The older I get the cleaner I like my sounds...why?

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  1. NeckP90

    NeckP90 Tele-Meister

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    I used to love a bit (a lot) of distortion like most teenagers. Then I kinda moved to a bit more crunchy. But now I like my guitars as clean as a whistle. A touch of compression, a touch of reverb or delay, but essentially verging on the jazz end of things.

    It's not just me, either. My guitar-playing chums of a similar vintage all seem to share this change in sonic tastes, too. Are we a weird and freaky bunch of Englishmen or do other Telefiers find themselves increasingly drawn to the sweeter, cleaner, purer end of things as the years go by?
     
  2. Ess Eff

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    Hahaha... isn't it obvious? Because you are old!

    Dirt is for aggressive, heavy, loud, head-banging, etc. Not for sweet little old guys.
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  3. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    A lot of us have got cleaner. Technique is better, more appreciation of nuance and subtlety, more tasteful playing, less keen to impress people with widdly widdly BS.
     
  4. NeckP90

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    Nobody seems to have told Ozzy Osborne this.
     
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    yup when ya get better dont need all the junk packing candy in ya ears.

    clean is mean. you earn it :)
     
  6. rickthescot

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    Agree but sometimes, I just crank it with some dirt and wail away. It just feels good and is very nostalgic. Then I go back to clean.
     
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    Your post should have included your age, are you talking a change over a decade or decades? Ones hearing abilities do change with age.
     
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    older.
    Cleaner.

    Guilty as charged!
     
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    I’m building a clean board. Compression, delay, harmoniser, wah, chorus, boost.

    I what will I do with my fuzz, distortions and overdrives?


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  10. -Hawk-

    -Hawk- Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I’m 40, but my two band mates are around 60. They like it heavy and loud. I’m actually the voice of reason in that regard, which isn’t saying much.
     
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    darkwaters Tele-Afflicted

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    Personally, I've always preferred clean over dirt, but I was strictly an acoustic player up until my 40s, so I bypassed that whole Rawk Phase of youth.

    Our tastes change... and that ain't a bad thing.
     
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    Me too, I'm 62 years old, and I like to attribute it to having gotten smarter through the years, but I do know that it is partly due to the fact that now I can afford amps that sound good clean. But I can't deny occasionally tuning my SG down to C#, plugging in to a way too loud OR120 and ripping into "Children Of The Grave".
     
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    I’m 41 and have been playing almost a year and a half. I tried lots of different overdrive pedals and fuzz pedals. I love going clean into my reverb tank. Occasionally, I use a bit of my amp’s overdrive with the reverb. The only effects I use is a tremelo pedal and a bit of delay. I like clean too. So far, I only use the vibe on one song.

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  14. Old Deaf Roadie

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    As I mature as a player, I have learned that there is so much more tone control from my hands than from knobs, and I rely less & less on gadgets, gimmicks, & fads. I am down to an overdrive, a delay, and my amp's onboard reverb, compared to 20 years ago when my pedalboard required it's own tour bus. I have little interest of sounding anything like the trendy guitarist du jour.
     
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  15. NeckP90

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    I also find I bend notes a lot less as the years go by. Again, no idea why, as some of favourite players are serious note benders.
     
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    My tastes run mostly towards clean these days (well, at least cleaner), I justify it by being able to sonically explore the actual sound differences of different guitars/pickups/adjustments, instead of having so nuch dirt that they all sounded basically the same....plus, yeah, I'm getting up there in age as well
     
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    See, Im the exact opposite of this. I find that I’m bending way more as I get one day closer to....well, you know.
     
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    I’ve always liked a healthy crunch for rhythm and heavier gain for leads. Maybe a little more distortion for rhythm when I was a teenager, just because I didn’t understand proper gain staging and eq for optimal tone and clarity, but 13 years old to 50 years old I’m still rockin pretty hard.
     
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    I always set my rig with a little hair around notes/chords. That way I can back off my volume knob to get clean. For more breakup, I kick on a boost, and/or switch to the bridge pickup. That gives me a few gain stages and I’m not pedal dancing all over the place.
     
  20. stantheman

    stantheman Doctor of Teleocity

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    I resemble that remark. :D:D
    Actually what happened to You and your buds is You heard Wes Montgomery playing “Bumpin’ On Sunset” or maybe “Bumpin’” or “Impressions” and your subliminal music critic
    downloaded it into “The Good Taste” region of your brains.

    You will never be the same.

     
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