How many people here are all dirt?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Magnets And Melodies, Nov 16, 2018.

How often do you play clean VS dirty?

  1. Dirty 90% or more

    157 vote(s)
    32.6%
  2. Dirty 70% Clean 30%

    120 vote(s)
    24.9%
  3. 50 / 50

    75 vote(s)
    15.6%
  4. Clean 70% Dirty 30%

    80 vote(s)
    16.6%
  5. Clean 90% or more

    49 vote(s)
    10.2%
  1. jcs

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    Often the distortion is so smooth you cannot tell its really distorting on many old recordings.
     
  2. rowdyyates

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    I don’t think clean means clean anymore. To me clean is pristine clean.
     
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  3. phoenix 7

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    Nothing like a beautiful, crystal clean sound. It won't hide your clams though.
     
  4. Magnets And Melodies

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    That's exactly what I mean by it too.

    Interesting that there's a lot of people who are saying, "what really is clean? a little bit of hair... yadda yadda".

    No. Clean is pristine clean. No hair. No drive.

    A little bit of breakup, is a little bit of dirt - putting that in the "dirt" category.
     
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  5. motokev

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    some slight breakup (20% grit) is nice 100% of the time
     
  6. twotone

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    I prefer overdrive, but amp overdrive, not a pedal.
     
  7. kunos

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    My live sets are >90% dirt.. but my practice sessions are more towards 50/50 . Interestingly, I never practice with my "live solo tone" but I always use my rhythm tone which has a tad less gain.. I like the psychological security net of hitting the solo button playing live knowing it'll give me just a little bit more gain than what I am used to for extra comfort.
     
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  8. KGWagner

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    Absolutely. In fact, I started practicing clean many years ago, even for stuff that was supposed to be raunchy, because it's so unforgiving. If you don't get your fingering right or the guitar has issues, it's immediately obvious.
     
  9. grumphh

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    Anything below early AC/DC levels of distortion is clean in my book.
     
  10. phoenix 7

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    That's like saying these hands are 'clean.'

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  11. Bluesful

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    Hardly ever dirty at all.
     
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  12. Seth L

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    Clean, mean, and all points in between.
     
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    Nearly always dirty. My "clean" is a fuzzface with the guitar volume rolled back.
     
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  14. grumphh

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    Ever listened to early AC/DC? (and nothing "remastered" of course...)

    ...you could play jazz with that tone - just a soft touch and 5 note chords ring out nicely... Of course it would still be loud, but who wants to hear the horn section anyway? :D
     
  15. phoenix 7

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    Of course. The tone is dirtier than those hands in the picture. I really don't get the point of calling that tone "clean."
     
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  16. grumphh

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    Volume, not dirt. Plug a Tele into one of those amps and you could play bakersfield country all night long. Or at least till the cows come home...
     
  17. phoenix 7

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    The dirt is coming from overdriven amp tubes. The tone is still dirty. If you think that sounds "clean" you should have your ears checked.
     
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  18. Kennybeeinfl

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    I have a close friend who studied with Joe Diorio. Joe always told him you have to have a little mazzola oil on those notes. Listen to Wes Montgomery. There is just a bit of that in his tone. Not dirty at all but enough hair to give it warmth. Kind of hard to descibe but definitely not pristine clean.
     
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  19. hotrats73

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    Dirt 90% or more. Usually low/mid gain settings.

    I play clean only when there's a song in set list with a clan part. Almost never play clean at home .
     
  20. Magnets And Melodies

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    Wes Montgomery's tone is one of the all time greatest guitar tones I've ever heard.
     

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