Someone explain "cleans" to me

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  1. Digital Larry

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    it's a clean machine (trumpet lick)
     
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  2. King Fan

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    "Cleans" are the opposite of "dirt." In neither case is the word 'tone' required.

    I can just picture some guy saying, "I like my new amplifier's clean tones quite well, thank you, and it accommodates footpedal-actuated effects in a suitable fashion, but I'm not really enamored of its dirty tones."

    Cleans, dirt, breakup, drive, flub, fart, icepick, beamy, directional, sterile, tweedy, scooped, jangle, chime, sano, nasty, ill, kills, slays, shreds....

    Living language happens. "Efforts to delimit the natural evolution of specialized jargon in a field of creative endeavor are often counterproductive and likely to be ill-fated." :D
     
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    Clean(sound/tone)s.
     
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    Not sure what you mean? Both my Fender tube amps (non-master volume Vibrolux Reverb and Bandmaster Reverb) provide a very clean platform unless they are fully cranked and have been on for an hour or so. Fender amps are well known for their clean tone.
     
  5. Obsessed

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    It is just specialized jargon for guitarists. We get it, we know what it means, it evolves and we communicate with it. Just like any other special interest.
     
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    The things we waste our time discussing. Who cares what terminology someone uses. This is like a discussion I saw on Audiokarma.org. Many over there hate the term "Vinyls" when referring to record LP's.
     
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    Duplicate
     
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    I blame the decline of the English language on social media and texting


    Anyway, this is funny:
     
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    First the Gear Page and now here too? Dude, are you okay? ;):cool:
     
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    Are we having a slow morning?
     
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    Thanks Obsessed. Clear, simple and to the point.
     
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    I've been giving more thought to the OP's etymological query (ha).

    Lows: low frequencies
    Mids: mid frequencies
    Highs: high frequencies
    Cleans: ....you see where I'm going with this
     
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    I thought it was just Brit-Speak like “mains” for a building AC supply.
     
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    Dirt is by nature self pluralizing, where any amount of clean never increases, only slips away.
    So using one channel for dirt and the other for cleans actually means multiple dirty sounds and multiple clean sounds, depending on settings, because of the self pluralizing nature of dirt.

    Now of course if you need multiple fuzz tones you refer to them as fuzzz.
     
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    "Now, are these really the questions I was called here to answer?" Cleans and dirties? "Please tell me you have something more."
     
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    Cleans great!!! [​IMG]
     
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    perfectly clean ... clean with a little texture ... clean with some hair on it ... clean, at the edge of distortion ... clean with character ... complex clean

    cleans
     
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    we don't need no stinkin' cleans!
     
  19. telemnemonics

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    Oh I can't stand that term!
    Must have been coined by folks who grew up with CDs.

    I have a decent vinyl collection.
    I think certain albums sound better on vinyl.
    Not vinyl's!
     
  20. strat a various

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    Albums. Records. They're record albums.
     
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