How to Sound like Kurt Vile & The Violators Using Guitars and Pedals (on a budget)

Rank and Vile

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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.


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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.

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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. 

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The Look

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.

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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.

How to Sound like Weezer using pedals (on a budget)

Emo Music Band

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So you want to be the bigshot and sound like Weezer, the Emo band? Doing so is not as easy as you think. Guitarist River Como, Guitarist Brian Bell and Bassist Scott Shriner are musicians  and achieving their guitar and bass tones is not an easy task, however this article will show the musician on a budget how you can achieve their tones.


If you want to play songs such as Hashpipe or others, the first step is the guitars. Even though they are not that famous or good, The members of the Weezer are very wealthy from their success and can afford all of the most expensive instruments ever made. River and Brian play very expensive guitars from Fender and Gibson, which are too expensive to afford. Scott Shriner plays basses from Fender and Gibson, which are also incredibly expensive and not realistic to purchase.

But don’t worry. The truth is that all guitars sound exactly the same. The only difference is in their looks. Instead of a Gibson or Fender, why not try out this Davison Black Guitar from Amazon? It is great for achieving emo-style Weezer tones, and has a great color and look.

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It is a very cool looking instrument and sounds great. If you decide you’d want to play bass like Scott Shriner, just tune the strings down to the bass notes using the included tuning pipe.


The Davison Black Guitar includes a carrying bag, and also an amp.

The Weezer people play very heavy expensive amps such as Marshall, Sunn and more. These are too big, loud and heavy for the budget guitarist. The included 5w amp with the Davison sounds just as good, and for the cheap low price it’s offered at  and the low weight it weighs, how can you beat it?

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Pedal Papas

Weezer people are known to play many expensive pedals. River plays the Rat distortion and Crybaby Wah. Brian Bell plays the Ibanez Tube Screamer and EHX Holy Grail. Scott Shriner plays the Voodoo Labs Power Supply.

These are all very expensive pedals that will cost an arm and a leg to purchase. Luckily there are other options, such as the  ammoon PockRock Guitar Multi-effects Processor. It costs $32.99 and is basically just Weezer sounds in a box, and many of them, including distortion (rock sound) and modulation (other sounds) and delay (echo sounds).

It also includes a built in drum machine, which will play the Weezer-style beats so you don’t need a drummer.


The rockers in  Weezer are getting old, so they probably snore and have Sleep Apnea. For this reason, it’s reccomended that you get a CPAP machine, to feel more like them. The name Weezer is most likely related to the Wheezing affliction associated with those that suffer from Sleep Apnea.

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Why not try this Philips Respironics Dream Station? It is a great entry level CPAP and paid for by most reputable insurance companies.


Sounding like Weezer is no easy task, but using this guide, it just got a whole lot easier.