Top 10 Guitar Tone Albums From The 80's & 90's

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by tocs100, Dec 30, 2005.

Best Rock Guitar Tone from last 40 years

Poll closed Dec 31, 1969.
  1. Strat: Jimi Hendrix/Eric Clapton/SRV/Eric Johnson style

    60.3%
  2. Gibson: J. Page/Toni Iommi/Angus Young/Joe Perry style

    32.8%
  3. Strat: Dave Murray/Randy Rhoads/Halen/Priest style

    13.8%
  4. Unknown: Seattle Grunge/EMO style

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. tocs100

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    Here's my IMHO list (subject to revision, of course:)): (1-5) First 5 Iron Maiden albums (there's just something about Dave Murray's Strat tone...), (6) Ozzy's "Diary of a Madman" (Rhoads also recorded mainly with a Strat), (7) Metallica's "Master of Puppets" (Hammett + Strat, hmmm, a pattern emerges... :) ),(8) Van Halen's "1984", Judas Priest's "Screaming for Vengeance", and Dio's "Holy Diver" tied (Van Halen, Strat, K.K. Downing, Strat, Vivian Campbell, Strat), (9) AC/DC's "Back in Black", and (10) Black Sabbath's "Mob Rules." I didn't buy too many CDs in the 90's, but the best tones I heard were (1-5) First 5 Smashing Pumpkins albums, and (6-10) mix and match among SoundGarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, etc.) A '70s list would also be welcome (Sabbath and Zeppelin probably mandatory). C'mon: post them lists! AND DON'T SKIMP ON YOUR BEST GEAR DETAILS EITHER, LIKE WHAT GEAR DID JUDAS PRIEST USE UP TO 1985? MXR, DUNLOP, ROLAND, ETC. and your experience with that gear (Roland echo great but $$$, haven't tried MXR or Dunlop because of bad reviews, etc.) I'll really be let down if this doesn't become a monster thread!----"Just say no to rap."
     
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    I've never heard of Randy Rhoads using a strat, although he may have. I have a magazine with an interview with Kirk Hammett where he says he used his Jackson Randy Rhoads V for Master of Puppets.
    Top 10 (no particilar order)
    1) Led Zeppelin I
    2) Led Zeppelin II
    3) Texas Flood
    4) Bridge of Sighs
    5) Live Cream I & II
    6) Live at the Fillmore East (Allman Brothers Band)
    7) Van Halen I
    8) Blizzard of Oz
    9) Gov't Mule
    10) Dark Side of the Moon
     
  3. monstermike

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    A couple of things - the poll and the request for a list seem to have little to do with each other, and are we keeping it to the Eighties and Nineties? Here's my list, keeping it to those decades:

    1) Snooky Pryor - Too Cool to Move (with Luther Tucker, Derek O'Brien, and Duke Robillard on guitars)
    2) Anson Funderburgh - Rack 'em Up
    3) Richard Thompson - Rumor and Sigh
    4) Los Lobos - Colossal Head
    5) Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters - Soul Searchin'
    6) Pee Wee Crayton - Early Hour Blues
    7) James Cotton - Mighty Long Time (Wayne Bennett, Matt Murphy, Luther Tucker, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmie Vaughan, and Derek O'Brien on guitars)
    8) Kim Wilson - Tigerman (Clarence Hollimon, Duke Robillard, Derek O'Brien, Junior Watson, and Rusty Zinn on guitars)
    9) Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom (Wayne Bennett, Ronnie Earl and Jimmie Vaughan on guitars)
    10) Robert Cray - I Was Warned
     
  4. tocs100

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    POST #2: Could be with Kirk Hammett--I'm pretty sure he used his black & white strat live though--and I'm also pretty sure it was a MUSICIAN mag intervew that revealed the Rhoads' Strat thing. (He used his Les Paul live because it tuned better and was less noisy.) POST #3: For the sake of neatness, keep all lists by decade, up to 3 lists, any guitar genre. And THE POLL is a summary of my sample lists plus it leaves overlap room for 1965-1969 and 2000-2005 (And the results so far confirm my hunch about order of popularity.) I hope that makes more sense. OH YEAH, YOU CAN CLICK ON MORE THAN ONE BOX TOO, IN CASE YOUR FAVORITES OVERLAP. (Sorry if THE POLL left any greats out, but it's specialized according to my specialized experience--that's why it's separate.)
     
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    Sorry, but I'm still confused. Also, are we sticking with rock players? What about other styles? In any case, off the top of my head, regardless of style or decade: Trower, Gilmour, Santana, Lanois, Fripp (acquired taste), Blackmore, Metheny, Zappa (sometimes), SRV, DiMeola ("Casino" album), Tibbetts, all the Steely Dan cats (Carlton, etc.), Ford ... I could go on.
     
  6. tocs100

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    Consider this a recommendation list, by decade, of great guitar tone albums, any genre, Also, share gear secrets if you got 'em--with sources, if you got 'em. Fair enough? (The poll's just a fun-bonus-thingy.)
     
  7. granite

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    I voted, but once again we have a misplaced thread. It shouldn't be in The Effects area. Sorry...I'm a little anal about these things. :moon

    EDIT: BTW, my favorite guitar tone CD is "Fizzy Fuzzy Big and Buzzy" by the Refreshments. Incredible guitar work and a guitar sound that makes me smile. A Les Paul/Matchless combo I think and I'm a Strat guy.
     
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    IMO the most amazing "tonesters" out there are

    Jeff Beck
    Warren Haynes
    Derek Trucks
    Eric Johnson

    Of the above, Derek is so close to Jeff Beck in being able to
    get all out of the guitar it's scary. He's like Coltrane & Byrd
    but with a slide & Guitar.
     
  9. tocs100

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    Please don't get my thread bumped to the meandering Sound Hound Lounge. To reiterate: BEST GUITAR TONE ALBUMS BY DECADE, BEST GUITAR TONE ALBUMS BY DECADE...GEAR SECRETS? GEAR SECRETS?
     
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    I'm with MonsterMike on the Ronnie Earl and the Los Lobos... and also I'd add Bloodline to the list, specifically the track "since you're gone" for some fantastic tone and amazing playing from a young Joe Bonamassa...also I'd like to add that Monster Mike has some awesome tones as well as some fantastic, dare I say aggressive playing himself! +1 for Monster Mike
     
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    Dave mustaine
    jerry Cantrell
    tracii guns
    alex skolnick
    dave snake sabo &scotti hill
    george lynch
    bill leverty
    vivian campbell
    criss olivia
    mick mars
     
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    +++1 on Vivian Campbell (DIO, "Holy Diver" album). Anyone got the scoop on the pedals he used? I recall a Circus or Hit Parader interview where he actually apologized for his tone!--saying all he had was a modded Marshall to work with, amp-wise! :confused: And how about Dave Mustaine's pedals?
     
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    dave mustaine uses the rocktron prophesy sytem with rocktron all access pedalboard,a roadie switches it for him during shows.I had all access vip passes in 04,i like the new line up a lot.Dave was really cool to talk to,very changed man today!
     
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    this list just changed from top guitar albums to top tones, so my list might change according to that, but I'll keep what I originally chose because i love these albums!
    Anyway some top guitar album picks for me off the top of my head in no real order are...

    1. Gary Moore-corridors of power
    2. Randy Rhoads- Blizzared of Ozz
    3. Michael Schenker Group- 1st album
    4. Vandenburg- Heading for a storm ( amazing leads on this if you haven't heard it!)
    5. Yngwie Malmsteen- RIsing Force ( i know I know, but you have to admit it changed EVERYTHING when it came out)
    6. Racer X- worst songwriting ever, but man Paul G. can shred!!!
    7. Vinnie Moore-Mind's Eye is a GREAT CD!!!
    8. Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn
    9. AC/DC-Back in Black
    10. Eric Johnson- Tones


    other killer players----
    also Micheal Batio(aka MichaelAngelo) is technically the fastest and most amazing guitarist I've ever seen in person. I saw him at a clinic when I was 19 (i thought i was so great at that time.. haha!) and I couldn't believe what he was doing!
    Greg howe
    Tony Macalpine
    Stevie Ray Vaughn ( I just had to put him in here somewhere!)
    Steve Vai
    George lynch
    Brian Setzer
     
  15. tocs100

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    Noah's right, Crabby. Could you rearrange your player list into an album list? (The poll is a separate, bonus-thingy.)
     
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    Dave mustaine=Countdown to extinction,cryptic writings jerry Cantrell=Any alice in chains tracii guns=Vicious circles alex skolnick=the ritual dave snake sabo &scotti hill=slave to the grind george lynch=back for the attack bill leverty=firehouse vivian campbell=any whitesnake criss olivia=gutter ballet mick mars/john corabi=motley crue 94' or dr feelgood
     
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    i guess im a bad boy i dont like the poll options there are definately some gaps there.Heavy,Rhythmic ,Crushing tone!
     
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    I hear ya. I was gonna include a poll choice for punk/grindcore/industrial, but nobody's even touching the Grunge choice. I'll put you down for one Grindcore vote.
     
  19. ampvoodoo

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    Wow some great stuff mentioned but I can help but wonder if it was mainly driven by "playing style" and not necessarily tone. For example,
    Randy Rhoades was an awesome player but his tone was pretty terrible in my opinion.

    Here are some of my choices for the 80s I didnt really hear anything in the 90s I considered good tone.

    Tony MacAlpine Maximum security only
    Steve Vai Only on the PIL album
    George Benson any album
    Stevie Ray any album
    Dave Murray Piece of Mind and Powerslave
    Lead Guitar player for Willie Nelson on Stardust
    Alex Lifeson Exit Stage Left
    Stanley Jordan any album
    Guitar Player for The Cult Electric album only
    Eric Johnson
     
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    I love the tone of the rhythm guitar on the title track - it's my favorite metal tone ever. But I don't really like the tone on "Stand Up and Shout." So I have a hunch that he used a Lester on "Holy Diver" and a Strat on "Stand Up and Shout" (just a hunch).

    I have no idea what guitar he used on "Rainbow in the Dark" - it's hard to tell with that much gain.

    Shea
     

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