How do YOU characterize a nice clean sound ?

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  1. mikebat

    mikebat Member

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    When there is no hint of distortion...it just sounds uni-dimensional, until you add reverb, delay and whatever else.

    Like I said, that could be useful, but I prefer to have some harmonics that tiny drips of distortion/tube breakup/overdrive delivers.
     
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    I agree !!!
     
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  3. Grun

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    This is a very timely topic for me. I have to agree with the 'no hint of distortion'. I would further add that I really need to hear the character of the guitar.
    Having gone down the modeling rabbit hole recently, and getting really frustrated with what passes for clean, in desperation I pulled out an old solid state rack mount pre amp I had laying around. Well, it was like hearing my guitars for the first time (all over again). It has an extremely musical EQ section and a spring reverb (I know) that can be dialed in to add the most subtle bit of dimension.My Srat was so 'Stratty' I wanted to cry. And the DGT? Wow is all I have to say. Same with my Grosh. One other guitar I won't name I was really looking forward to hearing was disappointing as it really lacked character.
    In the past I might have characterized the sound as 'sterile' or ever harsh, however at this time it has brought joy to just playing. So YMMV , etc.
     
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    A nice clean sound is an electric guitar played through an amp that sounds like an acoustic guitar.
     
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  5. Laurence

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    It's almost impossible to adequately describe. I will say harmonic content and hints of overdrive/push are not the same thing. You can have one without the other.

    While I grew up on Fender BF/SF reverb amps that's not my ideal clean sound. I can say my clean sound is a tweed, blonde and/or brown Fender turned up to a healthy level with the guitar volume turned down and picking lightly to avoid pushing the amp.

    Also, while I like high end (treble) I don't need a lot of it in my desired clean tone.
     
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  7. SPSurgeon

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    Telecaster into a princeton on 5 = clean. Any drive pedal means not clean.
     
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  8. Mark Robinson

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    I like a few different types of clean. One type is leaned out for a "chanky" rhythm sound. Can't have too much bottom end for it. I get there by using a Fender guitar, middle position on Tele, or bridge pickup or middle with a Strat, or middle in a Gibson, and a Carl Martin Compressor, which boosts top, dry envelope.

    For any clean with single notes, I'll add reverb of some sort, or delay, perhaps vibe or Tremolo, stick with the compressor, add a clean boost, and tolerate just a twinge of dirt if chime comes along with it.

    Another sound I really like is the Vox Normal channel clean, which is maybe a little flooded out, chimed up, but not Fender bright at all, not totally clean, but NOT hairy. It just has a great envelope, once again, the Carl Martin Compressor is a huge help.

    My Marshall has a Deluxe amp clean channel built into the back panel, thanks to Dave Friedman, Its great, a big sound, but like most Fender black face amps, the bass control is nominally off or close to it. The thing with that amp is that the power section has a bark to it, that comes through, so it's never super "Fendery" other than the plentiful excessive low end.
     
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    Nice! Love the tone and playing. Is that a MIM Monterey?
     
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    The best clean for me is a gained up Tele with the Volume rolled off. The underlying gain adds just a bit of pop.
     
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    Smooth and warm sounding. Fender single coil, P90, or low output double coil. Turning the tone control down on the guitar helps.
     
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    Can't believe the holy grail is not here yet:

     
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    For me it’s a Fender into a Fender
     
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    The sound that comes out of a powered speaker with nothing between it and the guitar is a perfectly clean sound. Anything that colours that sound is distorted and no longer clean.
     
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    My favourite type of clean sound is the kind of warm deep strat neck pickup sound that Eric Johnson gets on tunes like Trademark and East Wes.
     
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    Generally speaking, my favorite cleans are not all that clean. Even pristine clean, in guitar sound, has a little something going on. A richness that I suspect means not quite clean.
     
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  18. dblazer

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    Actually I just thought of a good example. The cleanest amp I ever heard was a Victoria 35115-T, a narrow panel tweed Pro clone. The only one I wish I had back.
     
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    Eric Johnson, that’s how I describe a nice clean guitar tone.
     
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  20. Mike J.

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    Is totally clean with bit of chorus an option?
     
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