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Favorite Distortion "Type"...

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  1. AxemanVR

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    First...

    By "Distortion" I mean the kind of guitar amplifier tone that's present whether you're playing clean OR dirty. It's what makes the Clean electric guitar sound fat and warm, or gives the Death Metal guitar it's over the top head crushing tone!

    So, there can be the Jerry Garcia Grateful Dead type, Robby Krieger Doors type, the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers type, the Angus Young AC/DC type, the Sex Pistols type, the raunchy Neil Young type, the Eddie Van Halen type as well as the Metallica type (and everything in between).

    I personally enjoy more of a Bad Company, Foghat, Joe Walsh, Allman Brothers kind of naturally dynamic overdrive type distortion. I also like the way Randy Rhodes sounded too. Of course the early AC/DC stuff has a seductively juicy edge as well. While I credit Eddie Van Halen for influencing many a young hardrocker to pick up the guitar, I really never cared for his so-called "brown sound". There was something a little too perfect about it. Too many "even harmonics" or something. The same goes for Tom Sholz of Boston. Both excellent players mind you, just not my kind of tone.

    So, I guess I'm more drawn to something with a little rawer, less sophisticated, yet sweetly tantalizing edge to it myself...



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    I would say “creamy warm break up.”

    Early Clapton, Mick Taylor, Santana. That sort of tone.
     
  3. Chont

    Chont Most Honored Senior Member

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    favorite high gain stuff on albums

    ACDC Back in Black - well its not that high gain but it sounds heavy and fat. Mutt Lange really made you feel like you were in the room with the amps on that one.

    Van Halen - Panama, Unchained, Atomic Punk... you get the idea

    Def Leppard - High and Dry and Pyromania - Steve Clark... his tone!!! oh and Mutt Lange again.
     
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    Pumpkin Muff, Nirvana, Foo, Alice in Chains, Blink, Pantera.

    Overdrive is fine but I am not into subtle at this time.
     
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    The Beano album!
     
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    I second this and add the distorted guitar in Creep by Radiohead.
     
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    Chont Most Honored Senior Member

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    That Siamese Dream Muff sound is hard to beat. I remember when that came out. It really wen't well with the window pane at the time ;). A delicious blend of stretchy, rubbery, liquidy distorted goodness
     
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    Hell yes. And I nominate a bunch of the local punk bands whose releases are nearly incoherent from all the distortion.
     
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    ah yes... and The Bends album too. The heavy sound on Fake Plastic Trees... amazing.
     
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    I believe my Siames Dream benders have been well chronicled here. Usually last a couple of weeks at a time. OH THE PRODUCTION!!!
     
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    Indeed. I'm not the biggest SP fan but good God that's an amazing album. Everyone should have that in their collection. My favorite track might be SilverFuck
     
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    The Band of Gypsys tone. A Strat thru a cranked Marshall.
     
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    The mostest amazingest thing is that Billy and Butch Vig actually went into it that album intending for it to be amazing and groundbreaking. That's just scary.
     
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    I like the way the pete Townsend can sound almost clean while still fitting in with very heavy sounding songs.
     
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    There is something so "rock-n-roll" about the sound of the bridge pickup on a tele going through an overdrive into an amp with some gain dialed in! It's that sweet spot between clean and high gain...some nice crunch.

    Another tone I find inspiring is a neck humbucker played through some gain while playing up the neck from about the 12th fret and above. Those notes really sing!
     
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    Duane Allman and Paul Kosoff just nailed THE overdriven sound...
     
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    I love the overdrive Clapton got on his blues album From the Cradle. There are tons of great tones out there, but that album is a special one for me and it’s clapton at his best in my humble opinion.

    Fender’s and Gibson’s straight into a bunch of different Tweed amps. Yes please!!!
     
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    They're all good. It depends on the day and my mood.
     
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    that sound
     
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