What is "twang"?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Geckomecca, May 25, 2019.

  1. Geckomecca

    Geckomecca Electromatic

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    Feb 1, 2018
    Gore, VA
    Hello. I hardly ever post anything on any site, in fact, this is the only site i indulge in simply because of the kindness and intelligent discussion that takes place here. I am certainly one of many beneficiaries of your collective knowledge. Kudos to all of you!!!! (Not that you need my blessing by any means!) Just grateful for all the kind information about Gretsch (and sometimes other) git boxes. My question is this:
    What is twang? Is it possible to describe it in words, or do you simply have to recognize it by hearing a specific tone or playing style? Thanks in advance for educating me on this.
     
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  2. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    Twang is hard for me to put into words Gecko :)
    Someone else might have a go.

    Strat's have a bit of twang.
    Tele's have more.
    Gretsch do also but a different flavour of twang to Tele's.
    Gretsch filtertron twang is fuller and rounder - I prefer it myself :)
     
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  3. Freshy

    Freshy Synchromatic

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    A distinct treble / reverb mix on a single note. Best described by Duane Eddy.
     
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  4. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    That song is the textbook definition of twang.
     
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  5. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Dude, when i read this thread title, i thought to myself “i’m just gonna post Rebel Rouser” but you already did!
    Great minds think alike.
    :)
    Pedal steel is twang as well...
     
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  6. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

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    Dec 23, 2010
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    Yea , I like your thought on that . Twang also moves your soul .....
     
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  7. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
  8. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

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    Mar 4, 2018
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    On the first Dire Straits album there's a song called "Settin Me Up". Bit of twang going on in Mark Knopfler's leads.

    Sent from my SM-T560NU using Tapatalk
     
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  9. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Gretschie

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    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Hank’s voice was a vocal twang. But for my money, Duane Eddy invented, developed and defined guitar twang.
     
  10. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    My love and admiration of Eddy’s undeniable twang not withstanding, i find that nothing is twangier than the pedal steel on Ramblin Man.
     
  11. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Gretschie

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    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    I’d agree with that. I haven’t heard that Hank song in a long time. Thanks for posting. It’s a great one.
     
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  12. I think twang is a style of playing. Yes, certain instruments do it better, but the person playing it gives it twang.
     
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  13. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
  14. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

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    When I think of twang, I think Tele....When I think of chime, I think Gretsch
     
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  15. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

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    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    In my definition Twang is a certain combination of string-attack and treble that works best with clean or semi-distorted amp-settings. A little spice from a reverb will help to bring it out.
    Not too shrill, sporty bass, pleasing to the ears.
     
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  16. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    The lead guitar on Momma Tried is twang.
     
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  17. Wozob

    Wozob Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2014
    The Netherlands
    Trebly, bitey tone. Opposite of a 'warm' tone.
     
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  18. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    To me it also has a springy (not reverb, but bouncy) character to it.
     
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  19. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany


    Guess what Brian‘s playin here?
     
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  20. Wozob

    Wozob Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2014
    The Netherlands
    A guitar.
     
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