Mike Campbell On How To Get The Tom Petty Guitar Tone

Tom Petty guitarist talks about his guitars   04-Jul-12

Mike Campbell On How To Get The Tom Petty Guitar Tone
Mike Campbell rocking with Tom Petty // CC // Brian R Grubb

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist has recorded a documentary series called 'The Guitars Documentary', in which he plays his favourite guitars and talk about their sounds and the history behind them.

The documentary has been split into several parts, with the most recent part being about his Rickenbackers. In fact, he has so many Rickenbackers that this part of the documentary had to be split into two parts!

This is a great video for those who are looking to get a similar sound to that of Mike Campbell's in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. His iconic rock and roll crunch is as instantly recognisable as his smooth and rhythmic blues-inspired chops.

In this video he reveals that a Rickenbacker 360/12 12-string guitar is responsible for some of the most famous riffs, including his opening chord sequence to 'Free Fallin''.

He also reveals that Full Moon Fever, the album boasting 'Free Fallin'', 'I Won't Back Down', and 'Running Down a Dream' was initially turned down by the record company because they couldn't hear a hit.

A couple of years after this album we of course had the release of the song 'Into The Great Wide Open', which features the line:

"They both met movie stars, partied and mingled
"Their A&R man said 'I don't hear a single'"

To see Mike's video, go to the next page of this article, which you can do by clicking here.

 

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