What does "dry" tone mean?

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  1. Mpcoluv

    Mpcoluv Senior Member

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    I see people here use the phrase dry when describing pickup tone. What does it mean? Less harmonics, more fundamental?
     
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    Matt_Krush Senior Member

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    I reserve the adjectives 'dry or wet' for the amount of effects/processing added to the original guitar signal...not to the tonal qualities or lack thereof for pickups.

    Really haven't seen others use 'dry' for describing a pickup...I suppose you could.
    I'd infer that they are insinuating the pickup is flat and lifeless with little to no accentuation in the EQ spectrum.
     
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    Could be uncompressed when used to describe the tone of a pickups. Never heard it though, except for what Matt said about the effects in the signal chain.
     
  4. Antigua

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    In the signal chain sense, wet means the signal has been processed somehow, dry means it hasn't been.

    In the tonal sense, it's subjective, but if you cobble together the descriptions people use, dry just seems to mean more mids relative to treble. That description makes sense to me, because treble relates to clarity, and when you get a matte surface wet, it becomes clear and shiny until the water dries up, and it becomes matte again.
     
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    Dilver Senior Member

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    Hmmm... I've used the term "dry" to describe tone and I guess what I mean is that it's a searing treble pickup tone that is a little less "fat" for lack of a better term, not piercing, but crisp. Fast attack, articulate treble response. That's my take on it at least.
     
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    I would describe 'dry' as an A4 magnet tone. It has a very even, slaty 'dry' quality to it.
     
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    I have some A4 magnets...Maybe I'll give "Dry" a try...
     
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    my idea of "dry": the Perpetual Burn bridge humbucker
     
  9. Mpcoluv

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    OK, I swapped an A2 magnet in a bridge bucker for an A4 and like it.
    It wasn't a night an day difference, just a like a little EQ change. Less spikey treble.
     
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    Alnico 4 makes me think of dry tone.... just uncolored... extra even
     
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    I always thought that the description "dry" meant an unprocessed signal. A Les Paul played through an old Fender Champ or Deluxe that has no reverb would be a dry tone IMHO. Once reverb or tremolo is added into the signal is now what I'd call "wet". The degree that each of those effects are applied determines just how wet or dry the signal becomes.


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    I think the maxxon pickups called "dry" referenced John Sykes extended highs he got from dirty fingers vs the more "rich" sound of a PAF.

    I think dry is the opposite of warm or rich according to greco guitars.
     
  13. Thumpalumpacus

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    "Wet" and "dry" are for FX discussion to me as well, andI agree with the thought that dry = middy.
     
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    To me, dry means no bloom to the notes -- far from blooming or sustaining, the notes actually tend to fade very quickly after the attack* -- and a general lack of warmth (juice).

    *(Not to be confused with muting, which dampens the attack itself too.)
     
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    I consider this "dry tone"....even though he has a super long delay effect, the tone is dry........maybe too dry but it sure does cut through the mix.
     
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    Reminds you of the long shadow Zep cast ...
     
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    That's dry tone




     
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    To the best of my knowledge, a "dry" signal is unprocessed.....no reverb,delay,chorus, NOTHING. Obviously, "wet" is any effect added into the signal....my .02 cents!
     

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