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I am new here so I hope I am asking this on the right board, etc.. As someone who doesn't know much about the gear in this style, this question has bugged me so much I just had to ask: how on earth does Tchavolo get that tone? I'm thinking particularly of the earlier albums, like Miri Familia. More recent stuff is still very distinctive of course, but on those early albums, the tone is unlike anything I've ever heard come out of a guitar. It doesn't even sound like steel strings. I know a huge part of it is technique, but I suspect there is something gear-related, otherwise it wouldn't have changed so noticeably (unless he changed his technique). Definitely partly sounds like an unusual pick...Anyway, to be clear, I'm not interested in trying to emulate it, just curious. If anyone knows anything or has any guesses I would be interested to hear.