Are you over 50 and still like high gain?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by mikeratan00, Dec 30, 2018.

  1. Buzzard Luck

    Buzzard Luck Member

    Messages:
    1,729
    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2011
    In fact, it’s easier to get better quality high gain distortion tones than ever before!

    Someone earlier mentioned that this age bracket is in fact the 80’s era, so even more than just having a dirty tone, we probably expect a little more overall to show some musicianship or expression.
     
    Mikeyboyeee likes this.
  2. journo

    journo Member

    Messages:
    6,097
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2004
    Location:
    Sweden
    I'm 60 and I've gained a lot. :D

    Cheers,

    Mats N
     
    The Captain and riffy like this.
  3. grumphh

    grumphh Member

    Messages:
    2,690
    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2017
    Location:
    Scandinavia
    52 and i like high gain guitar tones - although often i do not like the associated music genres (for reasons other than the sound of them).
    To me the quintessential guitar tone is one that sounds seriously overdriven and is compressed enough to sustain "forever". And yes, i am aware that this can be achieved by volume as well as actual distortion, but i do really like my modern distortion...

    Having your guitar go "Ka-chunk" instead of "plinnng" or "spranng" is just a satisfying feeling :D
     
    skronker and Pastafarian like this.
  4. stephen sawall

    stephen sawall Member

    Messages:
    6,204
    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2008
    Location:
    Seattle WA USA
    I didn't see anyone in this thread say they no longer like highgain.

    Much of the music in this thread I don't consider highgain.

    I did find it amusing that someone thought highgain could cover up bad technique. Anyone familiar with highgain knows the more gain you use the cleaner your technique needs to be.
     
  5. Pastafarian

    Pastafarian Member

    Messages:
    3,717
    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2017
    Location:
    Edgewood NM
    Very true. All of your mistakes are amplified with lots of gain. It does make legato runs easier but you still have to play them cleanly.
     
  6. TonePilot

    TonePilot Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,887
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2018
    Location:
    Canada
    More than ever. But, not all the time.
     
    BenoA likes this.
  7. TonePilot

    TonePilot Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,887
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2018
    Location:
    Canada
    Brown sound, Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier
     
  8. TonePilot

    TonePilot Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,887
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2018
    Location:
    Canada
    Yeah, it’s hard to play with high gain. Everything you do requires finess.
     
    BenoA and stephen sawall like this.
  9. Frankenstratocaster

    Frankenstratocaster Member

    Messages:
    673
    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2016
    Location:
    Reading PA
    I like to occasionally play clean, but mostly stay in the medium gain zone of classic rock and metal. I hate the "new"
    metal genres.
     
  10. Madison

    Madison Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,977
    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2004
    Yes, and kick in the Burnley every chance I get.
     
  11. J D Miley

    J D Miley Supporting Member

    Messages:
    461
    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2008
    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    I must go check one out ASAP. The Drive channel on all the Friedman amps is so killer , it is worth a second try !
     
  12. japanmoran

    japanmoran Member

    Messages:
    337
    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2006
    Location:
    Annandale, VA...not Japan anymore.
    Under 50 and never cared for high gain.
     
  13. riffy

    riffy Member

    Messages:
    1,661
    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2002
    Over 50, have always loved high gain.
     
  14. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Former Lyricist for Calhoun Tubbs Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    3,908
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2006
    Location:
    Cincinnati
    While I agree with what you said, I think it depends a lot on how you get that high gain. If you get it from a Mesa Mark, you dang will better brush up on your technique, because every little flaw will be exposed. If you get it from some distortion pedals, a lot of slop can be covered. I think that’s why some people feel gain covers flaws. With some pedals and some amps, it can. But with the really good stuff, the stuff that retains individual strings and notes and doesn’t mush out, it doesn’t cover slop and makes you refine your technique in some ways (muting unused strings, etc.).
     
    CJReaper and stephen sawall like this.
  15. Pastafarian

    Pastafarian Member

    Messages:
    3,717
    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2017
    Location:
    Edgewood NM
    To me high gain doesn't mean tons of distortion. At least not Slipknot/Meshugga/Mushroomhead type of distortion. A good amount of it yes but for me it's all about punch and things like sustaining pinch harmonics easy to pull off and low E chug a thons. If I were to compare a tone I shoot for probably the Judas Priest Painkiller album.
     
  16. PaisleyWookie

    PaisleyWookie Member

    Messages:
    5,492
    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2015
    Location:
    Travel A LOT!
    It sounds like the beginning of an infomercial:

    "Are you over the age of 50, and still playing with high gain? Well we have the solution for you"
     
  17. Rikster

    Rikster Member

    Messages:
    155
    Joined:
    May 2, 2016
  18. Rikster

    Rikster Member

    Messages:
    155
    Joined:
    May 2, 2016
  19. Loudguitar

    Loudguitar Member

    Messages:
    265
    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2014
    Location:
    Montgomery, AL
    I like it when it goes "NEEYUUUUUR!!!"
     
  20. monty

    monty Member

    Messages:
    17,344
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2009
    Location:
    parts unknown
    I'm 48 and yeah, still love the sound of a gained out guitar. Cant see that ever changing.
     
    BoogieManSC likes this.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice