Rounder tone?

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  1. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather Silver Member

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    It's hard to describe a sound quality.

    One of the worst to picture from the description is "woody". Oddly, but seriously...one of my favorite Les Paul (Gibson) sounds is chainsaw.
     
  2. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather Silver Member

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    Less square.

    Less empty.

    Hmm, could fuller mean richer? An even balance of freakwencies?
     
  3. Wound_Up

    Wound_Up CUSTOM USER TITLE Silver Member

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    If you're being serious, that's a good explanation. Thank you!
     
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    Wound_Up CUSTOM USER TITLE Silver Member

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    When I made the post initially, I had ended it with

    "next up is 'woodier' lmao"
     
  5. Oldboy

    Oldboy Senior Stratmaster

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    More clunk, less clink?
     
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    Jason D Senior Stratmaster

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    When I think of a “round” tone, I think of something like SRV’s tone. I think of it as being more “bell like”. Of course, I am not an expert on this, so I’m probably just talking out of my backside. As far as fuller, there’s a lot of subjectivity with that one. One again, backside…
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    I often wonder about this. There are many terms used to describe guitar tone that baffle me, because it seems like no two people use them to describe the same sound.

    Here's a few:

    woody
    round
    punchy
    glassy
    smooth
    biting
    honky
    snarling
    wooly
    woofy
    transparent
    bark

    I have no idea what any of these mean. Mostly because I will hear one person describe a certain tone as "woody," and then hear another person use the same word to describe, what sounds to me, like a completely different sound. Or two people will use different words to describe the same sound.
     
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  8. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    I have no Idea what you just wrote. :confused:
     
  9. guitarchaeologist

    guitarchaeologist Guitartist Silver Member

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    I think we tend to forget that music is an art form, and artsy people tend to use flowery/poetic language (i.e., round tone), and describe things abstractly.
    It really does make understanding someone's description of sound difficult to understand (think about trying to define the word tone!), but the abstract language is (often unfortunately) the nature of the beast.

    I have an analytical mind, so many of the descriptors of sound/tone (see @Ebidis list above) just baffle me.
    I remember in high school having heated arguments with English lit teachers about the meanings of poems when I was told my interpretations were incorrect. How the hell could she/he know the actual meaning unless she wrote the poem?
    Same with tone descriptors I suppose.
     
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    jbylake Fabulously Famous Nobody Silver Member

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    Heh.he.he.LOL, neither do I, Bro.:D
     
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  11. soulman969

    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

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    If full is the same as round and round the same as full we solved the mystery of both round and full. This is truly a momentous occasion.....yeah!!!!

    Now let's try it with shrill and icy shall we? :whistling: :D
     
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    stratmatt777 Strat-O-Master

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    As long as the terminology sells units it doesn't matter if anyone understands what it means.
    Just make sure that your amp with the round tone also has deep lows, warm mids and a defined top end, without being overbearing, so that it sits perfectly in the mix and the sparkling highs cut through when playing live, without being harsh.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Rounder tone requires

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    Hal Nico Senior Stratmaster

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    I love the,"Whoopey Hollow Tone" of a good Stratocaster single coil neck pickup<grin> :D
     
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    dirocyn Most Honored Senior Member

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    English doesn't have a lot of words to describe sounds, so we have to use metaphor and simile to describe it. A light bulb is bright, the bridge pickup is bright metaphorically. Bell-like is simile, most of us have heard a bell before. But of course there's a lot of different bells, a doorbell doesn't sound like a church bell or a cowbell. Probably most people mean the bell tower kind of sound, with a sharp (another metaphor) attack and long clear ringing sustain.

    And sounds are really complicated. People don't always focus on the same aspect, even if they hear the same thing. When dealing in metaphor, people will describe things their own way, and variation is to be expected.
     
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    StratAlchemist Strat-O-Master

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    For me..
    Round tone = Derek Trucks

    Shrill tone = Mike Bloomfield w/ Tele

    Best of both = Clapton Little Wing @ Madison Square Garden with Winwood
     
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    I prefer rectangular tone.....
     
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    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    Redneck colloquialisam.... example: "He's fuller $h!t"
     
  20. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather Silver Member

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    Shrill. Your guitar sounds like Nanny Fine yelling at you.

    Icy...you're on your own.
     
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