"Tone" is subjective:

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by supersoldier71, Feb 28, 2018.

  1. supersoldier71

    supersoldier71 Tele-Holic

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    My only Telecaster is a Squier Vintage Modified: stacked Telecaster bridge pickup, stacked Strat middle and a minihumbucker in the neck. I picked it up for the price of an Affinity at the local Guitar Center because they had mislabeled it as an Affinity.

    The sound I get from that minihumbucker is my favorite tone from all my guitars.

    There. I admitted it.

    A $130 Squier has better "tone" than all my other guitars, all of which cost multiples of what I paid for the Squier.

    It does however seem like I caught lightning in a bottle because I haven't even heard another VM SSH that I liked as much, nor have I had much success with very cheap guitars.

    The Squier doesn't get played out much because I tend to do a lot of stuff that requires a floating bridge, but man, it punches above its weight class.
     
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    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yep, it happens.

    There's also the difference between a sweet living-room tone and and the tone you need at a gig to cut through the mud.
     
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    JustABluesGuy Friend of Leo's

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    Good tone is very subjective and it is context dependent as well. As @hemingway stated, what sounds good in the bedroom often doesn’t translate to the stage, and often gets lost in the mix.

    Different songs will usually benefit from slightly different guitar tones, so unless you are guitarist in an originals blues trio, like SRV you might need multiple different tones depending on the song.

    Some of history’s most iconic lead tones sound pretty terrible when separated from the rest of the mix, but then that is not how they are meant to be heard.
     
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    I played a Classic Vibe tele through a Super Champ XD and it sounded awesome!
     
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    Obsessed Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I always refer to Jack White's tones. It is the tone that is in your head that counts.
     
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    I started too like my tone a whole lot better when I realised that.
     
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  7. supersoldier71

    supersoldier71 Tele-Holic

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    No doubt. My Tele gets worked for recording and songwriting, but when I'm playing in front of people, my PRS Custom 24 gets the nod most often.

    Once I downsize the rest of the stable, I'm going to look for an American Special and look at dropping a P90 or minihum in the neck.

    Live I like the simplicity of my LP for example but it's more difficult to cut through a dense mix.
     
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  8. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Tele-Afflicted

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    Of course it is.
    And thankfully so.
    If everyone liked the same tone, then we'd all sound exactly the same.
    How boring.
    It's bad enough already.
     
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    'Tone' is a curious word. Even the dictionary struggles to define exactly what it is... hence...
     
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    supersoldier71 Tele-Holic

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    Timbre sounds kinda lumberjack-y though.
     
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    3fngrs Friend of Leo's

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    Not if you pronounce it correctly...tam-ber

    Rhymes with amber.
     
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    supersoldier71 Tele-Holic

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    That's worse! It sounds Frenchy!
     
  13. hopdybob

    hopdybob Tele-Afflicted

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    Tone has to do with what music you grew up with, and later on how much hearing you have still left.
    we all loose frequencies over the years, but also when you come home from 8 ours factory work ore working in a library, your perception of sound and tone will be different the first few hours
     
  14. supersoldier71

    supersoldier71 Tele-Holic

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    In that case, I'm looking for tones from Prince, Hall & Oates, Billy Gibbons, Robert Cray and Eddie Van Halen, with Mark Knopfler's "Brothers in Arms" tone thrown in.
     
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    Nice to know an affordable guitar kicks ass.
     
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    That sounds kinda stripper-y, though.
     
  17. hopdybob

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    in that case i would say, buy Bill Lawrence pickups.
    they don't have a build in voice (attitude) that you don't get rid off, but with those pups you use the amp and effects to color your sound.
    some call them sterile, hifi, but that is not true.
    they give you a starting point.
    its the engine of your sportscar, but is isn't a sportscar, you make it that with a body, suspension and al the other things. ;-)
     
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