Magazine article Guitar Player

The Slow Signal Fade

Magazine article Guitar Player

The Slow Signal Fade

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"I can't tell major from minor, and I've never played a barre chord in my life," says the Slow Signal Fade's Ron Ulicny of his self-taught guitar style. "But I think my limitations are liberating in a way. Many guitarists come up with parts that stand out on their own, but I'm more into playing something that fits into a song's overall texture."

Taking musical cues from New Order, Mogwai, and the Cure, Ulicny and bassist Chris Waiters craft sinewy, intertwining lines for the six protracted cuts on Through the Opaque Air [Stroll Music].

"We try to think of bass and guitar as opposite halves of one big instrument," explains Ulicny. "A lot of bands use the bass solely as a support instrument underneath the guitar, but we put them on equal footing. If Chris plays something melodic, I'll craft a simple counter-melody that fits around it, and vice-versa."

To craft his minimalist, yet complex and processed lines, Ulicny uses a '79 Gibson SG, a Fender Super Reverb (with the reverb maxed), a Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler (which is almost always on), a collection of Electro-Harmonix pedals, a Dunlop CryBaby (set to a fixed position to boost selected midrange frequencies), and two Boss distortion boxes--a DS-1 Distortion and a SD-1 Super Overdrive. …

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