How to Capture the Magical Tone of Jonny Buckland | Coldplay

It's hard to argue with the musical impact of Coldplay. Love them or hate them - they have made music which has inspired many around the world. Personally, I love them and that's why we are going to cover another one of my favorite guitarists - Jonny Buckland of Coldplay. 

I remember hearing songs like Trouble and Yellow while in college and I have been a fan ever since. I also had the privilege of seeing Coldplay live in 2008 and it was definitely one of my most enjoyable concert experiences.

There is just something about Jonny's Edge like sound and conservative notation which is mesmerizing. So, today we are going to unpack his gear and his tone.


At the center of Jonny's tone is his Fender Hotrod Deville. He has the 2x12 version and I have seen conflicting reports on whether he has 2 or 3 of these which he utilizes. In addition, there are some conflicting reports that it may be a 4x10 stead. Nonetheless, the Deville is at the core of his sound.

As we continue, you'll begin to notice that the Fender brand is a big part of his sound. And, that leads me to his guitars.


Jonny's guitar of choice is his Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Thinline. He actually owns 4 of these guitar ranging in different colors including black, sunburst, walnut, and natural.

The early days, Jonny also used his Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster quite a bit. You can hear this one on songs like We Never Change and Sparks.

Another guitar from the early days is his Fender Jaguar Reissue which was used on the Parachutes tour for songs like Yellow and Shiver.

And another notable mention is his Jerry Donahue Lake Placid Blue Japanese Fender Telecaster which was in main guitar on the Parachutes tour and can be heard on songs like God Put a Smile on Your Face.

There are obviously plenty of other guitars - too many for just this one video but if you want to dive in more... there is his Vintage Gibson ES-335 and Rickenbacker guitars.

So, we have discussed his primary amp of choice and guitars, let's cover his pedals. In no particular order, let's jump in.


Fulltone OCD (boost)

A pedal which is often seen on Jonny's board is his Fulltone OCD. Now, a lot of people think he actually uses this pedal for distorted tones but he actually uses it to serve as a boost.

Electro-Harmonix Micro POG

Another long standing pedal is his Electro-Harmonix Micro POG. This pedal has been part of his arsenal for quite some time in conjunction with this next one.

ProCo RAT (vintage model)

The ProCo Rat (link is for the RAT2). This pedal is used for the slightly heavier stuff like Violet Hill in conjunction with his POG. This along with the next pedal are a big part of his preferences when it comes to distortion.

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer

That next choice for his distorted tones is Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer. The really interesting thing here is that you will notice that most of these pedals are fairly basic. Nothing fancy but absolutely amazing tone.


Next up are his two main BOSS pedals. This includes his BOSS RV-3 (link is for the RV-6) for reverb and BOSS TR-2 for tremolo. Again, nothing super fancy here.

Line 6 DL4

And, we have his Line 6 DL4 which has been utilized extensively. This is truly a Jonny Buckland staple. Keep in mind he has recently been seen with pedals like Strymon's Timeline, but the Line 6 DL4 is most definitely more a part of the Coldplay sound.

MXR Phase 90

And finally, another one of his favorites - his MXR Phase 90. This pedal can be heard on songs like Don't Panic and the ending riff in Fix You as the song begins to build up in intensity.

So there you have it. That's how you capture the the magical tone of Jonny Buckland from Coldplay. Just choose a Fender amp, telecaster, and some simple yet iconic pedals and you should be good to go.

Keep exploring.


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