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.

Guitars

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.

Amps

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.

 

Pedals

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.

 

Conclusion

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