1. Like a vinyl record – dust around the notes is close
    Deep and rich

  2. I would say that a warm tone is something that is mellow and easy on the ears.

  3. Great post. I think of John Mayer when he plays slowly and quietly. He has a warm tone for me.

  4. A round sound with no harsh edges. Clean with just enough “huh” like a good chest bump, yet soft enough to caress. Notes that just sort of fade into the sunset. Not… gritty, harsh all mashed up tones, With certain notes that pop you in the face.

  5. The difference between a warm tone and a crisp tone is frequency balance. A warm guitar tone usually has strong frequencies bellow 800hz and around 6-7khz where as a crisp tone would have more frequencies above 800hz and around 7-8 khz. Crisp tones also have a lot of presence above 10khz.

    Yes this is pure frequencies we are talking about but it is good to know when using eq to try and get the warm bits to stand out.

    Tubes give a warm tone because they “bend” the frequency’s towards the frequency range that we have defined as warm. I don’t believe it was designed this way I think they just built amplifiers out of what they could and the market started comparing amp tones and giving labels to the tonal quality of the sounds that they produced.

    Now in the world of computer vsts we can call up any recognised vintages sound and it is recreated digitally. This make things a bit different but also very interesting because literally anyone now has access to literally any sound. This makes things exciting and I am looking forward to watching the digital music industry grow.

  6. Warm tone to me is when each note is played from the soul. The tone you hear is the touch on the string amplified through the vacuum tubes. The note has to be full of heart and soul brothers.

    Peace, Spock, & E.T.

  7. For me switching to the neck pickup produces more of a warm/bluesy sound to me… I would say that I switch to the bridge pickup when I am going for brighter/crispier tones (esp in metal riffing/solos)… but switch to the neck pickup for more of a bluesy/ambiance sound. As an “engineer” I like Victors answer the best, because for me its all about frequency (its surprising how much a difference a lil eq make, if you want to see Victors description in action… try downloading a frequency analyzing plugin like blue cat’s freq analyst… it’s free btw).

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