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Best guitar tone you have ever heard?

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

  1. Plumber

    Plumber Tele-Meister

    Jun 5, 2014
    That pedal show live - the first 2 songs were astonishing tonewise - then they had Joey Landreth up who really spoiled the whole thing for me

    on recording
    Aldo Nova first album
    Derry Grehan in Honeymoon Suite
    Pete Lesperance in Harem Scarem

  2. tintag27

    tintag27 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Jan 18, 2010
    Macclesfield, UK
    The ever tasteful Andy Timmons manages to produce a beautiful set of guitar tones even in a live setting. Andy never lets his virtuoso technique get in the way of the melody. It's all about touch and dynamic phrasing.
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  3. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 24, 2012
    Southern California
    I've always been struck by Mick Ronson's tone and playing on the studio version of Moonage Daydream on David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars.

    I was at a friend's house listening to Ziggy Stardust on a 8 track machine.

  4. davidge1

    davidge1 Friend of Leo's

    Nov 13, 2006
    I had to double check that I was on TELECASTER website *ahem*

    Best tone? A tossup between Clarence White on Nashville West or Robbie Robertson on Royal Albert Hall.

  5. John E

    John E Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 17, 2003
    Are you kidding? There is no way to pick one. I have hundreds of references in my head of tone I love.

    -Andy Summers on Synchronicity (Murder by numbers comes to mind) And this is where my tone on electric guitar falls (or, more succinctly what I EQ for) typically except on heavier stuff
    -SRV on everything
    -Hendrix on anything
    -AC/DC Bonn Scott era (Both of the Youngs)
    -Pretenders James Honeyman-Scott
    -Brad Paisley on pretty much everything
    -Wally Palmar / Mike Skill (1980 specifically)

    Umm, yeah and about 10,000 more lol. I could spend all day writing this post...
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  6. Rythameen

    Rythameen Tele-Meister

    Jun 24, 2017
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    Impossible question really because when I listen to Dark Side of the Moon, I think that is the best tone I've ever heard, Same with Sticky Fingers or Exile on Main Street, or Tres Hombres, or Texas Flood, you get the picture, hell even when I listen to Son House I think that's a great ptimal tone, I guess I like em all.
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  7. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

    Feb 19, 2015
    There are so many! But if I had to choose just one, it's Leo's own E = mcYES: a '53 Esquire into a '57 narrow panel low-power tweed Twin.
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  8. Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 7, 2007
    I have been seeing free live music on the weekends up the road from where I live. A core of players, with rotating guitarists and vocalists. These guys are playing outside, in a shopping mall, in front of the bookstore and at the edge of the parking lot. It SHOULD be the worst sound ever -- the guitars don't even run through the PA -- but these guys get some crazy good tones.

    And they're mostly not using great amps; 1x12 combos, hybrid or solid state, as a rule. But they know how to get the most out of their equipment.

    One guy had a Strat, and he was getting just big juicy leads out of it. Not even overdriven, just larger than life, somehow. So I sneaked up at a break to find out what mystery boutique pedal he kept stepping on: a regular old Boss Blues Driver.

    YES, I bought one, and I'm seeing the secret, now...

    The other main guitar dude has a Marshall head that he stands on end, and it runs through some random 1x12 cabinet. He has an old Strat with a Floyd Rose, and it looks like he took a bandsaw to it. Also installed four pickups in arbitrary places. Looks like it shouldn't work, at all, but the SOB sounds like a Steely Dan record.
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  9. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    Have I missed a post?...or has no one mentioned Jimi on Are you Experienced? There really are too many examples of too many guitarists to compile a definitive list of "best" tone, but Are You Experienced? simply changed the face of musical history. I LOVE early Beatles, Mark Knopfler, Gary Green, Jim Campilongo, even the Gretsch tones on Gin Blossoms Miserable New Experience, and, well, you see there is just no way to even begin a list....but it ALL comes down to Jimi.....
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  10. DaphneBlue

    DaphneBlue Tele-Meister

    Jul 22, 2017
    I like early Bo Diddley, JJ Cale and my heart is always warmed by Neil Young on Zuma. Bill Frisell is quite impressive, too. So many great players....

  11. DaphneBlue

    DaphneBlue Tele-Meister

    Jul 22, 2017
    Dude, you forgot Lou Reed in the Velvet and his first solo albums... oh me oh my...

  12. joebloggs13

    joebloggs13 Tele-Meister

    Jun 14, 2017
    The backyard
    These two are up there for me.

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  13. Tony Done

    Tony Done Friend of Leo's

    Dec 3, 2014
    Toowoomba, Australia
    I don't think I can hear "tone" on its own, my perception is always tied in with "touch". I'll nominate three players, quite different, who do it for me - Ry Cooder, Fred McDowell and RL Burnside.

  14. rjtwangs

    rjtwangs Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

    Jan 18, 2010
    Reston, Virginia
    I absolutely hate things that want the " best ", first of all, there is no such thing as the " best " there are only opinions and favorites....having said that..this particular song " watching the sun go down " from the album " O Come Look At The Burning " from ACE Nashville songwriter Kevin Gordon with guitar by the best kept secret in Nashville, the wonderful Joe McMahon....the opening riff and the sound of Joe's guitar has always sounded pure Fender to me....simply my opinion...ymmv....


  15. magicfingers99

    magicfingers99 Tele-Holic

    May 7, 2015
    Tone is a function of style or genre, the right tone in the wrong arrangement will sound not like the right tone at all. Tone doesn't stand outside of music, first the form must be wrought and then the tone poured into the mold to produce the perfect object of desire. So when we discuss the perfect tone, we are actually talking about the perfect arrangement which allows the tone to shine.

  16. whoanelly15

    whoanelly15 Tele-Meister

    Aug 30, 2017

  17. rhythmos

    rhythmos TDPRI Member

    Sep 12, 2017
    Anything on In Rainbows by Radiohead, from the distorted like Bodysnatchers or clean like Reckoner

  18. Danishboy

    Danishboy Tele-Meister

    Mar 12, 2017
    Tony Joe White. Raincrow album.
    What a tone!

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  19. Lupo

    Lupo Tele-Holic

    May 19, 2014
    I was proposing Mark Knopfler Love over Gold album (especially Telegraph Road)
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  20. 41144

    41144 Tele-Holic

    Sep 5, 2017
    West Midlands
    Hi ...
    It's a long long time since I've heard a live guitar sound I didn't like .... I just love and appreciate live music.

    However, for recorded music ... and, of course, there's really far too many to think on here but ... if my life depended on giving an answer I'd say - The Beatles - Abbey Road. (So, for me, that'd be '69)

    I think I'm right in recalling Alan Parsons rather than Ken Scott took most of the engineering credits and, rumour has it, a lot of compression was involved but ... oh to be able to recreate those tones.
    Of course impossible to do ... I haven't got their guitars/amps/effects/studio etc ... not to mention their chops!
    Whilst guesses at Casinos/Teles/Rics etc being used and Silverfaces probably being involved are rampant - truth is little by way of fact is out there.
    But those tones on ... Here comes the sun king / Something / Come together etc :cool:, they're to die for.

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