You're having a crappy tone day...

Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by tjontheroad, Aug 22, 2019.

My tone is garbage!!!

  1. It's all my fault. I can't get my fingers moving.

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  2. It's all the gear's fault. These knobs are funky.

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  1. tjontheroad

    tjontheroad Just Wanna Be Misunderstood Silver Supporting Member Vendor

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    Do you blame yourself or your gear?
     
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  2. sonofspy

    sonofspy Member

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    When you have Rheumatoid Arthritis, warm up is not an option, it's a necessity.
     
  3. Baxtercat

    Baxtercat Member

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    The room configuration is my go-to culprit. ;-)
    Either too many curtains, too much plywood, outdoor gig, something.
    [Or the drummer]
     
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  4. Jimmy R

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    I blame my ears. I find I sound much better if I give them rest and not play plugged in every day.
     
  5. TheClev

    TheClev As seen on TV

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    I mean, either you're playing badly or you didn't set your gear properly, so ipso facto, it's always you, buddy.
     
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  6. edro

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    Blame? Nah, assess, evaluate, and execute...
     
  7. tjontheroad

    tjontheroad Just Wanna Be Misunderstood Silver Supporting Member Vendor

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    This could be a 3rd poll option. Hmmmm
     
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  8. Yer Blues

    Yer Blues Member

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    I just turn up the volume and dirt and I'm good to go.
     
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  9. FLYING V 83

    FLYING V 83 Gibson Geezer Silver Supporting Member

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    I blame lack of good weed.
     
  10. Dick Banks

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    Crappy tone day, never. I have the gear, and the instruments to produce the best tone anyone has ever heard.
    Crappy playing day, YES, more often than not...
     
  11. 27sauce

    27sauce Member

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    A bad IEM mix(reception, in my case) can really mess up a night where I feel like I’m playing great.

    Can’t sound bad if I can’t hear!
     
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  12. godotzilla

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    Someone already brought up room/environment. I think this is a huge factor - often an uncontrollable one.

    Tone nerds spend googobs of time shaping their sound, often to a particular room (for many like me, that's their basement). Then you get tossed into an unfamiliar room without the time or opportunity to dial in your sound.

    More often than not, that's the source of my bad tone days.

    (Not that I don't have days where I'm not on - but at least my gear is holding up)
     
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  13. NorCal_Val

    NorCal_Val Member

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    I’ve got zero excuses.
     
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  14. GulfportBound

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    Sometimes the bandstand environment has a hand in the tone factor. Like if the monitors are up too fat or not up enough. Or if the amps aren't miked properly.

    I still remember showing one sound guy that he wasn't going to get the best possible sound if he just threaded the mike wires through the amp handles and let the mikes just dangle against the amp speakers. I suggested he try using short mike stands like in old radio stations and then set the mikes about four inches from the amp speakers. He did. Big difference.
     
  15. Killed_by_Death

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    I blame the weather, rainy humid days are a killer of good timbre.
     
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  16. derekd

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    Crappy tone, me? No way.

    Crappy playing, sure, but I'm a 10+ veteran of TGP.

    I've had all the crappy tone beaten out of me at this point.
     
  17. tjontheroad

    tjontheroad Just Wanna Be Misunderstood Silver Supporting Member Vendor

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    I find it ironic that crappy tone is blamed on the fingers. But, great tone comes from the gear :dunno
     
  18. twotone

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    I can't be the brain's fault too. Some days we just hear things differently.
     
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  19. bobcs71

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    I blame the gear but it's typically my fault.

    Culprits:
    I didn't adjust for the room (this includes amps or direct).
    I have allergies and congestion causes my ears to lie.
     
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  20. Dr.Picklebottom

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    this is what i attribute it to. also a related phenomenon is ear fatigue. scrutinizing my tone rather than concentrating on what im playing and playing too loud for too long greatly colors how im hearing myself. its best to stop at that point and reset.

    if youre playing a show and it happens you need to revert to settings you liked when you made a reasonably objective decision on what works.
     
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