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Len Amaral


From:
Rehoboth,MA 02769
Post Posted 28 Nov 2017 7:39 pm     Reply with quote

I like to surf gear demos for guitars, amps and effect pedals. Very few demos are clean letting you hear the natural sound of the guitar or amp. Just crank the gain with a hornets nest of distortion. The only enjoyable demos are with jazz and acoustic guitars. Tonight I was trying to find a demo on the TC Electronics Mimic doubling pedal. Every demo was nasty distortion, even on the TC website. I guess this is the futurešŸ˜³
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Charlie McDonald


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out of the blue
Post Posted 29 Nov 2017 6:35 am     Reply with quote

It sounds much the same live, at Guitar Center.
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Len Amaral


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Rehoboth,MA 02769
Post Posted 29 Nov 2017 6:38 am     Reply with quote

Yes Charlie, another pet peeve of mine is GC and the noise level people testing gear.
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Richard Sinkler


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Oakdale, California
Post Posted 29 Nov 2017 9:30 am     Reply with quote

Most likely gearing the demos more towards rockers. Bugs me to.
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Richard Sinkler


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Post Posted 29 Nov 2017 9:34 am     Reply with quote

It would be nice if a steel guitar could be used to demo the same effects, but again, we are too small of a market.
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Barry Blackwood


Post Posted 29 Nov 2017 12:23 pm     Reply with quote

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It would be nice if a steel guitar could be used to demo the same effects, but again, we are too small of a market.

Much too small, Richard.. Oh Well
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 29 Nov 2017 1:09 pm     Reply with quote

A lot of distortion hides bad playing quite effectively. Whoa!
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Fred Treece


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California, USA
Post Posted 30 Nov 2017 9:09 am     Reply with quote

And if they do demonstrate a "clean" sound, it's really just a "less distorted" sound.

It really is too bad, since so many amps do clean and overdriven so well now. My Mesa Boogie has one of the best clean sounds ever made, but nobody thinks about that when they hear the name.

To my ears, overdrive and distortion makes bad playing sound even worse.
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Frank Welsh


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Upstate New York, USA
Post Posted 3 Dec 2017 1:49 pm     Reply with quote

In my area it's impossible to get some of the younger guitar players to even try playing without distortion. They repeatedly call a clean sounding electric guitar "old fashioned" style even if it is being used for jazz or classic rock and a clean or mostly clean sound is called for.

In a local music store a 17 year old came up to me while I was noodling on a jazz guitar with some chord melodies and he said "You're playing melody on that guitar...I didn't know melodies could be played on guitar."

I believe he thought only heavily distorted "licks" could be played on guitar.

The generation gap is pretty wide around here for sure.
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Allan Haley


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British Columbia, Canada
Post Posted 3 Dec 2017 2:24 pm     Reply with quote

Exactly, Erv. Volume and distortion hides crappy playing. I know this from experience.
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Tony Glassman


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The Great Northwest
Post Posted 3 Dec 2017 2:33 pm     Reply with quote

Erv Niehaus wrote:
A lot of distortion hides bad playing quite effectively. :


Then I better go purchase some distortion.
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