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    Tone Adjectives

    What adjectives do you use to describe tone, good or bad?

    I like my tone to be warm, full, round and clear.

    I don't like fizzy, muddy or sharp.

    Colours, flavours etc all count too. Have fun!

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    Warm, muddy, full, bell like, chimey, cheese grater, ice pick, trebly, hollow, buttery, sweet, dull, creamy.

    Possibly more but that's what comes to mind.
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    Cutting, slicing, biting, rich, funky, hollow, bassy, trebly, distorted, overdriven, pushed, compressed, twangy, stringy, woody, chocolate, vanilla, spicy, swirling, thuddy, tinny, metallic, good, bad, WTF-were-you-thinking, resonant, reverberant, ramped-up, ramped-down, percussive, mushy, floating, airy, sparkling, fat, thin...

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    It's funny because a lot of the "bad" adjectives might be the perfect sound for a recording or band situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by t.shamone View Post
    It's funny because a lot of the "bad" adjectives might be the perfect sound for a recording or band situation.
    You bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    You bet.
    Yup.

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    My favorite is "Chewy"... VERY, very, very few amps/pedals produce this tone... It is most associated with old Tweed combo amps that had a beautiful midrange and a "chewy" tone.. My '55 5E3 does this.

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    One of the tone catch phrases that drives me crazy...."it's like somebody took a blanket off of your speakers"

    makes me nuts every time I hear this...I equate this with presence....just say "increased presence!!!"



    my personal favorite is "thick".
    -Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyMoonsRJT View Post
    my personal favorite is "thick".
    That's what she said!!!

    Sorry I couldn't control myself!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slang05 View Post

    Sorry I couldn't control myself!
    That's what he said!

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    My old studio partner and I always joked about labeling a piece of equipment with a "warm" knob and a "punchy" knob. It would be configured in the same way as the "artist" knob was: not connected.

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