Craziest things done in pursuit of tone?

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  1. ZipCity117

    ZipCity117 TDPRI Member

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    Hey guys,

    I'm sure everyone here has a crazy story of something they did in their never-ending quest for tone.

    Know somebody who strapped their strat to a washing machine :rolleyes:

    Can anybody one-up my friend? :twisted:

    Zip
     
  2. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I did this craaazy thing in search of my tone, I practiced for years and listened to lots of music. :D :twisted:
     
  3. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I have purchased hundreds of guitars and amps in my 48 years of guitar wrangling.
    I was looking for the gear that made me sound like my heroes.
    I never found it.
    It finally dawned on me that it is better (for me) to work on what I play, not (so much) how it sounds.
    Guitars are such wonderfully tactile art objects, and I am still fascinated with them.
    I seem to have found my acoustic, electric, bass and amp.
    They do my schtick perfectly, I just have to learn to play what I want to hear.
    So, I sorta wasted a lot of time and $, but I DID learn.:oops:
     
  4. Mjark

    Mjark Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Aside from buying pedals I don't use, nothing but actually playing the guitar.
     
  5. Brad Pittiful

    Brad Pittiful Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    i dont chase tone...as long as i have enough distortion i need when playing..or reverb...or what ever else i want...otherwise im not that critical on tone
     
  6. don71

    don71 Tele-Afflicted

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    Found by accident that an empty wooden cabinet can produce tone. It was late at night didn't want to disturb anyone playing unplugged.

    Lay or press guitar against said cabinet.

    Pluck away. Huh?

    Discovery.:p
     
  7. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

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    This... Now that I have a compliment of guitars that I'm more-or-less happy with, I've been obsessing over pedals and amps.
    I think a pedalboard is actually a hole in the floor into which you throw your dollars.
     
  8. Big_Bend

    Big_Bend Poster Extraordinaire

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    I must have spent at least $800 on all the upgrades to my Blues Jr, which I originally tried to do myself. Then I ended up having to ship the chasis to BillM to fix.. then I still had to take the amp to a local tech for more fixes when all was said and done.

    I ended up with the absolute best sounding Blues Jr in Texas... But I shoulda just bought a silverface princeton reverb and been done with it.
     
  9. J-man

    J-man Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I will play with settings and if there are effects to hand I'll play with them, but really I don't chase tone that much. At some point you gotta reconcile with yourself that playing is by far the biggest factor that makes a player sound good. Different pickups, strings, amps, wood or whatever can make varying degress of difference, but a good player will make pretty much any setup sound good, within reason.

    I like to try and find what cool things I can do with what I already have. Though that doesn't mean I don't suffer from GAS once in a while too. :)
     
  10. Nadany

    Nadany Tele-Meister

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    sanded off all the finish of a Strat just to make it sound better unplugged.
     
  11. Flat6Driver

    Flat6Driver Friend of Leo's

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    Opened this thread.
     
  12. HotRodSteve

    HotRodSteve Friend of Leo's

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    Clipped my nails, because as we all know, tone is in the fingers.
     
  13. newtwanger

    newtwanger Blackguardian. Ad Free + Supporter

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    First I started by believing everything I read on TDPRI and TGP.
    then..

    I bought a lightweight 1 piece ash body because tone starts there.
    Then I bought a 1 piece maple neck with a vintage truss rod and vintage tuners because tone is all about the neck.
    Then I bought an extra thick neck plate because tone communicates through the connection between body and neck.
    Then I bought a cold rolled steel bridge with brass saddles cuz that's where the tone from the strings hit the body.
    Then I got custom wound pickups since these blackguards have tone for days!
    Nitro paint so the tone isn't suffocated in poly, vintage tweed amp pushing the twangy tone to the masses, and...

    It turns out that after all that, I love the feel of Teles but way prefer the sound kicked out by a set of humbuckers. Who knew?
     
  14. JD0x0

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    Using 4 different speakers, in 3 different cabs, through two amps. One cab being a rotary, or 'Leslie' type cab.

    Locking tuners and a wood nut and saddle on an acoustic. That guitar is getting a single coil sized humbucker rail pickup, soon, too.

    That's some of the quirkier stuff, that I can think off the top of my head.
     
  15. Bortyeast

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    Taking a screwdriver to the speaker cones - Link Wray.
     
  16. Guitarteach

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    Lots of little stuff, mods, pickups, etc. most all were improvements though.

    I suppose the whole recent shebang of making simpler low power amps and my own cabs with lower rated speakers is a bit crazy though but I'm loving the detail and response to the instruments and it motivates me to practice more to get the best from it.
     
  17. Triton Thrasher

    Triton Thrasher Tele-Afflicted

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    Memed.
     
  18. Deeve

    Deeve Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    'cos he wanted it to sound really clean? ;)

    What did he do when it was time for the solo, strap it to a ladder for the boost? :rolleyes:

    Peace - Deeve
     
  19. Blue Bill

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    I once modded my DR by shunting an 8 ohm ceramic 100W resistor across the output, then tapped off this to input into an on-board 120WRMS s/s amp module, obviously so I could get full overdriven tube sound, with a master volume. Boogies were just coming out then. It sounded really intense through an EVM 12, but after a year or so, I got tired of the mod and stripped it out and put it back to stock. It was impressively loud and sustain-y, but kinda shrill.
     
  20. surfoverb

    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

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    traded my lunch money for a rat
     
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