I see threads all the time of how do I get this certain artists tone. I approached it from the beginning of having my own tone.
Is there still an original chord progression out there? I use amps and pedals that many people have. Just not seeking others tones.Good for you.
I‘m of the impression, though, that just about every player who is now considered “great” and/or original began by trying to copy his own idols.
Aside from that, trying to match something else is an educational experience. Just fumbling around and saying, “oh, I like that, that’s Me now”—well, another perspective might be that that approach is lazy.
How many ‘original tones’ do you think there are? You sure yours is really ‘your own?‘
Never said I had a unique tone. Just didn't chase anyone else's. Plugged in and played.Hearing things you admire and enjoy and studying how the musicians achieved them are part of developing your own sound, for a lot of people.
But, yeah, let's hear this totally unique tone of yours.
For me, the joy in playing isn’t just about fretting the notes. It’s about very specific sounds. That I either imagine or that I’ve heard before. And there is considerably less satisfaction in playing the associated music if the tone isn’t very close to what I expect or want.I get what the OP is saying and generally agree with finding your own path. Some of the lengths people go to mimic others tones is a bit weird to me. That said, you need a jumping off point and honestly, guitar sounds like guitar for the most part. Not too many are getting something truly unique sounding these days, a lot of ground has been covered.
After trying a range of guitars and amps and pedals, I’ve settled on stuff I like and purged much of the rest. Generally I never tried hard to nail specific tones but more ballpark them. That said, I discovered some tones are tough ones to dial in until you apply something like treble booster or cocked wah or P90 pickups. And I’m not sure I could ever nail a Gilmore tone without a Hiwatt nor do I plan to buy one. I’ve had a lot of fun exploring but it’s not as interesting anymore. I like the sounds I get from Les Pauls and Teles with four knobs. I like low to medium gain amps with EV speakers. Not too many pedals. I’m still exploring some gear but not much.I see threads all the time of how do I get this certain artists tone. I approached it from the beginning of having my own tone.