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Best guitar tone you have ever heard?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by WetBandit, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. WetBandit

    WetBandit Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 11, 2016
    Who has/had the best guitar tone you have ever heard, live or studio?

    When and where did you first hear it?

  2. jimash

    jimash Friend of Leo's

    Nov 5, 2013
    A guy named Stu Daye.
    And I heard it at Max's Kansas City.
    I chased that sound for a long time, but I can't even really remember it now.
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  3. skantzos

    skantzos TDPRI Member

    Apr 2, 2010
    grant green in the iron city album
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  4. Gibsonsmu

    Gibsonsmu Tele-Meister

    May 7, 2015
    This is up there for me


  5. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    No way could I pick just one to rule them all. Having said that, the first to really get my attention was the Young brothers on Back In Black. Pete Townshend's live tone on Leeds and Isle Of Wight is another, just about anything Steve Cropper, Keith on Brown Sugar, I could go on all night...
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  6. Wyzsard

    Wyzsard Friend of Leo's

    Jun 22, 2009
    Falls City
    Jeff Pevar

    First heard him on David Crosby's It's All Coming Back to Me Now live album.

    Strats, Teles, ES 335, etc

    He is amazing.
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  7. notagreatplayer

    notagreatplayer TDPRI Member

    Mar 20, 2017
    The tone I find myself chasing the most has always been Brad's. But Clapton and Mayer are certainly up there for strat tone, and I've always been a sucker for Slash's tone on the Appetite record.

  8. deytookerjaabs

    deytookerjaabs Friend of Leo's

    Jun 5, 2015

    Nothing like some crunchy semi-hollow:

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  9. Lef T

    Lef T Tele-Meister

    Apr 24, 2016
    Ontario Canada
    Larry Carlton on Last Nite, a live album.
    Valley Arts guitar into a Dumble.
    His range of tones throughout the whole album,knock me out.

    Last edited: Mar 24, 2017

  10. TeleAndSG

    TeleAndSG Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 9, 2017
    The Peach State
    Tom Scholz and Eddie Van Halen. I was impressed when they first came out, but I had the chance of carefully listen to them again not too long ago, and their sound remains impressive to this day. If I'm not wrong, Scholz is an electronics engineer from MIT who built part of his rig. Van Halen has always had very very good ears.
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  11. Grux

    Grux Tele-Holic

    Jan 10, 2017
    Clarksville, TN
    That's a toss up between David Gilmore and Dan Vickery. The tele tones Dan gets are massive and soooo smooth.

    Gilmore has the best midrange tone on the planet, I dunno how he gets it...maybe it's just him but it's it's an incredible sustaining lightly overdriven tone of excellence.

  12. Jakeboy

    Jakeboy Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 26, 2008
    Sedalia, MO
    Too many to name....but'...

    Clapton on the Beano album....he was on fire.

  13. Wyzsard

    Wyzsard Friend of Leo's

    Jun 22, 2009
    Falls City
    Dire Straits first album. Mark Knopfler's tone on his strat was sweet !

  14. 5stringsdown

    5stringsdown Tele-Meister

    Jan 15, 2017
    Keith Richards and the Expensive Winos live at the Orpheum (Boston).....his guitar tone was unreal!
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  15. viccortes285

    viccortes285 Tele-Holic

    Jan 14, 2017
    I seen BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Lightning Hopkins and more at the Filmore East. In the 70 during the Newport Jazz Fest
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  16. Chris S.

    Chris S. Asst. Admin Staff Member Ad Free Member

    Mar 26, 2005
    Near TELE-Town (Wash. DC)
    Admin Post
    Two spring to mind. Two completely different genres:


  17. Middleman

    Middleman Friend of Leo's

    Aug 29, 2007
    MV, CA
    Jimmy Page LZ I & II

    Last edited: Mar 24, 2017

  18. Boil

    Boil Tele-Meister

    Oct 30, 2011
    Jerry Douglas on the dobro in Steve Earle's version of Don't Take Your Guns to Town.

    Never heard anything like it.

  19. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 16, 2014
    Auburn, California
    Jeff Beck on the Guitar Shop tour. Terry Bozio on drums. Double billed with Stevie Ray Vaughan. One of the best shows I've ever been to.

  20. theprofessor

    theprofessor Friend of Leo's

    Aug 8, 2016
    Chattanooga, TN
    I'm not going to say that this is the best tone I've ever heard. I also like many of the instances mentioned above. But, man, I really, really like this tone. I like most any tone Lanois makes.
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