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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by StoneH, Oct 21, 2021.
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Here we go again
It's ALL opinion. There is no objective test for what sounds "good."
as long as mine is distorted im good with it
I only watched 5 minutes (and I have no need to watch the whole thing), but the guy says "Does it change the tone? I don't know . . . let's see". At least I didn't hear him inject his opinion.
I just stopped watching anything with a click-bait title. One size does not fit all; there are very few absolutes. You rarely get anything out of them that is worth the time you invest in watching them.
I don't know . . . If I saw a video that said "Wax your Squire with Formula 1 and it will sound like a '69 Strat", I'd have to click on it.
I build amps. One guy wants cleans, another wants metal. Some want reverb, some don't. Some want a tiny amp that sounds like a plexi full stack; some want something loud and pristine.
One guy will hear a sound and think it's ffnnn rad, another guy will think it's terrible.
When it comes to judging guitar tone on YouTube, I find it comes down to several factors.
First you need good speakers or, better yet, good headphones.
Next, the video needs to have been recorded in a good studio setting. Examples of this that I find to be very good are the setups used by Anderton's and That Pedal Show and other similar arrangements. You aren't going to get a good idea of the sound from an iPhone recording in a living room.
The demonstrator needs to be a good guitarist capable of pulling the best from his instrument.
The demo should concentrate on clean tones in order to hear the guitar or amplifier, unless the demo is specifically for high gain on the amp or for a pedal, in which case the clean sound should still be demonstrated first, in order to understand what the effect is actually doing to the sound. This is the reason I much prefer Lee and Pete's demos on Anderton's over Lee and Rob Chapman.
Tasteful playing beats raucous metal or djent every time. Again I want to hear the guitar and amp, not the effects, until and unless it is specifically the effects being demoed.
Lastly, if the reverb and or tremolo are being demoed on the amp, they need to be swept through their adjustment range and they must be adjusted at least to the level needed to hear them in the recording.
Sticking to these rules can provide an effective demo, ignoring them makes the demo useless.
There are a number of good demo/informational channels out there. Stick to them and you can get a good idea of what the gear combination you are interested in can really do.
Yeah, YouTube clickbait. Next ….