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    Little pearls of wisdom tone wisdom that you might want to share with others.

    I'm going to post a few obvious ones for beginners, you continue on and get into the better stuff.

    • Because the high and low frequencies are dominated by other instruments in a band, you should fill the mid frequencies for best cut.

    • Tube amps generally sound louder and better than Solid State amps.Single coils are good for clean, with chimey, bell-like tones.

    • Humbuckers, on the other hand, is the raunchier, crunchier pickup.

    • Marshalls give you British tones with it's EL-34 tubes, Mesa gives you American tones with it's 6l6 tubes

    Many of these statements happen to be generalizations but if you guys jump in and post your own we could all learn a little something. Thanks!
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    Default Re: General Tone Tips

    -NEVER SCOOP YOUR MIDS!!!

    -For an amp to have twice the volume, it needs 10x the wattage (eg. a 50w amp will be twice as loud as a 5w)

    -Single-coils buzz (unless they're noiseless ones) and have a thinner sound

    -Humbuckers buck the hum (no buzz) and have a big fat tone

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    Default Re: General Tone Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by Rotten Guitar String
    -NEVER SCOOP YOUR MIDS!!!
    That's only dependent on the type of gear a person has.

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    -> THIS IS FACT.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rotten Guitar String
    -NEVER SCOOP YOUR MIDS!!!(Unless you wann bury your tone )
    SCOOPED MIDDLES=FAGGÓT´S TONE
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    -For an amp to have twice the volume, it needs 10x the wattage (eg. a 50w amp will be twice as loud as a 5w)

    -Single-coils buzz (unless they're noiseless ones) and have a thinner sound

    -Humbuckers buck the hum (no buzz) and have a big fat tone
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    Default Re: General Tone Tips

    the bridge pickup is a fickle freind. the other pickups are just as useful!

    something that sounds wicked at bedroom levels probably wont at gig levels. scooped mids being the number 1 culprit

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    ALWAYS TUNE YOUR TIMPANI!!!

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    Default Re: General Tone Tips

    If you pick hard on a tube amp it will "dirty up", if you do it on a transistor amp it might get louder. If you roll back your volume on a dirty tube amp it will "clean up", or in other words tube amps have the correct "feel".

    In the immortal words of Cub Koda....." Never give a roadie anything of value, I have a box of toothpicks at home that use to be a Les Paul."
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    Default Re: General Tone Tips

    this topic should be sticky... that way all the new peopl can read it too, its quite helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by seafoamer View Post
    ALWAYS TUNE YOUR TIMPANI!!!
    If you pick hard on a tube amp it will "dirty up", if you do it on a transistor amp it might get louder. If you roll back your volume on a dirty tube amp it will "clean up", or in other words tube amps have the correct "feel".

    In the immortal words of Cub Koda....." Never give a roadie anything of value, I have a box of toothpicks at home that use to be a Les Paul."

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    Don't Be Afraid To Use Your Tone Knob!

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    Tone is over-rated! A good musician can make a toy guitar sing.

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    hahaha gotta love the stupid replies you give everything

    but yeah im still down with the sticky idea, hehe, anyone?

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    A GOOD guitarist can make anything sound GOOD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarist View Post
    A GOOD guitarist can make anything sound GOOD.
    Could he make a washing machine or a toilet sound good? I am very curious.

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    Default Re: General Tone Tips

    If your tone is a tad too boomy, try a lighter/thinner pick and vica versa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bjeans79 View Post
    Could he make a washing machine or a toilet sound good? I am very curious.
    You should have heard EVH go at it in the washroom . . . really nailed that brown sound. And I hear that SRV used 18 guage paper napkins rather than toilet paper to get his 'authentic/muscular' bathroom sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seafoamer
    Tone is over-rated! A good musician can make a toy guitar sing.
    Totally agree but,a nice sounding guitar will inspire you to play better!

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    Default Re: General Tone Tips

    If you have a tube amp, let it warm up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marinblues
    If you have a tube amp, let it warm up.

    Great point. I play thru A Super Reverb(1968), and Deluxe(1967) depending..... I find that as the night goes on I can start to roll the volume down. Once the Amp begins to warm up it begins to sing.

    When recording I would recommend using heavier strings as well. They give a slightly thicker punchier sound. Of course they have to be comfortable for you to play.

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    Default Re: General Tone Tips

    Try lifiting, especially your combo amps, up from the floor / directing the speakers more against yourself. It'll sound alot different than when the speaker or speakers project the sound along the floor.

    Your tone can be different from day to day depending on the amount of electricity used by other things in your house and in your neighbourhood.

    Remember that small things also alters your tone, try different picks. At least if you don't have anything else to do

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