Context When Talking About Tone

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  1. Dmann

    Dmann Well-Known Member

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    Something that kinda bugs me is seeing posts about gear or settings or speakers and saying how its sounds, but the poster almost always fails to provide context.

    More specifically;
    - what kind of music? New metal high gain tone is completely different from 60s surf or 70s rock or 80s hair metal or 90s grunge or 2000 alternative, or jazz, country, rockabilly, etc etc...

    - where are you playing? With a band? By yourself? With another guitarist? In a big rehearsal room? On a stage? In a studio with isolated cabs? Etc etc.

    - What else is in your signal chain? Straight into amp? Boosts? OD's? Multi fx in the loop? 4 cable setup? Etc etc.

    - what modifications you've made to the stock amp. Different tubes? Speaker change? Components replacements? Etc etc...

    Imho This is why there are so many different and argumentative opinions on what sounds good when discussing an amp and I think it would really help if people would start including this info when they post about trying an amp or pedal or guitar and giving it an review.

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  2. MonstersOfTheMidway

    MonstersOfTheMidway Well-Known Member

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    @Dmann :

    You're kidding, right?

    I think you're asking a lot from this crowd if you think they're gonna bother to always (or even almost always) include into a post even half of what you're suggesting. No doubt some people will give the info, but the majority aint gonna bother. You've been here long enough-funny that you didn't pickup on that by now.
     
  3. 80sTone

    80sTone Active Member

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    The entire subject matter is subjective. :) Always a moving target as well
     
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    Dmann Well-Known Member

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    Yea well when discussing what's good or bad sounding, context makes all the difference.

    For example if i made this statement " I think a Les Paul straight into a plexi out to a quad of greenbacks sounds like garbage."

    I'd be under fire from everyone....

    But if I added, because I'm going for a metal tone similar to Slayer's Kerry King's tone on Seasons in the Abyss.... the context makes all the difference.

    Anyways just my little nobody opinion.

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    It's in the hands. Thread over.
     
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    Trelwheen Well-Known Member

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    Kewl, so if I plug my Tele into my '67 twin and have the right touch, I'll get Yngwie tone!!! Save lotsa money on gear with these here hands....
     
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    ½ assed questions get ½ assed responses...
     
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    I agree with you OP.

    I see plenty where some one states: I can get all the Metal tones with _________.
    (Clearly gear not designed for the genre it's being used for or created long before the genre existed)

    And I am thinking: Aint no way. You clearly don't know what metal is.
    Sure you can play metal on your 68 blackface with a single coil Tele straight in all you want. Probably note for note too.
    But it's sounds like crap to anyone that plays, or listens too metal.
     
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    this!
     
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