Absolute, ideal guitar tone

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Aaron Saunders, Jul 31, 2004.

  1. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    For me, the ideal guitar tone is the one Carlos Santana gets out of his PRS guitars. The sound is just amazing, and and when he puts on just the slightest bit of distortion (Put Your Lights On), it just has this amazing texture and feel. I guess it's a good thing that PRS also makes some of the most gorgeous guitars around, just another thing to make me want one :D (serious gas for a 513 Rosewood :oops: )

    What's your ideal tone?
  2. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    I have several.

    The Santana sound is definitely one of them. I have heard it called a 'Woman Tone' because it is comparable to a woman moaning.

    A really drippy compressed distorion is good sometimes. Think the opening to 'Call Me the Breeze.'

    Just a little drier than that: the rhythm guitar in 'Lunatic Fringe.'

    Cleaner still: the Hendrix version of 'Little Wing.'

    Cleaner with more mids and lows and a lot of tube reverb: 'Follow Your Bliss.'

    Others. I'll think about it.
  3. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    A have a few. For starters, just about any tone Eric Johnson comes up with. :)

    A Strat or Tele, miked clean amp sound is a favorite of mine. Also going straight DI with a little reverb and chorus: very sparkley. The Rickenbacker 12-string sound is bliss.

    I don't like super-heavy distortion, but a creamy overdrive is awesome.
  4. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    For metal/rock: Scottie and Chris of Norma Jean. Raw, unpolished, brutal.

    For that melodic/rock thing: the Borknagar crew on "Colossus"

    For just a huge rock sound: CoC on "Congradulations Song." That's how a ton of molten rock sould sound.

    Acoustic: Mark Collie's "In Time" or Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" just have amazing acoustic tone.

    Classic Rock: CSNY - Ohio

    Needs mentioning: Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth", Helmet's "Gigantor" (I kid you not)

    Award to best overall rock sound: 36 Crazyfists' "Bitterness the Star"

    Sorry I'm not up on my blues, punk (well, sorta, but not enough), funk, jazz and what not.
  5. Joey3313


    Nov 28, 2003
    I don't think that matters, because I doubt it will be appropirate for this thread anyway.
  6. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    In all honestly, I think a good punk sound is an Epiphone of some sort through a Crate Stack.

    Crate has a bit of a bum rep, as they do make some guitar stuff that actually sounds okay.
  7. Kurisu


    Nov 19, 2003
    Saskatoon SK
    I'm really addicted to the crunchy guitar on The Darkness cd. I wish I knew how they got that.
    (If its just a Marshal on overdrive, let me know.)

    For rock? Maybe Edge's chorused guitar on Joshua Tree.
    (that's chorus, right? or reverb? I also don't know my guitar effects.)
  8. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    The first two I can think of are the sounds of Mattias IA Eklundh and Andy Timmons.
  9. doug martsch of built to spill.
  10. I really like most of the tones that Warren Haynes gets. Great vocalist too.
  11. KeithPas


    May 16, 2000
    David Gilmours guitar solo in "Comfortably Numb", anything by Phil Keaggy or Eric Johnson , any Steve Morse and any Allan Holdsworth.
  12. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Yeah, Gilmore has never sounded bad to me.

    I love the acoustic tone of Sean Watkins (of Nickel Creek).

    I also love a clean and compressed Tele or Strat...

    Scofield always has killer tone too
  13. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I really Like Mike Sterns tone, very distinctive.
  14. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    anything involving gibsons.
  15. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    AC/DC guitar tone has me reachin' for a 6 pack.

    Joe Satriani
    Danny Gatton

    Any tele or strat tone on the verge of distorting.

    The Bass sound on "Heartbreaker" by Led Zepplin is pretty tough to beat.
  16. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    Ideal guitar tone....

    Jimmy Page w/telecaster & Les Paul: 1969-1971

    Warren Haynes w/assortment of Gibsons: any time, any place

  17. Brian May of Queen has monster tone.

    Mick Ronson has beautiful tone.

    Neil Young has that ideal tone for dirty garage rock .
  18. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    Any tone that Eric Johnson has come up with is as close to sonic perfection as I've heard.

    A few "honorable mentions":

    Allan Holdsworth's tones on "Metal Fatigue"
    Alex Lifeson on "Permanent Waves"
    Scott Henderson on damn near everything

    Pet peeve tones: Anyone using one of those atrocious "Pod" thingys. Guh.
  19. Sonorous


    Oct 1, 2003
    Denton, TX
    Many different Santana songs.
    Many different SRV songs.
    Jimi - Little Wing.
    Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter.
    ABB - Jessica and Southbound.