Y'ALLS FAVORITE TONE. EVER.

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  1. Vibrolux59

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    Way too many to list but the hair on the back of my neck still stands up when I hear Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones "The Things I Used To Do"

    I've never heard Anson Funderburgh sound anything but stellar. Most Strats through Super Reverbs sound pretty good to me.

    Peter Green's OOP sound after he went to Fender amps.

    Leslie West's LP Junior sound.

    Bloomfield's Burst through a Twin Reverb.

    Jeff Beck, any guitar at any time.

    Clapton on an ES335 through a high power Twin.

    T-Bone Walker's ES5 OOP
     
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    unanswerable question for me. just too many great ones.
     
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    For rock rhythm and lead, I'll throw a few more names in the mix. When I saw them live they also sounded excellent. This is important
    because some guys sound great on record, but terrible live, and vice versa. These guys sound great on albums and sounded great when I saw them--
    although for Billy Gibbons it was at his peak, just after releasing Fandango. Also gotta mention EVH for his brown sound on VH1-- what a breakthrough
    at the time! But I'm with the others that say there's many tones that they absolutely love.

    If you forced me to pick just one sound I might have to go with Billy Gibbons, Tres Hombres.

    Ooh, that reminds me of another great tone-- Gary Moore. Jeez, this could go on forever....

    Billy Gibbons-- Tres Hombres
    Warren Haynes-- Gov't Mule albums
    EVH- Van Halen I album
     
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    The best tone I ever achieved in my life was a Les Paul straight into a Marshall. I don't do that anymore, I use a low-wattage tube amp with some pedals in front of it. It sounds great, but the Les Paul into a Marshall sound was phenomenal. Like the Gates of Heaven opening up before me.
     
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    I don't know, I have favorite tunes, but not favorite tones. Like, I learn songs, I don't learn signal chains, I just play songs the way they sound good to me.
     
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    I'll just go with what always pops into my head ( NO big 'back and forth' here)

    Electric : Dickey Betts
    Acoustic : Doc Watson

    Great players will produce great tone, but these guys knew their hardware too
     
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    This is freakin' impossible. Huh.

    David Gilmour
    Mark Knopfler
    Pre-sober Clapton
    Mark Agnesi (okay, just checking to see if you're reading)
    Wes Montgomery
    George Benson
    Joe Pass
     
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    This song was the one that made me
    aware of working your distortion level at the guitar, and the desireability of a rig that would respond to that. I really like the unique solid-state distortion tone and the overall playing approach; for me those things are mostly inseparable.

    Ty Tabor with Kings X, Strat Elite, Lab Series L5 combo slaved through a few rack effects and graphic EQ into a Crown PA power amp and driving 4 x 12 cabinet(s).

    The part that lit me up was 2:01-3:57; sort of a long chordal breakdown and buildup. The progression repeats ever 25 seconds or so and goes from nearly clean arpeggios to wailing away with a bunch of crunch. He ramps it up a little more each time through at a anticipation-building pace.



    This tune’s quite a departure from
    The last but I like the clean jazzy tone (and Bill Frisell’s elastic, otherworldly sense of timing). The interwoven electrified reverbed-out cello is cool too. I especially like when he gets kind of a darker mood going from 2:32-2:50. No idea what gear he was using here.



    I don’t go for Strat in-between or neck pickup tones too much, usually, but I like these. Eric Johnson, every Fender amp and Marshall amp ever plus various crucially half-dead 9V battery-powered vintage effects plus tape echo and a ton of studio compression and reverb (I think). Again, hard to separate the tone from the playing and subtle wang bar manipulation. Eric can play a little bit.

     
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    Still Got the Blues - Gary Moore.

    Slays me every time I listen to it. I like Robert Cray's strat tone.
     
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    I'd go for Frank Zappa's tone on the "Penguin in Bondage" solo from the Roxy set. Envelope follower filter - somehow he imbues it with a lot of humor and character in addition to being a blistering solo.
     
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    Tim Sult of Clutch. Every time I see them live his guitar playing/tone makes me smile. On record he is always great, too. Here's a good example and a riff I can't help but play every time I pick up my guitar:
     
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    1960 LP Std through a JTM45 combo.
     
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    Some of my all time favorites are Strat tones...







     
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    The gritty tone of Richards and Taylor!
    The essence of a smoky bar just comes through on this recording.
     
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    Pete Townshend on "Live At Leeds" (SG Special into Hiwatts)

    David Gilmour on "Meddle" (Strat into Hiwatt)
     
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    Slightly different direction here, since this isn't a guitar tone at all, but . . .

    A lot of my tone chasing has been an effort to capture (with a guitar) the saxophone sound of players like Stan Getz, Brent Jensen, and Paul Desmond's amazing Take 5.

     
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    Merle Haggard is a monster, so underrated
     
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