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What Have We Guitarists Done To Ourselves?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by GoldDeluxe5E3, Oct 1, 2017.

  1. GoldDeluxe5E3

    GoldDeluxe5E3 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Aug 5, 2015
    Concord CA
    I had an interesting experience last weekend - twice. Saw two live bar bands playing small venues. In each situation, the drummer sounded like a live drummer, bass player like a live bass player, the singer like a live singer, heck, even the digital pianist sounded like a live piano.

    The guitarists in both cases?

    One of them played through a string of pedals.
    The other played through a small digital amp.

    Both of them sounded like recordings of electric guitar, NOT A LIVE GUITAR. Both had a thick schmear of distortion to simulate power and volume. They had plenty of sustain, but were tucked in just beneath the general volume of the band. Both sounded phony, stereotypical, and musically sterile.

    The irony? Both were good players.

    What have we guitarists done to ourselves?
     

  2. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Age:
    48
    Aug 17, 2012
    Seattle
    Some people can make anything sound great, some can make anything sound horrid. In most cases it isn't the gear.
     
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  3. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Tele-Afflicted

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    What have we done?

    Smothered the steak with A1™

    Drowned the icecream in topping.
     
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  4. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Age:
    60
    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    My theory is this:
    In our effort to control every parameter of our sound, we have lost spontaneity and the simple joy of interactive music making.
    Everyone wants control of everything, the venue owners, sound guy, band leaders, band members, the audience.
    I loved the days when people made loud music at a venue, and people would come and just watch and listen.
    Now musicians have every sound imaginable in our gear, and every venue has a sound guy controlling the overall EQ and volume.
    Kinda vibeless, IMO.
     
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  5. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Tele-Afflicted

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    Rattle-can painting versus paint-brushing!
     

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