Rounder tone?

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  1. Wound_Up

    Wound_Up CUSTOM USER TITLE Silver Member

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    Can someone please explain to me what 'rounder' means as far as tone is concerned? What makes one amp sound 'rounder' than another? I see people use this term all the time but I have no clue what it means nor have I ever seen anyone give a good example of an amp that sounds 'rounder' than another amp.


    Anybody?

    If it means fuller, why don't people just say fuller?

    Thanks.
     
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    rockon1 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    IDK- I imagine it to mean a low mid/mid bumped slightly rolled off treble...i guess.
     
  3. guitarface

    guitarface Most Honored Senior Member

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    What does fuller mean?
     
  4. WhiteWabbit

    WhiteWabbit Senior Stratmaster

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    Think of the tone like a circle, and the amp is like a bowl of cereal. When the bowl of cereal matches the circle you get a perfectly round sounding amp. Does that clear it up?
     
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    lammie200 Senior Stratmaster

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    You know the difference between a harsh sound and a dull sound? Round would be one degree closer to dull than harsh.
     
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    jbylake Fabulously Famous Nobody Silver Member

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    Take your Fender to the music store. Play a bunch of amps, those more on the "vintage" side especially. You'll know it when it punches you right in the face.
     
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    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    I have no clue what that means.

    Seems like more and more there’s new terminology and stuff invented on the World Wide Web.

    All I know is I either like the way an amp sounds or I don’t.

    Yes I’m boring.
     
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    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    Well it’s fuller. More full. It doesn’t sound less.

    I have no clue to be honest.
     
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    Stonetone Senior Stratmaster

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    no not boring that is exactly it
    you like it or you dont, terminolgy, buzzwords, maketing terms & cork sniffery terms mean nothing at all :D
     
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    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    I admit years ago I bought into all that stuff and went overboard. Before buying an amp I insisted they remove the tubes so I could sniff them.
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    Take your guitar, plugged into your amp where every knob is set to 'noon'/midpoint.

    Use your pick to play by the saddles.
    Use your pick to play close to the end of the neck.

    The second picking location will give you a 'rounder tone'.


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    Stonetone Senior Stratmaster

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    dirocyn Most Honored Senior Member

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    Usually when I hear about round sounds, people say "round and full" as though they are not the same thing. When playing a brass instrument, if you hold your mouth more roundly with a wider open jaw, that effects the timbre. It lets you move more air without sounding blatty or brash. When I think about round and full, I'm thinking whole notes on a tuba. And it's not possible to play round at the same time as staccato.

    When the term is applied to a guitar or amp, it's a metaphor. It's not unusual for sounds to be described through metaphor.
     
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    Ferpie Senior Stratmaster

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    Round and smooth are pretty much the same

    Something harsh is something trebly
    Something round is something with a more desirable treble frequency... which is all subjective
     
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    Not square waves, clean. Balanced tone. Or something...

    Not tinny or ice-picky. Balanced tone. Or something...
     
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    They just mean it's not as linear. A round tone doesn't have any angles -- it's sort of "equidistant" from the center, if that makes sense.

    If that does make sense, please explain it to me, because I have no idea what I just said.
     
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    It sounds more like bologna and less like olive loaf.
     
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    Rounder
     
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    Or something...