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keithmark13  
27 May 2009 20:29 | Quote
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Has anyone gotten that 'perfect tone' yet?
les_paul  
27 May 2009 20:37 | Quote
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I was just thinking about this.

I think the lead tone in this song is unreal.


I've been looking for a reason to post this song. Anyone who has never listened to this song it's southern rock at it's finest.
keithmark13  
27 May 2009 20:40 | Quote
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I'm always thinking about it. Its like you can hear it in your head, that sound, and you just can't get it.
telecrater  
27 May 2009 20:46 | Quote
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I'm not sure it's perfect but I've been into that tweed amp with a slight drive and my red dot. Id say it's damn near perfect, for me anyways

les_paul says:
I think the lead tone in this song is unreal.


Damn, is that a flute in the into? that's awesome. Kinda reminds me of Jethro Tull.
les_paul  
27 May 2009 20:51 | Quote
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I went through a pedal phase but now I'm like tele, my Les paul strait to my hot rod deluxe.

keithmark13  
27 May 2009 20:51 | Quote
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I enjoyed that les_paul, for the southern rock bit though the perfect tone comes from The Allman Brothers for me.


This is the closest thing to that tone i hear in my head, and I honestly think its just Alex's playing. If you've never heard Testament before Listen to this. The Legacy is my favorite song, of all time. Both songs are live versions and different from the originals. Chills anybody?
les_paul  
27 May 2009 21:02 | Quote
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telecrater says:
Damn, is that a flute in the into? that's awesome. Kinda reminds me of Jethro Tull.


Have you never heard this song I would have guessed you to be a Marshall tucker fan.

@keithmark13: The Allman Brothers are great but to me skynyrd is the greatest.
keithmark13  
27 May 2009 21:04 | Quote
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same for me les_paul
guitarmastergod  
27 May 2009 21:24 | Quote
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i have the tone i like... if thats what u mean. it could be better if i had a couple G's
league  
28 May 2009 01:33 | Quote
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Listen to the background riff at about 0:41 and then the solo I can't seem to get that raw sound.
I got close to it once when I recorded the Mechanix video on Youtube.

I think it may have low gain setttings on the amp.
Afro_Raven  
28 May 2009 07:41 | Quote
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Don't forget when you're trying to achieve a sound from a studio (or live) recording that a lot of the time, production plays a big role in shaping the sound and tone of the instruments. In fact the producer or live sound engineer has just as much control over the sound of the band as the players themselves do!

Afro
BodomBeachTerror  
28 May 2009 11:04 | Quote
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i totally wish i could get that oldschool Megadeth sound. its so metal
league  
28 May 2009 13:58 | Quote
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Yeah I know what you mean Afro but I have heard this tone live (not by Megadeth) and I definitely think its in a vintage amp.
JazzMaverick  
29 May 2009 19:40 | Quote
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I was told that turning Low, Mid and High down to zero created "the perfect tone" for a session musician I know. Sounds cool, but not really my form of a perfect tone.
carlsnow  
13 Jun 2009 18:42 | Quote
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dunno about perfect but there are some beautiful tone-ists (past present)
i type achingly slowly.. so here are a few of the top o my brain bucket:

FZ, Frizz, Harrison, Townsend, Fripp, Tommy Emmanuel, Hedges, Tippets, Wess Montgomery, Lightnin' Hopkins, Paul Gilbert (solo), Andy Partridge AND Dave Gregory from XTC, Jimi, Gilmore, Hackett, Howe, Vai, Satch, (for what he does- Pattruci, Sonny Sharrok , James Blood Ulmer, Hound Dog Taylor, Doc Watson, Belew, Dave Edmunds, Paul Simon, Reeves Gabriel's, Grant Green, Albert King, Jeff beck, Tom Verlaine AND Richard Lloyd (Television), SRV, Eddie, FZ (again!@) etc etc etc etc
;~)
Phip  
13 Jun 2009 18:47 | Quote
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Good list! and may I add Clapton and Santana? When you hear maybe 2 notes from their guitars you immediatley know it's them.
Phip
telecrater  
13 Jun 2009 19:08 | Quote
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What about B.B.? I've always thought he has one of the most distinct tones in music.
Empirism  
13 Jun 2009 23:36 | Quote
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Aye, BB have very recognizable tone... gotta say its damn cool too. Santana's sound is so unique that it should be patentized xD.
carlsnow  
14 Jun 2009 08:53 | Quote
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agree re BB 100%
to continue w/ some more (now that i done gone and embrased myself)

Chet Atkins C.G.P., Albert Lee (see 'Sweet Little Lisa on Dave Edmund 'Repeat When Neccisary' Lp for jaw - dropping B-Bender-age) , Alvin Lee, Jim Hall, Page, Merle Travis, Andy Gill (Gang Of Four), Greg Ginn (Black Flag), Eddie Hazel (Funkadelic), Nels Cline, Marc Ribot, Pat Travers ("flange-man"), Peter Frampton, Andy Summers, Roine Stolt (Flower Kings), Buddy Guy, Albert Collin's (lol, capo on 24th fret in open Am) , Son House, etc etc..

mmm - this is kinda fun

(looks at time) *IKES!* student in 45min , must. write. tabs. now.

keep them names a'rollin!

Cs
EMB5490  
14 Jun 2009 09:22 | Quote
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i would call my tone perfect but i can NAIL some awsome tones. for my tone im close though im not happy

i can basiclly nail

led zep tone (live)
gary moore (the live tone for still got the blue)
randy rhoads (1980,1981 tones even though im not as good at his then the other 2)
david gilmour(kinda im close its good)
ac/dc
hendrix
lynyrd skynyrd (matters what song)
van halen

tones i just cant get

guns n roses ( i can get a really good tone that sounds good when i play their stuff but i cant nail slash's tone)
boston/tom scholz- i just cannot get his tone. just cant.
the who ( again matters what song)
DarkRiff  
14 Jun 2009 11:40 | Quote
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I can't say I have a "perfect tone" because i like my variety. But the solo of this song is one of my favorite tones.

Ozzfan486  
14 Jun 2009 13:11 | Quote
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Personally I don't try to get other people's tone. I'll stumble onto Led Zep style tone once in a while but only if I'm messing around with bluesier stuff, or playing some slide. With my Les Paul I can get truly aw inspiring clean tone with the neck pup. I think it's an Alnico or something. BTW, EMB, please post a vid of the Van Halen tone you have? I truly have a very hard time believing that because I've looked all over for it and none had it quite right. Distorted and sharp, yes, but none really got the feedback or sustain right.

Ozz
EMB5490  
14 Jun 2009 18:34 | Quote
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kk i will, its a very trebly tone. its pretty close. i had it down a week or 2 ago so id have to re set everything. i broke my camera so i gotta w8 but when i do i will
Ozzfan486  
14 Jun 2009 18:47 | Quote
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Cool. WAIT!!!! Before you are ready fo Eddie......you must soak your pickups in hot parafin wax!! lol. I wonder if that works as well as it's said to. Idk.

Ozz
future_god_of_the_axe  
16 Jun 2009 06:02 | Quote
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yes, yes i have.
Empirism  
16 Jun 2009 06:32 | Quote
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Doh, forgot to mention one tone guru... Lee Ritenour ^_^

EMB5490  
16 Jun 2009 08:03 | Quote
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lol
case211  
16 Jun 2009 12:42 | Quote
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I have finally found my perfect tone, picture something close to Van Halen's first album guitar sound.
Ozzfan486  
16 Jun 2009 16:42 | Quote
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Emp, that must be the most musical pimp on earth. lol. On a serious note though that is GREAT bass tone.
soy.el.che  
16 Jun 2009 18:06 | Quote
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thought it changes all the time, my desired tone by now is the one this guy gets.
http://www.myspace.com/funktonics
blackholesun  
16 Jun 2009 20:39 | Quote
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@ EMB, what's so funny?!
EMB5490  
16 Jun 2009 20:41 | Quote
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dip pickups in hot wax, tht would be very sweet.

and hey im just a funny type of guy
BodomBeachTerror  
23 Jun 2009 01:07 | Quote
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id say this would be possibly the best lead tone ive heard, it just makes the guitar cry
league  
23 Jun 2009 01:32 | Quote
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I beg to differ. And that's not even as good as the recording.

telecrater  
23 Jun 2009 06:43 | Quote
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are we talking pure tone or playing?

Gary Moore has great vibrato and i think that's what makes you want to cry more than his tone. Santana......well i've herd multiple people say vibrato wise santana is what not to do.
BodomBeachTerror  
23 Jun 2009 13:47 | Quote
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yeah, well i still love his tone
league  
23 Jun 2009 17:16 | Quote
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After Santana started using Yamaha and PRS with Boogie amps he had so much sustain, he constantly has to roll down the volume every time he lets go of a note.
Ozzfan486  
23 Jun 2009 17:54 | Quote
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@ EMB - Actually It's supposed to reduce that really whiny feedback. Not all of it, but enough to have when you want it. The wax soaks into the coils and makes them stop from shaking [coils shaking = feedback basically].
EMB5490  
23 Jun 2009 19:02 | Quote
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o thats acctually really cool
Brain_drill  
25 Jun 2009 23:16 | Quote
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i got the Necrophagist tone and he's the best for highly distortion songs.Exivious tone for more blues and acoustic songs.


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