Originally Posted by Tony65x55
When I learned to play in a band there was basically wah-wahs and fuzz boxes and the fuzz sounded like ...fuzz.
You learned to control your sound and overdrive levels with the controls on the guitar, using your guitar volume to control the amount of saturation coming from the tubes.
When it became popular I bought a chorus. I still have it but hardly ever use it. I still go straight in to the amp with a little reverb from the amp. When I started playing Gretsch guitars a delay seemed desirable (but not necessary) and based on the recommendations on this board, I bought a Carbon Copy.
I still believe when it comes to effects the minimalist approach is better. The music and your playing should be the effect.
That's pretty much where I'm coming from too. I have a Carbon Copy and think it sounds great for slapback echo. Chorus is OK IMHO, I burned out on them in the '80s when they were overused but like the basic effect.
The thing is, the music is the main course and I've always believed that. I didn't even start using reverb regularly until the '90s. For a long time it was me, an archtop and a bass amp, something that worked perfectly for Jazz. When I started branching out to Teles and Strats I gravitated towards a Blackface Fender sound.
Going back to the reference materials from my last gig, I was completely happy with that sound. It projected well and filled the room, a large gymnasium with sound deadening material on the floor. The recording was ambient and, except for the fact that the vocals were a bit low the band seemed fairly balanced. The sound was picked up by a tiny camcorder mic so there's some losses on the lower end but overall I liked the guitar sound.
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