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bluespunkmetal
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Hi guys, newcomer to the shred forum here.

How about a list of Shredders with GREAT tone, I know it's subjective and all, but... just post away !!

Here's m'list:

Good Tone:
-Yngwie Malmsteen
-Paul Gilbert (his studio tone only though, so, still not sure if it's Laneys)
-Shawn Lane
-Marty Friedman (and he's using CRATEs !!!)
-John Petrucci (execptional tone on live gigs)

Bad Tone:
-Francesco Fareri (yucky tone, awesome playing)
-Rusty Cooley (less yucky tone, awesome playing)
-Michael Romeo (especially his live rhthym tone)

Just don't mix up live and studio tone !! Thx, post away, mates !!
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Bad Tone : Richie Kotzen, Steve Morse, Tony McAlpine, Frank Gambale.
Nice Tone : Nuno Bettencourt, Andy Timmons, Brett Garsed, Eric Johnson.
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#4
IMO

Good:Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Buckethead, and Marty Friedman.

I don't dislike any tone for the moment.
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Quote by bluespunkmetal

-Paul Gilbert (his studio tone only though, so, still not sure if it's Laneys)


???

his live tone is kinda the the same... what don't you like about his live tone?

and of course it's laney, I can hear that from a mile away... in fact I'm getting one in a few months!
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Quote by flamencogod
???

his live tone is kinda the the same... what don't you like about his live tone?

and of course it's laney, I can hear that from a mile away... in fact I'm getting one in a few months!


He probably means some tones from places like his clinics in Seoul where he couldn't bring his own gear and had to use the gear the shops have... (Though his tone in the Seoul clinic owns, just an example).

Anyway, tones I like:

- Gilbert
- Nuno Bettencourt's Extreme rhythm tone
- Carl Verheyen
- Guthrie Govan
- Joel Hoekstra (very similar to Guthrie, both in playing and tone (both play Cornford and Suhr))
- Andy Timmons' old Laney tone
- Yngwie
- Glenn Hughes (not exactly a shredder but pffrt)
- Jimmy Bruno (more jazz than shred but I love his clean tone)
- Jim Hall (see Jimmy Bruno)
- Philip Catherine clean
- Mike Landau
- Mark Knopfler (again no shred but pff!)
- David Gilmour (again)
- Sylvain Luc
- Scott Henderson (particularly on Tore Down House)
- Frank Gambale... But only on very rare occasions where he gets this delicious airy reedy tone, more to come on Frank...
- George Bellas (tone alone, mind you)
- Kenny Burrell
- Michael Schenker
- Mimi Fox

And more, probably, but I can't remember them right now.

Dislikes:

- Frank Gambale usual tone
- Eric Johnson (yes, I know...)
- Allan Holdsworth (great playing but the tone is dull imo)
- Mike Stern (again, playing makes up for it)
- Mike Oldfield
- Frank Zappa overdriven tone (I know )
- Greg Howe (talking about when he used SS amps, might have changed by now)
- Pat Metheny
- John McLaughlin
- Al Di Meola
- Johnny Hiland
- Michael Angelo Batio
- Marty Friedman
- Zakk Wylde
- Steve Morse

All I can think of right now...
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#7
Neil Zaza's tone is quite sexual.
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Good:

- Steve Vai's before Ultra Zone and after Flex-able
- Paul Gilbert (Especially on King Of Clubs and Superheroes)
- Guthrie Govan
- Jeff Beck
- Yngwie Malmsteen (Especially on Odyssey)
- Scott Henderson
- Bireli Lagrene
- Christopher Amott
- Ritchie Kotzen
- Mikael Åkerfeldt
- Jari Mäenpää
- Pat Metheny
- Al Di Meola
- John Abercrombie
- Andy Timmons (before Mesa Boogie)
- My tone (JEM through Laney)

Bad:

- MAB (THE WORST TONE EVER! AARGH!)
- Jason Becker
- Marty Friedman
- Greg Howe
- John Scofield (mostly)
- Micheal Romeo
- Alexi Laiho
- Shawn Lane
- Eric Johnson

EDIT: Add Joe Pass to the good tones list.
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#9
Ulrich Roth and Eric Johnson easily posses the greatest tone ever.
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Quote by Resiliance
He probably means some tones from places like his clinics in Seoul where he couldn't bring his own gear and had to use the gear the shops have... (Though his tone in the Seoul clinic owns, just an example).

Anyway, tones I like:

- Gilbert
- Nuno Bettencourt's Extreme rhythm tone
- Carl Verheyen
- Guthrie Govan
- Joel Hoekstra (very similar to Guthrie, both in playing and tone (both play Cornford and Suhr))
- Andy Timmons' old Laney tone
- Yngwie
- Glenn Hughes (not exactly a shredder but pffrt)
- Jimmy Bruno (more jazz than shred but I love his clean tone)
- Jim Hall (see Jimmy Bruno)
- Philip Catherine clean
- Mike Landau
- Mark Knopfler (again no shred but pff!)
- David Gilmour (again)
- Sylvain Luc
- Scott Henderson (particularly on Tore Down House)
- Frank Gambale... But only on very rare occasions where he gets this delicious airy reedy tone, more to come on Frank...
- George Bellas (tone alone, mind you)
- Kenny Burrell
- Michael Schenker
- Mimi Fox

And more, probably, but I can't remember them right now.

Dislikes:

- Frank Gambale usual tone
- Eric Johnson (yes, I know...)
- Allan Holdsworth (great playing but the tone is dull imo)
- Mike Stern (again, playing makes up for it)
- Mike Oldfield
- Frank Zappa overdriven tone (I know )
- Greg Howe (talking about when he used SS amps, might have changed by now)
- Pat Metheny
- John McLaughlin
- Al Di Meola
- Johnny Hiland
- Michael Angelo Batio
- Marty Friedman
- Zakk Wylde
- Steve Morse

All I can think of right now...


what don't you like about pat metheny? I love his tone!
'bout the rest I agree, even johnson.
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Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai, Buckethead, Yngwie, Marty Friedman, Guthrie Govan...
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#12
I like: Buckethead, Paul Gilbert, Yngwie, Steve Vai, Satriani, Nune Bettencourt, and Zakk Wylde.

All have awesome tone.
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#13
Quote by flamencogod
what don't you like about pat metheny? I love his tone!
'bout the rest I agree, even johnson.


It sounds dead to me. Like it's played out of a cardboard box and three walls inbetween. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much bass and no presence at all, it's so ... Dof (Dutch \o/) imo. Tone control at -50!

I can't stand it.

This isn't his Bright Size Life tone by the way, nor his The Way Up or Speaking Of Now tone... It's the one he used for the most of and in the middle of his career, Question & Answer for example. Eww.
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#14
yeah, I can see what you mean, his tone can be pretty dof... hehe

his tone on bright size life was the one I had in mind...
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#15
Like:PG(Crunch that I've yet to hear better of)
Guthrie(Love its sharpness)
Lane(Except the mush,most of the time )
Becker(most of the time, even some of the raspberry jam terrible recording quality ones)
Andy T
Brett Garsed
Buckethead(Really love it, Clean and dist. tones.
Eric Johnson
Slash(love it. Hate me.)
Mattias IA Eklundh(Oh how close he comes to Gilberto)
Megadeth Rust in Peace album(Marty and Mustayne)(Favourite metal tone,of which in general, I dislike)
Phil Collen(or other Def Leppard guitarist, I'm not sure which )
Rory Gallagher
Dave Sabo
Steve Lukather
Yngwie
Richie Sambora

Dislike: Steve Vai(more I hear it the less I like it. That saturated tone doesn't do it for me like it did..)
Holdsworth(same reason as Resi)
Mike Stern(unfortunately...see holdsworth...Just icky..)
Zakk
John ****ing Petttu ****ing cci(empty....just...empty..)
Rusty Cooley
Scott Henderson
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David Valdes had kick ass tone before he got endorsed by peavey.
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Am I the only person that likes Howe's tone?
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#19
Quote by Resiliance
About Metheny's tone.


I think it's perfect for what it's meant to. I couldn't really imagine albums like Quartet or Beyond The Missouri Sky played with a real sharp tone with a lot of presence. Smooth tone suits his music well.

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Yeah, I love it too. Actually Slash is one of my favourite guitarists.
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#20
Like:
Eric Johnson
Steve Vai (how can you NOT like the tone in Tender Surrender? Seriously...)
John Petrucci (An Evening with... wow! Favourite tone... simply amazing)
Andy Timmons (both Laney and Mesa I like from him, especially Electric Gypsy)
Guthrie Govan
Greg Howe
The dude from Kamelot
Marty Friedman
David Gilmour
Rusty Cooley
Shawn Lane (sometimes)
Tony MacAlpine
Yngwie Malmsteen
Michael Romeo

Dislike:
Joe Satriani
Paul Gilbert
Al Di Meola
Frank Zappa
Mattias IA Eklundh
Jimmy Page
Scott Henderson
Jason Becker
Shawn Lane (sometimes)

I really, really hate Satch's tone...
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#21
Shawn Lane - Can't stand it.
Becker - some good some shit.

Rest is pretty much the same.
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#22
I like, (or dont mind) most tones of all the guitarists i listen to but the one nasty sounding tone i cant stand (although he is an awesome player) is Francesco Fareri.
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#23
Quote by Stratwizard
I think it's perfect for what it's meant to. I couldn't really imagine albums like Quartet or Beyond The Missouri Sky played with a real sharp tone with a lot of presence. Smooth tone suits his music well.


A real sharp tone? Come on, don't go over the top.

We're talking about two different things. Quartet is a Pat Metheny Group effort from 1996, not the tone I'm on about, and Beyond The Missouri Sky is from 1997, also reasonably new.

Read what I replied to flamencogod please...

Quote by Righteous
Steve Vai (how can you NOT like the tone in Tender Surrender? Seriously...)


I like the Tender Surrender tone... But compare that to K'm Pee Du Wee, which is oversaturated crap imo...
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Quote by Resiliance
I like the Tender Surrender tone... But compare that to K'm Pee Du Wee, which is oversaturated crap imo...


I like his tone on K'm Pee Du Wee for the most part. I must admit that I don't like his tone much on RI:R much at all for the most part, and also on songs like Erotic Nightmares for the most part. But then again the tone on songs like Hand on Heart, Tender Surrender, Liberty, Sisters, The Boy From Seattle, Dyin' Day, and even Bad Horsie totally make up for it man, I really like his tone for the most part. Unlike bloody Satch.
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I like...
Eric Johnson
Paul Gilbert
Guthrie Govan
Andy Timmon's old tone (I HATE Mesas)
Steve Vai's old tone (I HATE Legacies)
Yngwie Malmsteen
Scott Henderson
Brett Garsed
Brian May
David Gilmour

On the fence about...
Tony MacAlpine
Buckethead
Marty Friedman (some are great, some are dire)
Jason Becker (same as Marty)
Richie Kotzen (some awesome, some not so much)
Neil Zaza
Greg Howe
Allan Holdsworth ( I think it's great for what he does, useless for almost everything else)

I hate....
Joe Satriani
Rusty Cooley
Shawn Lane (mushy undefined and overprocessed shit)
John Petrucci
Al Di Meola
Michael Angelo Batio
Frank Gambale
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#27
Govan. Just love his tone.

I actually like Lanes tone 0_0.
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#28
And Chris Poland has a terrible tone.
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#29
Did someone just post Brian May ?? WT.... ??

Anyway, out of all those posted above.... who do you think has the best

I think................. oops, seems like I haven't figured it out myself !!!

BTW, whoever said Alexi Laiho's tone is bad must've not heard Bed of Razors !!

Worst, still Francesco Fareri !!
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Quote by Righteous
I like his tone on K'm Pee Du Wee for the most part. I must admit that I don't like his tone much on RI:R much at all for the most part, and also on songs like Erotic Nightmares for the most part. But then again the tone on songs like Hand on Heart, Tender Surrender, Liberty, Sisters, The Boy From Seattle, Dyin' Day, and even Bad Horsie totally make up for it man, I really like his tone for the most part. Unlike bloody Satch.


I think Vai's tone really went downhill after Fire Garden. Nowadays his tone is too masked and overprocessed.

K'm Pee Du Wee has one of the best tones on the RI:R IMO. No wonder though, because he recorded it with just a mic in front of his Legacy.
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I love Meola's old acoustic tones. His non synth like crap.
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All tones start to grind me after a while, but the vai firegarden tone has held with me, nowadays he sounds out of tune constantly and his tone dosen't have much punch....
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#33
I guess this question should go in here, as it beats making a new thread,

I noticed that Steve Vai and Jor Satriani both use a boss ds-1, but I thought distortion with tube amps was a big no-no?
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Quote by duggyrocks
I guess this question should go in here, as it beats making a new thread,

I noticed that Steve Vai and Jor Satriani both use a boss ds-1, but I thought distortion with tube amps was a big no-no?


They use it as a mid range boost.
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#35
James Murphy and Muhammed Suicmez.
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#36
Good tones:
Paul Gilbert
Andy Timmons
Yngwie Malmsteen

Bad Tones:
Shawn Lane
Rusty Cooley
Francesco Fareri
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#37
gd: vai (for the love of good= PURE TONE), satch, malmsteen, hammet..sorta not really much fo tone but oh well haha, petrucci and how the hell does he manage to have same tone live as on the albums!?!?!?!?!
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#38
He doesn't...?
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#39
This entire thread is completely opinion, and different between each person for the most part. I think that most professional guitar players have a decent tone, but the music really makes the tone, not the other way around. The only tone I truely disagree with everyone on is Yngwie. He uses high distortion on single coils, which sound like shit in my opinion. Vai has the best tone, it is so crisp and clean. Yngwie's tone < crap.
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#40
Quote by Resiliance

- Andy Timmons' old Laney tone


I thought his tone went downhill a lot on his new album.