Why is there '70s tone, '80s tone, maybe even '90s tone, but no '00s tone?

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  1. Rotten

    Rotten Silver Supporting Member

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    I was just strolling through the '70s and '80s tone thread, where most people seem to be comparing an organic Strat/Les Paul into cranked Marshall vs. processed/chorused rack sounds in the '80s. Got me thinking about the other decades, maybe a Kurt Cobain budget Fender with a fuzz box for the '90s. Is there a signature sound that happened in the 2000s or did all of us who grew up in the '70s and '80s spend all our time trying to recreate the sounds from those decades?
     
  2. monty

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    I think there is, cant really put it into words though. Compressed and chewy?
     
  3. freedom's door

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    70's = classic rock
    80's = hair metal
    90's = grunge/nu metal

    00's = ??????????????
     
  4. CharAznable

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    Cheap 60's guitars and wooly old amps?
     
  5. forgivenman

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    I wonder if it doesn't have something to do with how eclectic a lot of the music from the 00's was. Think about it: Wilco, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool, U2, Nickleback, Santana, Radiohead, and countless others were very popular in the 00's and had radically different sounds. I'm not sure there's really one "00's" sound because there were so many sounds.
     
  6. Rockledge

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    All the tones have previously been covered, there is no need for more. We have reached the SATURATION point of guitar tone.





    *ahem*
     
  7. CharAznable

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    This, I believe.

    The Internet has destroyed scenes and trends pretty much. Whatever you like, you meet likeminded people online and do your own thing and have your own community. I think the 00's are eclectic precisely because of that.
     
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    I guess the super saturated high gain like Diezel, ENGL, Framus etc, since those are the cutting edge amps nowadays
     
  9. Rockinrob86

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    I think the 00s sound is tons of effects pedals for getting any sound - not necessarily playing with all the effects at once, but it seems like the 00s was the era of huge pedal boards and boutique effects collections. I know people that cant play at a coffee house without 5 different ODs!

    I plug straight in, but I play old school. I think the up to date player of the 00s was able to get tons of different sounds and textures.
     
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    because 00's have only digital synth and a drum machine, damn sad.
     
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    There was guitar-oriented popular music in the 00s???
     
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    supergenius365 Silver Supporting Member

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    Obviously not true, but this was my first thought reading this thread :(
     
  14. GCDEF

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    70s = Plexi/Superlead.
    80s = JCM 800
    90s = Mesa Rectifier
    00s = ??? There really hasn't been a new defining guitar sound.
     
  15. Wombat

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    Indie? Modern or Alt Country maybe?
     
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    I'd put the ambeint washy sound as the 00s. Sigur Ros, Coldplay etc.
     
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    When i saw the thread title I thought exactly what monty wrote. But then I read forgivenman's post and have to agree with this:

     
  18. emdub123

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    I agree with everyone else, lots of different types of genres and sub-genres that make it hard to make sweeping generalizations.

    There are two factors that may make this question hard to answer right now. First, we're only 2 years away from the end of the decade, so we don't have a lot of context yet. Second, I think that the most popular guitar-based artists tended to put the song first. Good guitar tone was important, but by and large, the intention was to serve the song, not impress the listener with blazing solos and other guitar pyrotechnics.

    Whether you're talking about Nashville country, Indie Rock or the Nickelback/Creed sound, the vocal was usually out front and there were minimal solos. While there are certainly sub-genres that are primarily guitar-driven with less focus on melody, the more popular genres seem to be all about the melody, the hook and creating an atmosphere in the song. The song has a "sound" and the guitar tone has to accentuate that. I'm thinking of, say, Edward Sharpe. Epiphone Casino into a Deluxe Reverb. Probably could have done a lot more with the guitar tone, but they appear to be more concerned with the overall sound of the band.
     
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  19. tonegangster

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    00's = Digital
     
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    00's = Blend of all past decades.
     

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