The Quest for Tone by the Tone Deaf
Recently, I've begun to realize that playing guitar is a lot more than holding strings down against a neck board with one hand and attempting to break those strings with a pick in the other. Being a self taught musician, it's easy to feel on the outside of the gear talks. The resources were never really there when I was growing up and I didn't much come from a family of musicians. Those stories are for another day.
At about 21, I purchased my first electric guitar at Sweetwater Sounds in Fort Wayne, Indiana. (sponsor me) It was at Fender Artist Series JA-90. The Jim Adkins model Thinline Telecaster was a screamer for sure. It had a set neck, two Seymour Duncan P90, and a glossy transparent black finish. When I would play through that guy, I would plug into the input crank the volume and be loud with various boost, fuzz, distortion pedals for a few years. Time was never spent dialing it in, or getting a good tone.
Let's fast forward nearly 10 years. Here I sit. A dining room table of collected guitar pedals that I've been too intimidated to understand. Building a collection of what might as well have been big shiny rocks. Plugging them in together in no coherent fashion attempting to create a sound with no plan. Sounds were made. When I began recording my guitar recently and listening to it, I mean really listening to it, I knew there was something off. The sound was thin, or too bassy, or sometimes too quiet. Maybe it was too screechy.
Here is my goal : I am going to figure out this tone monster. I am going to work with the gear I already have. I am going to stop questing for the Holy Grail of pedals, no not that one, I got that one, it didn't do what I wanted to do. There is no magic to make it work. Only work to make magic.