Gain: You Can’t Shred Without It!

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  1. Matt Dillon

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    in your opinion or experience,
    which Shredder-type guitarists used the MOST Gain and the LEAST Gain?

    I’d venture early Malmsteen used the least gain- Alcatrazz era, before he started really overdoing it

    It sounds to me like Brad Gillis May have had the most gain of the early era- very good player, I don’t think he needed it all but it still sounded good to me.

    This was semi-inspired by a post in the Neil Schon thread, who doesn’t love their gain?
     
  2. Jason UP

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    I give you the gainless shredfest...

     
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    obviously gain is not a prerequisite for shred. what it's about is tonal/timbre variation is all
     
  5. Matt Dillon

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    I actually think Paco smoked them both on this.
    This was Scale holiday before Rising Force- I don’t know which takes more endurance to listen to in full
     
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    If you think you have to have gain to shred maybe spend a little time listening to some bluegrass flatpickers...
     
  7. Matt Dillon

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    Yeah, but they ain’t Shrapnel material
     
  8. Tiny Montgomery

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    True.

    To shred (or do anything else), on an electric guitar, gain is a prerequisite.

    Distortion isn’t, though.
     
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    Define shred, then listen to Lester...

     
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    I was gonna say:

     
  11. Kennybeeinfl

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    Django didn't need any gain.l think shred has to be better defined in order to make this statement.
     
  12. Matt Dillon

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    Frank Liszt didn’t need any gain to shred on the piano
     
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    yknow, for Brad G, he never was a shredder to me ( love him,btw)....those vintage Boogies gave him saturation and sustain for that Floyd abuse he is noted for
    ( humming the Sister C solo in my head right now....)
     
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    I knew what genre of shred that you meant, if that's worth anything. :)
     
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    I read somewhere, years ago, a guitarist - I forget who but a shredder - saying he always practised with a totally clean tone, to make sure he got everything right.
     
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    If you're going to define "shred" as "playing very quickly", okay.

    But, in the historical context "shredding" was a distorted electric guitar phenomena starting in the early to mid-eighties. No-one talked about "shredding" prior to that.
     
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    Yes he certainly did.
     
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  19. Lung plunger

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    Those old surf guitarists shredded.
     
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    chet freakin shreds

     
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