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To Throw Down Your Guitar or To Not Throw Down Your Guitar

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by GoldDeluxe5E3, Jan 18, 2017.

Is it ever OK to throw down an instrument?

  1. No, not unless safety depends upon it.

    52.1%
  2. Yes, I think it's a valid form of artistic expression.

    13.0%
  3. Only wieners throw down their instruments, except that one time Jimi did it.

    32.9%
  4. I throw down my instrument all the time. Anybody have a spare instrument?

    2.1%
  1. bsman

    bsman Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 8, 2003
    Santa Clara

  2. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Note notch at the back of the heel.
     
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  3. 2 Headed Goat

    2 Headed Goat Tele-Holic

    507
    Jul 28, 2012
    Here & Now
    I didn't vote as the option "Yes, unless the safely of the floor depends on it" wasn't listed.

    (Ya'll know which model guitar I'm referring to here)
     

  4. screamin eagle

    screamin eagle Friend of Leo's

    Oct 9, 2008
    S. CA
    Do you throw pens in the office? Tools on the job site? To me it's uncouth, always.
     
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  5. Darkness

    Darkness Tele-Holic

    Age:
    49
    856
    Apr 7, 2016
    Stygian Gulf
    No smashing here. My thinking is that if you want to destroy a functional instrument, you should find another player who needs a decent guitar.
     
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  6. Tony Done

    Tony Done Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    72
    Dec 3, 2014
    Toowoomba, Australia
    "Uncouth" is an overly kind way of putting it. And I hate waste.
     

  7. telleutelleme

    telleutelleme Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Jan 15, 2010
    Houston
    Once its been done every time afterwards is just a copycat. Pass. Maybe dropping the drummer or a keyboard player would be something new.
     

  8. 2 Headed Goat

    2 Headed Goat Tele-Holic

    507
    Jul 28, 2012
    Here & Now
    What about whacking it against the amp first?

    Pagey just grins as he knows he could decimate the entire stage and reduce to mere splinters should he wish to…

     
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  9. John Owen

    John Owen Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Age:
    60
    Jan 29, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    When I work myself into a frenzy on stage and arrive at a state where my artistic expression directs me to trash a perfectly good guitar, I take a deep breath and find a deserving kid who would love to play but doesn't have an instrument. YMMV.
     
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  10. TMMC

    TMMC Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 3, 2013
    SLC
    Sometimes, yes. But to your point, it's not something that should be done or seen often, or ever. I just happen to like it on occasion.
     

  11. Televised

    Televised Friend of Leo's

    Apr 26, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Wouldn't have bought strap locks if I intended on spiking my guitar.
     
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  12. Telepathist

    Telepathist Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 19, 2013
    Oregon

  13. BuckNekkid

    BuckNekkid Tele-Meister

    133
    Nov 28, 2016
    Virginia, USA
    I saw The Who play way back in '69. At the time, Pete Townshend had made a name for himself by trashing his guitar (smashing it to bits, in fact) at the finale song, "My Generation." The thought appalled me.

    Then I was at the concert and noticed that just before the last song, Townshend carefully placed his concert axe (I was too far to discern the make or model) -- the one he'd been using the entire concert -- carefully into a guitar stand, and picked up an "el cheapo" that he plugged in, played once, and then turned into toothpicks.

    It kind of ruined my whole image as The Who being a reckless, careless group of carefree bad boys.

    But it was an awesome concert!

    (By the way, the opening act was by a relatively unknown -- and pitiful compared to The Who -- band called "Led Zeppelin"...)
     
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  14. 1955

    1955 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 10, 2010
    Certain uncertainty
    I throw it up, then it comes down
     

  15. TMMC

    TMMC Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 3, 2013
    SLC
    Works with tequila, why not guitars?
     
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  16. teletimetx

    teletimetx Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

    Jul 25, 2011
    Houston, TX
    ...many times, the timing is reversed. goes down easy, comes back up.
     
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  17. RoyBGood

    RoyBGood Poster Extraordinaire

    Wishbone Ash say it's only ok to Throw Down The Sword.
     

  18. GoldDeluxe5E3

    GoldDeluxe5E3 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    745
    Aug 5, 2015
    Concord CA
    I agree. It's primal, and at this late date, it's also unoriginal.
     
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  19. GoldDeluxe5E3

    GoldDeluxe5E3 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    745
    Aug 5, 2015
    Concord CA
    I guess the song would be lame, except we're talking about Joh Hiatt here. Hiatt is the ultimate badass.
     
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