I love his tone. Well most of em.
But have I ever tried to capture that tone?
I dont try to imitate his tone, although it is a part of the tone I hear in my head if that makes any sense.
But, I do think his tone was perfect for what he was recording. Very good tone when taken in context.
It's amazing who 'makes it' and who doesn't. EVH-Great technique, bad sound, top 5 greatest players. Kerry King- Great sound, just HORRIBLE solos, always top 5 in early 90's. Alex Skolnick- Great technique (think he was a Satch student), great sound, people have no idea who he is.
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Kerry King-I don't think it's tone's that great, either, but he was part of one of the biggest fanatic-creating thrash bands of all time. Nobody sounded like Slayer and while I think they don't really write any zingers, any more, they still sound like Slayer. He's also sort of carved a niche for himself as a personality as opposed to just a player. He and Zakk Wylde are what I refer to as the professional wrestlers of metal.
Skolnick-great tone, great chops, but Testament fell out of favor and never really got it back, even after Chuck's return. Leaving to do jazz or whatever didn't help. He dropped off the metal map, as it were.
I've only seen this and one other Mayer video, I think it was him doing "Ain't no Sunshine".
On both he looked and played like a total tool.
His tone and its evolution over time was years ahead of other guitarists. Besides Randy Rhoads, who had the chops and tone in that era? CC deville had the chops but the worst tone ever. painfully bad. who else even came close?
I'm a little young to have caught his early stuf but fondly remember hot for teacher, panama, even jump growing up. At the time Brian May was by far my favorite, but now that I look back that has changed considerably, and Eddie has had a much further reaching and more profound affect on both playing styles and guitar tones. Without his 5150/6505 amps most current metal bands wouldn't sound anywhere near like they do today.
Possibly because it's so versatile. It can be heavy, it can be be sweet, it can be wild, or it can be bluesy. I mean... Every album was somewhat different tone-wise from the last, but each album was consistent within itself.
Look at VHI. You had Eruption, Jamie's Crying, Atomic Punk, and Ice Cream Man. All the same basic tone but... All wildly different sounding.
Now, of course, most players searching for EVH's tone are going for the early tones pre-1984, and this is before he was using any sort of channel switching amps like the SLO100 or the 5150s. It was just a humbucker into a Variac'd Plexi set to 90VAC and all the controls dimed. The only control over the core tone was volume control and picking.
I really like some of his sounds. Like on "Jump". Few things beat an Oberheim.I just don't understand all the EVH tone fascination
I still love the early VH stuff...When I first heard EVH's tone on Runnin With The Devil,it was unlike any other Marshall type tone I heard prior...I Like the tones on Woman And Children first alot also...Say what ya want about Eddie..Very influential player and with a great tone..
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EVH was more or less, the baddest cat to ever play the guitar.
He put a lot of muscle into his guitar playing. Guys like Skolnick always did the more modern super low action and burned the least amount of calories when he played. Soooo many guitarists don't press hard enough with their left hand fingers and don't pick hard enough with their right hand. Eddie burned lots of calories when he played.
Eddie could conjure up an enormous amount of strength when he played... His picking technique was the equivalent of Bruce Lee's "one inch punch".
In fact, Eddie Van Halen is to guitar what Bruce Lee was to martial arts.
Eddie's tone wasn't thin but it was lean and mean.
If you don't get him, I don't really even know what to say.
He's not one of my faves but I think he has a good tone for his playing style
again not a tone for me though
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EVH's tone is awesome, although I must admit that NO tone is worth the godly hype his is given. It's a prime example of one classic Marshall tone: a stock Super Lead turned up as loud as humanly possible. If that's not rock and roll, then I don't know what is. It just sounds ANGRY, but smooths out incredibly when he rides the volume knob down
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is it just me or is mayer not only not playing the right chords to panama but his timing is off as well??? WORST VERSION EVER!