#1
Obviously both are greatly important, but what do you strive more for, what do you admire more in a guitarist, or which do you think is more important?

Great tone, or great skills??
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#2
The two go hand in hand, you won't have good tone if you have poor technique.
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#3
its all about style, but you need skills to have style
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#4
Tone comes from your hands more than your gear. Good tone goes hand in hand with good technique. I can't think of anybody that has great tone and no skill.
#5
Quote by hamish5178
The two go hand in hand, you won't have good tone if you have poor technique.


Perfect.

This is prolly the only statement that should be in this thread.

Nuff' Said.
#6
Great tone for me is quite a big thing you could have not a lot of chops but if you've got good tone then you're more likely to get my vote than someone with awesome chops but no tone.
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#8
I read an article that had the top 10 worst tones for guitarist. Randy Rhodes was on the list.


So according to the article, you need skill.
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#9
can't have one without the other. you can have COOL tone with lots of flash, and not be very skilled, but won't be good tone... it'll just be strange noise that hides poor playing, and the novelty would wear off on the listener pretty fast

and i read that randy rhoades thing too (in Guitar One), and they were just ripping on the lack of low end on blizzard of ozz's guitar parts... a shameless burn, and undeserved
#10
im completely self taught. my technique sucks. but that doesn't mean what i do play doesn't sound good. think about bands like blink 182. living proof you dont have to be a skilled musician to write great music. my votes on tone.
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I read an article that had the top 10 worst tones for guitarist. Randy Rhodes was on the list.


So according to the article, you need skill.
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#12
Well... Mark Tremonti has great skill, but on some of his songs he has the ****tiest tone going in rock music lol.
#13
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im completely self taught. my technique sucks. but that doesn't mean what i do play doesn't sound good. think about bands like blink 182. living proof you dont have to be a skilled musician to write great music. my votes on tone.

I could shoot you for saying blink 182 wrote great music... I REALLY could.
#14
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im completely self taught. my technique sucks. but that doesn't mean what i do play doesn't sound good. think about bands like blink 182. living proof you dont have to be a skilled musician to write great music. my votes on tone.


1. When they say tone, they mean the sound and shape of the guitar signal, not how "good" the song sounds.

2. Blink 182 is not a good band, they are unimaginative and stupid.

Before you argue with me, go listen to The Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and Frank Zappa.
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#15
I feel like once I got my tone exactly how i liked it, my skill seemed to improve along with it.
#16
Skill, by a large margin. A good guitarist can make a **** amp sound good, and a **** guitarist can make a godly amp sound trash.
#17
It's like the chicken and the egg: Which comes first, the tone or the skills?
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#19
I'd rather listen to Steve Vai through a cranked MG with stab wounds to the speaker than a poor guitar player through Vai's rig.

You can't really compare the two though, obviously both tone and technique are important. They're also interconnected; a lot of the tone comes from the technique, and also some tonal characteristics can facilitate certain techniques.
#20
Quote by hamish5178
The two go hand in hand, you won't have good tone if you have poor technique.


well i disagree, i have seen some technically gifted people play with awful tone, but there style is good and there technique very good.
#21
To me, it's skill. I mean, just look at my sig. I play through a Spider. I couldn't have good tone if I wanted it.
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