Just Wanna Be Misunderstood
Do you blame yourself or your gear?
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.Someone already brought up room/environment. I think this is a huge factor - often an uncontrollable one.
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.I can't be the brain's fault too. Some days we just hear things differently.