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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. pblossom

    pblossom Tele-Meister

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  2. TMMC

    TMMC Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 3, 2013
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  3. memorex

    memorex Tele-Afflicted

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    Jan 14, 2015
    Chicago
    I guess it's OK to smash your equipment if you can afford it, but since bands have been doing it for over 50 years, it's kinda lost its impact.
     
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  4. soul-o

    soul-o Tele-Afflicted

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    Jan 29, 2007
    Boston
    I believe that that's what you think you saw, but absolutely no Who historians will concur and they have hard-core trainspotter fans. In fact, give me the date and location and I bet I can find a photo of Pete smashing a Gibson SG at that exact show.
     

  5. Blue Bill

    Blue Bill Friend of Leo's Ad Free + Supporter

    Feb 15, 2014
    Maine
    When John Belushi did it in Animal House, it was pretty funny. Other than that, not cool. Once, my friend Phil loaned his Strat to this guy for a gig. During a solo, the guy slammed it against the stage, neck pointing to the sky, to bounce it. Phil jumps up on the stage, grabs the guitar, then punched the guy in the mouth when he wouldn't let go. End of gig.
     
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2017

  6. bsman

    bsman Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 8, 2003
    Santa Clara
    Shall we concentrate on guitars that SHOULD have been thrown down?


     

  7. TMMC

    TMMC Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 3, 2013
    SLC
    Phil was correct in his action. I hope the dude lost a tooth for that. Never, EVER intentionally damage or risk another person's property.
     
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  8. GoldDeluxe5E3

    GoldDeluxe5E3 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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  9. GoldDeluxe5E3

    GoldDeluxe5E3 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Even in these situations, NEVER HARM THE INSTRUMENT...
    ...Harm the player.
     
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  10. BuckNekkid

    BuckNekkid Tele-Meister

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    Nov 28, 2016
    Virginia, USA
    May 25, 1969. I know what I saw. It may have been an SG, but it wasn't the guitar he was playing all night.
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2017

  11. Paul G.

    Paul G. Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Rhode Island
    I suppose, like the first million times it was done it may have seemed cool. I guess.

    Now it's just pretentious. Even Prince (or insert your favorite here).

    Douche move.

    "I rise above your plane of existence. Here is your mundane material instrument. Ha!! For I am unmoved!"

    P.
     
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  12. therealfindo

    therealfindo Tele-Holic

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    Jun 26, 2012
    Germany
    It's probably worth remembering that a similar destructive movement happened in visual art around the same time - the state Modern has a few examples of slashed canvases etc. it had political resonances at the time. Now, slashing your canvas would lack imagination I'd think.. same with breaking instruments.. dated and pretentious.
     

  13. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Whew!
    Stanky!
     
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  14. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    Work that E chord!
    Huck that guitar.
    Brilliant?
     

  15. ricknbaker

    ricknbaker Tele-Holic

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    Nov 12, 2014
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  16. ricknbaker

    ricknbaker Tele-Holic

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  17. GoldDeluxe5E3

    GoldDeluxe5E3 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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  18. GoldDeluxe5E3

    GoldDeluxe5E3 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Seems like your friend Phil was trying to "relic" the idiot guitarist.
     
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  19. Blue Bill

    Blue Bill Friend of Leo's Ad Free + Supporter

    Feb 15, 2014
    Maine
    Yeah, what a dope. It was a sweet '63 sunburst/RW, he still has it. It didn't ruin it, but did put a bash dent near the strap button.
     
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  20. micpoc

    micpoc Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2007
    Louisiana
    I saw that performance; I wish'd that I could have thrown my TV to the floor.
     

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