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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Geckomecca, May 25, 2019.
This to, is twang - intro
"El Cheapo Home Twang"...
With a trashed "counterfeit derelict chinese thinline Gretsch" and a pair of FrankenTone pickups...
Not so bad sounding as a twang imitation at least to my ears, given the equipment involved :
Well, I like to think that "twang" is a sound that is produced straight from a guitar pickup with no frequency filtering. This sound includes great deal of reverberation effects and may have a bit of slow vibrato effect.
First: Duane Eddy using the neck pickup:
Then: Don Rich using then bridge pickup:
And every thing in between.
I'm not sure it's even about pickups. A banjo is a twangy instrument too. I think it's just a bitey trebley sound from a string with not too much sustain. Even Jerry Reed has been described as twangy and he played a nylon!
For me guitar Twang is expecially played on first frets, close to the nut, often with open strings single notes
To me, that's something aggressive in the treble range but not too much, with tremolo. Whether an actual tremolo or something your ears & brain are quick to interpret as light tremolo or close to it.
I'd always thought about it for guitars only. Still wondering how you hear twang in Hank Williams' voice. Is that the tremolo he sings? Is that the kinda rough treble in his timbre?
Twang is characterized by overtones, which can be brought out by playing close to the bridge. In comparison, pluck a note in the middle of a string's length. You'll mostly get the first harmonic. For Duane twang, add tremolo.
Teles are twangy, but you have to play close to the bridge. Consider Bill Kirchen's sound in Hot Rod Lincoln. He's playing behind the bridge pickup. How does he mute strings? Is he using his left hand?
There's twang versus woodiness too. I tend to equate the two.
Good call, Henry. I remember a fellow that described Gretsch guitars as sounding “sproinky”, and I think he was getting at the same thang. The word “thang”, as opposed to “thing” is, IMHO, somewhat twangy. When I got my first electric guitar, I was disappointed that it didn’t seem to have a twangy sound.
For my money, a Gretsch with Filtertron-family pickups is a good platform to achieve twang. When I heard a Brian Setzer concert on DVD, I knew I had found what I was looking for. It’s easy to take for granted, but every now and then, I’ll be playing as part of the band and take note of the guitar sound, always with great pleasure.
Twang . . .
that "electric twanger" makes me think it is an amplified sound . . .
that . . . that . . . "electric twanger" . . .
I step out of the room for two minutes, and look what happens!!!! Thank you friends and forgive me for not responding to each comment, photo, or video. You have enlightened me beyond expectation and i really appreciate your take on "twang". (Those last four words sounded a bit odd.) Anyhow, thank you. Personally i now feel that my tele foots the bill for twang more so than my 5420. But as much as i love teles, i find my 5420 more inspiring for some reason. Either way, its all a win-win!! Thanks so much friendly Gretsch people. Gecko
Jeff Beck is pretty "Twangy" here on his Gretsch tribute to Cliff gallup, but I like Setzer's better...
Jeff Beck is close to 100% Cliff Gallup tone & notes, Brian is...Brian. And afaik he‘s playin a Strat or Telly on the ROCK THERAPY Album.
Twang is also the sound you hear when your guitar falls off the stand
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noun: twang; plural noun: twangs
a strong ringing sound such as that made by the plucked string of a musical instrument or a released bowstring.
a nasal or other distinctive manner of pronunciation or intonation characteristic of the speech of an individual, area, or country. "an American twang"
Think about how any American Actor sounds whenever they perform as Robin Hood.
This is how you produce it with your voice....
I think Bugs Bunny did a stand up job of that but honestly how can an American actor play Robin Hood - no one can understand their accents haha although I guess Errol Flynn did and he was Australian.
No Twang here as Englishman John Cleese plays the role: