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. Wyatt Martin

    Wyatt Martin Member

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    Every time I plug into my fender twin reverb. It seems I have to adjust the tone controls every day. I quit using it.... It's been an improvement.
     
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  2. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Member

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    A "bad day" means different things for different people.
     
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  3. monwobobbo

    monwobobbo Member

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    don't really blame anything. i know it's not really my gear as it is decent so that would be silly. as for me well i play the same way everyday so not to sure it's me (crap playing on the other hand is all me). some days it just doesn't come together, other days the stars align and it sounds great and i play inspired.
     
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  4. jeff_lebowski

    jeff_lebowski Member

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    I think it's more the ears than anything else. Atmospheric pressure, build up, no build up etc etc.

    I like how Kimock put it here once was the tone was all you got but you still need to find a way to make music.

    I miss that guy giving us the goods.
     
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  5. prototype

    prototype Member

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    temperature and humidity imo have a pretty underrated effect on sound, or at least your perception of it
     
  6. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Member

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    I'm of the belief that humidity affects both acoustic and electric playing -- acoustic, because the humidity affects the thinner soundboard, and electric, because humidity affects the speaker paper.

    I have no evidence for this, only personal anecdote.
     
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  7. jeff_lebowski

    jeff_lebowski Member

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    Yessir!
     
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  8. The Opera Panther

    The Opera Panther Supporting Member

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    Sometimes, it’s just not happening. I usually put it down and come back the next day.
     
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  9. killer blues

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    Always myself
     
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  10. 3waytie4last

    3waytie4last Unfluencer Gold Supporting Member

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    Pretty much exactly what I was gonna post.
     
  11. killer blues

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    Ig im not feeling it thr metronome goes on snd ill dial in on a funk rhythym. Yhat helps me s lot
     
  12. Bluesful

    Bluesful Supporting Member

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    Always me.

    I can make some of the best gear on the planet sound awful.
     
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  13. iamdavea

    iamdavea Silver Supporting Member

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    I came here to write this exact same thing. Sonically, I'm golden. It's the tricky aspect of actual playing that eludes me.
     
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  14. Castlebreath

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    Oh it’s most definitely the bass players fault.
     
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  15. snow and steel

    snow and steel Supporting Member

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    neither.

    The room can have an impact, and your current health and mind frame can affect how you hear things too. So when I'm having a "bad tone night" I leave my settings where I know they sound good night after and night and trust it will be ok. It almost always does, and when it isn't - it's not because of my settings.
     
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  16. Simto

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    I blame everything and do my best not to go on a destructive rampage on my gear and myself.
     
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  17. Litterick

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    Jim Hall: "I do feel good about my playing. The instrument keeps me humble. Sometimes I pick it up and it seems to say `No, you can't play today.' I keep at it anyway though."
     
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  18. musekatcher

    musekatcher Supporting Member

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    Two things have emerged that disturb tone and response for me: bad power supply, and new strings. Bad power, such as voltage drops or insufficient voltage and current, can alter how a tube amp sounds. And, I mizerly stretch string changes as long as possible, and as a result, I'm tweaking my tone as the strings age and loose zing. When a finally change them, I have to start all over with knob twisting.
     
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  19. uitar99

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    As long as I reset the eq for "that gig/jam" tone seems ok to me
     
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  20. dansworld

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    Crappy or rusty playing is all you.

    Bad tone day is most likely dead strings or sagging line voltage.
     
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