Greasy Tones...

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  1. headstockache

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    I still don't know what that description is supposed to sound like. I've heard the term used for drums, guitars, harmonicas, etc. Someone post some clips or vids of what that tone is supposed to be like on a guitar please!
     
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    It's not a tone, it's an attitude.

    Can't really describe it, but I know it when I hear it.
     
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    "'Shotgun' has the kick of a bull and the greasy feel of a pig's feet dinner."---Nelson George, in Where Did Our Love Go? The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound



    I don't disagree, but I always thought this one fit the description even more . . .

     
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    Zz top "whisky n' mama". Billy gibbons is who I think of when I see guitar tone described as greasy
     
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    Keith Richards!
     
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    I associate "greasy tone" with the tone and styles of David Grissom and Billy Gibbons.







     
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    Well, I'm not sure if my definition of greasy is the same as everyone else's, but I feel like a "greasy" tone is one that REALLY cuts through, has clarity, and it thick enough to...not sound thin. Haha. I feel like it has to do with the actual playing too. That's actually the term that came to my head when I heard this tone for the first time. I think because it almost sounds like the sound when shoes slip on a hard surface like in the kitchen or on a basketball court (except it's in tune and with a guitar).

    The solo at 3:47 sounds really "greasy" to me.

     
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    I agree about "greasy" being more of a feel/attitude than an actual tone. This song and the solo kinda capture that slinky, slippery, laid back, greasy feel.
     
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    "Greasy tone" is definitely partially coming from the player's attitude voiced through their guitar.

    Another example:

     
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    I agree its more attitude.
    One could say a lot of old dobro and slide blues/boogie has that attitude.
    Like swampy blues after an oil spill.
    Then there's what you might call Philly cheese steak & leather kinda greasy.
    Of course there's working class British greasy mixed in with all that too.
     
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    When describing guitar tone many terms are subjective. Many less so. There is a difference between "greasy tone" and "greasy playing styles." These can be cross-associated blurring the line. An amp can be described as having the ability to "get a greasy tone in the mids" for instance where a player's style is not an element of the description.

    Similarly, the blues can be played using a wide range of tones and it is something that comes out of the arrangement, chord progression, mood, choice of licks, lyrics, etc. yet there is a colloquial description people refer to as a "bluesy tone" that is generally a smooth, midrange and cleaner tone regardless of whether or not there truly is an absolute blues tone.
     
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    Most anything on lap steel by David Lindley.

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    Some of The Black Sorrows tunes get superbly greasy.



    Guitarist Claude Carranza knows how to dish up some oily sludge.
     
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