Originally Posted by Airguitar
I used to spend a lot of time and money trying to sound like my heroes until a muso friend I really admired asked me:- "Ever tried sounding like YOU?"
Made me take a new look at all my gear, and now I do have my own sound, and the knock-on effect of that was it also set me free to PLAY like me!!
I now get a lot of compliments and young guys wanting to sound like me...
Isn't that where we all want to be?
I agree. I left the "sound like" world long ago and have gotten more compliments on my tone sense then then I ever did while trying to sound like my "tone gods". Searching other peoples sound can help you discover ELEMENTS of your own though.
For many people who play in churches (which in most cases makes you a "cover band" of other churches who write/produce CDs) they want to really nail the tone and feel of the original recording. There's really nothing wrong with this considering every cover band out there is trying to get the same thing. I personally try to capture the "essence" of the parts/sounds played and then add my own interpretation of it.