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LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
Apr 21st, 2019 06:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

It takes the fun out of shopping around because you realize either A) you already have something that does the same thing at least as well or better, or B) you'd need to bump something that already fills a valuable spot in your rig.

Am I the only one that's ever felt this way?

(This message was last edited by LeftyMeister at 08:49 PM, Apr 21st, 2019)

Leftee
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Apr 21st, 2019 07:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

Uhhhhh... this is a foreign concept.

And

Rigs

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Apr 21st, 2019 07:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

As far as electric goes I'm pretty much at that point. Acoustic is another thing. I'm always looking for some deal on something different.

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Apr 21st, 2019 07:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

When it comes to guitars, I have the holy trinity for me (CS Strat, CS Tele, R8 Les Paul). I'm not much of a pedal freak, so there's nothing I want or need beyond the basic stuff I have for recording. Live, I play straight into the amp 99% of the time unless I need a specific effect like a long delay or a chorus for certain tunes. I'm not much of a knob twiddler.

If an amp has more than a few knobs, my eyes glaze over. Too many knobs and stomp boxes is like a restaurant menu that has too many items on it.

It's kind of liberating.

I've never really enjoyed shopping for gear.

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Apr 21st, 2019 09:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

"It's kind of liberating.

I've never really enjoyed shopping for gear."

Yup.

Over the years, I thought when I'd go to "the Big City" (we're out in the boonies), it would be cool to go into all the shops with gear and see what they've got and how cool all that would be. More often than not, I'd get to these places and it was just...ugggghhhh...lots and lots of more of the same. Part of that conundrum is the fact that I have a few very, very good guitars--my #1 being the best I've ever played--and a couple of exceptional amps. I'm also not a pedal guy. So my rig remains basic, but it is full of tone. So now when I go to metro areas (rarely), I just skip it. The gear I've got sounds really, really good. Which is plenty good for me.

I've been to Wildwood Guitars in Louisville, CO a time or two and that place is amazing. One day I took my #1 and my Allen Brown Sugar, and played about 8 Fender CS guitars back and forth with my #1 over the span of a couple of hours. Walked out with the same rig I walked in with as a very happy camper.

For me, **more** is a burden and confusing.

YMMV...


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Apr 22nd, 2019 02:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think I've actually outgrown (or is that out-groan?) my pedal habit. TBH I think I've just become much more satisfied with what I have and getting what I want out of it.

As for guitars, I pledged to myself that the only new ones would be ones I build.
Now *that* has become the latest compulsion.

It has also got me focused on tools rather than gear these days. I still have a bucket load of tools I need or want, but I've bought more tools in the past year than I have guitars or pedals.

Then again, I tend to go in phases.


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Tone is in the lingers
Apr 22nd, 2019 04:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

As an engineering type, I'm always trying to build a better mousetrap. But, sometimes, the mousetrap just works.

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Butterscotch Blues
Apr 22nd, 2019 06:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well boys, we’re all getting older, and with years of experience playing, buying and selling gear...we’re bound to come to this point.

I’m happy to say, finally I’ve a group of guitars and amps I could live with.

I’m not saying I’ll never buy another but...

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Apr 22nd, 2019 06:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve been in “collector” mode over the last two years (well DUH 😂). I don’t have any needs, per se. I haven’t played out since 1990. And it is doubtful I will, again, until after retirement.

I’ve been exploring tones through the collection. It’s been fun. And yes... I actually play whole songs. I work on dexterity exercises. I play whenever I can. All my travel makes that sporadic, at times.

I’m extremely blessed to be able to do this.

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Apr 22nd, 2019 08:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm down to about 30 guitars (down from 45) but I still want another Tele. When I see something neat with really great tone, I want it.
I'm not a collector. I just have a bunch of gear.

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GospelBilly!
Apr 22nd, 2019 09:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, sorta, kinda. (:oD

I'm often "gilding the lilies" when I make gear purchases.

That said, the Gretsch G5655TG Center Block Jr. I bought recently is ab fab and is a super killer rockabilly machine!

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Apr 22nd, 2019 11:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’d like to continue upgrading, the plan is to maybe sell off a couple gathering dust and focus on fewer and better instruments. I’ve got a great start. I don’t think I could find better ukuleles, basses or guitars that would please me more in any significant way. My 00-15, 000-15s, and US made Tele are so good that I have no lust for anything else, my basses are more than covered, nothing out there that I lust for though I’d like to check out an upright, but I’m not sure my hands are strong enough.

I’ld like a 12 fret slot-head parlor guitar but I’m really happy with the Yamaha CSF1M, it’s just lacking the nostalgic look of the old time parlors.



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larryguitar
Apr 22nd, 2019 11:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have about 15 guitars and 10 amps. However I am in the downsize mode and have a good idea of what stays and what goes.

Stays:
2 Teles
2 Strats
1 Les Paul

Bjr
DRRI
Pro Reverb
TRRI

I don't know how many pedals I've got. Probably about 30+ and all but 10 of those are gone too.

Almost all the stuff I bought was well thought out in advance. There are a few mistakes but not many.

I just feel the need to declutter and stick with what I actually use. I"m thinking about 60% of the stuff is unnecessary and I"ll be fine without it.

LHW

Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Apr 22nd, 2019 03:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I recently realized all my electric guitars have humbuckers. I had become a one trick pony. Over the weekend I listed some gear on CL, and when it sells I am going to get a Players Strat and a Players Tele.
Amp wise, I am happy with my Marshall DSL40. I also have a Fender Princeton Chorus.
Pedals, now that's another story😎

(This message was last edited by LHW at 05:58 PM, Apr 22nd, 2019)

LHW

Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Apr 22nd, 2019 03:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Great post, Rocky!

Laker

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but never forget their names
Apr 22nd, 2019 06:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

I look at the title of this thread and look at it as how happy I am with the “rig” I’ve used for the last 20 years. A Lakland 55-94 Deluxe bass into an Aguilar DB680 preamp driving a Crown K2 power amp that feeds a pair of 4ohm EA VL210 cabinets.

I presently host a weekly jam session each Thursday evening where I have several bass players use my “amp” who are always blown away with the sound they hear when they plug into my “rig”.

In my career I’ve played through everything from the line of Fender amps that include Bassman, Showman, and Dual Showman amps, Sunn Model T into folded horn 18” cabs, hybrid rack systems utilizing SWR and Nightbass stuff, and finally, this 20 year old rig that kicks some serious butt.

No downside to having the best, just play and enjoy what you’ve got!

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"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Apr 22nd, 2019 06:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ive kind of come to the conclusion that I still sound like me through just about anything I play through. Guess I dial it in for that as best I can when I play through any given amp. I do like to push the clean to almost a gritty sound then back off for real clean. Seems to give the texture to digging in.
I usually run one pedal into the front of the amp to give it some bite. Boys I simply got tired of tweeking stuff and carrying stuff that I don't use much.


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GospelBilly!
Apr 25th, 2019 09:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

AND . . . some us have multiple rigs to suit different genres of music.

WHY couldn't I have be a one-genre Charlie? It would have been way cheaper. (:oD

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