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What is your favorite blues TONE?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by REDstrat55, Jul 11, 2020.

  1. REDstrat55

    REDstrat55 TDPRI Member

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    Hey all, I'm on a mission to find the TONE.

    So, what's the TONE you like to hear in your favorite blues tones?

    Share your favorite guitars, amps, pedal chain, artists songs... Everything goes.

    My list: DIY Tele onto a vox ac-15. Blues tone pedal chain: Paul Couchran Timmy (cleanish) into a Klon Clone (Wampler Tamnus- dirty) and 50ms of delay (boss dd-3) and 'verb (TC HOF2).

    Not necessarily related to my TONE, but
    Josh Smith - Pusher is a track with TONE.
     
  2. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

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    Hubert Sumlin behind Howlin Wolf
     
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  3. Old Plank

    Old Plank Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    BB King - creamy, sweet and soulful, oozing from his fingers and Lucille.
     
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    superjam144 Tele-Afflicted

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    Clean. Album featured a secret weapon.. A young Ry Cooder.
     
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    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    Not that I get my Blues tones this way ( I play small gigs, small amps and OD pedals, and try to come close, but it's just not the same), but my favorite blues tones come from guys that ( I think) all have one thing in common:

    Playing their guitars straight into cranked tube amps ( the kind of guitars and amps differ), and they were loud!

    Mike Bloomfield, early Robbie Robertson, B.B and Freddie King, Duane Allman, Dickie Betts, Otish Rush, Hollywood Fats, early Johnny Winter, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, Neil Young....

    Ok, I'll stop, but IMO, it was the playing and the dynamics of just guitar>amp that produced the great tone.

    Edit- I guess my clarification of 'plugging straight in' kind of circumvents using outboard Reverb/delay - I meant not using dirt pedals
     
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    superjam144 Tele-Afflicted

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    Another gem for guitar tone.

     
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    dkmw Poster Extraordinaire

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    LP with PAFs into Marshall, as worked by Duane.
     
  8. gridlock

    gridlock Poster Extraordinaire

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    Two Styles,
    • Texas: SRV, “Texas Flood” (Stratocaster/Fender+)
    • Rock: Zeppelin, “Since I’ve Been Loving You” (Les Paul/Marshall)
     
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    rangercaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    Clarence " Gatemouth " Brown and BB King ... fine players and nice men ... when I met them ....
     
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    rangercaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    Oh ... I forgot Danny Gatton ...



    Nobody could play anywhere like he could. ...
     
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    JL_LI Friend of Leo's

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    B18AB2D8-3AE2-437D-BEB8-2F67763B2E18.jpeg I’m not copying anyone else’s tone with this. I get my tone with my FCS ‘69 Stratocaster middle pickup, volume on 8, tone on 6, through a BOSS EQ200 with a little high frequency roll off, into my Mesa Boogie Express 5:25 set to 5 Watts. A little raw, just past breakup.
     
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    wrathfuldeity Tele-Afflicted

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    Albert Collins...tele > 100' cable > quadra verb
     
  13. mexicanyella

    mexicanyella Friend of Leo's

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    Me too. The times I’ve really been blown away by live blues playing, it’s been this. A big, pretty clean amp turned waaay up, pretty much any guitar plugged in, smacking the crap out of the output stage and/or speakers.

    Albert Collins was one of he first times I saw this in action, in the early 90s. I think he was plugged into a super or quad reverb. Later I saw a local guy named Babe Martin do it—and well—through a SS Yamaha G-100/4 x 10 combo, strung upside-down like Eric Gales. And a guy named Richard Stark with a stray and a pair of cranked-up twins...in a tiny St. Louis basement bar called Cicero’s. There was some inner ear compression going on that time...WHAM!

    Decades later I have finally found a
    combination* that gets me into that ballpark at a loud-but-survivable level, and I live in a rural area, so that’s cool. Now, if only I could expand my blues repertoire and get
    back into gigging instead of being 51 and kind of rusty...

    *One-HB Squier bullet hardtail Strat, lowered pickup, one knob only, strung with .011” D’Addario strings, into a cranked 1990-ish Peavey TKO with 75 watts, active shelving and graphic EQ and a 15” Scorpion. EQ settings surprisingly conservative.
     
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    schmee Doctor of Teleocity

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    They are each different but:
    SRV
    Robben Ford
    Carl Weathersby
     
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  15. Tim S

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    Well, my favorite blues tone that *I* can make comes from a Strat neck pickup (Lace Emerald sensor) plugged straight into a Mesa Mark V:25 using its Fat channel.
     
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    Well, this is it, isn't it ?


    He's white, he's British, but it doesn't get any better than this:
     
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    Somewhere around the tones on these two songs.


     
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    As near to this as I can get, on any given night.....:rolleyes:
     
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    Semi-hollow through very low output Alnico IIs through a SST "room" setting into a VHT S6U with some gain.
     
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    Tele plus small Tweed, crank it up and you have your perfect blues tone:cool:
     
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