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'Your' guitar tone

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Fenderdad1950, Dec 30, 2020.

  1. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Tele-Afflicted

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    I've always tried to emulate style rather than tone. I play too many different types of music to limit myself a particular sound. Having a few guitars to work with seems to help also
     
  2. JRapp

    JRapp Tele-Holic

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    Pretty clean 90% of the time and fat...I have no use for 'glassy' tones.
     
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  3. JanOak

    JanOak TDPRI Member

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    I've mainly used single coils into fender or fender voiced amps, Tele's and strats mainly. Ive always had a fascination with delay and echo probably stemming from childhood holidays with my nan. One of the entertainers at the holiday camp we used to go to each summer used to play a shadows set. I remember being quite taken with the echo on Apache. Something that's lasted all these years! My first love was The Clash, especially when they started playing different styles around London calling and Sandinista. Over the years I've drifted more towards Americana types of music. Favourite players that have no doubt influenced me greatly are Neil Young, Dave Gilmour, Bernard sumner and PW Long to name a few.
     
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  4. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

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    I work to maintain a whole catalogue of tones.
    And I practice in order to deliver them when needed.

    The main thing is the song;
    Whether you and your band are playing covers, and you want to sound like the original record, or playing your own songs.
    What does the song dictate?

    Bring that.

    ;)
     
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  5. rand z

    rand z Friend of Leo's

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    Years ago my '76 Tele with original Joe Barden's from '90-'91.

    Initially, the amp was a '72 Twin Reverb with Pyle speakers, and some compression, but the amp is long gone.

    Now it's still the same '76 Tele with any amp; set pretty clean... and just a little hair.

    Or, I also use a Fender TC-90 (SD P-90's) with any amp; pretty clean... with just a little more hair if I'm doing blues or rock 'n roll.

    (Any amp, but usually a Pro Jr., or Cube 60... or both.)
     
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  6. twangking

    twangking Tele-Afflicted

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    Jazzmaster into an ac30. I have a very weird style and everyone I jam with makes comments.

    I do use a fair bit of post punk and noise rock element in my playing.
     
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  7. Jakedog

    Jakedog Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I only wanna sound like me. Even when I’m playing covers.

    I prefer mid-forward amps. Generally EL34 driven. Mostly from the Marshall school. That’s just the eq curve I prefer. I don’t go for anything scooped.

    A gig rig/amp has certain criteria it must meet-

    It must have enough clean headroom to play totally clean, with no breakup, at full band volume, un-mic’d. Anything less is a practice amp. A fun toy, but not really giggable. I do have some smaller amps that meet this criteria when used with the proper ext cab, or run tandem with another amp or amps.

    It must have a master volume so that for gigs I need the amp to be on the edge or lightly broken up without being too loud, I can easily do it.

    It cannot sag or compress much, if at all. I want full control of my dynamics.

    Outboard FX are simple. For 90% of my gigs I don’t need anything more than a comp, an OD, a clean boost, and just a touch of reverb. Only enough reverb so that you don’t really even notice it until you turn it off.

    The amp is never more distorted than edge of/very light breakup. Pretty much what many tube amp players would call their “clean” tone. Overdrive is usually very simple. An SD1 or derivative. Tone moves from 11-1 o’clock depending on mood/guitar. Gain never higher than 10 o’clock, and usually lower. Level set for a slight boost over the clean volume. A very slight boost.
     
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  8. Bill

    Bill Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    Always wanted vintage overdriven blues tones at living room volume. Back when I started in the 70s pedals I tried would sound overdriven on the lower strings and clean on the top. I wanted the same amount of overdrive from low to high.

    For guitars I ended up with vintage Strats and Teles and an ES-347.

    For amps I went from Vibro Champ to Princeton Reverb to Rivera-era Super Champ to ‘66 Deluxe Reverb.

    And for overdrive I tried a bunch but finally hit on a Blackstone Appliances MOSFET Overdrive. It does the living-room Marshall thing I wanted.

    And I spend all my time on the front pickup with a bit of standalone ‘64 Fender Reverb Unit.

    The upshot is dynamic overdrive with great feel.
     
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  9. Boblets

    Boblets Friend of Leo's

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    My tone is clean neck pickup.
     
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  10. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Poster Extraordinaire

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    I only ever want to sound like the Beatles did on the White Album. When I'm fiddling with dials, that's the tone I'm searching for.
     
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  11. Stringbanger

    Stringbanger Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Oh man, I’m with ya. I bought my American Deluxe Tele and Blues Junior on the same day (this passed July).

    I plugged in and turned on, and my expectations were exceeded tenfold! I played songs for three hours that first night.

    About the fifth night, I went to the basement and grabbed my pedal board.
    That lasted one night.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to using effects, or I wouldn’t have a pedal board. It’s just that this Tele/amp combo sounds good to me without adulteration. 554F4048-5516-46DC-9B3E-896EE7A5BBEA.jpeg 0B012FD0-FC22-4DBC-9D73-8CE27F6583E6.jpeg
     
  12. cboutilier

    cboutilier Tele-Afflicted

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    I was aiming for Vince Gill's tone. Ran out of money and talent, and started sounding like myself.
     
  13. cometazzi

    cometazzi Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    There are a few I hear in my head, but I don't have them yet. Close, but not yet.

    What complicates this is that no matter what I sound the same with every gear combination. I think I know what the problem is.
     
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  14. Addnine

    Addnine Tele-Meister

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    The nice thing about having multiple amps and guitars is that each gives you a different voice through which to express yourself. Why throw that advantage away in order to sound the same on all of them? My first decent amp (a after I took up guitar again) was a Fender Ultimate Chorus, which did one thing beautifully - cleans with a little reverb - and not much else. I still have it (down in the basement), and when I want the solid state clean-with-a-little-reverb thing, I haul it up out out of there. It'd be a waste of time to try and tweak an overdriven tube sound out of it: just not happening.
     
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  15. kodiakblair

    kodiakblair Tele-Meister

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    Can't speak for guitar players but "it's in the fingers" is definitely true for us bass players.
     
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  16. Call Me Al

    Call Me Al Tele-Meister

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    I’m just beginning my journey myself. I’ve played electric bass and acoustic guitar for quite a while now, and just got my first electric guitar.

    on bass, I prefer simplicity. I’ve come to learn I can get “my tone” out of just about anything with EQ, technique and pickup balancing; but it’s more intuitive and natural with a P bass and vintage-voiced amp.

    For my first guitar, I landed on a Telecaster. I wanted a Fender-style to start, and was drawn to the simplicity (over a Strat.) Gibson-style seemed “too much” when overdriven; the Ric sound never really did it for me. I’m starting with blues and country, and a Tele just made sense to me.

    As for amps, I’m playing a Rumble bass amp to get started, and it does a great job with guitar. I’ve always liked listening to players using Fender tube combos, so I imagine I’ll move in that direction eventually.

    I do like the Gibson clean neck pickup sound, so I could see myself owning a modified Tele down the road
     
  17. kennl

    kennl Tele-Afflicted

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    The gig dictates the required tone.
    Something that works in a guitar / bass / drums setting will most likely sound bad with a B3 and horn section.
     
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  18. mfguitar

    mfguitar Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I am certain that I am a product of my environment and all of the players that I have heard over the years. Although I never set out to sound like anyone. After all this time I always manage to sound like me. Presently I use a tube combo but I can certainly get a similar tone with a modeler, other than master volume I rarely touch a knob. I do believe the major portion of your tone comes from your fingers.
     
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  19. Speedfish

    Speedfish Tele-Holic

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    The first time that I heard myself playing through, my buddies, Pignose Crossmix 150r with a Gibson SG loaded with p90's I knew that I had found my sound. After much research I learned that Paul Rivera designed and still owns the Crossmix design. I now own Three Crossmix's, and five Rivera amps. I still love P90's,but have gravitated back to humbuckers. I own many guitars: Fender Strats, Tele's, Jazzmasters, Jaguar's, Dean guitars, Ibanez guitars, Steinberger's, etc,... I leave my amp dialed in on the same settings and allow the sound of the guitars to provide their unique sound. I let my Tele's sound like Tele's and my LP's to sound like LP's.

    ;)
     
  20. jays0n

    jays0n Tele-Holic

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    This has been a fun thread to read.

    When I started, 80s, I had a Deluxe Reverb and a DOD distortion pedal. I used that for many years. later in life, picking up guitar again, I unsuccessfully tried many setups. Then, I got that same DOD pedal (kept by a family member) and found that plus any amp/guitar feels great. It is not a boutique or even desirable pedal for most but I guess it is now "my sound". Just what I was raised on in a way.
     
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