What is chime?

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  1. dnauhei

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    I brought teles into the job the other day and I was trying to describe to my guitar tech what sound I wanted in my guitar. I said, "this one does have the chime I am looking for" and played him the one I liked. He said, "that's not chime."

    So what the heck is "chime"? I thought it was the Neil Young, Tom Petty, Andy Summers kinda sound. What is chime? And what is the correct descriptor for those guys (Young, Petty, Summers)?
     
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    i wouldn't call a tele chimey.

    they are twangy and have lots of bite.

    "chime" is that top end sparkle that VOX's are famous for.
     
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    Ah, but is that true of all teles? My Road Worn is not particularly twangy nor does it have a lot of bite, not unless I open up the tone knob all the way and set my amp (Tweaker) for Fender mode with a fair bit of treble and gain. I have played teles that have heavy twang and bite, but I am not sure they are all this way.
     
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    To me, chime is in the mids. Vox, or Tubescreamer into an overdriven tweed. The lead sound on the older Mesa Boogies also have what i consider chime.
     
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    please can people back up with youtube or other soundclip examples?

    personally, I can never be sure what someone means when they say 'chime'
     
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    I know it when I hear it. :rotflmao
     
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    no. not all of them sound this way. I find the more modern teles have a lot less twang. mexican teles for for example i've found to be a lot less twangy.
     
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    When someone says chime I think carl verheyen. Listen at 40 seconds, to me that's chime.

     
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    The Pretenders had some chime goin' on. The Beatles and the Byrds had tons of chime with those Rickenbacker 12 strings, too. I would equate the term chime with jangle.



    This is a particularly cool version of this tune which really highlights the raw guitar sound.


     
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    Edge is known for it. It's that Herdim pick scratching the strings with delay and through an AC30.....starts around 33 secs in...


     
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    It's like chimey, only you drop teh Y.


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    Beatles and U2 are chimey. Chime is heavily associated with the Vox sound, something in the upper midrange section.
     
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    To me, chime is the British invasion sound- or pretty much anything played on a Rickenbacker through a Vox.

    Beatles and Byrds are the benchmark. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are pretty much the signature sound for me. The Foo Fighters have it, in a more modern vein.
     
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    Well, you asked the question and everyone pretty such gave a good example of chime / chimey.

    However, I would have turned around the conversation with the tech and asked, "Then what do you call it (the sound of the guitar you described as chimey)?
     
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    it's a lovely, harmonic meld of treble and upper midrange frequencies!!!
     
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