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Today I was reading an ad in the NL and someone described the Martin Committee II sound as " Great BROWN sound" for which IT is supposedly best known!

Beside the obviously scatological association :) .... I was wondering if the describer wouldn't be referring to a Synesthetic perception and then I discovered that among guitarists there is such a thing as " brown sound" then, and it is a Van Halen definition.

Was he referring to a Synesthetic perception when he used the term?
No. It refers to a period of amplifier building when Fender was covering cabinets with a rough texture brown Tolex. Tube plate voltages were of an intermediate value between those of the prior tweed era (again referring to the cabinet covering) and blackface era (smooth black Tolex that was used starting in the '60s). The plate voltage of power pentode tubes (EL34, 6L6GC, etc.) has a direct effect on the balance of attack/compression as well as peak power before distortion.
 
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