Does It Ever End?

Discussion in 'What's left to Talk About?' started by t-glo, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. t-glo

    t-glo Well-Known Member

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    Does the Quest for the ultimate tones ever end? I have this one strat that is all hotrodded and is my fav,so I thought. I used it today and it just seemed ok. Do any here hear different on certain days or is it just me. I recently got a yamaha pacifica and it seems warmer even with the stock pickups. I am very hopeful that I will one day have the tone but it seems that I get a good sound one day then next time same setup has changed. Am I alone.
     
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    mozz Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I think the guitar has to be more comfortable, nice neck feel, playablilty, then you will find the tone is already there, just needs "you" to bring it out.

    Ok, i just made that all up but seems plausible.
     
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    It is a never ending journey, filled with GAS!
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    "Familiarity breeds contempt." Aesop

    Its sorta like computers. Today you upgrade your old computer to the newest fastest thing.
    And it really flies!!!!
    Next month it "feels" no faster than your old one did. :)
     
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    The tone chase can be a dangerous, befuddling quest. One can actually go backwards without realizing it. Many players have achieved the perfect tone and then wandered away from it, thinking there was something better out there.
     
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    JAMES SCHAFFNER Well-Known Member

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    That statement can apply to so many other things in life.
     
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    The tone doesn't change but the ear does.
     
  9. Mossman

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    I have frequently picked up a guitar or bass that I haven't played in a while, because I thought it just wasn't doing it for me anymore, only to wonder why I stopped playing it in the first place, because it sounds fantastic, and so unlike my other guitars...

    It's like when you discover a food you really like. You'll want to eat it all the time at first, but after a while, you get accustomed to it and it's not quite as delicious anymore... Then, you get tired of it, and eventually, you may even become put off by it. It's not until you stop experiencing it for a while that you grow to appreciate it again.

    Now if I start feeling ambivalent about a guitar or bass that I own, I just put it down for a little while (instead of immediately selling it). I'm sure to re-discover its charms at a later date.

    But to answer your question; no, it never ends. There will always be a guitar that possesses some tone, or quality, or characteristic that's unattainable with whatever you already have.

    Or at least, you'll think that.

    In some cases, it will be true, and your rationalization is sound (an LP will never sound like a Tele, even if it has P90s). But most of the time, we just want the guitar because we want the guitar.

    I use all the level-headed, sensible justifications there are for buying a particular guitar (mostly on myself), but deep down inside, I know that I can probably get close enough to the tone that I'm after with EQ and effects.

    (I know... blasphemy!)
     
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    That's what I've been thinking. Because one Sunday I'm playing my custom Strat and then the next week I play a squire standard Strat another week on my play my Ibanez artist and then another week I'll be playing the Yamaha period but it was weird today I played the custom Strat and it just didn't sound right to me but 3 weeks ago it did. I know I have a lot of fluid build up behind my ears lately and I'm wondering if that's causing this problem. It's getting harder and harder to hear what people are saying to me I could lose my legs my site my ability to speak but please not my sense of hearing cuz I just love the sound of a guitar. Have to admit I'm a little scared of that thought.
     
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    I felt like I hit the end for a while with guitars. Then I realized I needed more amps. And so it started again. Lol. Why stop having fun unless you have to


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    Lol you may be a hundred percent right
     
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    This is very relevant to me right now. I feel very satisfied. I have 5 guitars, some of them similar. I have 3 amps yet I never leave the house.

    I still look at gear every day thinking about my next purchase.

    Help!
     
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    Yes , it clearly does. But, only if you stop chasing it. I know now that when I pickup a guitar, no matter what it is, I will sound like me. No amp, pedal, or special sauce will ever change that. Once I arrived at that conclusion, playing became a lot more fun and hell of lot less frustrating. Also gave up on buying any and all gear quite a while ago. I've got too much as it is. I'm free baby, and I likes it.
     
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    go see an ENT about you ears and you have days when one type of overal EQ works and days when it sounds like doo doo but you always like the same "range of tone" just some times its hard to get the same enjoyment out of it hang in there
     
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    The search for perfection will never end because perfection doesn't exist.



    Unless you're David Gilmour.
     
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    Is this the monthly meeting at the Existentialists Café...?
     
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    I keep adding and adding to the point where I have stuff in boxes still that I got but never even used. I just play around the house for my own entertainment so I've started selling. I have way more gear than my time or talent will allow.
     
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    I hear ya man. The only way to stop buying is to stop looking (which I haven't been able to do so far) so the only way to keep from getting over-run by gear is to keep selling.

    And Tone? I don't know, I'm not really experienced enough to know how to dial it in, so probably play with different tone every time I play.
     

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