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    Default Tims *insert witty comment* blog

    I've never been in this section before, but it was good to read about all your tales, guitar related or not.

    I'll start my blog about band practice last night.

    With all my band members at uni, its hard to find time to practice and write new songs.. So after about 8 months or trying to write, recording and practice live we now have 8 original songs including an intro. All is good. I lug my damn heavy amp (RV50) and guitar down to practice and my bands lead guitarist brings down his (Marshall MG100 or something.. basically I hate it, but hes upgrading to a DSL100 soon hopefully). We start playing our songs and they sound really good and our singer is complimenting saying good playing, then he says to my other guitar "your amp sounds effing awesome, I love the tone" and says to me "you'll need to keep trying to find a good tone out of your amp". I almost wanted to cry. After spending thousands on a setup (Fender 72 Deluxe > Boss OD-3 > Boss DD-20 > Orange RV50) that I am happy with, to be told that your tone isn't great and that an MG series was sounding better was like a kick in the balls. I know not everyone agrees on tone, but come on..

    Anyway, its exams at the moment so we'll have to put on hold the practice for a couple of weeks and then we can play live again. I guess I have time to find a decent tone. :roll:

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    My response would be:

    What the **** does a singer know about tone anyway? :roll:
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    Quote Originally Posted by AjayTele
    My response would be:

    What the *Golly Gee* does a singer know about tone anyway? :roll:
    My sentiments exactly! Tim, if your singer doesn't like your tone, eff him. Either you can wait for his tone taste to mature OR you can find a new singer!

    If you're happy with it that's all that counts. Or if you're in doubt now, perhaps record a little bit of your playing and see what the more experienced members of this forum think. THAT at least would be constructive criticism from folks who know a little more about tone than singers! :roll:

    But again, tone is a very subjective thing. Don't fret too much about his comments.

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    Fuggedabowdit! :roll:

    "This one goes up to eleven."

    Just turn your Orange up until you can't hear the whiner. And then tell him to quit singing flat, that he needs more breath support. That should take care of it.
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    Another possibility is that the singer's just a "label whore" who defines quality by looking at the brand name. If your sound is working for you, then it works. Besides, you're going to do what he suggested anyway. I've never met a guitarist yet - at any level - who isn't trying to improve their tone.
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    Ask him to demonstrate the "tone" he is seeking.... :roll: :twisted:
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    Haha yeah. He does play guitar (only acoustic) so he knows a little bit about it. But it seems that the more the gain the better in my band.. Apparently more gain makes it sounds "more full" which is BS.

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    I'm diggin' the new sig Tim.

    Very nice shot/composition/lighting/etc.

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    Thanks Myk. I didn't actually take the pic, I just stole it off the net.


    Band practice again last night. I told them I've been working on my sound and they are all eager to get to started. I leave my settings the exact same as last week, I just turn ye ol volume knob up a bit to make myself a little more assertive, and of course, now its the best tone I've ever produced. :roll:

    Was a very productive practice though. Once exams are over from uni (in about 2 weeks) we can start playing live.

    I haven't played in front of a crowd in over a year. I'm so keen to use my new equipment live, I cannot wait.

    Also, is there such a thing as "music earplugs". I use the normal ones you get at the chemist and it makes everything sound so bad. Are there special ones I can get that keep the sound the same, just bring it down so I don't get ringing in my ears for the rest of my life?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timme_v
    Band practice again last night. I told them I've been working on my sound and they are all eager to get to started. I leave my settings the exact same as last week, I just turn ye ol volume knob up a bit to make myself a little more assertive, and of course, now its the best tone I've ever produced. :roll:
    Now THAT's funny...

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure there's specialist eag plug suppliers, where you can dial up the dB reduction to suit yourself.

    I don't use eag plugs, but have started to use a single in-ear monitor for my vocals. It's weird, but does help with the vocals. :roll:
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