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What is hands down the best tone decision you’ve made in your life?

Tone_Terrific

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Getting an overdrive pedal around 1990 after decades of trying to force big amps into distortion for rock sound.
Now I do not rely on amp od and can use any decent clean amp and pedals.
There were a lot of side trips before that got figured out, though.
 

pjrhd28

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Matchless C-30 with reverb, bought used here on TGP, having never been within 50 feet of one.
 

joshofsorts

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Getting a decent amp. I spent years chasing tone on several mass market amps. In 2010 I bought a Carr Rambler. Game over.

Disclaimer: This amp works for my ears, my guitars, and my playing style. Your needs may be different.
Same here. Getting the right amp changed my playing, how much I used pedals (I use them a lot less now), and my general satisfaction with my tone.
 

RayBarbeeMusic

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In the 80s: Giving up on solid state amps and pedals, buying a Marshall and plugging straight in.

In the last 15 years: Turning the gain down. I didn't use OD to cover anything up, but turning it down opened up a whole ton of possibilities in terms of the expression and tones I can get by simply controlling my touch. You just can't get that stuff when it's destroyed by the compression of hard clipping.
 

Shiny_Beast

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Discovering the fuzz face. I could plug into anything anywhere and get a jammable sound.

actually that's second place

putting pure nickle strings on my strat was a life changer.
 




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