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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by El Marin, May 26, 2021.
I refuse to answer. The sort of all bridge- no bass- gain to the point of loss sound used by a lot of guitarists tends to sound like an aircraft disaster to me, but if that's the tone you're going for and you get it, then it would have to be counted as good.
After researching how EMGs are built and how LS pickups are built.
Nothing to do with Coke or generic or "ownership "
There's absolutely nothing in common between those brands
Eric Clapton (more his 70s stuff)
Funny how most of the names so far were just listed in the 5 favorite tones thread!
Hendrix - I'm a huge fan, have everything ever released .... but much of it (often live) is so trebly harsh and raw I can't stand it!
2 threads truly proving tone is subjective.
This one got me thinking tho
I can name many guitarist tones I love from recordings and almost none I don't like.
I think we all love producers & engineers
It's not the sound, it's what you do with it that matters and the context. I don't like metal, but not just because of the guitar sounds. The music is not pleasing to my ears. Then there are lots of sounds people make work for themselves, but I wouldn't like to use.
If pushed, I'll give you John Scofield in the 80s. Every time I hear him from that period he seemed like he wasn't able to turn off the chorus. I don't like a lot of the over produced sounds that were fashionable back then, but you can't blame the guitarist. The whole productions were like that.
Hate is a strong word.
How about nauseated?
Roy Buchanon tops the list for me. Damn good player, but the tone just grates.
Just two off the top of my head.
This, without me physically saying so in my post lol.
I wont put any names pre late 60's, like Buddy Holly and Richie Valens etc, I mean really? It was all mostly plug and play and totally different music.
Some surprising names up there.
Jimmie Vaughn- plinky plinky plinky...
Robert Cray.. Same as J. V. but add too much compression...
Anyone with a Quilter
Anything Jack White
Maybe Scofield, he has some great hooks.. but I'm always "waiting for that growl or for him to dig in.." but it never comes. Too much "this pedal overused" stuff.
Anyone playing a Strat that stays on position two of the switch too much.
I've never been a fan of Alex Lifeson's tone. (I must point out that he scored a million points for me for his participation with the Trailer Park Boys – this is not personal).
I know that distortion acts as a natural compressor, but when a guitarist hits a dedicated compressor and then hits a wall of distortion, to me, it sounds like that awful guitar from the theme song for 90210. Or the soundtrack guitar from some corporate video about road paving technology from 1993. It sounds too smooth to be of any consequence.
I guess this goes for anyone that hits a compressor too hard and then distorts it (you could include most fusion guitarists here). The "wallpaper" tone.
Dimebag Darrell. I don't need to mention another four, that's how much I hate his tone. I'd rather listen to some no name black metal band that was recorded through a potato somewhere in Scandinavia.
His tone managed to make me not like Pantera. It's a shame because I'm a big fan of Phil Anselmo's other projects. DOWN, Scour, Viking Crown, etc.
1. Mark Farner!! Those Grand Funk records of the early 70's have to be the most horrible sounds ever put on tape - drums & bass included but those West amps of Farner's sound for all the world like they're frying out with the wrong tubes in the sockets.
2. Stephen Stills over-chorused acoustic stuff. Why he'd design a $40k D-45 knockoff sig model and then process it beyond recognition is beyond comprehension. This isn't the worst example but it gets the idea across...
3. A live record I have from the 60s by old jazzers George Barnes & Carl Kress. It might be just bad mic placement in front of their amps, or room acoustics, but the sharp resonant peaks from their guitars is so brutal it's hard to listen to the whole album and then only at low volume with the treble control down. Too bad - the playing is masterful & clever.
I can't find any excerpts from this particular record on Youtube. There are others there that sound wonderful
Always hated the tone from Tom Sholtz and most Metal guys using a Tube Screamer(Randy Roads). That "Distortion through a soup can on a string" compressed tone just sucks. I can listen to a song of it, but anymore than one song starts to grate on my nerves.
Country artists that have too much twang. I know that is just about every Country artist, but I've had a lifetime dislike for Country Music. Gives me the heebee geebees. Eagles are a prime example of good Country style music without too much twang.
a couple immediately come to my mind. Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin.
My most favorite tone by miles...Jerry Garcia clean. While Bob Weir's has been hit or miss over the years to my ears. But now with Wolf Bros, wow, I've seem em 3 times and it's super ice picky to me.