Joe Bonamassa - It Doesn't Matter What Guitar You Play

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  1. PonyB

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    Yep, sounds like me playing Bossa Nova.
    Do you think all Bossa artists sound the same?
    If Julian Lage plays a Samba tune, it will sound like Julian Lage playing a Samba tune, not a generic "Samba Tune".
    This is so over your head it's comical.
     
  2. myfriendjoe

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    you're right, my opinion about my own sound and abilities is over my head (as if that even makes sense). What a joker. Get back in your box.
     
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    The point of the thread is over your head.
    Think a minute before you just type away.
     
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    I understood the point of the thread, and disagreed with it.
     
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    I've read this entire thread. Don't know about your own "abilities," but rational thought obviously is beyond you.

    TP
     
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    The voice we develop is always going to be in a box, because this is our authentic voice, style, whatever you want to call it. I can (and have) play jazz, Bossa Nova and classical but it isn't "me". I'm "me" when I play rock/prog rock/blues mix, and that's my true voice.

    And I agree, if Eric Johnson plays his stuff it doesn't matter if it is a strat, 335 or SG, it will sound like him, but if he plays a classical study then of course it won't sound like him.
     
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    I can suck better (or worse?) than you.
     
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    But man... His voice...
    Would not want to sound like that.
     
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    :rolleyes:
    Your opinion has been noted.
    More experienced musicians have spoken, and their opinions carry weight.
    You say you're not an entertainer, but I'm pretty amused by your "It's all about me!" act.
     
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    Lazy.
     
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    I think of each of my guitars as a voice, and if you find yourself with a different voice, it's quite natural - at times a thing to be cherished - that you might find yourself saying somewhat different things with it. I'm a different man speaking through an LP Jr than I am tinkling and buzzing away on a Jaguar.
     
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    FFS just play your guitar and have fun.

    It's not that deep a subject.
     
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    Amen to that :thumb:
     
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    A friend recently found, and sent a video of me playing guitar at a party 25 years ago.

    The video starts with the person entering the party and going room to room.

    You can hear me playing, and I was like "wow that tone sounds great, I wonder what I was playing?"

    The guy turns the corner, and there I am, playing the host's crappy Korean knock off, not even thought an amp, but through his crappy stereo.

    Its really never the gear.
     
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    I’m actually surprised by how divisive this topic is. We are talking about someone’s opinion (Joe’s, in this case). To disagree with his opinion is totally fine, but to then say his opinion is incorrect, or try to prove otherwise, seems rather futile, since the only evidence is another opinion.
    Of course different guitars sound different and can make you play differently.
    Of course your personal style (vibrato, phrasing, etc) will still come through regardless of the guitar or musical style you are playing.
    The individuality is what makes music amazing. Let’s all be excellent to each other.

    I think Brad Paisley said it well. He was asked what part of the signal chain has the most influence in the guitar sound, and I am paraphrasing here, but he said essentially:
    “The amp makes the most difference, followed by the mics and recording chain, then the guitars and pedals. But all of that is superseded by the player”.
     
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    Yep. Anyone who has done this for a while knows this. The player makes the sound.:)
     
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    Yes, and I also appreciate how he answered the question honestly and didn’t just say “tone is in the fingers”. Of course gear matters, if for no other reason than playing gear we live is more engaging and so we play with more engagement, which sounds better. But after all that, Jimi is always going to sound like Jimi, and I’m always going to sound like… Not Jimi.
     
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    That's an interesting article coming from a guy obssesed w/ '59 Les pauls, who owns a few million dollars worth of them, as well as vintage amps worth another few million dollars.

    Not to criticize...
     
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    That was the point.
     
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    The gear you love can be cheap or expensive.

    One of these is a 20 dollar yard sale guitar. The other is a guitar I wouldn't sell for a million dollars. :D