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

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Kilometers Davis, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. bman5150us

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    Using my guitar volume knob to clean things up.
     
  2. bearbike137

    bearbike137 Supporting Member

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    Actually using the volume and tone knobs on my electric guitars. I stupidly went through a long period of 10/10/10.
     
  3. 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.
     
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  4. Crimson Queen

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    Getting my technique together. Gear does not matter as much anymore.
     
  5. gigs

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    volume and tone knobs on the guitar.
     
  6. p-ninety

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    This. I now have a 1990's-era pre-war Yugoslavian-manufactured EI 12AX7 in V1 of every amp I use.
     
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  7. Bob T.

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    The tones accessible in this little box are so good, it's stupid.

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  8. louis

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    For me buying a 2555SL
    Slash Jubilee ended my quest !
     
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  9. egregion

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    Running an EMG 81 into a Boss Metalzone. Just connect that baby straight into a IR with a little room reverb. Sounds incredible. No amp, no other effects needed.
     
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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.
     
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    pjrhd28 Silver Supporting Member

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    Matchless C-30 with reverb, bought used here on TGP, having never been within 50 feet of one.
     
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    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.
     
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    The best tone decision I ever made was realizing, after wasting a lot of time and $, that I love my Sig X and nothing will ever compare to it.
     
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  15. 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.
     
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  16. 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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  17. thesjkexperienc

    thesjkexperienc ^^^ I made this guitar^^^ Supporting Member

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    Treble boosters! And building my own guitars and pickups.
     
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  18. rambleon

    rambleon Silver Supporting Member

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    Playing through a 1x15 open back cabinet with a Celestine Fullback.
     
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  19. rambleon

    rambleon Silver Supporting Member

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    And that!I
     
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    Really getting into vinyl records for the sound and listening experience, at a time when their cost and popularity was bottoming out
     
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