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  • Worst amp tone you've ever heard

    For me, the worst amp tone I've ever heard is the rhythm guitar track on the studio version of Ozzy Osbourne's 'Crazy Train'. It sounds like Randy Rhoads is playing through some cheapass little practice combo turned up full blast with a distortion box hooked up to it. It's gotta be the fizziest and most lifeless tone I've ever heard

    I've checked a few web pages outlining his gear setup, and they all claim that he played through Marshall stacks. But years ago someone told me he played through a little Roland Cube amp cranked full blast and with a distortion box on some of the early recordings. It's a crappy sound nonetheless.

    The best sound Rhoads ever got is on a live EP release of 'Mr Crowley', 'You Said It All' and 'Suicide Solution'. He is definitely playing through the Marshalls on that recording. It's a real fat tone with lots of middle, just like a Marshall stack sounds when it's cranked real loud.
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    i love randy's playing, but i have to agree with you.

    i cannot speculate as far as amps go because as far as im concerned he only ever played marshalls (like you found on many many sites).

    id suggest it might have something to do with the mxr dist+ he had in the circuit. i tried one out before and seemed to give me that buzzsaw sound on the record.


    if your looking for bad rhythm tone in general, its all over the appetite for destruction album too.

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    • #3
      I would tend to agree about Randy's tone, but Appetite For Destruction????? wow I'm not a big fan of Guns, but thats some great crunchy tone IMHO.
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        id suggest it might have something to do with the mxr dist+ he had in the circuit. i tried one out before and seemed to give me that buzzsaw sound on the record.


        +1. I had one for a minute and buzzsaw treble is the only description I can give it.

        I say Obituary has the worst tone i have heard as far as gain goes.

        Neil Young has a horrible classic rock tone, but it fits so well. Makes me cringe though
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        • #5

          if your looking for bad rhythm tone in general, its all over the appetite for destruction album too.


          OH MY GOD.

          But I guess you're entitled to your own opinion.
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          • #6

            if your looking for bad rhythm tone in general, its all over the appetite for destruction album too.


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            • #7
              Most everything from the early 80's up until Jerry Cantrell, with few notable exceptions.
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              • #8
                Most everything from the early 80's up until Jerry Cantrell, with few notable exceptions.


                Well isn't that the safest, most calculated answer ever.
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                • #9
                  I would tend to agree about Randy's tone, but Appetite For Destruction????? wow I'm not a big fan of Guns, but thats some great crunchy tone IMHO.


                  +1

                  Randy's tone was horrid at times, but Appetite has some absolutely fantastic tones in it.

                  the worst tone in the last few years was Dimebag's. holy crap did it suck. cowboys from hell is absolutely terrible.
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                  • #10
                    Well isn't that the safest, most calculated answer ever.


                    Thank you.
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                    • #11
                      Boston - all songs
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                      • #12
                        if your looking for bad rhythm tone in general, its all over the appetite for destruction album too.

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                        • #13
                          You guys are nuts.

                          Worst tone ever.........I nominate that "round and round" trash. That whole song sounds horrible.

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                          • #14
                            im a little shocked over the Appetite comment that is one of my all time fav records i think it sounds fantastic.

                            One of the worst tones is easily Dime but man was he amazing
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                            • #15
                              The Dallas guitar show had a jam after the actual show, and they had a Peavey backline going (sponsored by Peavey, go figure). Worst tone I have ever heard live.

                              I'm sure it had more to do with the EQ'ing going on, but Jesus was it bad. The XXX in particular made me want to leave.

                              On a funny side note, when Paul Reed Smith came up to jam the amp they plugged him into didn't work

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