Tom Morello chased tone for years before just leaving his settings where they were permanently and learned to play with the sound he had. It became the sound of Rage Against the Machine. I'd say it worked out pretty well.
Chasing Tone is about sounding the most like yourself. This is more a matter of eliminating things that get in the way of sounding like you. Or adding things that make up for deficiencies in what you have (like adding an ep booster as an always on tone shaper). Sometimes you add, sometimes you take away.Chas Sometimes you have to make compromises based on things you have to do vs things you want to do. It all amounts to the sound in your head coming out to the audience in a way that sounds and feels the way you intended.
Well, don’t Lord it over your kid... you’ll give them a complex!
Try a violin sometime.
Once you can do that, you’ll find a guitar one day that likes your music better than the one you bought. Then the chuckleheads will call you a corksniffer, and tell you to go practice...
It’s a little game guitar players seem to like. Personally, I find it rather boring.
The best player in my area is an amazing older jazz cat who can technically play circles around me (and I've been at it for 56 years). But he has the worst tone. It's as if only notes matter to him and he completely disregards tone or timbre.
I find that very strange.
Can he really play circles around you then???
I think we tend to overly glorify the technical aspect of playing too much. I’m not saying it’s not important but I just don’t see it as the end all be all of playing guitar as the end goal is really to create music from the instrument, and a big part of that is good tone imo....however I find when certain players get too obsessed with the mathematics of music, it can make them heard to listen to regardless of tone or how good their chops are but that’s a bit of a tangent I went off on and another subject entirely lol.
I'm aware of that and I agree with you. I have the ability to really move people, but I still would like to have his kind of knowledge. More tools to work with is always good.
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Yeah.... totally in the fingers.
Tom Morello would not sound anything like he does without his pedals. Take away the Whammy and you already lost his signature tone. He's really a good example of how the gear does/can define your sound. In fact he's a really great example of a tone chaser who found his tone.
Now to all the "but it's all in your fingers", "It doesn't matter what gear you play through if your a good player" people out there..... Go try doing what Tom does with a Tele into a DRRI with no pedals.
Get outta my head!! I could not have said this any better.Fine. I’ll be that guy. I’ve just never cared about copping Player X’s tone from Album Y or whatever. Furthermore, I often can’t tell the difference between multiple options of the same guitars. Im far more likely to notice the difference in neck size/shape/frets between three Strats than I am to notice much in the way of tonal difference. “I dunno-sounds like me playing a Strat.”
I’m just trying to be the best “me” on the guitar as possible, and I find that the guitar/pedal/amp combo is a much smaller part of that “me” than the actual me (practice, playing style, etc).
Having said that, I do love gear, but it’s probably no surprise that while I’ve got nice guitars, none of them are duplicates (a Strat, a Tele, a Strattish thing with P-90s, and three dual humbucker guitars- one solid, one semi hollow, and one full hollow). It’s also probably no surprise that both of my amps are simple volume/tone affairs, and I don’t twiddle many knobs there or on my pedalboard.
I mean, I get the difference between different sounds, so if I’m playing along to late-period Zep, for example, I’m going to grab the solid humbucker guitar, and play it through my more Marshall-flavored amp. Not the 6V6 fender-y one. That’s about as far as I go, though. I’m certainly in the ballpark, but the idea of obsessing over mids, lows, highs, whether haunting or not is just...well, it does nothing for me.
Am I a heretic for posting this? The idea of “dialing in” a specific tone from some record is just...I’m more likely to go golfing.
There. I said it. “Tone” is overrated.