Does Distortion Make Everything Sound The Same?

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  1. wakjob

    wakjob SS.org Regular

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    The question should've been...

    "Can you compress the life outta a guitar signal?"
     
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    Boofchuck SS.org Irregular

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    Lately I've been feeling like distortion is like wine, with experience and passion comes a more refined pallet. I love the sound of a boosted 5150 and Syrah.
     
  3. c7spheres

    c7spheres GuitArtist

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    Yep. It all sounds the same. That's why I intvested so much into over the years because I wouldn't want to just get a $40 zoom pedal and call it a day : ) That would be a dream come true it that's all that was needed for a killer tone.
     
  4. prlgmnr

    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    I mean, there are like seven thousand varieties of apple, and I'm sure they all basically taste of apple, but also all taste slightly different from each other.
     
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    Great analogy!!!
     
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    @zwen Well-Known Member

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    Tonewood is a myth
     
  7. allheavymusic

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    The reason stuff like this works as clickbait is because there's a fat nugget of truth to it: the gear industry is a huge grift.

    The power of suggestion is huge, and wanting to believe something can easily make it feel true. I saw an article on Seymour Duncan about direct mounting pickups (to the body of the guitar). The writer deadass claimed that "it imparts this woody 'you are there' effect when the guitar is played". That's an exact quote. And I thought tonewood believers were bad.

    The industry needs us to feel like tone is an eternal quest. Only the great guitar gods can achieve amazing tone through precise refinement of every aspect of their chosen instrument and chain. And they get away with it because it's difficult to disprove all the nonsense they throw at us. How do I know an exotic bubinga neck doesn't perfectly synergize with a mahogany-topped cherry body and a rare ebony neck

    I'm not even saying I'm any better, I'm as much a sucker as the next person. But I'm starting to think that string gauge/material, scale length, tuning, and pickups are 95% of the sound of an electric guitar. Anything else is either for playability/durability or so miniscule that anyone who claims to notice a difference is lying, to themselves or others.
     
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  8. prlgmnr

    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    fuck that, I play guitar to feel like I'm not here
     
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    ....i take it you've never swapped necks or bodies on a partscaster
     
  10. Blytheryn

    Blytheryn Musical Adam West

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    THIS
     
  11. Adieu

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    Tonewood?

    No, it's not a myth. It's a wondrous magical TONEDEAFNESS DETECTOR.

    And tonewood says....wait for it.... congrats, you're hella tonedeaf.
     
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  12. Andromalia

    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    With how the world works, you'd be fighting to have your UL *not* sound like a Line 6 Spider instead.
     
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    I had a strat body/pickups/electronics that went through 4 necks. A warmoth Mahogany/ebony, Fender maple/maple, a warmoth full rosewood neck, and briefly a poorly set up kit maple/rosewood neck. They all sounded the same, though the kit neck played like shit. If there were differences, they were minor enough where I didn't need to change amp settings. Completely different story than any time I've ever swapped out pickups.

    Which leads to sometimes guitars sound like shit through the same distortion as another guitar. If you need to turn knobs on the distorted amp because you want it to sound different, then distortion doesn't make it sound the same. Mayhaps if you go through six metal zones maxed out into a 5150 with the gain cranked it'll be too distorted to tell the difference, but at that point it's just non-musical noise.

    Listen to Enter Sandman and People = Shit back to back. Never mind that there are levels and types of distortion. Fuzz =/= crunch =/= dimed gain.
     
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    Guitarists aren’t even musicians.
     
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    With bad distortion sure.
     
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    There is no tonewood for people with tin ears.
     

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