Does Distortion Make Everything Sound The Same?

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by littlebadboy, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. xjbebop

    xjbebop Yippy ki yay!

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    There's a reason why there are a bazillion different "distortion" pedals available on the market these days...
     
  2. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    There are two truths affecting this topic:

    1. Everything affects everything.
    2. The more distortion you apply the less you hear the differences.
     
  3. MarshallMike

    MarshallMike New Member

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    I did a similar test a few weeks ago. I recorded all 9 of my guitars through 4 different Marshall amps and even did one amp on both channels and added a boost and an overdrive to that clean channel to make that 5 amps.
    I used an identical IR for each track as well.
    So, that was 45 tracks of moderate gain guitar and guess what?
    You can hear a distinctive difference between all 45 tracks.
    I have also done a recording capturing the room sound with a cell phone with all my guitars and one single amp and cab. Same result everyone has it's own unique sound.
     
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  4. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    This made me laugh out loud!!! At least you're getting good use out of your metal zone!!!
     
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  5. Guitarsan

    Guitarsan "I floor it. That’s technical talk." SRV

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    Yes! One can achieve a glassy clean tone with a Germanium-based fuzz effect and the volume turned down. Allow Mr. Pete Thorn to demonstrate....

     
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  6. Guitarsan

    Guitarsan "I floor it. That’s technical talk." SRV

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    Also, there can be subtle differences in guitars even with a lot of distortion. I once owned a Gibson ES335 and that sucker growled when distorted. That's the closest I can describe, but it was exciting to hear. I can only hope my (soon to be NGD) McCarty 594 HBII sounds like that!
     
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  7. Glide-bpm

    Glide-bpm We were small but we were slow...

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