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    Just curious, but what is everyone's favorite guitar tone, album specific?

    Thought I would bring it up as we were talking about it after watching the latest Ed GW interview with his usual "tone chaser" comment.

    Our bands guitar player's favorite tone is Iommi's on "Live Evil". Kind of surprised me when he said it, I said Fair Warning which he liked but not his favorite.

    Interested to read what you guys think.
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    I've always been partial to the incredibly heavy sound Leslie West achieved on the first two Mountain records (Climbing, Nantucket Sleighride). The best example for familiarity's sake would be the tune "Mississippi Queen". It's pretty much an amp near full blast, with the bass and high end running equal at around 3/4s, with the mid range cut to about 1/4 of the way up. The result is this unholy bark, that is pure malevolent sludge. I could attain a similar sound with my 400 watt Peavey Standard, yet if you stepped in front of it at just the wrong angle, it would cut your knees out from under you.

    For leads, I prefer what Clapton used to refer to as "Woman Tone". You'd use the neck pick-up, yet with the tone knob rolled back to a low setting. With the cranked settings mentioned above, the result was this muffled yet incredibly sweet and rich tone, much like a piccolo trumpet (think of the trumpet on the Beatles' "Penny Lane"). It is a truly expressive sound, used to dramatic effect by guitarist Davey Johnstone on Elton John's "I've Seen That Movie, Too" from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. And of course, by E.C. himself on all of those Cream solos.
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    I'd have to say Malmsteen's on his first album... Angus' tone. Malmsteen's and Angus' are so cool to me because they're "essentially" guitar plugged into amp...

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    Jerry Cantrell's tone on the solo for "No Excuses" has always made the hair on my arms stand up.

    David Gilmore for polished tone

    the guitars tones on Pearl Jams "vrs" for a little more raw.

    And of course, the Master on the original 6.

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    Favorite tone for me is off the 1984 album. During the outro solo to Drop Dead Legs where the rhythm guitar playing the drop D part just drops of tone IMO.

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    Def Leppard, pretty much all of high n' dry. And the most raw badass tone I've ever heard, Ed on all of VH1, especially when he uses his Destroyer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    I've always been partial to the incredibly heavy sound Leslie West achieved on the first two Mountain records (Climbing, Nantucket Sleighride). The best example for familiarity's sake would be the tune "Mississippi Queen". It's pretty much an amp near full blast, with the bass and high end running equal at around 3/4s, with the mid range cut to about 1/4 of the way up. The result is this unholy bark, that is pure malevolent sludge.

    as soon as i saw the thread title i thought exactly the same thing, leslie wests tone has always been amazing(imo)
    also i'm very partial to gary moore, its a classic huge gibson/marshall wall of sound.....jtm45, guv'nor pedal and everything dimed, perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggysmalls View Post
    Favorite tone for me is off the 1984 album. During the outro solo to Drop Dead Legs where the rhythm guitar playing the drop D part just drops of tone IMO.

    Yep, for me, this is where it ALL begins and ends: The outro to Drop Dead Legs...period.

    That slightly sweet, slightly crude, warm and fuzzy CRUNCH. Roll back the volume knob and you could have singing, crystaline cleans. Full on and it's just the balliest, rudest, nastiest, yet WARMEST dirt possible.

    To my ears, Mean Street, The Dream is Over, Feelin', From Afar...all have this same commonality.


    Other favorite (non-VH) tones of mine:

    Stevie Ray Vaughn - Little Wing
    Eric Johnson - Trademark
    David Gilmour - outro solo from "Comfortably Numb"


    Three guys who are RARELY criticized for their solid, consistent tone over the years: Angus Young, Slash, and Joe Walsh.


    And then there is THE Tonemaster General: Billy Gibbons.

    I'll rest my case with "Fuzzbox Voodoo", "Breakaway", and "Blue Jean Blues"...before I go off and qoute the entire ZZ Top catalog.

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    When I first read this thread last night, I was like, "this should be fairly easy." After further thought, it's more like walking into Baskin-Robbins and asking me to pick out one flavor. I like so many different tones for so many different reasons, first most among them that the tone flows with the dynamics of the rest of the song. A no brainer for me has to be Fair Warning, as the tone sets the mood for the whole album to a certain extent. But, that in no means that I don't dig the tone on the rest of the Six-Pack.

    Outside of that, I'll just list songs, as I feel it may be a bit easier that way.

    Chef mentioned Mississippi Queen, love that tone and the feel of the playing in general, pure artistry.

    RR on Steal Away, I Don't Know and Mr Crowley is the defining sound of those songs, Lord knows what that guy could have gone on to do.

    Billy Gibbons for most of the ZZ Top catalog, but the first thing I think of is My Head's in Mississippi.

    Angus...hell, what else can you say?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggysmalls View Post
    Favorite tone for me is off the 1984 album. During the outro solo to Drop Dead Legs where the rhythm guitar playing the drop D part just drops of tone IMO.
    Quote Originally Posted by hubs View Post
    Yep, for me, this is where it ALL begins and ends: The outro to Drop Dead Legs...period.

    That slightly sweet, slightly crude, warm and fuzzy CRUNCH. Roll back the volume knob and you could have singing, crystaline cleans. Full on and it's just the balliest, rudest, nastiest, yet WARMEST dirt possible.

    And then there is THE Tonemaster General: Billy Gibbons.

    I'll rest my case with "Fuzzbox Voodoo", "Breakaway", and "Blue Jean Blues"...before I go off and qoute the entire ZZ Top catalog.
    Ditto. Drop Dead Legs - THE Holy Grail of tones for me, as well.

    And a big HELL YES on Gibbons. ALL his tones.

    Some of my other favorites:

    Ty Tabor of King's X on the first six records. Damn, I wish he sounded like that now...

    Trevor Rabin on Can't Look Away - GREAT polished tones.

    Monte Montgomery & Lindsey Buckingham have outstanding acoustic tones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixstring View Post
    Monte Montgomery & Lindsey Buckingham have outstanding acoustic tones.
    Am I the only one who thinks Buckingham has one hell of an unorthodox picking style? Yeah, I like his playing, but I look at him playing and I'm like, wtf?
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    I don't think I'll EVER get my head around Lindsey's technique. It IS very unorthodox but AWESOME nonetheless...
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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalenRules View Post
    Am I the only one who thinks Buckingham has one hell of an unorthodox picking style? Yeah, I like his playing, but I look at him playing and I'm like, wtf?
    Yes he does and if you see Monte Montgomery play you will see it too since his favorite guitar player is Lindsay. While I would never be able to copy Monte, I have a very hard time with Buckingham due to his style.

    Both have great acoustic tones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggysmalls View Post
    Yes he does and if you see Monte Montgomery play you will see it too since his favorite guitar player is Lindsay. While I would never be able to copy Monte, I have a very hard time with Buckingham due to his style.

    Both have great acoustic tones.
    That's why I mentioned them in the same sentence...
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    My advice is to go for the alien abduction story. Look bemused, dishevelled and on the verge of tears as you recount your story of intrusive and degrading medical tests.
    Worked for me anyway. I still have colleagues asking me what it is like to fuck a green womanoid with seventeen breasts.
    Alternatively just walk in and inform everyone that alcoholism is indeed a disease and that they should be less judgemental and perhaps a little more supportive."
    - graeme on the addiction to this place.

    "something tells me that after the nuclear holocaust, there'll be twinkies, cockroaches, and a dave vs. sammy argument going on somewhere".
    - han valen, 6.11.04

    "in my best "saw" scary movie voice: "oh, yes, there will be beagles."
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