Getting your tone...

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There's no denying it, when it comes to guitars, everyone has that sound which they call theirs or like me have spent a few years with some good gear and falln upon the tone of their dreams ending the quest. And let's not forget the ones who NEVER find their tone... the following guide contains some thoughts of mine on gear I've tried and links to my Youtube Page showing the gear mentioned (If relevant).

Part i: Getting inspired!

One of the most important things about getting your tone, is feeling it.. you want to plug in and play a chord like a G or something massive and it should either warm you inside, freak you out, make you sweat, feel uneasy or blow your ass open depending on what your after.. either way your tone should reflect YOU and YOUR feelings, your character, your style, your influences. A great place to start is look at what your heroes play... for me it was always Dimebag Darrell, Slash and Angus Young, so looking at what these guys did and what they got was a Solid state amp so  unique it sounded like a tube amp, a Marshall stack and another Marshall amp cranked to overdrive. Dime played Deans, Slash and Angus played Gibsons.

So to me I needed power, crunch, clarity and smoothness.. your asking how the hell does crunch mix with smooth? And the answer is listen to anything on Guns and Roses Appetite for Destruction album or alternatively head on over to my Youtube channel for an example of my sound which ticks for me.

Youtube channel: www (dot) youtube (dot) com / silverevolver

Obviously tone is subjective to the person hearing it, everyone hears it differently according to what they like and what they don't... for EG someone into clean sounds would more than likely pick Fender over a Marshall, but for crunch pick a Marshall over a Fender... and then there are the gain heads who end up using either Line 6 or Mesa Boogies... these are just stereotypes, but they are a pretty accurate represntation of the genre relation to equipment these days....

For eg if you look at Arch Enemy they use Kranks (used to), Pantera used Randalls, Damageplan used Krank... all heavy bands using high gain stuff, whereas The Answer, Extreme and Guns n Roses used Marshall / Soldano type setups etc...

Then there are the crossovers like Opeth and Metallica, Motorhead and Machine Head... these metal bands used Marshall amplification for really high gain metal... so it just goes to show that while certian amps are suggested for certain genres.. it doesnt mean you need to follow that... for e.g back when Dime (Pantera) was making a rig, he EQ'd and tuned his Randall sound so much people thought he was using a Tube amp like a Marshall due to its warmth and tonality... back then that was a really crazy thing to do... buy a non tube amp and tweak it to sound like one so you have the qualities of both non tube and tubed amps all in one... wheres a tube amp would find it VERY difficult to bend the other way and not sound like a tube amp... but someone somewhere will do it...

So to conclude Part i, I guesss it just makes sense to inspire yourself, watch your favourite musicians listen to what they are creating and try to replicate it to get some ideas, make sure that everytime you pick up that guitar, drum or bass or whatever, make sure your fuelled up and ready to burn.. your tone shouldnt bum you out, it should make you smile... if it doesnt then it aint right... 

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