i know it' subjective, but who do think of when it comes to Tone?

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  1. doctorunderhill

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    I expect there will be a world of variety in responses on this.
    for me, there are some individuals who absolutely mean Tone.

    Peter Green
    Leslie West
    the Rev. Billy Gibbons (old ZZ Top)- his pinched harmonics- just like a big dash of Tobasco.
    Robbie Robertson- specifically his work on Dylan's Blonde on Blonde.

    these musicians have that innate ear and perform the alchemy of the perfect mix of the right guitar, the right amp, and from straight into the amp to the array of effects that just nails it.

    I look forward to hearing your choices that to you means Tone.
     
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    Eddy Shaver
    David Grissom
    Johnny Hickman
    Dickey Betts

    To me, those guys epitomize a fantastic guitar sound, and they sound nothing alike.

    I take from all of them, but don’t try to actually cop their sounds.
     
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    Robben Ford, Eric Johnson and SRV have to be mentioned early.
     
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    +1 on Billy Gibbons. Just listened to Down Brownie on the way home. But it could be Blue Jean Blues, Just Got Back From Baby’s, Just Got Paid, I Need You Tonight, and on and on. He’s my #1 all time favorite.
     
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    Man I love Stevie, but that tone is pretty much just generic BF clean.
     
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    Changes every day with my moods and what type of music and guitar I’m playing. Lately it’s been crazy fuzz tones. I hated fuzz tones for years but in the last few years I love them. I like my tones. I stopped striving to get other people’s tones years ago.
     
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    Agree with the list so far, but have to add Mark Knopfler. Listen to Hill Farmer Blues for a quick tutorial on the most awesome clean, crunch, overdrive, distortion and filthy clean tones ever... and how to weave those tones seamlessly in a song. The man is a genius and a treasure.

    Also, Rodney Crowell and company. Especially on Life Is Messy and Let The Picture Paint Itself. A veritable treasure trove of awesome guitar tones... and playing.
     
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    I came here just to list him, good pick!
     
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    Even if it were (which is at the very least debatable), what is so wrong with a Strat into a BF?
     
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    I really dig Eric Gales' for Strat.

    For anything heavy, I'm all about James Hetfield. Not so much the 80s stuff, but Black album & beyond in my opinion is just great heavy tone that still retains clarity.
     
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    his hero is gone, johnny marr, robert smith, bolt thrower, whoever played guitar on 007 by desmond dekker.

    oh, and arab on radar.
     
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    I like clean tone. Mark Knopfler.
    Or however he spells his name. Y’all know who I’m talking about.
     
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    Phil Manzanera had incredable sound control

    tone is a misnomer its more style and technique

    its the ability not to sound like anyone else and find your own edge in playing , hell we could all be well trained monkeys and play the generic sounds to death using the same equipment as the stars , but as Eddy Van halen told the guy in a bar that was doing the EVH cover tune , "thats great, now find your own stuff to play".

    I agree with hin, step out of the box and find your own edge.
     
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