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Re: distortion, overdrive,fuzz,crunch,special sauce, secret goo

Yes, I understand where you are coming from, and they seem like  valid points.  Though the points I made still stand true to my own evolution as a guitarist.  High gain generated an elusion of technicality that could not be re-produced with clean tone, regardless of who it touched, whether it was miced, or any of the separate skills required to play the electric with high gain (which I fully understand, having played the electric for almost 30 years). And I am sure I can sit down with 10 young bucks walking on the streat who play screamin' licks on the electric, and test my theory with a clean tone.    /K
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Maybe, but it'd probably also sound not so impressive if you'd mic'ed the guitar and not recorded the amp--but that's not the context it was created in nor intended to be consumed.  Listeners (other than other guitarists...) don't really care how difficult it was for you to make the sound, just that it touches them.

People who can really well with a clean tone are often lost in a high-gain situation too.  Learning to control a high-gain guitar rig takes work, it's a different, but related technique to playing undistorted guitar.


On Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 1:00 PM, Krispen Hartung <info@krispenhartung.com> wrote:
It did not take me long to realize that, given any prior, rippin' solo I had done using high gain and distortion, during my fusion/hard rock/progressive rock days, if I had tried to articulate the same or similar solo using a clean tone, it sounded like crap, sloppy, etc. I realized how much I was relying gain to play fast and still sound good.