||[Oct. 25th, 2017|12:08 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
"Distortion" is for texture. It's not really even "distortion" in the context of electric guitar sound, because you're creating something from scratch, not (hopefully) producing a facsimile of something else that you could "distort" by not reproducing it faithfully enough.
Unadorned electric guitar tone is like shiny chrome and slick naugahyde; it has its uses but gets boring really quickly. It's sterile. Acoustic guitar has quite a bit more texture naturally, but electric guitar sound needs help.
You need to think of it the same as adding texture to a drawing or painting. Artists will intentionally smudge paint or charcoal to add texture, or maybe apply a filmy wash over the whole canvass, but one you can still see through. Add "distortion" artistically to create textural effects, but apply it with a paintbrush rather than a fire hose.