#1
Hey fellow UGers,

First of all, I apologize if this is the wrong subforum to post this in, but I really have no idea where this should go. Seeing as it pertains to amps and other guitar accessories, I figured I'd post it here. Feel free to move it if it's in the wrong place

Now my main question. A lot of the adjectives I hear used to describe guitar tone are often very confusing. I know what kind of sound I like, but I have no way to really articulate it, if that makes sense. So far, what I understand is that:

- dark/bright = amount of treble or high frequencies
- full/scooped = amount of mid frequencies
- fat/thin = amount of bass or low frequencies

In addition to these, what about things like a dry/saturated tone? How do those compare in terms of which frequencies are accentuated?

I may be completely wrong (I probably am ) so could some of the more knowledgeable folks help me out? This is just out of curiosity, but it's been nagging me for a while now and I need some answers...

Thanks!
#2
see if this helps

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1305901

also, I don't correlate bright with high frequencies or thin with low frequencies for example. Where did you get that? You can have a bright bass tone and fat treble tones. Dark and bright have more to do with how a note 'blooms' or 'attacks'. Bright could be more closely associated with articulation and note definition where dark could be more closely associated with saturated, creamy and warm or 'rounded'.
Last edited by 311ZOSOVHJH at Mar 20, 2013,
#3
Thanks! That's very helpful, thank you so much.

Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
see if this helps

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1305901

also, I don't correlate bright with high frequencies or thin with low frequencies for example. Where did you get that? You can have a bright bass tone and fat treble tones. Dark and bright have more to do with how a note 'blooms' or 'attacks'. Bright could be more closely associated with articulation and note definition where dark could be more closely associated with saturated, creamy and warm or 'rounded'.


Well, I decided to Google it before posting, and I came up with multiple references to an article that described it like that. I thought it made sense, although not exactly like I had previously thought.

Thanks for the help!
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Quote by 311ZOSOVHJH
well, you are welcome first and foremost

i just gave you my opinion, i didn't look up the definitions


the definitions are meaningless twaddle.

it kinda means something to say 'bright' or 'dark', w/e. but it is so subjective that it almost loses all meaning.
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woody with shimmering rich harmonic overtones means you spent a lot on it.

i know that from MLP.
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woody with shimmering rich harmonic overtones means you spent a lot on it.

i know that from MLP.

And if those shimmering rich harmonic overtones are fragile, you'll pay the price of a house for the rig. The guys on TGP will agree it's worth it though.
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#10
^ (and also what greg said)

I'd have said dark or bright was more the frequency of the mids than the treble. but that might be BS.
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