The “Duh” Dozen of Cool Guitar Tone: Angus Is Number One!

16 Oct The “Duh” Dozen of Cool Guitar Tone: Angus Is Number One!

Finally some acknowledgment for one of our beloved heroes:

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From NextBook

Thanks Emplexador for the heads up!








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    Posted at 23:09h, 23 December

    I first heard Mike Bloomfield wail on his guitar in 1965 on the electric Dylan album, Highway 61 Revisited. Then I heard him in the same year on the first Butterfield Blues album. In 1967 I saw him at the Fillmore again with Butterfield and later that year with his own band, The Electric Flag. The tone coming off that Fillmore stage on that 1959 Les Paul was something I had never, ever, heard before. I fell in love with that tone and I may have become the first Les Paul hunter! All because of that tone. There have been many to come after Mike and they all searched for the tone, Eric, Jimi, and countless others. The AC/DC guitar player was listening to early Bloomfield. They all have great tone and are great players. Can’t really compare one with the other only that Bloomfield was first to innovate electric guitar with his precise and passionate playing. He is the cause of the high prices on vintage guitars while players search for that elusive tone. Be advised that the Bloomers never used effects of any kind just, as he called it, Bare Knuckles.
    I recently saw an old picture of him playing a Fender Duo-Sonic. On it was a crown and the inscription, “The Guitar King.” Although he was a very humble man in his later years in my eyes he was the King.

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    Posted at 06:17h, 28 November

    I like my tone the best!!!

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    Posted at 18:30h, 01 November

    Tone is such a subjective thing. Personally for me the number 1 is Randy Rhoads. AC/DC is too shrill sounding to me. Their sound lacks low end to my ears. But they still deserve to be up there.

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    Posted at 00:26h, 24 October

    Hey guys, im pretty new to the site, and this is probably a really stupid question, but do u guys have any idea as to what specific amps were used on the black ice tour. Ive heard wizards for some reason? Also, what marshall is the best for angus tone, 2203 2204, im looking to buy one but im not sure what to get…ebay links or anything that would direct me to a possible buying option would be great. Thanks.

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    Posted at 19:44h, 16 October

    Hehe, thats cool. While I agree to what the oher members said, I was a bit upset about that “Best guitar players ever” list from the Rolling Stone where they put Ang and Mal somewhere in the middle field, at the end its just a matter of taste. And you can’t argue about taste.

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      Posted at 01:05h, 24 December

      In the latest issue that came out this month, Angus had moved up to #24. Malcolm wasn’t on the list at all, though…

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    Posted at 19:10h, 16 October

    There is no good bad or better guitartone.
    Guitartone is always a matter of taste or is there someone who says , you are better, because you smoke Marlboro and you are bad, cause you smoke Camel ???

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    Posted at 18:20h, 16 October

    Yeah all these guitarists really aren’t comparable. They all have a distinct tone and have brought something unique to the table. (Although there’s 2 guys that play sg’s on the list that I would condider favorites!)

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      Posted at 18:36h, 16 October

      Tyler, Black Sabbath’s Heaven & Hell album was recorded here in Miami with a new Marshall 1959 Superlead with a MV mod (mod done here). The head had been shipped direct from Marshall and arrived broken. During that period (early 80’s) AC/DC was recording a short hop away in the Bahamas.

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        Posted at 22:31h, 16 October

        So you did mod work on their 1959 head or are you just saying that it was done in miami? Interesting to know the heaven and hell album was recorded with a modded 1959!

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          Posted at 00:24h, 17 October

          it was done in Miami…obscure and unconfirmed but sounds good

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            Posted at 00:27h, 17 October

            there was Criteria studios in Miami which was taken over by Atlantic Records and their legendary producer Tom Dowd. Clapton and Allman Bros. recorded exclusively with Dowd. Sabbath recorded H&H at Criteria. Since I live in Miami most of my life, these rare things interest me because H&H is one of the most widely recognized and acclaimed metal albums/tones/production of all time.

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    Posted at 17:29h, 16 October

    there is nothing wrong with rankings…it’s subjective and popularity indicator for sure. This ranking is not bad… I agree with many of the names but not the order!

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    Posted at 15:51h, 16 October

    I don’t think it’s fair to compare the tones of big guitar people. They are all great players with great sounding guitars, and I feel we shouldn’t talk about this. It’s like when two young kids are arguing about which is better: spiderman or superman…
    I feel we shouldn’t put them into order… Come on people, they are all great players, and not enemies like we should discuss who is better 🙂

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      Posted at 16:46h, 16 October

      Fair point, really fair point Adam!

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        Posted at 17:11h, 16 October

        I agree that its pretty pointless to squabble over guitar tones and who’s is better, but I dont see a problem with ranking and discussing your favorites 😀

        This is really cool, and I pretty much agree with it. Thats nice seeing someone put Angus at the top of the list.

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