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The common perception of "The Brown Sound" is meant to be Ed's Guitar tone, but I read that it is actually a phrase coined by Alex :

The term "brown sound," which is universally linked with Edward's tone was actually coined by Alex and refers to the warmth of his own snare drum sound

http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Alex_Van_Halen.html

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I know that MOST of you will say ED, but does anyone else who is IN THE KNOW agree ? I am sure I read this in the VH encyclopedia too!
 

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It is what Alex used to describe his snare sound. Ed just coined it as well because he wanted his guitar sound to have that warm sound too. I'm sure he says this somewhere in an interview and admits that is where he got it from and that he tries to match it to or synch it with Alex's snare sound.

Of course, I am paraphrasing, but he certainly acknowledges that is where the term comes from.

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I've just WON a Wolfie!!!!

LOL!!!! Wah Wah said to me "I betcha MY Gold Top Wolfie that it's NOT Al's Snare" :devilchil
 
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Rubbing Salt into his wound further ....

The OFFICIAL line ...

From : [email protected]
Sent : 31 March 2005 07:43:55
To : [email protected]
Subject : Re: The Brown Sound

you wrote:
Commonly referred to as Ed\'s guitar tone, can you confirm if the story that the Brown Sound is ACTUALLY a phrase coined by Alex in reference to the warmth of his OWN drum sound ???

That is correct. :dance:

Brad
The Official Van Halen Web Site
http://www.van-halen.com
 

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From what i've read in interviews it was al's drum sound that originated it but ed uses it to describe basically every instrument he plays he said that he likes to try and make even his keyboard have a brown sound .
 
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