Killer Guitar Tone

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by JayFreddy, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

    Feb 19, 2015
    Kinda like my dog: Big, chewy, gracefully clumsy, sweet with a growly edge, shan't stand ANY compression.

    This runs through my head 10 times a day since I've been about 10 yrs. old.

    Chimes doin' a funky dance.

    Seem to have the chimey diad-bend bug today, don't I? What a perfect use of acoustic + electric tones and moods.

    Last one on this groove. As I've gotten older, I've really come to appreciate what a Les Paul/SG can do with/for a Tele:

    Sweet fun dancing with great piano and ringing sax-honk.

    Ah, what The Tele itself can do:

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  2. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 24, 2014
    A 1962 Gretsch Country Gentleman with PAF Filtertron pickups, played through a VOX AC30 Top Boost with Celestion Blue alnico speakers:

  3. elihu

    elihu Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 24, 2009
    Ty covers a Hot Chocolate song (remember You Sexy Thing?) Though it's a sound I'd never use it sounds fun!

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  4. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Tele-Meister

    Feb 2, 2018
    St. Louis

    Beat me to it. This is definitely one of mine. Here's another.

    Tele ( with Blackie's neck?) Hyde Park 1969. IIRC, the wiring on Telecasters back then was such that with it in the middle position that would have been neck pickup only????

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  5. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    P90 pickup through a cranked tube amp. The one and only Leslie West.

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  6. xgritzx

    xgritzx Tele-Meister

    May 20, 2016
    northern VA
    I know this won't be most peoples thing but this song covers a lot of ground and the last minute is about the most killer guitar high gain tone.

  7. memorex

    memorex Friend of Leo's

    Jan 14, 2015
    The rhythm guitar tone on this, used a lot during the Revolver period:

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  8. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    Lots of cool tunes here.

    I was hoping people would share their gear preferences, with examples.

    Not that it really matters... Lol

    Les Paul humbucking neck pickup through an overdriven Marshall.

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  9. ftbtx

    ftbtx Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

  10. Whatizitman

    Whatizitman Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 18, 2018
    That's easy. Todd Nichols from Toad the West Sprocket. Rumor it was mainly Matchless amps in studio. But not well confirmed.

    Especially the solo at 3:20.

    Solo at 3:39

    2nd verse, 1:19

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  11. Frontier9

    Frontier9 Friend of Leo's

    Dec 10, 2007
    Greetings from Sunny New Jersey
    Nothing like a big, fat, sputtering fuzz pedal (or two, in this case)!
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  12. Frontier9

    Frontier9 Friend of Leo's

    Dec 10, 2007
    Greetings from Sunny New Jersey
    In my humble opinion, Jennifer Turner's tone and playing on Natalie Merchant's Carnival is pure sex.

  13. Sconnie

    Sconnie Tele-Afflicted

    May 1, 2017
    Denver, CO
    That solo though...

    This is a classic.

    She is just great.

    This whole album.

    And this whole album... okay let's face it, the AC/DC boys have the most desirable rock and roll tone ever. That's just a fact ;)

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  14. MilwMark

    MilwMark Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 29, 2013
    near Arnold's
    @blowtorch - you and I have similar (eclectic) tastes, it seems.

    @Mr_Martin - kudos. Those early hardcore punk bands had killer guitar work and tones. Garage meets surf meets jump blues meets early metal meets rockabilly meets jupiter. WTF?!? I love it! I'll see your Kennedy's and raise you X.

    You know who always catches my ear with really, really good recorded guitar tones? Elvis Costello. Here's just one example.

  15. MilwMark

    MilwMark Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 29, 2013
    near Arnold's
    Two more bands with consistently, reliably, great tone.

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  16. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    The best guitar tone I have ever heard in my life, above and beyond all others, was at a Marshall demo at a music store in Colorado Springs in the early 1990's. Marshall sent this guy from the band Grim Reaper (he was their rep) to the store and there were various Marshall amps set up, one of them being a re-issue Plexi head on top of a 4X12. He spoke for about 10 minutes, then turned every knob of that amp to 10 and played a few basic chords through his guitar.... I will never forget that moment. That tone is forever etched into my memory and it completely blew my mind and the minds of everyone else in that room. I could only describe is as sinister, sizzling hot, dripping with overtones, and LOUD!!!
  17. Slip Kid

    Slip Kid Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Dec 21, 2011
  18. Gibsonsmu

    Gibsonsmu Tele-Holic

    May 7, 2015
    Es-335 through a modified low power tweed twin. Middle Position. That's good stuff there.

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  19. Wildcard_35

    Wildcard_35 Tele-Meister

    Feb 3, 2012
    Austin, Texas
    It's hard to get any better than this:

    Willie and Daniel Lanois are pretty great together, too:

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