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The Don
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Chasing Guitar Tone
Who’s tone have you been trying to duplicate and what’s in your rig that got close.
Charlie Starr. Blackberry Smoke
Tele, Princeton 68. Paisley Drive, MXR Compressor


kingbob
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re: Chasing Guitar Tone
When playing rhythm guitar, I’m looking for something like Tom Morello in Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, AC/DC, or Breaking Benjamin, that fat, full, rich, heavy, crunchy rhythm guitar sound that’s not so distorted that you can’t make out the individual notes, but still hits you right in the mouth.

I’ve never gotten close.

As for lead, I’d like to sound more like Queen or Slash tone wise.

Some day, I’ll be able to invest in more equipment to get closer.

Right now I play on a fender champ amp (I primarily use the amp’s own overdrive), and an MVG Les Paul. The most I add to that is a wah pedal, very minimalist setup.
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randybobandy
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Member since Mar 2015
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re: Chasing Guitar Tone
quote:

Charlie Starr. Blackberry Smoke


My favorite " new " artist. House of blues NOLA 1/19/2018.

I'm always chasing - the brown sound. Van Halen fair warning is the closest way to describe what I'm after. PRS with p-90's and a couple of pedals and try to rollback the volume to get that warm "brown" sound.


TheFretShack
Member since Oct 2015
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re: Chasing Guitar Tone
I'm a child of the 80s with a hard leaning towards 80s metal and the tones that have always done it for me are Steve Lukather, both with Toto and as a session player; John Sykes during his run with Whitesnake; and oddly enough, Akira Takasaki's tone on the first few Loudness albums.

The common denominator up there is Mark series amps from Mesa-Boogie. I've owned every Mark series made and several in the Dual Rectifier family. Here's the keeper for me ...

"Green Stripe" revision M/B Mark III, January 1990, that I sent back to the factory for custom mods to the R2 channel and the reverb circuit. It sits atop an early 2000s Rectifier series widebody vertical 2x12, loaded with 75-watt Celestions, one relatively new (tight and crisp thump) and another from September 1982 (worn in and warm).

This thing does some pretty convincing Metallica too :)

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Easye921
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re: Chasing Guitar Tone
David Gilmour is the reason I started playing guitar, so his tone is the main one I try to replicate. I play through a Laney Lionheart head and cab with two strats, a tele, and a Les Paul. My favorite pedals are the TDX from Buffalo FX, 73 rams head and tree of life from Vick Audio, and Source Audio Nemesis.


LSU alum wannabe
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re: Chasing Guitar Tone
*Takes Fender Mustang 2 Amp into the corner and sits in shame*


rbWarEagle
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re: Chasing Guitar Tone
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Who’s tone have you been trying to duplicate and what’s in your rig that got close.



John Mayer's tone from Continuum/Where the Light Is.

I have a MIA Fender Strat with a 70's headstock and John Mayer Signature Big Dipper Pickups (scooped mid range). That runs through a classic TubeScreamer, a Holy Grail reverb, and a tuning pedal straight into a Fender Blues Deluxe tube. I can emulate his sound pretty well.


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RockAndRollDetective
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re: Chasing Guitar Tone
My favorite tone is probably Ty Tabor from King's X. I do my best to come up with a combination of gain when chopping and ring/chime on arpeggios. Tabor is the best at squeezing into that sweet spot that achieves both.

Having said that, I mostly play with humbucking pickups and I discovered a setting on my Boss ME-80 unit that converts "hum to single" and it cuts down the kind of thickety arse shape and gives it a more sparkly, thin tone. It brings you into that elusive area between single and double coil sound. I also run through a Boss GE-7 EQ that allows me to dial any harshness out.


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The Don
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Member since Sep 2006
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re: Chasing Guitar Tone
I had a Laney AOR in the late 80s. Love the way Laneys sound
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Art Vandelay
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re: Chasing Guitar Tone
Chasing can get expensive. But fun.



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lsewwww
Member since Feb 2009
327 posts

re: Chasing Guitar Tone
Chasing Jimmy Pages tone at the 8/30/69 concert and 1/9/70 concerts (DVD concert)

I will never get close


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SEClint
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re: Chasing Guitar Tone


My rig I've been working with lately.


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Breesus
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re: Chasing Guitar Tone
When I'm playing by myself? Gilmour. Always Gilmour. It's absolutely impossible to replicate his tone but it's fun to try.

When I'm playing rhythm with my band it's usually some blend of Malcolm Young, Hetfeild, and Frusciante


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auggie
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re: Chasing Guitar Tone
Don't worry so much about it. I am glad these guys can afford to experiment,and focus on a certain sound that they want.
I like to just plug into something new,and see if the sound can guide me into something new.Adjust from there.

Those Fender mustangs are some cool amps as far as I'm concerned. I have one of those little orange ones I carried before,but the mustang can do more. I have a small 1 that stays in my truck,so I can play on the road. It has a lot of things it can do and sounds great,especially in that small space.
At home I just have an old Crate tube amp,and a blues pedal.That's all I really need. I would rather spend money on guitars,than amps. If I was going to play a lot of gigs, I would have to do a lot better though.
Like kind of a John Fogerty sound,and it's not hard to get. I don't have a good enough ear to get too picky.
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Remote Controlled
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Member since Apr 2013
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re: Chasing Guitar Tone
I know it’s cliche, but tone is really in the fingers.

I can hit just about everything I need with my Line 6 tube amp, (yeah, I know), and the proper guitar. It gets me close.

I can chase stuff with my Fender Reverb, etc.

Chasing tone is a worthless endeavor. If you’re playing alone, then it’s really dumb.

You’ll never find what you’re looking for, that’s why these companies constantly sell it.

There will be days you sound like Clapton and days you sound like you.

Don’t get sucked into tone chasing. It’s a fake thing.





auggie
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tone is really in the fingers.

I don't know if I completely agree with that. The Mood is definitely in your fingers though( I am not sure how it gets separated technically) ,and that's probably more important. You still have to be close on what your gear will do,for what you want to sound like.
To me,you can trade shite out on your electric,and find what you want,on almost any good one.
On the acoustics though,it's everything,and once you find that right one..new doors open.
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awestruck
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re: Chasing Guitar Tone
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I know it’s cliche, but tone is really in the fingers.
what no palm mute?


AUtigerNOLA
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re: Chasing Guitar Tone
I think the Boss Distortion pedal gives me almost all the sounds I could want for my style music I like.


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auggie
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what no palm mute?


shut up. they have to work for the secret.


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Breesus
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re: Chasing Guitar Tone
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I know it’s cliche, but tone is really in the fingers


Agreed. To try to mimic someone's tone you have to study their techniques with both hands.

Watching a ton of Frusciante YouTube videos where he explains his thoughts behind his playing unlocked alot for me when playing.


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