Poll: Tone or Playability?
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View poll results: Tone or Playability?
Tone
20 15%
Playability
43 33%
They are both crucial to me
62 48%
I play a box with EMGs installed.
5 4%
Voters: 130.
#1
Well, I just though that this would be a good question to ask. I checked the rules, and the way I interpret them, this thread should be allowed. Also, the search bar is broken, so if someone can dig up a similar thread, I'll delete this one.

So, basically, I want to know what UG prefers when they play guitar: Do you want to have a fantastic, absolutely killer tone with complex harmonics or whatever you like, or would you rather have low action, fast neck, and effortless fret access?

Basically, which do you want more: A great tone, or a great playing guitar.

I'm aware that an amp contributes most to the tone, but it's still an aspect of electric guitar playing, so I put this here.

EDIT: Oops, I accidentally voted tone, but I wanted playability. Oh well.
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#2
most if not all people would choose the 3rd option, I suggest that you remove it.
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#3
Both are crucial to me. That's why I play a Fender Strat.
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#4
Both are crucial, but I chose tone. I still don't know why, though.
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#5
thats why i love my epi sg.
it sounds great, and plays great.
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#6
Tone. You can adjust to the feel of a guitar, but if it sounds like shit, then it sounds like shit.
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#8
i have a vintage es-175 thats a bitch to play, but it sounds amaing. besides, i like my guitar to fight back a little
#9
Meh, you can get almost any tone you want to with the right amps/pedals and all. Even if a guitar sounds great, I couldn't enjoy it if it was uncomfortable.
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#10
no tone starts with the guitar, if the guitar sounds great acoustically even if its an electric than it will sound great plugged in, but playability is a subjective term that is different for everyone, like my guitar which has a low action, very fast neck, and jumbo frets, my friend hates it cause he likes the fender/gibson style neck w/ a higher action so playability is all in the eye of the beholder, but there are some guitars that are just plain crap *coughs* epiphone *clears throat* excuse me. but tone is also a subjective thing what might sound like silk to me might sound like crap to you so it all depends on your personal tastes.
#11
theres allways a tradeoff on guitar where you have to find the happy middle which by some crazy coincidence is neever really happy
for me i value playability more because at the moment im not in a band and am pretty much a bedroom warrior/play for friends sometimes
so i value the ability to play over the tone
that might be a differnet story if i was gigging
#13
playability. a good player can make a shit setup sound ok, but a shit player CAN NOT make a great setup good.

and i highly recommend removing the third choice, as its too obvious...


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#14
i think i need both, but tone is definitely dominant... i could not stand to have a guitar that plays really well but sounds awful that would suck. so tone rules, but if i cant play the guitar comfortably to get that sweet tone, i probably wouldnt want the guitar either. so its pretty 50/50
#15
For just the guitar, I would pick playability, as you can change the tone a lot more by the kind of amp you have. If you are including the amp, I would probably pick tone, as I feel weird if I dont have the tone I am used to.
#16
The better the playability the easier for me it is to play, and the better the tone, the more i'm satistfied with my playing so both are crucial to my playing.
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#17
Both.

Given the choice, I don't know which I'd choose. If I had godlike tone, but my axe felt like my first guitar, I don't know if I could cope. On the other hand, I don't know if I could tolerate having a horrible tone, no matter how the guitar played.

I suppose if the guitar played very well and I could use it to play like a god, my bad tone wouldn't so much matter, I could find a way to make it sound good overall. The opposite is not true; my great tone would not make the guitar play any better. All the tone in the world wouldn't make any difference if I didn't have the chops.

So I suppose I'd have to choose playability, but both are crucial to me
#18
Great playing for me
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#19
i dont even plug in a guitar to hear what it sounds like unless i like the feel and playablility. i hold it, use it with a strap, play unplugged, and if its nice then i get a cable and amp. plus, its cheaper for me to get new electronics and pickups than a new neck.
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#20
I'd say playability. A good amp could compensate for sub-par tone, but you'll never get a good sound out of a guitar you can't play.
#21
Both are very important, though i do favour playability a bit more.
I tend to test guitars out without an amp at my local store, one because the amps there are a bit shoddy and two because i cant be assed to ask to get hooked up, anyway when i do this I find out which guitars I really love, like tele's, I was a bit avoidant of, til i played one un-amped, LOVED the feel, then played one amped and was guitargasm'd, this was a mexican one too, havent tried an american, and a long long time ago i disliked strats, played an american, loved it playd it through an amp (only a bloody Marshall AVT) and it sounded great, through an AVT.

So yeah I test feel first, like with my current guitar, i played a wizard II neck, loved it.
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#22
Tone is slightly more important to me. I want it to play well, but I do my own setups, so things aren't as perfect as a professional's setup. Nonetheless, I still am quite comfortable with my guitars' playability. Basically, the setup doesn't have to be right on for me. Sacrificing tone isn't an option, however.
#23
I'd say both, tone doesn't mean shit if you can't play the guitar to the best of your ability. Playability doesn't matter all that much if your guitar sounds like crap.
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#24
i play EMG's, but, i would have to say tone is a little more crucial.

y would it matter if you play EMG's? they kick ass
#25
you know in all honesty I think people are way to obsessed with tone. I think people should really stop bitching about what pickups/amps/cables/whatever they're using and just play the damn guitar.
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#26
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y would it matter if you play EMG's? they kick ass

cause some people worry more about being a "tone snob" and dissing other people's gear, than mastering how to play their own guitar.
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#27
in the end, i'm a tone ***** and i will sacrifise a small amount of playability for a better tone. for example i use a les paul for its tone, but i can't really play above the 17th fret. it doesnt bother me too much though
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#28
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Meh, you can get almost any tone you want to with the right amps/pedals and all. Even if a guitar sounds great, I couldn't enjoy it if it was uncomfortable.


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#29
i'd say both. if i can't play it, i won't like it, and if it sounds like a shoebox strung with elastic bands, i won't like it either. i've tuirned down guitars for both reasons, in other words (note, by tone i mean unplugged tone, not pickups, you can change pickups easily).
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#31
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i'd say both. if i can't play it, i won't like it, and if it sounds like a shoebox strung with elastic bands, i won't like it either. i've tuirned down guitars for both reasons, in other words (note, by tone i mean unplugged tone, not pickups, you can change pickups easily).



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#32
and have to go with number 4

The versatility of a box is just to tempting to pass up.
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#34
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Both are crucial to me. That's why I play a Fender Strat.


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#35
How do I edit poll ?

In retrospect, It was a bad Idea. This is interesting that most people chose playability. And to this guy:

no tone starts with the guitar, if the guitar sounds great acoustically even if its an electric than it will sound great plugged in, but playability is a subjective term that is different for everyone, like my guitar which has a low action, very fast neck, and jumbo frets, my friend hates it cause he likes the fender/gibson style neck w/ a higher action so playability is all in the eye of the beholder, but there are some guitars that are just plain crap *coughs* epiphone *clears throat* excuse me. but tone is also a subjective thing what might sound like silk to me might sound like crap to you so it all depends on your personal tastes.


Tone does start with guitar, but like I said, anything you can do to achieve your tone is fair game.

And I realized that playability is subjective. I obviously meant having a guitar set up the way that YOU prefer it. so now you know.
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#36
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Tut Tut, Dave MC.

Surely you of all people aren't suggesting the pickups would cure a guitar with bad tone??


try reading my post again. you might get it this time.
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#38
To me Tone comes from your playing technique and the clarity of it, not the sound of the guitar. But then I sometimes use tone to describe different woods.

I go by playabily and tone.
#39
If I had to trade off one for the other I'd go with tone - you can get used to the way a guitar plays... but you can't change how it sounds.

However, I've got a Tom Anderson... so I'd say I've got perfect playability and great tone