"Best" clean tone???

Normster

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After hearing some of the banter in Scott's thread about "best" clean tone, I thought it might be interesting to post examples of what you consider your BEST clean tone. If you're in, please post a clip, gear used, and what you like about the tone.

Clip:
http://thenormster.com/MP3/I%20Want%20to%20Fall%20In%20Love%20Again.mp3

Gear:
Ibanez Artcore AS83, neck pickup ('57 Classic)
Arion Tubulator (adds just a touch of "hair")
Blues Deluxe

Why I like it:
I like this tone because it's clean, yet has some texture. It also blends well with the piano, which is my favorite instrument to accompany.

BTW, I think this thread can go a long way towards helping us understand each other's definition of "clean" if we refrain from commenting on anyone's clip but our own. Just post your clip and why YOU think it's good.
 
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glasman

Nice Norm!. Hey my Blues Deluxe doesn't sound anything like that!


Here is my favorite type of clean sound.

52' Reissue Telecaster on the neck pickup (or both)
Glaswerks Super Overdrive 50

I really like the HiFi tone of a tele, really hard to beat to my ear. Balanced tone top to bottom is what I try to get between the guitar and amp. Smooth top end (this clip has a little edge on top, but it is close) round mids and bottom.

http://glaswerks.com/media/glaschanges.MP3

Gary

PS>Thanks to L5Player for the BT.
 

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Anything off of Wayne Krantz' Long to be Loose does 'best clean tone' for me.
 

sears

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This is a nice thread and both examples are total class. When it comes to instrumental pieces, clean is the best way to communicate with dynamics and intimacy, which all of those tracks show.

Mine isn't the "best" but as close to something the TGP at large might like as I have done. I also gave it its own thread last week.

http://www.mp3lizard.com/download.cfm?id=18558 is on the right a tele + a Korg AC-15 + a FMR RNC. A J-45 coupled with the same tele into a Peavey Classic 20 rounds out the space to the left.
 

fig

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This is "tone only," right?? (cause my playing here is really . . . sad).

OK, I used both my Gibson Goldtone (1st amp) with a Red Fang speaker, then about halfway through I used the Fuchs with C-Rex's. The Gibson is a little brigher.

Tele with Bill Lawrence pickups (neck). I love the sound of my tele. I like the cleans to be clear and bright and glassy.

www.gwillmusic.com/media/changes.mp3

Sorry, Jim (L5Player), for taking some liberties with your song . .

Greg

- I liked everyone's takes, btw.
 

CountryShawn

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Jim Soloway said:
It feels like a thread just fomr me. :) My tone basically ranges all the way from very clean to a lot cleaner than that. Here are a few examples that I like. The first is 7-string. The second is 6-string in standard tuning. The third is 6-string in open D tuning.

http://www.jimsoloway.com/Clips/JimSoloway/E078-1.mp3

http://www.jimsoloway.com/Clips/JimSoloway/E084-1.mp3

http://www.jimsoloway.com/TascamDemos/E083-1.mp3
Very very nice stuff Jim. I enjoyed that a lot.

Cheers,

Shawn
 

Normster

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I would have liked a few more posts, but I think the tunes so far have shown that there's a pretty broad range of "best" clean tones. Thanks to all for posting!!!

BTW, to break my own rules just a bit, my favorite tone was Jim's second clip. :D
 
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glasman

Normster said:
I would have liked a few more posts, but I think the tunes so far have shown that there's a pretty broad range of "best" clean tones. Thanks to all for posting!!!
Hey Norm, here is another type of clean tone that I like.

This is a Washburn J-6S into my SOD-50. Totally diferent clean tone than my Tele's, but one I still like.....

http://glaswerks.com/media/Washchanges.mp3

The strings are flats and probably 4 years old. Guitar to amp, recorded flat.

Gary
 

Jim Soloway

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Normster said:
I would have liked a few more posts, but I think the tunes so far have shown that there's a pretty broad range of "best" clean tones. Thanks to all for posting!!!

BTW, to break my own rules just a bit, my favorite tone was Jim's second clip. :D
Thanks. I've really changed my concept of clean tone and I think it's where virtually all of my growth as a player has come over the last couple years. I used to think of clean tone as simply plugging a guitar into an amp and playing with a light touch and without distortion. Now I believe there's a great deal that can be done to add both warmth and clarity, both in terms of technique and equipment. Probably the most important change has come by simply focusing less on the complexity of the music and more on the sound that I'm producing. Even when playing as a solo, listening remains the most important skill.
 

Normster

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Yup, sweet cleans Scott. Fat and round. The Soloway also seems to have a "snap" to it that I don't hear in other guitars.

Jim, I'm starting to "get it" about clean technique. I recently took my son for his first formal classical guitar lesson. Their discussion about "planting", finger angle, positioning, length of time the nail stays in contact with the string, etc. was a real eye opener. I had no idea that "tone is in the fingers" went so deep.
 

L5player

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I kind of like what I got out of this obscure setup: Gisbson 175 (58), fostex deck to boost line out, Lexicon mpx-1 for time delay, digital direct from mpx-1 into roland UA-30 usb recording device.

Moonbeach_Jim.mp3

I was going for transparency.

Jim
 




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