What the .... is a Dark Tone?

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What the .... is a Dark Tone?

Post by Sigmania » Mon Jul 19, 2021 8:18 pm

I have heard people refer to all mahogany guitars (hogs) as having a “dark tone”.

Now I’ve read the same thing re: capacitors of all things:

“The value of a tone cap defines the amount of “capacitance,” and as a general rule, the higher the capacitance, the darker the overall tone.

For example a .047uF cap (uF = Microfarad) would be darker sounding than a .022uF cap.

This is why many guitarists will choose a .047uF capacitor to pair with their brighter single coil pickups, and a .022uF to go with their slightly darker humbuckers.”

https://www.mojotone.com/blog/tone-capacitors

What does that mean?

I know what I mean by “bright”. To me a bright tone means higher frequency.

But if it relates to single versus double coil, then maybe it also means thin, or somewhat tinny?

And does a “dark” tone mean weighted more in lower frequencies?

And re double coils, perhaps fuller?

I honestly don’t know.
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Re: What the .... is a Dark Tone?

Post by Sigmania » Mon Aug 02, 2021 9:09 am

Guess that’s it. Just was watching a video on capacitors and the host mentioned that adjusting the tone knob dumps higher frequencies to ground and “darkens” the tone.

So looks like the way folks are using these visual terms for sound that:

Dark tone = Low frequencies

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpi1p0DI ... e=youtu.be
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Re: What the .... is a Dark Tone?

Post by Sigmania » Sun Aug 08, 2021 9:12 am

Synesthesia. 8)
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Re: What the .... is a Dark Tone?

Post by mdvineng » Wed Sep 08, 2021 10:09 am

So no longer bass < treble :lol:
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Re: What the .... is a Dark Tone?

Post by Sigmania » Wed Sep 08, 2021 10:19 am

Lol.
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