#1
why did people name eddie van halens old tone as the brown sound? does anyone know ?
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Because it made you s*it your pants because it sound so awesome?!

Might be related to the myth about a certain note (between 5 and 7Hz) would cause an involuntary bowel movement, although I don't think EVH's note is that low.
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#4
he used a variable ac converter to up the voltage going into the amp. doing that to a tube amp gives it that extra fuzz that cant be replicated otherwise
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he used a variable ac converter to up the voltage going into the amp. doing that to a tube amp gives it that extra fuzz that cant be replicated otherwise


To add to that, it made EVH's tone seem unobtainable, much like the real brown sound.
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because that's what eddie called it?
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Because it made you s*it your pants because it sound so awesome?!

Might be related to the myth about a certain note (between 5 and 7Hz) would cause an involuntary bowel movement, although I don't think EVH's note is that low.



yeah i know about that myth.. i thought its somehow related lol
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Quote by iron.zeppelin
he used a variable ac converter to up the voltage going into the amp. doing that to a tube amp gives it that extra fuzz that cant be replicated otherwise


That's what I have heard. I have tried and tried to get that sound...

Never have.
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Because the other colors were taken.
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Quote by iron.zeppelin
he used a variable ac converter to up the voltage going into the amp. doing that to a tube amp gives it that extra fuzz that cant be replicated otherwise



Its the other way around He used a variac to lower the voltage, not up it. Thats a common misconception. He lowered it to about 90v. If you run your amps full out like Ed did, they won't last long so he used a variac to lower it to 90, and I'm sure there were other reasons for doing this, most likely tone but of course no ones really saying officially.
The term brown sound was not coined by him, but by someone else. The funny thing is that, when you're starving the amp of volts like he did with the variac you're essentially 'browning' it out. I'm sure this was just a coincidence with the connection to the name.
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Eddie on the "Brown Sound":

"There is a difference between being just loud and having what I call a warm, brown sound, which is a toney sound."

"Some people get a sound like an amplified AM radio. I like it to be like a nice home stereo, the difference between tone and no tone."

Eddie Van Halen refers to his guitar tone as the "brown sound." He says it's not yellow, pink, or blue. It's brown. All dirt and molasses. It's not just a tone, but also the incredible mastery of the guitar that Ed displays on each Van Halen track. Actually, the term "brown sound" was originally coined by the Van Halen brothers to describe the sound of Alex's snare. Ed has even said "I want my guitar to sound like Al's snare drum." That doesn't seem so strange compared to the low tech rig that Eddie was working with!


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Interesting, so that source says they coined the term themselves, might be right. If so then I stand corrected. However, the lowering of the volts with the variac is true, he never turned it up.
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Interesting, so that source says they coined the term themselves, might be right. If so then I stand corrected. However, the lowering of the volts with the variac is true, he never turned it up.


It's a quote I remember reading way back in the day in a guitar magazine -- it was an interview with Eddie. I didn't remember it word for word, but found it after some google-fu.

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Dammit...all the poop jokes are taken.
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It's a quote I remember reading way back in the day in a guitar magazine -- it was an interview with Eddie. I didn't remember it word for word, but found it after some google-fu.

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It's a quote I remember reading way back in the day in a guitar magazine -- it was an interview with Eddie. I didn't remember it word for word, but found it after some google-fu.

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I told people the complete opposite. I told them I raised it up 140 volts. I felt so bad. I felt so f—ing horrible, man. They said, “Please don’t attempt what Eddie Van Halen said in the last interview, because everyone was blowing their amps.” Everyone fried their amps ’cause of me. I felt so bad. I never lied again after that.


The variac was in there, but he used it to lower the voltage going into his amp, not raise it.