Dry Guitars

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  1. helsinkirocks

    helsinkirocks Well-Known Member

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    Something I've never gotten into, is reverb. I don't know. I've never liked the way it sounds. Always sounds like my guitar is so far away or something. Every one says you HAVE to have reverb, but I've always preferred "drier" albums, and "drier" sounds in general.

    Idk maybe I'm just weird...
     
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    stevebway Metaphysician & Ham

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    Reverb DOES make you sound like you're coming from a distance. I kinda like some of it but for leads I prefer slapback
     
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    helsinkirocks Well-Known Member

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    For cleans I don't mind a touch, but just a little bit.
     

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    DonM Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    I'm a reverb guy. Not crazy echo-chamber stuff, but have always liked a little reverb. Back in the late 60's and early '70's I even had a reverb unit hooked up to my stereo system.
     
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    On my old Peavey Bandit, I left it at about 2 for just a little colouring. I don't have it on my Classic 20, and the digital reverb on my 6505MH is just awful sounding, so I just leave it off.
     
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    totally dry sounds weird to me, but i don't need much and find it kind of distracting if there's much. i just prefer a very slight/subtle delay or reverb--strangely to me it sounds more artificial and distracting when there's nothing at all. for a long time i didn't like playing tube amps at stores both because i was a terrible guitarist and everybody could hear it and because i didn't realize i was so used to a twinge of reverb that not having it sounded too aggressive or something (and guess most of the tube amps i'd tried out either had no reverb or had it turned off/way down).
     
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    I like reverb although I find myself rarely using my Reverb pedal with my Rivera. I like Spring & Plate reverb (and mixes of Spring and Plate like the Hermida Reverb 3).
     
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    Most amps that I've owned have not had reverb. The Blackstars I currently own do. I use a little when playing for fun, none in recording, though I may add some in post sometimes.

    For my September cover song there's no reverb on anything, not even vocals.
     
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    It's all about context and application I suppose.

    Would I like Slayer's Reign in Blood with reverb? No.

    Would I like the Police's Synchronicity without reverb? No.

    I personally try to use it when it serves the artistic effect I'm trying to achieve.
     
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    I've come to the realization that I don't really like reverb either. You're not weird. I felt that way too for a while because reverb is so popular right now that I thought I had to have it, but it just doesn't do anything for me. Give me a little delay (or a lot!), instead.

    What really affirmed it for me was watching the Lee Anderton meets John Petrucci video on YT and listening to John's thoughts on using reverb (he does not like it). The funniest part was when John explains why he doesn't us reverb and Lee says something like, "well, but you have reverb from the room when you play live," thinking that's still a good thing, and John says, "yeah but I don't wanna hear that!" I LOLed. Check it out if you haven't seen it.
     
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    The key is to use it sparingly. I run Axe-FX direct when playing live and having a "studio reverb" helps it sound more live and blend with the rest of the band. Otherwise, sound guys typically add reverb to your signal. I'd rather give them the "package" up front and let them do slight EQ tweaking for the room and their rig. It also sounds better in my in-ears with reverb.

    But yeah, if you want to do real percussive stuff, like djent style, taking the reverb helps a lot. That could actually be used as an effect. Running reverb most of the time, but then taking it off to bring out a really rhythmic section.

    It's music. There usually isn't a *correct* way to do something. You don't HAVE to use reverb.
     
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    I like spring reverb on some things.
    huge splashy waves of it, but not spacey echo unless im just dicking around or thinking of film background.

    I like just a touch of it on mostly everything. Gives a subtle "depth", similar to slapback but with a tad longer duration.
    note_slap vs note_slapp maybe.
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    It's just another tool in the toolbox. It has its place.
     
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    I agree with the 'in the right context' camp. That said, I've often said Yes "Fragile" is one of the best dry-recordings ever. I don't think one track has reverb or echo, but each track sounds huge.
     
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    "All eq's at noon... just a little bit of reverb". ;)
     
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    I can't see the title of this without a flashback to the time when it started raining the day I left for a 2 week vacation. My half sunken basement music room flooded with 4 inches of water overnight. Had friends and family drying and putting guitars on beds and pulling computers.
    When I got back My kick drum was still holding water and it was a week after that I found my solid wood acoustic still in its case quite wet. A month later I found my Les paul fretless wonder damp with a back bowed neck.
    Thats my "dry guitars" story :)
     
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    Reverb is a necessity to me (especially playing a Tele). If an amp doesn't have reverb built in, I'll most likely pass...

    I like spring reverb mostly, and I just use it enough to make my tone a little fuller. Not for a huge "echo chamber" effect.
     
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    helsinkirocks Well-Known Member

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    I actually took the reverb tank out of my current amp, because even it was on zero, I could still hear reverb being applied to my sound.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
     
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    Sorry to hear about your wetness mishap. Hope things get better than worse.

    And I do like a little Reverb. When I was playing in the 70’s through the 80’s, Reverb was laughed at in my neck of the woods.
     

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