A tone is not a solo. A tone is the sound that accompanies it. Sometimes the combo is godlike, one of a fucking kind . Tones are a guitarist's signature or an experiment gone wonderfully wrong. This, when executed with love and mad scientist precision will transport you man. You will glide on your goosebumps to sweet pillows of sky high bliss, fists clenched, lips puckered, tears rolling sort of a sounds will get you there. Now I continue with my list of favorite tones.
1) Impossible Germany solo by Wilco- Nels Cline Look him up, he's a genius.
2) Cheap Sunglasses by ZZ Top -Billy Gibbons: Sure you've heard it a gazillion times, but have you ever heard a tone like it before or since? No you haven't. Gibbons is a tone MASTER.Not just for his perfected dirty Texas blues, for ALL genres.
3) Sound Chaser by Yes- Steve Howe. : Inexplicable, extraordinary.
4) Ball and Biscuit solo by The White Stripes-Jack White : Great white hope for a new generation, no Gibson needed.
5) And The Cradle Will Rock
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Atomic Punk- Van Halen by Eddie Van Halen. The Brown Sound WILL NEVER BE DUPLICATED. A sonic master of masters.
Bad-by U2. The Edge's trick box of subtle sonic swatches and warm tone blankets is truly one of a kind.
7) Teaser-Tommy Bolin- one of the gone too soon greats.
8) Flower by Soundgarden-Kim Thayil. Weird High end shots of early echo-ey Seattle rock.
9) Geek USA by Smashing Pumpkins-Billy Corgan. Bundles of dirty guitar tracks pressed together in an unbelievable distortion sandwich.
10) See No Evil by Television-Tom Verlaine: Godlike downtown tone by a New York legend.
11) Breakdown verses/solo by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-Mike Campbell- Another classic rock rusty nugget, but that tone mesmerizes to this day. I'm always floating through the song with a tired grin.
12) Life's a Gas by T. Rex- Mickey Finn? Mark Bolan?- Its an octave pedal, used in a glam ballad. Genius.
13) Song For the Dead by Queens of the Stone Age-Josh Homme: Along with Jack White, Josh uses an almost un-equalled knowledge and prowess for blending pawn shop guitars and obscure amps for mammoth, unique tones. Like a punch in the face repeated at 3/4 strength.
Yeah, that's it for part two.