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nosmo

Senior Stratmaster
Dec 13, 2020
1,467
Tir-na Nog'th
My "tone" is so bad that everyday is an "off" day.

But personally, I have good and bad days. Sometimes I'm a superstrong genius, sometimes, a wimpy moron (those days are becoming more and more common).
 

sam_in_cali

Scream for me Strat-Talk!
Silver Member
Feb 21, 2014
16,482
SoCal
"Shut up, brain!"
-- Homer Simpson
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Frank801

Strat-Talk Member
Feb 1, 2022
13
Sparks, NV
there is every possibility that i am out of my mind, but with no changes to anything my rig sounds different on some days.

there are days when the output is hearty and satisfying across the board from all guitars, when even bottom-dollar ceramic pickups sound salubrious and vital, enthusiastic and with a hint of break-up in clean. No tweaking is necessary on these days and any tweaking only makes the sound better.

and then there are days when the sound is much more dour and underwhelming, when it feels like single coils have lost a quarter of the output and humbuckers sound shrill and treble-y. i feel like the humbuckers are worst affected by this curse and p90 the least, but it's noticeable throughout.

what could react this way to the environment? pickups? electronics in pedals and the amp? speaker? my brain?

if you want to say "tonewood" - please don't, 'cause it will likely push me over the edge. i am tender and vulnerable this morning.
I will simply add to one of the variables that has been mentioned so far ... humidity. I once spent some time as a sound tech in a Nevada casino. The open cabaret was one of several that owners and designers think is good, but in reality is just a giant bass trap. The variable of humidity was a very real factor that came into play on a regular basis, and I learned a lot from that. Mainly, remembering that water is a better conductor of sound than air, particularly in the low end of frequency ranges. Bearing that in mind, you will notice that in any room, when humidity goes up, so does bass response. Higher frequencies are also affected to varying degrees by reflective factors in the same environment. Other factors are the fact that our hearing varies daily by changes in our body chemistry, sinus conditions, and air movement in our ambient surroundings.
 

Miotch

Most Honored Senior Member
Jun 28, 2011
5,460
ok
Sounds like a whole lot of us are in the same boat.
Keep my equipment in the exact same place everyday. Same settings on everything. Same guitar. Same cords. Same outlets. I move nothing. Only the on/off switches get moved.

One morning it sounds like Heaven.
Next morning it sounds like Ass.

And you'd think after 45 years of playing, I'd just leave it alone and play through an Ass Day, hoping for Heaven tomorrow. But NOOOOOO, I start twisting and turning things until I turn a Potential Ass sound into a Truly Ass sound.
 

Guitar Hobbyist

Strat-Talker
Oct 25, 2021
114
Virginia
This happened to me just this week in fact. I was practicing bass on both Tuesday and Thursday. Same amp and EQ settings (including a graphic equalizer). Same strings. Same cables. Same 17 songs on the same CD. Same fingers. Different basses. My Jazz Bass sounded hideous. My Precision Bass sounded glorious. Since the J has been my go-to bass for 45 years this was totally unexpected. In retrospect I attribute this to my fingers being cold from the unseasonable temperatures here in VA.
 

Apollon

New Member!
Sep 7, 2021
6
Spain
When I lived in the UK, I was convinced that changes in the weather, especially temperature and humidity produced a small but noticeable difference in my tone. Now I live in a country with much less variation in weather condition, so I do not notice it.
 

GhostJam47

Strat-O-Master
Apr 21, 2021
938
Seattle
there is every possibility that i am out of my mind, but with no changes to anything my rig sounds different on some days.

there are days when the output is hearty and satisfying across the board from all guitars, when even bottom-dollar ceramic pickups sound salubrious and vital, enthusiastic and with a hint of break-up in clean. No tweaking is necessary on these days and any tweaking only makes the sound better.

and then there are days when the sound is much more dour and underwhelming, when it feels like single coils have lost a quarter of the output and humbuckers sound shrill and treble-y. i feel like the humbuckers are worst affected by this curse and p90 the least, but it's noticeable throughout.

what could react this way to the environment? pickups? electronics in pedals and the amp? speaker? my brain?

if you want to say "tonewood" - please don't, 'cause it will likely push me over the edge. i am tender and vulnerable this morning.
This definitely happens.

I think it mostly the same phenomenon as food -- if you're craving pizza, a slice from your favorite spot can blow your mind. If you ate pizza the other night and aren't really in the mood, that same slice will be...fine.

Similarly, I'll be jamming for a couple hours on a Friday night, twiddling knobs, and will arrive at what seems like tone passed down from God himself.

I'll plug in Saturday morning and it will sound...fine.

I'm pretty sure this only partially due to Friday night's whiskey and edibles.
 

BeefTinn

Strat-Talker
Sep 17, 2010
421
Canada
It could be oxidization in the pots. I chased a tone shift issue with my rig - it drifted subtly from a bit wooly to a bit bright. One day I noticed that simply adjusting the volume pot on the amp put it back to 'right'. I cleaned all the pots on the amp with DeoxIT and it made a big difference. I noticed a bit of the same thing playing through my digital rig and found out the same problem with the volume pot on the guitar.

All that being said, some days things sound better than other days.
 

Doc538

Strat-O-Master
Silver Member
Dec 10, 2017
520
Ma
Brain. You filter your world thru it. Eating one extra Cheerio can alter its chemistry and affect your perception.

I eschew Cheerios.
So that's what happened to me !!! I've been eating Cheerios for breakfast almost every day for over 30 years, never get the same amount and I've noticed the days I had Raisin bran I was totally off
 


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