The Talk-Box isn’t a really common effect in the pedalboards of electric guitarists, but it can surely give you a lot of interesting possibilities with your own playing.
If you don’t know what it actually is, or what you can do with that strange effect, we’ll see 5 songs that features it and definitely nails it with a very unique guitar sound!
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1. BON JOVI – LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER
This song surely doesn’t need any presentation, as it was one of the most popular songs in the 80’s, and it brought a lot of popularity to this pedal and taking it right in the mainstream’s stages.
Another song of Bon Jovi with this pedal is also “It’s my life”, used during the solo.
2. ALICE IN CHAINS – MAN IN THE BOX
Classic rock isn’t the only place where a singing guitar (literally) can shine, as this grunge classic from Alice in Chains shows how versatile a plastic tube and a box can get while playing the guitar.
3. PETER FRAMPTON – DO YOU FEEL LIKE WE DO
Peter Frampton is almost the synonimous of talkbox: he used it in lots of songs, making it a foundational part of his signature sound, and making it famous to nearly everyone in the 80’s.
Another great song with this setup is also “Show me the way”.
4. JOE WELSCH – ROCKY MOUNTAIN VIEW
This is another great classic written in 1971, celebrating the beauty of the rocky mountains in Colorado, and also the beauty of the “Heil Box”, one of the first models of the guitar effect made by the engineer Bob Heil
5. DAFT PUNK – HARDER BETTER FASTER STRONGER
Everything ends, and also Daft Punk retired in 2021, but luckily the beauty of a song never retires or fade out, and this particular song heavily uses a more futuristic and disco-sounding setting of this effect box, delivering a face that wasn’t truly shown during the classic rock era, and giving a fresh look to this sound.
YOU LIKED THEM? WHAT ABOUT TRYING TO USE IT IN YOUR OWN PLAYING?
As you can see this effect can give some unique soundscapes to your songs, and it doesn’t necessarily need some mad skills in order to get a great sound and result out of it: it all comes down to being creative, and after all a riff, a solo or really anything musical doesn’t need to be technically complicated or difficult in order to be beautiful.
If you want to know more about this pedal you can see the history and how does it work here.
And if you want to try one for yourself, you can see some of the best models in this blog post.