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    "Tone is in the hands" part 2

    It seems to me that the reason many of you think the tone is in the hands isn't that the hands are shaped differently, therefore sounding different. What I get from the most of you is the argument of "choice". He chose to hit the strings so and so hard, articulate himself this and that way, with...
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    "Tone is in the hands" part 2

    Im assuming that they played different songs, different equipment, possibly even different genres? But still the hands are the most important variable?
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    "Tone is in the hands" part 2

    The other end of that argument is having two guitarists play, one of them plays bar-chords, the other plays single notes - and then remarking how much the tone must be in the hands, because they sound so different.
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    "Tone is in the hands" part 2

    Jimi Hendrix, one of the most famous strat players, used huge amounts of distortion
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    "Tone is in the hands" part 2

    I think youre supporting my point by saying reducing the gain on the amp reduces sustain
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    "Tone is in the hands" part 2

    Nope, actually tone is timbre. Youre making it sound overly complicated. You can however affect the timbre using technique, but claiming that the technique (and therefore hands) are more important than say the choice of amp, speaker, mic position etc is stretching it way too far. By the way...
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    "Tone is in the hands" part 2

    When do people commonly use the phrase "tone is in the hands?" They usually don't say that as a response to a discussion regarding playing technique (that would be a meaningless comment). It's usually said when discussing recording technique. So it is not me who's misusing the words, I'm just...
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    "Tone is in the hands" part 2

    Since my last post entitled "tone is in the hands - silliest buzzword of the decade" got so many positive reactions I thought I'd ressurect it. I saw this video by SMG the other day, supporting my claim: Now, I know that SMG is a metal channel and this is a strat page and yadda yadda: most...
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    "Tone is in the hands" part 2

    Since my last post entitled "tone is in the hands - silliest buzzword of the decade" got so many positive reactions I thought I'd ressurect it. I saw this video by SMG the other day, supporting my claim: Now, I know that SMG is a metal channel and this is a strat page and yadda yadda: most...
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    Vox vs Fender Blackface - helpful ways to describe the sounds

    Hi guys. Would it be helpful to describe the sounds the following way: Fender Blackface is like a blank sheet/canvas upon which you can build your sound using pedals - in that the sound is very refined and tidy. Whereas Vox is like a crude piece of precius mineral that already has a sound of its...
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    "Tone is in the hands" - silliest buzzword of the decade?

    Actually he used other strats, I read an interview where he describes his Plexi guitar.
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    "Tone is in the hands" - silliest buzzword of the decade?

    Sure, I agree. Although I do think that if you are result-oriented, you will record the guitar sound that the song calls for, and that usually means being open for using methods and techniques that are tried and tested. Therefore I think that whenever somebody asks "how do I get that SRV tone"...
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    "Tone is in the hands" - silliest buzzword of the decade?

    That would be the last thing Id do as Amp sim pedals and softwares isnt my cup of tea. In my opinion, if you really like a sound, for example an amp, a pedal - get it, stivk to it and use it as a basis to build your sound, then let your technique do the rest.
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    "Tone is in the hands" - silliest buzzword of the decade?

    This is exactly what I meant.
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    "Tone is in the hands" - silliest buzzword of the decade?

    Interesting assumption. I can assure you Im new here. I just think its illogical to ever have a discussion about gear if the conclusion is that the tone is in the fingers. Unless the guitarplayer in question literally is an alien, then technical skills can be studied and learnt, and recording...
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    "Tone is in the hands" - silliest buzzword of the decade?

    Totally agree. The sum of what you do is what counts - whether that is simply strumming chords through a sophisticated signal chain - or taking a straightforward chain and working magic through your fingers.
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    "Tone is in the hands" - silliest buzzword of the decade?

    Sure enough, but what happens if someone hands him a Les Paul hooked up to a cranked Mesa boogie? Will you still say "the tone is in the hands"? It may sound like Rodgers playing, but not like his works
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    "Tone is in the hands" - silliest buzzword of the decade?

    I appreciate the comparison to a saxophone, but remember its a very different thing. Electric guitars barely have a sound and is amplified many times - saxophones have to produce its own sound. Your first paragraph seems to suggest that just because technique matters, it is the only thing that...
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    "Tone is in the hands" - silliest buzzword of the decade?

    Ever since I saw Brian May's guitar tech do a rig rundown o youtube, and he said the secret to May's tone is his hands, I see this phrase pop up more and more often. Today I even saw someone use it about Nile Rodgers on a thread discussing how to get his clean tone. Like, seriously dude? Nile...


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