What matters MOST with Guitar Tone?

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  1. PARCO

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    What matters most is that it can be heard in the context of the band. A guitar player I used to play with basically turned everything up to 10. His "tone " was way bass heavy. Our bass player would always say that they were getting in each others way. His only response was " this is my tone. This is how I want to sound". He didn't consider how his "tone" worked with the overall sound of the band. As a result I felt that we tended to get too loud in our efforts to hear ourselves as individuals.
     
  2. NoTeleBob

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    Related issues: Youtube demos of anything - guitars, amps, pickups, even overdrive/distortion pedals - when the setup is so maximized on distortion that they are absolutely useless. Yeah, I'm interested in how the stuff distorts, but I don't play with everything maxed every time I play, so a demo of some cleaner tones would be helpful. My favorite is "Here's a demo of this boost pedal... running through my Marshall Super Lead with everything set to 11".


    But I digress.
     
  3. NoTeleBob

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    Music in that video is so acoustically offensive that I can't hear any quantifiable/useful differences in the sound even listening with headphones.
     
  4. MilwMark

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    What a narrow artistic horizon many on this forum seem to have.
     
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    I've played with people like that. They just keep getting louder and louder and don't seem to understand that a band includes all of the instruments not just them. This can usually be cured with a friendly jam session where my buddy Maddog and I dial our full stacks all the way and our guitar volume to 2. They get loud we crank a little. This usually continues until they get the point or they get mad and go home. Either way it's a win, win for us. They just can't compete with 16-12" speakers and 200 watts of tube power.
     
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  6. Gris

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    Being in tune?
     
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  8. ndcaster

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    Matters to whom?
     
  9. Lou Tencodpees

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    My observation is that people often confuse talent with tone. Ask 100 people their opinion of a particular tone from an average guitar player, then put the same guitar in the hands of a monster player you'll get a much different response.
     
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    I can get better tone with my nails on a chalkboard than that.

    Complete desecration of a beautiful instrument....
     
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    Sheer volume. And tinnitus.
     
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    Word.
     
  13. medownsouth

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    So true
     
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    The person playing it and the ear of the beerholder (sic).
     
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    The obvious answer is "How much did the rig cost?" The more ostentatious the gear, the more excellent the tone. Everyone knows this.
     
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    Take it easy on the treble.
     
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    The attack and the fade.
     
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    Let’s face it, the guy obviously knows his stuff. Yup, every guitar player that plays metal is just “ballast”. I have always thought this and now proven by an expert in that specific field.:lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Certainly you meant to to say “quantity”.
     
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    Some peeps have been posting single coils vs. humbuckers makes a difference or tweed vs blackface vs Marshall makes a difference. Well, duh...I do wish the video had restricted its testing a bit: metal, 7 string, distortion to melt your face. He did say metal up front, which does eliminate the tweed vs BF vs ____ altoghter.

    Now, within the parameters of his testing, I thought this was a great video. I'm no metalhead. BUT i did appreciate the playing and tone and the scientific nature of testing something that, ulitimately, is subjective: tone! I watched the whole video, and I did enjoy all 20 minutes of it. Thanks to the OP for posting it.
     
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