Your Signature Distortion by Tony Pasko

Rock House Method  GEAR 411 Guru Tony Pasko has posted an interesting article in Premier Guitar about obtaining you signature Distortion sound.
Now that we know the speakers are responsible for providing more of our tone than we initially thought, and that volume and wattage are not the same, we can begin part one of our discussion about what to listen for in a speaker, and what the difference is between good and bad distortion.

Let’s start with the understanding that a good guitar tone is subjective. What I might consider the Holy Grail tone might not do it for another player. But all tones good and bad have a purpose and a place, and you should know how to achieve the tone you’re looking for. To do this you need to understand how a speaker works and how all the parts translate to your sound. First ask yourself: How loud do I need to be before the speaker starts breaking up? What kind of low-end response do I need to achieve? How smooth or midrangey do I need the speaker to be?

These are very important things to know about your gear, because they can help you determine if your speakers are efficient enough for your needs, or made from the right materials for the sound you’re tying to get. Keep in mind that all amplifiers and speakers distort, but knowing when and how it happens is the trick to getting good distortion.

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