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Journey to the Center of Your Tone

November 25th, 2017 by Jeff Vivrette

“Tone”…… that moving target that we guitarists seem to always be chasing.

Why is it most (if not all) guitarists seem to always chasing their tone; Always on the lookout for some new or old piece of gear that will get them closer to their “Tone”? We spend countless dollars on different guitars, amps and pedals. We experiment with different brands and gauges of strings and different types of picks made from plastic or metal or some other material that claims to bring out the true tone of our instrument.

We settle on a certain combination of “gear” that delivers what we like for a while until one day, something clicks in our “mind” and we think something just isn’t right. Somethings missing and it needs to be found at any and all cost. Even if it means selling all of the equipment we’ve accumulated and starting over.


I guess you could say we guitarists are a little psychotic when it comes to the tone thing.

I have been guilty of this pursuit. I say “have been” like it’s behind me now. Like I don’t still chase the elusive “tone”. MY tone.

The one thing I’ve learned over the yeas is there is no cure for this disease. Our only hope to achieve any real semblance of a normal life is to learn to manage this disease. We must embrace that this is part of our DNA. It’s part of what makes us “us”. It can’t be changed anymore than you can change the nose you were born with. But wait, you can change your nose.

So it’s WORSE than I thought!

No, we must learn to manage this chronic illness. Become the master of our minds and our cravings for this “tone” we so desperately search for in the far reaches of our….. wallets.

Like the ever changing vision a painter has, “tone” is an ever changing entity that can’t be frozen in time and locked down. Not entirely. A painters body of work carries with it a signature that is recognizable in every piece they create. Although an individual painters work may be very similar to thousands of other painters, their work will have a uniqueness to it that is like no others. A charachteristic unique as a fingerprint and there will not be another exactly like it anywhere. Ever!

A guitarists tone also has this uniqueness to it. A characteristic fingerprint that is like no other. Regardless of what brushes, paint, canvas or style is used when the painter is creating a new painting, their personal and unique fingerprint will always be apparent.

So then, how do we take what is unique to each of us, combine it with the equipment we have available to us and get a great tone?

If you would like to learn the answers to this puzzle, contact me right away so I can help you.

It’s as easy as clicking here!