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"Fasting" from overdrive...

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by E5RSY, Jan 25, 2021.

  1. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    About a week ago I decided to give myself a break from what is effectively the "refined sugar" of electric guitar (especially the "always-on" variety). :)

    A week into it, and it is really apparent how much it affects what/how I play. Man, I had really forgotten how good a cleanish guitar could sound (still playing around with a little modulation and delay sometimes). Also, how accountable it can hold you when it comes to technique: There's no covering up slop with fuzzy slurs in this world. :confused:

    So far so good, but I can feel some crunch coming on. :cool:
     
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  2. puddin

    puddin Tele-Afflicted

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    i always find time back and forth..just a drummer loves playing guitar. just tired playing other peoples music.
    i'm stuck in drop d ..having fun with my own riffs. i play what makes me happy. cheer's..
     
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  3. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Hey Scott!
    I’m your alter-ego
    I have to be paid to play overdriven.
    I never use it recreationally.
    It’s official, I’m old!
     
  4. IMadeYouReadThis

    IMadeYouReadThis Tele-Meister

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    When you play through a Princeton, sometimes you need a "clean fast"
     
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    I'd say the opposite in a lot of ways. You can get away with a lot of sloppiness through a nice clean amp, especially percussive things on the strings that you wouldn't necessarily pick up on when clean. But adding some drive makes some sloppiness really stand out.
     
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  6. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    That's because you've got class and erudition.

    Me? Not so much. :D
     
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    naveed211 Tele-Afflicted

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    Well, my crutch is delay. It sounds incomplete without it, but I’m in between delay pedals right now so I guess I’m managing.

    Good luck, but don’t try too hard. With guitar, if it sounds good and feels good, it is good.
     
  8. elihu

    elihu Poster Extraordinaire

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    If you like clean put away the electric and just play acoustic for a while. It tends to simplify the song arrangement- you learn what is truly essential.
     
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  9. MrGibbly

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    All things in moderation... I spent a couple years playing alone in hotel rooms with just my electric guitar unplugged and developed some habits that I need to break whether playing through an amp clean or with some crunch. On the other hand, some of the habits I developed are really cool, clean and useful. Mix it up!
     
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    howardlo Tele-Afflicted

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    I’ve been ‘fasting’ from it since I began playing back in 1957. Never been able to stand the sound of distorted or overdriven guitar sounds. Once that became the norm in the late 60’s I quit listening. Can’t take even a few seconds of it.
     
  11. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    Let's be clear. I'm not one for "distortion". I'm talking overdrive, proper. For example, the sound of a tweed amp cooking and on the edge. It's a sound I'm sure you heard much of in '57.
     
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    I've often pondered about doing this. Whether it should or not, the tone I get drastically affects how I play and what I play. Whenever I plug in I end up going almost straight to 70s-80s rock/metal settings. Sometimes I think I should just plug into a clean amp with a touch of reverb and see if I can remember how to play anything compatible.

    Oddly, I play an unplugged electric most often. In those cases I suppose my imagination fills in the overdrive, distortion, reverb and feedback.
     
  13. howardlo

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    Something I have always avoided at all costs. All I want is as clean as possible. No hint of overdrive for me.
     
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    What about a bit of power section gristle?

     
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    I like it all. Clean, a little scratchy, crunchy, fuzzy - all cool, all get played at various times. And I play acoustic about 50% of the time also. I love stacking OD pedals, too - you can keep the gain low on them, and make really cool drive sounds that are different than any single pedal can give you. It's all good to me.
    Enjoy your sabbatical.
     
  16. Manual Slim

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    Maaaaan. When I play clean I’m on a whole different set of tricks. It definitely helps me to refine my approach.
     
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    I like heavy distortion sometimes. But the "tasteful" light overdrive that has become the default electric guitar tone in the current day, seems to me like nothing but a big cliché.
     
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    It's a good thing to do. I'm not a super clean freak but I LOVE clean tones that break up a little with heavier picking. To me(and many) that's the perfect spot to be in. Allows for very expressive playing. I also enjoy playing low on the amp dial, the expressiveness isn't as obvious and doesn't come as easily so it makes you have to readjust your playing and reset your ear. It's refreshing to notice the more subtle overtones of expressive clean playing. With a good amp, or good selection of amps, there is such a huge variety of delicious tones to be had, from purely clean to self destruct overdrive. Enjoying those tones is the most satisfying thing there is.
     
  19. DougM

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    I use such light overdrives that they still sound pretty clean. The dirtiest drive I use is a TS808 style one.
     
  20. Jimmy Dean

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    Gave up overdrive a year ago. Not going back.
     
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