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    A thread dedicated to Eddie's tone over the years, for those with varying degrees of understanding about what tone actually is, to fight it out.
    "Having an opinion that people disagree with doesn't make you a Douche, arguing with the people who disagree with your opinion and calling them stupid does!" -Me.

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    I can't post pics from work but if I could I'd post the meme of Michael Jackson eating popcorn from the start of the Thriller video...lol

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    Now that's funny.

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    WACF & FW.
    Look no further.
    VHII, as well, for a slightly darker version of brown.

    Masking your amplifier, tubes & hands, with over saturation, chorus, wah & whatever
    other signature pedals you market, is the opposite end of that IN MY OPINION.

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    IMO, Fair Warning is pretty much the Benchmark for heavy guitar tone in general. That being said, I personally prefer the 1984 tone to all others. It was a slightly modified Fair Warning type tone, but was a little tighter, and I like the amount of processing and effects on that album. It was enough to add a little something to the sound, without really degrading the tone. That is my "Holy Grail" Van Halen tone. Not at all thin, either. ;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobozos View Post
    A thread dedicated to Eddie's tone over the years, for those with varying degrees of understanding about what tone actually is, to fight it out.
    The beauty of Edward's tone(s) over the years, is that no matter what, there was never a doubt as to who was playing the guitar!!!
    The way his hands/heart/soul interacted and attacked the instrument was/is unique to Him alone.

    His playing has a distinct fingerprint, so to speak.
    When you look at the wide variety of guitars, amps, effects, and even studios & engineering crews he's worked with - it's apparent that his style and tone really does start with his hands. Just like he's always stated...

    The actual tones & eq curves we hear on the records? Well that's open to someone's persona preference at any given time.
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    "Van Halen was never about the singer..." - a very wise fan.
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    Ed's guitar sound on the first album is pretty revered, yet he's never gone back to that for some reason.

    For my money, I'll take a mix of VH, FW, and 1984 - from the early years. OU812 & FUCK for the later years.
    ADKoT has a pretty impressive whomp to it, although it's something where I can totally understand how a few might not care for it.
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    my least favorite tone from the six pack...... VH 1. Too much phaser or whatever was going on. Still amazing no doubt.

    OU812 still has pieces of the old EVH tone. I'd probably call that one best from Era 2... for me.

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    I liked his tone on How Many Say I the most ����. After all he was always half the background singing. Umm... You did mean tone as in singing right?

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    Agreed, tone is very subjective. I approach it from the idea of, does his rig setup enhance or detract from hearing the nuances of what his style projects?

    He has his own unique tone that starts with his fingers. I want to hear as much of that as I can, and don't want it buried under tons of fuzz, effects and distortion.

    I thought the amount of effects added in 1984 actually enhanced the quality of what was being produced by his guitar. In recent years, it buries it.

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    WACF, FW, VHII are my favs, followed by VH and 1984. But I don't dislike any tone Ed has ever had, there are just some I like the best, and some that I like less. And NOTHING from the six pack is "thin" LMFAO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobozos View Post
    IMO, Fair Warning is pretty much the Benchmark for heavy guitar tone in general. That being said, I personally prefer the 1984 tone to all others. It was a slightly modified Fair Warning type tone, but was a little tighter, and I like the amount of processing and effects on that album. It was enough to add a little something to the sound, without really degrading the tone. That is my "Holy Grail" Van Halen tone. Not at all thin, either. ;D
    1984 was a very cool tone.

    I loved the way he could go from this scorching, tube thing in GGB, then cut the volume
    and still achieve an almost single coil version of the brown.
    He did it in DDL, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thismusicsux View Post
    my least favorite tone from the six pack...... VH 1. Too much phaser or whatever was going on. Still amazing no doubt.

    OU812 still has pieces of the old EVH tone. I'd probably call that one best from Era 2... for me.
    I agree about OU812. I really like his tone on that album, it's more raw to me than the rest of the Sam era.

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    VH 1 and FW for me. I almost think Eddie changed his tone over the years because he was writing different kinds of riffs. Like the open string jangley stuff on Panama probably required less saturation than a riff like ATBL. Maybe my preference is because I like the riffs more than the jangle. Didn't mind Poundcake though and I thought he ramped up the distortion on that album...I really like his sound on that album too.

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    I don't play guitar, I don't notice the little things a lot of you guys do.

    I just had Learning to See come on my IPOD. the guitar at the end sounds really "mean" to me. I don't mind that sound....just sayin' cause it was top of mind.

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