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What does "Woody" tone mean to you?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by 6BQ5, Feb 22, 2018.

  1. studio1087

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    For example:
    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/ry-cooder-mid-80s-tone.681004/#post-7251323

    In which it is said:

    "dry, compressed woody tone"
    To me, that describes Dumble amp characteristics

    I simply don't know how that relates. Especially given Cooder's strat that's plugged into said Dumble.


    Edit:
    I can hear some of what people referred to as hollow and midrangey without much treble.
     
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    it means a microphonic pickup is picking up acoustical stuff from the (wpoden) guitar
     
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    Its gotta either be this Woody...


    Or that Woody...


    How many Woody's got tone?
     
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    Some Strat neck pickups get there, also as mentioned a good PAF-type neck pickup with low output, when digging in a bit.
    Dynamic response is definitely involved.
    The jazz clips earlier in the thread also qualify.
     
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    I checked out the posted clips in case I missed stuff over the years, but I have often wondered about the term as applied to guitar and never heard a guitar sound I would call woody.
    Jazz guitars sound to me like flatwound strings and muted treble.
    I get the idea of low mids without too much bass or treble theoretically being a woody sound, but it does not sound woody to me.

    I think some sound terms are more about ideas than actual descriptions of sound.
    What does wood sound like?
    Not a guitar!

    Woody tones I hear come from string bass and cello, oboe, English horn and bassoon. Some violin sounds are woody, but some are other worldly.
    Bass clarinet can sound woody I guess, but I hear more buttery from clarinets.
    (so much for accuracy of language)
    Some hand drums sound woody, and now and then trap drums can sound woody to me.
    Marimba for sure, no brainer there.

    Maybe too many years as a wood butcher has biased my hearing of wood.
    I do love the sounds of vibrating wood, but most instruments of wood are designed to have the wood not be the sound, but instead amplify or focus and direct the sound.
     
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    It means this

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    I think you need one of these for a Woody tone.

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    What is that exactly? Gretsch? Gibson of some variety?
     
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    Though primarily known for his violin playing, Mark O'Connor is a wonderful acoustic guitar player, this is what woody tone means to me. As always with bluegrass guitarist he starts off slow, and builds the tune.

     
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    The sound of an acoustic archtop, or an electric that reminds me of one.
     
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    When you wake up in the middle of the night wanting to play the guitar, but you can't right away.
     
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    Woody-tone is often mistaken to be a very narrow range of tones with particular sonic characteristics. But in fact, woody tone can be any tone which is good enough to give you a woody. So it may have different characteristics for different people but, just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, if a tone gives you a woody then THAT's your woody-tone.
     
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    Actually, coffee smells "woody" to me :)
     
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    Remember the commercial where they were toting or preparing a really long sub sandwich sideways in the back of that car? That was their selling point? classic.

    Hmm, think I'll buy a Pacer so that I can fit a 4' (or whatever) sub sandwich sideways in the back. I still remember that from when I was a kid.
     
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    "Woody" sounding (if my mind isn't in the gutter) sounds exactly the same as Snake oil does when applied liberally to ones genitals :eek:
     
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    Never know when you will need to haul an extraordinarily large sandwich around... I try to keep one on hand at all times.

    I get "Hangry"
     
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    Well there you go. Toting large sandwiches is a multi-generational thing - popular in the 70s, popular today! Who woulda thunk it? Man those Pacer designers were really on to something and ahead of their time. Amazing that no car company hasn't created something like that for today's youth.
     
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