Tone Talk with Britt Lightning

Britt Lightning - Photo by Jack Lue
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I am Britt Lightning and I am the guitarist for Vixen. We have been on the road a lot this year and have a bunch of cool stuff like the Monsters of Rock Cruise, festivals and overseas dates coming up for 2020. We are also working on a new studio album right now, can’t wait for everyone to hear the new tunes! I am working on some solo material as well.

What is your definition of tone, and how has it changed over the years?

My definition of tone has changed from having more of an in your face aggressiveness through higher gain amps and pickups to a more crunch tone where you can hear more definition and distinction. I also use fewer pedals and effects. I feel like less is more lately.

Which guitars, amps, and pedals are you currently using and why?

I am using Moore Audio pedals because of the size and ease of travel, but they also sound great! I have a basic setup with just an analog delay, a boost, and a wah. I am using Hughes & Kettner for amps. They are super versatile and sound amazing. For guitars, I have always loved playing Jackson and Gibson. I have also been using a new Epiphone SG and have started playing Carlino guitars which are super cool looking, feel great, and sound big!

Britt Lightning – Photo by Jack Lue

Are there certain recording techniques you prefer in the studio?

No, I love having no rules in the studio, that’s what I like most about it. If it doesn’t work the first time, you can redo it anyways. I like to think of the studio as a safe place to experiment and explore.

How do you keep your sound consistent onstage?

I travel with my H&K head, pedals, and my own guitars so that keeps things somewhat consistent sounding on the road.

What does your practice consist of?

I don’t have a very regimented practice routine right now. I like to just turn on the radio to a random station and jam along to whatever is on. Every now and then I brush up on scales and things like that, but lately I usually just play whatever I’m feeling when I pick up the guitar.

What is your advice for young women who hope to work in the music industry?

Don’t give up and don’t let others’ opinions get into your head. Don’t compare your skills or accomplishments to others. You are your own unique talent and everyone’s definition of greatness and success is different. Follow your heart and be YOU to the fullest extent – there’s no one else like you.

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