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Old 07-31-2014, 06:55 PM   #21
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Album tones are double/triple/quad tracked, EQed, reamped, etc etc. That tone is impossible to achieve live, normally.

Deftones - Swerve City is great.
John Frusicante has awesome tone.
Pearl Jam - Alive, I love the intro.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:15 PM   #22
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Kk downings tone specifically on the screening for vengeance album has always been one of my favorite.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:49 PM   #23
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He's never really sounded this good since then. His tone now has this kind of 'squeaky' quality to it that I hate, it's hard to explain...

It's gotten a lot more synthetic sounding over the years, I definitely agree he sounded better on Passion And Warfare than he did any other time.

I can't believe no one else has said this yet but... Eric Johnson. Specifically on Ah Via Musicom. Just... so good.

Also Guthrie Govan's tone on the Erotic Cakes album; that Cornford sexiness is pretty hard to beat.

In terms of metal tones (because METALZ) I think it's got to be Jon Schaffer's tone on Demons And Wizards 'Touched By The Crimson King'. His playing is tight as anything anyway but that tone to go with it is just so sweet.

Finally... Killswitch Engage's rhythm tones on any album past End Of Heartache. Adam D is a hell of a producer.
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:59 PM   #24
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Stephen Malkmus' tone, specifically on "Witch Mountain Bridge". Its not hard to get with p90s or single coils but its just beautiful tone to my ears.
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Also, Doug Marsch from Built to Spill has the quintessential Fender tone for me.
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Old 08-01-2014, 02:22 AM   #25
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Oh man, I just soiled myself over that Trucks-Tedeschi youtube vid. What a great groove and everyone in the band is just totally in it. The tone was pretty good too.

"best tone" is surely tough because there are so many great ones. You know it when you hear it. That vocal quality like a familiar voice telling a story.
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:37 PM   #26
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John Frusciante or Jeff Beck.. not sure. I'm probably just biased to guitarists I like Guthrie also has some unique sounding stuff IMO.

Side note: some of my favorite Jazz players have TERRIBLE tone
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:50 PM   #27
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Bill Kelliher and Brent Hinds have killer tone. That outro.

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Old 08-01-2014, 03:41 PM   #28
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If you mean live, then I'd have to say John Petrucci.
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Old 08-01-2014, 05:48 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by Zaphod_Beeblebr
(...) Also Guthrie Govan's tone on the Erotic Cakes album; (...)

Came here just to say that. I love every guitar tone on that album, even the rhythm guitars sound awesome.

Also, the guitar tones on Opeth's "Damnation" and "Ghost Reveries" albums, and on More Than A Thousand's "Vol.5: Lost At Home" come to mind.
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:12 PM   #30
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Well, my first answer to this question is Gary Moore's tone. With a Les Paul or a Charvel, his guitar is screaming and crying beautifully. Then, I love Dave Gilmour, Matthias Jabs (Scorpions) and Mark Knopfler's tones. I will not forget to mention Eric Johnson and SRV.
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Old 08-01-2014, 11:21 PM   #31
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its a long list so im gonna list my top 2

Gary Moore The Messiah Will Come Again << fu**ing awesome

black sabbath( tony iommi) - neon knights "solo"

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Old 08-02-2014, 11:24 PM   #32
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If you mean live, then I'd have to say John Petrucci.

Just saw Dream Theater earlier this summer. I agree. Amazing guitar tone. Ridiculously loud, yet still clear and dynamic. Awesome show.

Anyway, I've been tripping balls on Jeff Loomis's tone on the Conquering Dystopia album recently. I mean...
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Old 08-02-2014, 11:31 PM   #33
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i like my tone.
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Old 08-04-2014, 06:25 PM   #34
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Alex Skolnick w/Modern version of Testament
Michael Keene The Faceless (EMG LOL)
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Old 08-06-2014, 06:41 AM   #35
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Still one of my favourite tones

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Old 08-06-2014, 07:58 AM   #36
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My favorites are...

Dave Navarro (he is always spot on in recordings but his live shows can some times be awfully trebly)

John Frusciante

Peter DiStefano (I'm sure most of you never heard of him.... Maybe it's because I grew up with him... But I love some Porno For Pyros.... Especially their debut album)


there is this Dutch band called Black Box Revelation. They are a 2 man piece that I saw open for Jane's Addiction one time and they blew the crowd away. Anyone who never heard of them should YouTube them now, listen to a few songs, and be blown away
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:03 PM   #37
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Gary Moore on "Cold Day In Hell"
Carlos Santana on "Europa"
Eric Johnson on "Cliffs of Dover" I know he uses two different guitars (Strat and Es-335)
Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes "Journey to Center of Your Mind" Best sustain on record.
Jeff beck on almost anything. It's all about tone with Beck.

That's it off the top of head.

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Old 08-06-2014, 06:06 PM   #38
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So many that I love but if I had to pick one then it would be Frank Zappa's tone.
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:13 AM   #39
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I like James hetfields super tight rythyms and he knows when to use a palm mute, kirk hammet needs to get off the freaking wah! John frusciante is killer, the intro to dead skin mask was an amazing tone I can not even almost replicate it. Its like clean but not clean but not distorted idk maybe I'm just a moron. And every once in a blue moon dimebag managed to squeeze some tone out of that Randall like on a new level that was good tone some time the solid state buzz can be cool. And my tone of course! I use a walnut strat and it has a tone like no other
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