How to Sound like Tame Impala on guitar (on a budget)

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So you want to sound like Tame Impala and get the Kevin Parker type of sound on guitar such as heard on their Currents album? But scared about how expensive it is to get all the right guitars and pedals to sound like the Psych Rock sound that they have? Don’t worry about that anymore. It can be done on a reasonable budget with great results. Read on to find more.

Guitars make it happen

In order to sound like Tame Impala of course you need a electric guitar. They are a rock band afterall. BUt guitars can be quite expensive. Kevin Parker uses a Rickenbacker 335, a Fender Stratocaster and a Casio DG-20 Digital Guitar. All of these guitars will cost a small fortune and for the player looking to save some money they are not good options. Since all guitars sound the same and their differences are purely cosmetic, why not try out the Davison Red Guitar. Some of Kevin Parker’s guitars are red, so this one looks similar to them because it’s also a red one. And for the low, low price that it sells for it will be much cheaper than the ones Kevin has.

It also comes with everything a up-and-coming artist needs incuding a case, picks and a cable and amp. If you pick up this guitar you will be sounding like Tame Impala in no time!

Rock Amps

Kevin uses Big Expensive Amps such as the famous (and loud) Vox AC30 and Fender 65 Twin Reverb. But these are very big and way-too-heavy amps that are too heavy to carry around and are just too loud and hurt your ears. However, the Davison Red Guitar does include a little amp with it that is the perfect size and weight and loudness for both professional and amateur musicians.


One important way to sound like Kevin Parker’s voice is to use the same microphone that he would use. He uses the Shure SM-57, a very famous mic that many people used, including him. Pick one of these up and you will very soon sound alot like Kevin’s voice.



Tame Impala love to rock out with a plethora of pedals of all different size and shape. The only problem is they are very very expensive to buy all of them. It could cost up to $300 to buy all the pedals on Kevin’s board and that doesn’t include the prices of the cables and the 9v batteries he’s using to power those pedals. He uses fancy ones from Electro-Harmonix, Moog and Boss that are just not affordable for guitarists on the budget. So instead we reccomend to buy the Zoom B1 multieffect which has many sounds in the box.

I know what you’re thinking, “this is a bass pedal and not a guitar one!” But don’t worry, they are all the same and this one is cheaper than other ones. IT does all the sounds Kevin Does but for a much cheaper price than buying all those big heavy pedals he has. And it sounds perfect and very great!

In Conclusion

Sounding like Tame Impala is not a easy task but with this gear it just got a whole lot easier to sounds like them.


How to sound like Throbbing Gristle (on a budget)

Heart Throb

Genesis P-Orridge and    gang of merry pranksters made many people love them with the sick and dark sounds of his bands Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV. But how can you sound like them? You may think it takes alot of expensive gear to sound like them, but in fact you can do it quite affordably with this guide.

Drum machine

On their seminal 1979 album, 20 Jazz Funk Greats the first song, which is also titled “20 Jazz FUnk Greats” features drum machine sounds along with other electronic and synthesizer sounds. They sound very cool and weird but likely were recorded with a very, very expensive drum machine such as a Roland TR-808 or something similar.

Luckily in the modern world of today you don’t need to pay that much for one. We reccomend this VTech Kids Drum.  For only $17.89 it sounds pretty much the same as whatever weird machine they were using, but its much cheaper.

It comes with sticks too, so you don’t need to buy them.


Many of Throbbing Gristle songs features vocal parts. Usually it’s not singing but some weird talking and mumbles. But in order to record that you will need a good microphone to record yourself talking.

This Singing Machine SMM-205 Unidirectional Dynamic Microphone is a great option. It only costs $7.00 and included is a 10 ft cord, so you can be far away from your recording unit when using it. It’s a great mic to sound like Throbbing Gristle and at a very discounted price you will be sounding like Genesis and the gang in no time.


Throbbing Gristle features many out-there noises in the background which you can achieve with some basic items you can find on Amazon such as Pots and Pans. Conveniently, the VTech Kids drums come with drumsticks that you can hit the pots and pans with to make some of the weird sounds that Throbbing Gristle was making back in the day.

For a great price, we recommend the Rachael Ray Cucina Hard Porcelain Enamel Nonstick Cookware Set

It comes with many pots, pans and other things you can bang to make Throbbing Gristle noises.

In Conclusion

Sounding like Throbbing Gristle isn’t easy, but with this guide you’re getting a great start to sounding just like them on a budget.

How to Sound like The Cure & RObert Smith with guitars and pedals (on a budget)

Boys Don’t Cry

When Robert Smith wrote “Boys Don’t Cry” along time ago, he was singing about love issues but these days some boys who play guitar might want to cry because they are trying to achieve the guitar tones of the Cure but just can’t figure out how to do that. Luckily with this guide you will be sounding just like the Cure and other Gothic groups in no time. Read on to find out more.


Robert Smith plays many very different and very guitars. He has an arsenal of very sick guitars including a Fender Jazzmaster, a Gibson Chet Atkins country Gentleman, an Ibanez AE300 acoustic and a Gibson Custom Shop SG. These guitars are all very cool and have different sizes, shapes and colors…the only thing they have in common is that they are too expensive for the guitarist on a budget. But that’s no problem.

While guitars may have many different looks to them, they all sound pretty much the same, so it’s best to just get a budget guitar, such as this Blue Davison Guitar. At an unheard of, very cheap price, who could resist buying one of these sweet Davison rock machines? If you get one of these you will be sounding like the Gothic arpeggios of the Cure in no time.


In order to amplify the electric signal that come from guitar, you have to plug them into an amp. This makes the sound of the guitar get loud. If you play without plugging in, it is too quiet to hear and will not sound cool. According to Equipboard, RObert uses a very cool array of amps such as the Roland Jazz Chorus, the Roland Cube, and the Marshall Bluesbreaker. All great amps to achieve tones such as “Friday I’m in Love” “The Holy Hour” “One Hundred Years” “the Love Cats” and “A Forest” however they all cost a pretty penny and are not affordable machiens to buy.

Why not try this little Vox AP2AC. At a extremely unbeatable price, it’s the ultimate amp to sound like the Cure in headphones. It won’t play out loud, only through headphones, but that’s all you really need for now. If you get hired by big venues to play for them, they will provide the amps so you don’t need your own. This will get you towards sounding like the Cure.



Robert Smith is known for using many many pedals. He famously used Flangers, Phasers and Delay from Boss and Electro-Harmonix. The classic pedals that he used include the Boss PH-2 Phaser, the Electric Mistress Flanger, The Boss BF-2 Flanger, the Boss DD-3 Delay and the Electro-Harmonix Memory Man delay. These are pretty cool pedals but way too expensive and why would you pay so much money just to play a pedal?

We reccomend instead the ammoon Kokko Overdrive pedal.

Overdrive is a rock effect that makes guitar sound dirtier and more rock sounding. Because the Cure is a rock band, this is a perfect pedal to achieve their sounds. Also, at the unbeetable price it’s at, it might be one of the cheapest and best pedals to ever be released. Don’t waste time or money on the Boss or Electro-Harmonix pedals.



Sounding like the Cure is not a easy task. However, with this guide, sounding like them just got a whole lot easier.