They all sound the same!!!

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  1. Bartislartfast

    Bartislartfast Strat-Talk Member

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    I am not a novice guitarist. I’m OK for a pub band player.
    If I was given a blind test from all the recordings of my band. For example “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
    Some gigs I used my Strat, some my SG, some my Harley Benton “Fender Esquire” and finally my Harley Benton Strat kit.

    I would not be able to tell them apart.
    But lots of people say the opposite.

    A lot of people testify to the twang of a Telecaster, or the whatever of a Strat.

    But when you add in pedals, amps and PA can you guys still tell the difference?
     
  2. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    Well. If I don't change any settings and just plug the next guitar in I can. If I try to make them sound the same or at least similar then no, I couldn't tell the difference.

    Let's not forget the importance of tone woodz and pickups hand wired in moonlight though.
     
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    Otisblove Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Nope. I cannot. I don't let it get me down.
     
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    stormsedge Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I mostly sound like me.
     
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    StummerJoe Senior Stratmaster

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    I sound like me playing through single coils or humbuckers, and yes I can tell the difference.

    Could I hear the difference between myself playing an LP on the bridge 'bucker or a superstrat with a bridge 'bucker? Doubtful. But single coils vs. hb's? Yep.
     
  6. Caddy

    Caddy Strat-Talker

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    I take it you don’t play clean. Play clean with just a touch of reverb (the only way I ever play) and you would certainly hear them sound different. Even between an LP and a 335 both with humbuckers, and no way aTele would sound at all like a Strat.
     
  7. s5tuart

    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525

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    Add enough effects and it all sounds the same.
    Use effects sparingly or not at all preferably and the difference is there.
     
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    heltershelton BANNED Silver Member

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    ive used different amps, guitars, pedals, whatever....and it all sounds pretty much the same.
     
  9. Bob Spumoni

    Bob Spumoni Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah, I think that's the key. I play maybe 85% clean, and different guitars sound different, ditto for amps. Thank goodness on both. If you play through a dimed Dimebag Darrel Memorial boutique pedal, you're gonna sound like a guy playing through a dimed Dimebag Darrel Memorial boutique pedal. So get a pair of Bermuda shorts and a life insurance policy.
     
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    rolandson Most Honored Senior Member

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    Well...yes. I can. But I don't use pedals.
     
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    Stonetone Senior Stratmaster

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    Different type of pickups will be most noticeable like a single coil or Humbucker or a P90, body and tone woods I’m not so sure, but definitely the pickup types
     
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    CigBurn Total Hack

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    All my guitars suffer from the same owner..
     
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    knh555 Most Honored Senior Member

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    I’m using fewer effects than ever, which lets each guitar and amp stand out more. With that said, there can be a fair bit of tonal overlap, so I suppose it depends how I dial things. But my Gretsches don’t sound like my Strats, for example.
     
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    Chuck8436 Senior Stratmaster

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    Back when i was gigging, I was told something similar by a promoter. He was a great guy, really loved us. I used to play a strat for some songs and an SG for others. One day, I played the whole set with a Les Paul and after the show, he told me it didnt fit my style. That it made the songs sound different. So I went back to my strat and SG. I can hear a difference, personally. But i know Im not the only one after he gave me that feedback
    Edit: just had to add, other than the difference in scale length when it comes to the strat, all the guitars had different pickups
     
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    Dibbs Senior Stratmaster

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    Same here.

    Give Jerry Reed a pawn shop reject guitar, and he'd still sound better than me, with my rooty-toot,
    big-deal Fender Strat, with the locking tuners, hot-poo pickups, and all.
     
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    Jerry Reed was a [email protected]

    Just don't ask him about playing on the "one".
     
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    Danny D Strat-Talker

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    I think that means you have your own sound, touch, and expression. Consider it a compliment.
     
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    Clean tone is more distinctive...
     
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    I can hear a difference between guitars in a band setting. Absolutely.
    Can anyone else? Do they care? Probably not.

    My bandmates wouldn't notice what guitar I showed up with.

    Sorta like when my drummer talks to me about how different his new cymbals sound compared to his old ones.
    I'm like..... no shiz? You play drums?
     
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    HighwayStar106 Senior Stratmaster

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    I think I could recognise any of my guitars in a blind test. They all have a unique 'voice' to me, which is why I don't just have one guitar to do everything. But could anyone else tell the difference between them? I doubt it.