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#1
Hey UG!

What do you consider a great tone?

For example: I think that a warm, full sound is the best tone. What do you think?
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#3
I think there are many good tones, it's hard to define. But I think everyone can recognise bad tone.
#4
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Hey UG!
What do you think?


i think that this is possibly one of the dumbest threads ever.
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#5
Quote by mulletman500
I think there are many good tones, it's hard to define. But I think everyone can recognise bad tone.


very well put.
#6
I like my one with a kinda crunch, bite to it when playing some riffs etc. Then a really thick powerful gainy lead for soloing... kinda hard to explain. Like, Dream Theater tone for soloing and Megadeth for riffing.
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I like my one with a kinda crunch, bite to it when playing some riffs etc. Then a really thick powerful gainy lead for soloing... kinda hard to explain. Like, Dream Theater tone for soloing and Megadeth for riffing.

EXACTLY
#8
Warm, Full tone with quite a lot Bass but not to much and quite a lot reverb
#9
Quote by mulletman500
I think there are many good tones, it's hard to define. But I think everyone can recognise bad tone.


Actually, there is no such thing as "bad" tone, just disliked tone. All tone is opinion based which means there can be no bad or good tone, just tones people like or dislike.
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Actually, there is no such thing as "bad" tone, just disliked tone. All tone is opinion based which means there can be no bad or good tone, just tones people like or dislike.

There ARE bad tones. There are good tones which people don't like, but they are totally different to a bad tone.

My favorite tones are:
-SRV's bell like clean tones
-Angus Young's biting overdrive
-Deryck Whibley's and Dan Hawkin's roaring distorted rhythms, warm but heavy. The sound that inspired me to start guitar!
-Michael Amott's crushing metal tone
-Steve Vai's 'singing' lead sound

I wish I could find an axe that could produce all those...
#11
All the 5 switch positions of an SSS Strat through a good valve amp.
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#12
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hard trebly bite. thats what i consider tone.



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#13
A nice vintage Strat through a real nice clean valve amp. Nice glassy, bell-like vintage clean tone.

That's one of my favourite tones, but I can't single it down to just one.
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#14
Lots of mids and crunch!
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#15
^ Yeah, definately a nice thick mid boost!
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#16
My first question would be "What for?"

As far as I'm concerned you can't have one good tone for eveything, different styles of music require different tones...you can't do metal with a really low gain OD sound etc...
#18
Anything with warm, full mids. Detest that scooped mid sound, its so....cliche. I like to roll tone off for chords but tone nearly full for solos, for a real biting, warm, crunchy sound.
#19
High treble, mid mid and Low bass. high gain with a bit of delay or reverb.
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#21
For me, Andy Timmons "That was then, This is now" crunch for lead and Stevie Ray Vaughn's "Little Wing" Clean or some Jazz guitarist's clean (full hollowbodies have godly clean tones).
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#22
Zakk Wylde's tone...

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#23
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Zakk Wylde's tone...

Les Paul W/ EMG's thru a Marshall JCM 2000

zakk wylde uses an MG, duh.

and SRV's tone on little wing. or satch's on starry night.

EDIT: shoot. beat to it.
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#24
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zakk wylde uses an MG, duh.

and SRV's tone on little wing. or satch's on starry night.

EDIT: shoot. beat to it.


HAHAHAHA yeah

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#25
I REALLY like Santana's tone....cliche as it may seem but him and David Gilmour have awesome tone.
#26
warm, bell like cleans, plenty of chime for clean rhythms. Very smooth, bassy for clean leads. A touch of overdrive with plenty of high end for crunch rhythm. Smooth as silk distorted leads with plenty of bass and highs, a bit of reverb and a touch of delay.
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Quote by mulletman500
I think there are many good tones, it's hard to define. But I think everyone can recognise bad tone.


I beg to differ... i know a lot of people who say that their tone is sweet when it really sucks.
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#28
Either a thick middy overdriven amp sound, or a clean/slightly broken up amp with a Strat's neck pickup.
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#29
For blues I love a really muddy overdrive with a little bit of crunch.

For everything else I like so much gain it becomes smooth. Its almost a high pitched sort of sound I can only explain as electric cream-cheese.
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#30
Harsh and trebly is always good.
But warm and distorted is always good
So is warm and clean
wait i have a better idea:
SRV
Vai
Satch
Dave Mustaine+Megadeth Lead guitarist of the time
Santana
Iommi
Gimour
Dimebag

I'll stop there.
#31
Fat, smooth high gain distortion- Megadeth, Metallica(Master of Puppets and later), Necrophagist, Dragonforce, Dethklok()
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#32
As my buddy Diamond Jim Green puts it:

Tone is best described as how a woman tells you you're doing her good.
You know you got tone when you see your mojo is working.
#33
Thunderous, Fat, Thick Tone that will make my ****ing balls shake with the sound of the first pinch harmonic, thus making all the fluids in my body boil and distort and make it until a rush of blood fills my face and I feel the force of a 1000 demons rip me apart and put me back together as the first couple of riffs hits. Earth shattering tone that will split the ground in half and make demons crawl out of the pits of hell...


that's how I like my tone.
#34
Well, that's a totally personal thing. For me, the only "bad" tone is a tone that's thin and just sounds weak. Cream rich tone is okay too, but for me, nothing beats a heavy, deep sound. Something that sounds like it would kill hippies. Crank the gain up to 11 and blow the windows out kind of tone. A thick, chunky tone with enough treble to not sound weak-sauce.
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#35
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Well, that's a totally personal thing. For me, the only "bad" tone is a tone that's thin and just sounds weak. Cream rich tone is okay too, but for me, nothing beats a heavy, deep sound. Something that sounds like it would kill hippies. Crank the gain up to 11 and blow the windows out kind of tone. A thick, chunky tone with enough treble to not sound weak-sauce.


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#36
Brian May - singing leads
John Petrucci - heavy riffing
Ron Thal - unique shred solo
Alex Lifeson - chordal madness


those are my masters of tone.
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#37
I find it really difficult to describe tone, i mean how do u have a warm tone? i get the idea behind the term, but i couldn't listen to a guitar and say ooo it sounds warm!

however, i can describe in terms that you can understand if you've heard the song, i love the tone (for hard rock) of brian may on the solo to resurrection. its absolutely amazingly cool, (i'm gonna invent my own term for it here) its kind of a ripping/ seething sort of tone. not heavy, but very direct sharp, but muffled. haha, ive just read that back, it makes no sense at all

i apologize to neone who read this post and got so confused that they wake up in the morning and now think they are an onion
#39
Slash on Appetite for Destruction for rock. Good throaty midrange sound.
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Marcus Siepen from Blind Guardian for metal. I really love the way he uses his wah as a boost for his solo sound.
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Guess you could say I am partial to the Les Paul sound. Something about the warmth and thickness of them that gives me goosebumps. Though I like strats and teles for thinner clean sounds.
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#40
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Fat, smooth high gain distortion- Megadeth, Metallica(Master of Puppets and later), Necrophagist, Dragonforce, Dethklok()


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