
Kevin Glenn (1 month ago)
+Jblooddrunk nah.
Jblooddrunk (1 month ago)
So it's not worth sitting through?
BIlly The Kid (2 months ago)
Sloppy playing!!!👎
ou812 (2 months ago)
How about posting your signal routing through your pedals . Nice mick sound.
Zig Zag (2 months ago)
Russell Brand really knows how to shred!
Cody Robichaud (2 months ago)
Zig Zag Spot on man..
perrygoround (2 months ago)
Great Playing, and lots of cool info! Also, I love your choice of riffs. "Just another Psycho" is just such a killer song and so understated.
Carlos Lozada (2 months ago)
Nothing matters butt the songs Crue songs are good ergo the guitar sounds good
pocket change (2 months ago)
hoe to get a name like "Mick Mars"
Rick O (2 months ago)
well done and fun to watch! sounds very accurate.
Ron Gillespie (2 months ago)
Please forgive me, no disrespect intended, but it does not sound even close to his tone. Sounds very muddy. Like a cheap amplifier.
JezBollah 667 (1 month ago)
Maybe the fact that it's not highly compressed and boosted in a studio and has heaps of white noise recorded in an open room like it is here, could have a lot more to do with it then it may seem anyway.
dollysinn (2 months ago)
Uses more gain than that.
Eddie Jenkins (2 months ago)
s-drive

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