Tone is in the fingers?

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  1. TwangyWhammy

    TwangyWhammy Friend of Leo's

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    Another analogy that could be used is if we substituted the guitar with a trumpet. So then, tone (for lack of a better term) would be in the lips!

    A cheap trumpet and a fine trumpet sits on the table...
    Louis Armstrong plays both and sounds incredible on the cheap one, but sublime on the fine trumpet.
    I on the other hand would make both trumpets sound equally like a tractor fart. :oops: :cool:
     
  2. pmcgee

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    ......good one ..LOL
     
  3. Mjark

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    "I'm getting tired of reading that." But then you start another one of these completely ridiculous thread anyway?
     
  4. Tommy B

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    Tone is in the time and effort you put into learning the instrument and how to be a musician.

    It was well put above that gear and guitars are tools. Master craftsmen had to learn to use the tools of their trade. Give an apprentice carpenter the best " do everything powered shop tool " and he still only gonna make a bunch a sawdust and scrap wood.

    If you give me a priceless Stradivarius to play and it will sound no better in my hands than a $99 beginner violin.

    To figure out tone is in the fingers, abandon any pursuit of sounding like SRV, Keef, Jimi, or who ever and put away your electrics and amps for a year or two and only play acoustic. No tone or volume controls or effects, just your fingers and plectrums to control dynamics, timber, and tone.
     
  5. pmcgee

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    Certainly not a ridiculous thread...It is a good thread.. high time some of us dug in deeper and come up with our own great style and feel,,and tone. It is an awareness thread that will only bring us to think a bit more about it..And we are all better for it in the long run...
     
  6. william tele

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    Really...no way to atone for that.
     
  7. Maricopa

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    Some players can sound good through anything, but not all. I hear very good players that sound like $#it all the time and IMO it's usually the amp.
     
  8. william tele

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    Thing is, if you do a search you can find lots of awareness that's already been dug...
     
  9. Mjark

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    I disagree but you could always play your guitar to that end. This discussion occurs about every two weeks. Maybe it needs it's own forum? :)
     
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    You are right.. An age old story... but it don't hurt to be reminded once in a while.
     
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    Well maybe it is an old story.. But when someone posts that it is all about equipment and touch has nothing to do with it then I have to respond.. Why does the topic keep coming up? Maybe you are right..It needs its own forum...If we don't strive for a good tone then why the marathon of madness changing speakers,pickups and on and on trying to emulate the Holy guitar tone... which we think in our own minds is just that. Everyone has their own opinion..of what good tone is. For anyone to say that tone is not in the touch is totally ridiculous...I am done with this post..
     
  12. Tommy B

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    Maricopa has reminded us there are always exceptions to our "rules".

    I nominate Buddy Guy as "the Best Guitarist With The Worst Tone"

    Love to listen to him and he was a big influence for me but I've never liked how he sets his amps.
     
  13. H. Mac

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    Well said, GeoB.


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    Is this observation based on your years of being a member here? :D:lol:
     
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    I think there is some confusion between tone and style. Saying that Santana sounds like Santana no matter what he plays is obvious, he's Santana! No one else can be him and he can't be Clapton or Jimi or EVH. This is called style.

    Tone OTOH, is the sonic signature, like a PAF equipped Les Paul through a Marshall amp or a Tele through a DOD Mystic Blues OD into a Princeton 6G2. You're going to get a certain sound out of that combination no matter who's playing it.
     
  16. Mjark

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    Yes. Are you trying to claim some kind of internet seniority?
     
  17. Jupiter

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    So, what is tone again?
     
  18. Tdub

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    I've heard clips of Buddy on TV and YouTube where his sound was thin.

    I saw him live twice recently and I can say for a fact his tone was big.
     
  19. Tommy B

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    Yeah. But was he in tune? ;-)
     
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    So which fingers give Vox tone and which give Fender tone?

    :twisted:
     
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