Rank and Vile
In the olden days, Kurt Weil composed music for the plays of Bertolt Brecht. Sometime later, Kurt Vile hit the scene. While his name is pronounced the same way, and his music also sounds old-timey, it’s actually quite different.
The Philadelphia native’s unique blend of country sounding guitars and a southern singing accent brought the deep south to Philly and people loved him for it. Along with his epic and awesome curly locks, the cool guitars he and his Violators used to achieve their signature country tones are the stuff of legend. Many folks want to sound like Kurt, but how can you do it, especially on a budget?
Would you like your guitar Spicy or Vile’d?
Kurt just released his new song “Loading Zones” and guitarists the world over are lining up to find out how they can achieve his unique tone.
The answer is that Kurt Vile plays his diddling notes on many different guitars, all of which are expensive to buy. The guitarist on a budget cannot afford his vintage (old) Fender guitars, which even though they are old and dirtier than a new guitar, cost much, much more. The good news is that all guitars sound exactly the same, so you don’t have to pay a ton of money to get a cool sounding guitar.
I recommend the Best Choice Beginner Guitar Kit which includes everything you need to get started, including a strap and pitch pipe for $34.99. It looks rather new and clean, which is not really the style of guitar Kurt would play, but that can be fixed easily by tossing the guitar around, hitting it against stuff and putting dirt in it.
Kurt Vile plays a vintage (old) amp. In order to achieve this I reccomend looking in Pawnshops or Craigslist for old dirty amps to match the style of the Amps he has.
Pedalboards of the Stars
Kurt Vile’s pedalboard is very big and full of many different pedals of ddifferent colors and shapes.
He uses a combination of new and vintage pedals. While these pedals are essential in achieving the Kurt Vile tone, they are extremely expensive and cost prohibitive to purchase for the guitarist on a budget.
Instead of spending all your money on all those pedals, why not just get a ammoon PockRock Guitar Multi-effects Processor Effect Pedal. FOr the cheap low price of $32.99 it features many pedal sounds in the box, at a very high and good quality. Also it has a drum machine inside the box so you can fire the drummer and get the Kurt Vile & The Violators Drum Sounds using the drum machine in the box.
To sound like Kurt VIle you should also dress like him. While you could go to Urban Outfitters to buy a flannel shirt that looks worn, why not just order one off amazon? At $10, you cannot beat the great price.
If it looks too new, just drag it through the dirt a few times and then try it out. You will be looking (and sounding) like Kurt Vile in no time at all!
Kurt Vile’s sound is hard to acheive, but using this article, it got alot easier.