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Ever wanted to know what "bright" and "punchy" means? Well you've come to the right thread. Here, I will define terms often used in the guitar world. A lot of these are ambiguous, and some even subjective, but I will try my best to define them. My descriptions and examples may vary greatly from another person's. One's "full" sound might be "muddy" "and "boomy". Just take them with a tablespoon of salt. Also, a lot of words might share the same definitions together. Feel free to suggest words/definitions to expand the list.

Bark: A lot of high mids. See "crunch"
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koN09Je2VsE

Bite: Strong, aggressive pick attack.
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSn_r2VkoVI

Bright: A lot of high frequencies. Clear and defined.
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMIcgoYz8OU

Br00talz: High gain, scooped mids. For brutal music...
Example: The entire br00talz genre.

Creamy: Like "smooth", but thicker in my definition. See "smooth"

Crunch/Crunchy: A lot of high mids. Usually used to describe a Marshall amplifier.
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjBQMFJmdbw

Crushing Perfection. God in sonic form. Ear porn
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lGGqjh876g (the goodness starts at 0:46)

Chimey: Bell-like. A fair amount of high frequencies, but not harsh. Usually used to describe Strats and Strat pickups.
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s-OafVVG5U

Edge: Increased high and high-mid frequencies. Aggressive sounding.
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5BrE1Pi5cU

Glassy: Bright, but also smooth and fairly warm. See "chimey"
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhDR9iQ4UJM

Harsh: Unpleasant. Usually caused by too much high-mid and/or high frequencies.
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfvOGvxx_fE (skip to 3:15)

Heavy: Usually a high gain, bassy, powerful tone.

Liquid: Lots of sustain and compression, with no rough edges. Sounds distorted and clean at the same time. Magical stuff, guys. Best left to an example
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPQtlPMg8zw (at 0:25)

Muddy: Unclear. Sounds like a blanket is covering your amp.
Example: Put a thick blanket over your amp

Presence: Clarity. The more presence, the more it sounds like the guitar is right there in the room.

Punchy: Strong dominant pick attack andtight low end. Arguably mid-heavy, but in my opinion, not necessarily. "Punches" you in the gut.
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-EqqOnzTNs

Scooped Reduced, "scooped" mids. Frowny face EQ curve.

Searing: Bright, mid to high gain lead tone. Usually used with bridge humbucker.
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4fPv450OYM (the solo, especially)

Shimmer/Shimmering: See "chimey" or "glassy"

Sterile: Unnatural and dull sounding. Can be harsh.
Example: Line 6 Spider 3

Smooth: Lack of harshness or edge. Usually has reduced treble.
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXp413NynFk (and a fitting title)

Sparkly/Sparkling: Once again, see "chimey" or "glassy"

Thick: A lot of lows, low-mids, and mids. Has fullness to it.
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWjhxnVcmgg

Tight: Quick, percussive attack with high note definition. Usually involves cutting bass frequencies.
Example: (I need help on this one)

Warm: Mellow-sounding, with reduced high frequencies.
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_a3FxR0IwQ
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#5
runny
grainy
hard
soft
clumpy
rough
smooth
liquid

wait no those are my poop vocabularies
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runny
grainy
hard
soft
clumpy
rough
smooth
liquid

wait no those are my poop vocabularies

no, thats just wrong. =)
#8
You forgot brootal.

haha
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#9
Quote by cdr_salamander
You forgot:

Horrible: Horrible
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2SevUeXJgw (everything)


TBH, that sounded decent. I'll find a worse video and add it under "crushing"
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#10
I tend to also use
Thick
Heavy
Low
Atmospheric
Present

I'm working on finding good examples right now.
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#12
kids, 'brootal, brootz, brootalz' even 'brutal' is NOT a definition of tone.

IMO, brootz, scooped and crushing should all be sub genre's of 'harsh'
Last edited by rgoring at Jul 12, 2010,
#13
^ I don't think that's true or fair. I mean, there's a lot of other crazy adjectives up there that in my mind don't relate to tone at all. On the other hand, when I think of brutal, it puts a certain image in my mind, a certain riff. I think that makes it a justifiable definition of tone.

After all, there is a certain measure of subjectivity involved.
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Quote by cdr_salamander
You forgot:

Horrible: Horrible
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2SevUeXJgw (everything)

IMO, that's the best I've ever heard an MG sound. It's not great, but MG's typically sound wayyyyy worse
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After all, there is a certain measure of subjectivity involved.



fair call, really you could call ti whatever you wanted, and i shouldnt be so narrow minded. i just find it hard to put 'brootaz' and 'tone' in the same catagorey.
#17
It was a joke guys, calm down.
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#19
I'm not exactly sure how I would categorize it, but Gilmour's tone is unmistakable.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGvkebKlM_4

Solo starts around 7:10.
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#21
Alright I came up with some samples to help show what I envision my 'words' to be.

Thick: The first riff in this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWjhxnVcmgg I usually associate 'thick' to most sludge metal tones.
Heavy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=labytsb3gfI Starting at 2:18, basically that riff during that break.
Low: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE-79DUteuY the first riff. Basically down tuned, with lots of bass and not a whole lot of treble.
Atmospheric: (anything with loads of reverb really) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkLSoXSQcYQ Basically, smooth with more reverb.
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#23
subjective an worthless tags.
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#24
I would disagree with nearly every ''definition'' given so far.
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I would disagree with nearly every ''definition'' given so far.


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