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Southern CountiesUK

Dec 29th, 2017 02:04 PM        

That a P90 into a Tweed amp is all the tone you'll ever need... Took me 40 years+ to conclude this...


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NW Pennsylvania

Dec 29th, 2017 02:13 PM        

I wish I knew that my Dan Armstrong "see-through" guitar was gonna be worth something today.<br /> <br /> <br />


Buckeye Country, USA

Motorcycles, Guitars, and Golf
Dec 29th, 2017 02:19 PM        

* Tone is in the lingers<br /> <br /> * Playing like 'you' can be more gratifying than playing like your favorite guitar hero.<br /> <br /> * The players you admire usually have one thing over you...more hours of practice.


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Curled up

in the fecal position
Dec 29th, 2017 02:20 PM        

SWEET. I play my LP Jr DC (link) almost every day. Princeton, tho.<br /> <br /> <br /> Oh maaaaan! <br /> <br /> I almost bought a DA See-thru in the 80s. They wanted $320 for it at Bill's Music House. What did I do? Spent $250 on a Peavey T40 bass that day instead.<br /> <br /> I'm not as smart as some people around here think I am.


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Santee CA

I forgot my tagline
Dec 29th, 2017 04:31 PM        

"Playing like 'you' can be more gratifying than playing like your favorite guitar hero."<br /> <br /> Couldn't have said it better. I much more enjoy playing things the way I want to play them be it covers or stuff that I've come up with. <br /> <br /> Of course that wouldn't necessarily work if I played in a serious cover band.


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Broke Down

in the Brassicas
Dec 29th, 2017 05:13 PM        

That I tried to give up music, but music wouldn't give up on me. It took me many years to realise that it wasn't going to go away, and I would keep meeting players socially and through work until the penny finally dropped. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to a fairly well known player I met through my work when I hadn't played for years who basically said, man, you can't give up guitar, it's part of you, and got me into playing again. That was about 15 years ago. I've never looked back from that point, but I wasted a lot of time in between.


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USA/Taos, NM

Dec 29th, 2017 05:26 PM        

Too many knobs.


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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Dec 29th, 2017 06:33 PM        

â¢That I shouldn't sell my mint, all original 6G6B blonde Bassman head and cab with factory dust covers because it was going to wind up being worth a LOT more than what I got for it in 1979.<br /> <br /> â¢That I should focus on playing bass instead of guitar in 1967 (instead of waiting til 2013) because I actually enjoy playing bass a lot more.<br /> <br /> â¢That I should hang onto my first car, a 1931 Ford 2-door sedan instead of selling it in 1966. <br /> <br /> Oh well...<br /> <br />



Dec 29th, 2017 07:15 PM        

That those 4 or 5 'old style' (i.e. 4-bolt) 1971 Stratocasters that Art Kubera was selling for $225 with the case would someday be worth a bit more than $225. I bought one; shoulda bought 'em all.


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Paris, France

It's just a guitar, not rocket science.
Dec 30th, 2017 09:00 AM        

95% of knowledge, inspiration, and technical skills do not magically happen. You have to start the process first, by trying and trying and trying and trying again and then trying some more, and then keeping on trying. If you sit waiting for knowldge/inspiration/skills to magically appear, you spend a lot of time on the interwebs watching the fruit of other people's trying but never doing it yourself.


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Life makes a man tired.
Dec 30th, 2017 02:21 PM        

I did gave up music for pretty much all of the â90s. If I had that time back it would be different.


Long Island, NY, USA

Dec 31st, 2017 05:55 AM        

That the Tone and Volume knobs on a guitar actually do something!


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Northern VA

The Fine Line Between Clever & Stupid
Dec 31st, 2017 08:17 AM        

Smaller tube amps, 15 watts or less, are far more useful and provide far more tones than just about any 75-100 lb behemoth that requires ear protection to use. <br />


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Dec 31st, 2017 12:17 PM        

That I had no musical talent and would have been much better off and happier just listening to those who had talent.

Gene from Tampa

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Tampa, FL

Press On Irregardless
Dec 31st, 2017 01:52 PM        

Don't use a jackhammer to bury your girlfriend in the basement. Oh ... wrong thread ...


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St. Louis

"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Dec 31st, 2017 03:23 PM        

44 years ago I bought a Big Muff Pi. First overdrive/fuzz pedal I ever used. <br /> I wish I had known that the tone pot on some of these worked backwards . I finally just benched it because it just turned everything to mush.<br />


FDP Data Goon

We all want

our time in hell
Dec 31st, 2017 07:24 PM        

Wish that I'd known that headstock breaks could be repaired instead of tossing the thing in the trash.



Jan 1st, 2018 01:06 AM        

Lot off things I wish I knew then that I know now


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Too Much GAS
Jan 1st, 2018 04:07 AM        

+1<br /> <br /> "Smaller tube amps, 15 watts or less, are far more useful and provide far more tones than just about any 75-100 lb behemoth that requires ear protection to use."<br /> <br /> <br />



All I need is one more guitar
Jan 3rd, 2018 02:24 PM        

Wish I knew that the Twin Reverb and 330 w/ Bigsby that I sold for peanuts in 1968 sounded like crap because the player sucked ! not the gear.

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