Which Guitarist Has Your Favorite Tone?

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  1. MkIII Renegade

    MkIII Renegade Member

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    Too many to list, but I never cease to be impressed by Eric Johnson's tone, especially around Ah Via Musicom and Venus Isle. He created a distinct musical identity which belonged to him.

    Big fan of Neal Schon's tone around 1977-1980 also. He had taken what he had learned from Santana as a yoof, and was expanding on it in his own hotrodded style during these years. Love how his pure, raw guitar playing was backed up by Greg Rollie during these years, too.
     
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  3. Rotten

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    Steve Howe on the break in America.

    Richard Thompson on When the Spell is Broken.

    Alex Lifeson on 2112.

    Billy Bean on anything he played on.
     
  4. MontanaWMU

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    Lots of good choices already... But here are a few that I haven't seen listed yet that for some reason get stuck in my head and that I am obsessed with trying to be able to coax out of my fingers/gear:

    Duane Eddy - Rebel Rouser - just awesome
    Joan Jett - Do You Wanna Touch Me (For me, Joan and Angus have the best simple driven rock tone ever)
    Brian May - Any time he makes his guitar go from singing to growly in one measure
    And here is a more specific out-of-left-field choice - Rick Sims playing guitar on the song "Whip" on Fred Schneider's solo album.
     
  5. fitzo

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    Other mentions;
    SRV - Riviera Paradise
    Santana - Song of the Wind
    and about a thousand others, of course. ;)
     
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    Mark Knopfler
    Eric Johnson
    Jimi Hendrix
    Rory Gallagher
    Yngwie Malmsteen

    noticing a trend?
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  7. Mike Duncan

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    Dennis Casey - Flogging Molly
    David Grissom
    John Flansburgh - They Might Be Giants
    Eric Clapton
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
     
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  8. William Bohensky

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    The guitar tone on the song Mercy by Steve Jones.
     
  9. wrxplayer

    wrxplayer Supporting Member

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    Alvin Lee.

    The more interesting question is how he gets it: "I never use pedal effects on stage and seldom in the studio. I prefer to get my overload sustain from having the Marshall cranked up high, then by turning the [ES-335] guitar down to 5 or 6, you get a nice clean jazz sound. The crunch comes in around 7 or 8. What else do you need?"
     
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    Ok, I’m not such a fanboy as I used to be, mostly because I don’t love the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Just too much going on on stage, and I find lots of the songs lacking, unlike his own band, may they one day return. But Derek Trucks’ tone is otherworldly.
     
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    That's some AWESOME Tele tone there... any idea if he is running the Pro Reverb and the Tweed Bassman together on that?
     
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    A couple of Neils.
    Neil Schon
    Neil Geraldo
     
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    The one I can't get enough of is Herring's early JID tone. Crazy Fingers, Red Baron, Blues For Allah...

     
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    Mike Campbell.

    But right now I'm after Dave Yoke's tone but it has much to do with his way of playing.
     
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    In addition to all of the above, I'm a huge fan of Magic Sam:



    Something about that recording - it's just gritty and raw.
     
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    Robben Ford. How original of me... Both clean and overdriven tones.
     
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    For a Metal-ish tone I really like Pete Loeffler from Chevelle. He plays through that Mesa Mark V and gets so damn crunchy... I love it.



    For everything else I like the Black Angels (sorta acid rock tone) from their Passover album... so badass.

     
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    Robin Trower's live sound.
     
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