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Are you more of a gearhead than an actual player?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by sbpark, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. Johnson johnson

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    I taught myself to play in the teen years, became somewhat of a gear whore after college but then started moving around a lot, in my car, truck, etc. which tends to limit acquisitions, if I couldn't fit it in it didn't get to go. This kind of traveling has stripped me down to "bare essentials": 2 amps, 2 pedals, 3 electrics, 3 acoustics, banjo and mandolin. Ive always been more songwriter than noodler if that makes sense. Nowadays the gear to me is more like a toolbox, it's all tools to get what you want out of it. Happy strumming folks.
     
  2. MonkeyJefferson

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    I will opine, that the older I get, the more crap I have. I played one blessed Fender tele for 25 years, bought a Squier Custom II in 2008, and became a total junkie. Fenders, Squiers, Mexicans, Americans, Chinese. I've thinned the herd quite a bit recently, and anything I couldn't use at a gig was purged. My recent partscaster obsession has slowed down my acquisitions- in a good way- and forced me to focus on "good stuff", with great results so far. I recommend this approach to anyone about to buy an Affinity- spend that money on a good body, and stash it under your bed. Save, buy, rinse, repeat. Buy good parts on your budget. In six months, you'll have a beautiful, giggable ride, and not an Affinity with too many screwholes.

    I love this board, for that reason, it gives a lot of info on all kinds of pieces/parts/fiddles, such an amazing resource. Sometimes, however, it looks like it's more about the buying/assembling than the playing. Which is cool, and I get it, I guess I fall into the player who loves almost any guitar with a volume knob camp, and loves to talk guitar. The gearheads and players schools are not mutually exclusive, I agree, but----


    Play that thing!

     
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  3. Toto'sDad

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    I think guitar stores have the same effect as gambling casinos on people. You know, you go to Vegas, and you hear all that background noise, there's no windows in the place, you can't see out, all you can do is stand there and feed the kitty. Guitar Center surely knows this, you go there, there are no windows in the place, you can't see out, and you feed the kitty.
     
  4. deech54

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    I have one electric, one acoustic, and one amp. No pedals. I practice everyday and play out every chance i get. I want to be a gearhead though!
     
  5. PapaBeef

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    There's a T shirt I keep seeing on the Facebooks that says, "I play guitar because I like it, not because I'm good at it".
    That's about right for me.
    I've played off & on since around 1968 or so. And some day I may even get the hang of it.
    For the past few years I've been building partscasters and rehabbing old or broken guitars.
    So at the moment there are 8 amps, 12 electric guitars, 3 acoustic guitars, an acoustic bass, a mandolin, a set of bongos and a djembi in my 220 square foot living room.
    That doesn't count the stuff in my shop or the stuff in the bedrooms.
     
  6. ac15

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    Built a classical guitar? Well, hats off. I can hardly work a screwdriver!
     
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  7. w3stie

    w3stie Poster Extraordinaire

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    Nor could I when I set out, but I thought I'd like to fail at something big rather than take on an easy task. Failing an easy task is embarrassing but failing at something big at least gets you noticed! I still have the guitar sitting on a dusty shelf without it's back.
     
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  8. Drubbing

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    I have no interest in gear whatsoever. Buying and selling gear and modding is an entirely different pastime to playing guitar. If anything it gets in the way.
     
  9. TimmyM

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    I wish I was half the player I want to be, however I lack the dexterity of many other players. I'm not bad but I was better in my 20's than I am now...bad hands, but I still love to play. With that said, I love to build guitars, mod guitars, read guitars, study guitars, draw guitars to scale and well, yeah I guess I'm a gear head.
     
  10. Berndizzle440

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    Haaaa this is me exactly!!!! Ive always been so mucj more obsessed with modding and building and a few years ago realized i alway put my time into that and thats why im not as good of a player than my friends. BUT i am essentially their go to tech and gear "fieldguide" of they have questions[emoji14]
     
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  11. old guitar player

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    I am more of a player having started playing in a gigging band in 1980 at age 18. For many years all I used was one guitar and one amp. Sure I have bought and sold a few guitars but I don't collect gear. I can't afford it and I don't have the space.

    Now I have two electric guitars, one 15 watt solid state amp, one old beater steel string acoustic and one old beater nylon string acoustic. None of these guitars or amp are worth much but they get me by. I don't gig now and just play for myself
     
  12. Kojoflo

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    Player. I have guitars with different pick ups for different sounds. The one amp stays on its setting, as does the RAT distortion. If I bothered with all the other stuff some seem to be preoccupied with, then by the time I'd done all that it would be time shut everything down and go and make dinner. I'm obsessed with writing, not so much how it's sounding
     
  13. Coop47

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    I'd rather play than collect gear... but I'm way better at collecting gear.
     
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    They're all over that other " Gear " forum ! lol
     
  15. loveboogers

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    Player for sure. I have the wimpiest board of most of the guys I play with and around. I run a super simple rig with OD, more OD, verb and delay. My pedals all cost less than 80 bux aside from my DelayLab.
    If I can improve what I already have with a pot, cap, or resistor, I'll usually do it, but I don't have anything as backup, so it's gotta be quick and worth it.
     
  16. BartS

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    Always been more of a player. When I was younger I started with one guitar and a bunch of acoustics already there around the house. If I bought another I would sell the other most of the time. Same with amps. I know the physics of guitars and amps so I built me a guitar and amp. Those are pretty much all I need right now. Well besides my lapsteel, bass, and recording studio:D.

    If I ever get more time and money my get more into being a gear head. There are some guitars and stuff I would like to build I probably don't really need but it would be cool to have.
     
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    More of a gearhead now. But I would like to devote more time to playing.
     
  18. dablues

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    OP, that's a hard question for me too. I started as both: I love the technical aspects of tone and guitar construction, but over the years I've found that the tone that all of us here care for so much is really unimportant to the average audience for whom you play. I'm not against trying to get a cool tone, but when it becomes disproportionately part of your playing experience, you tend to forget what you're playing for. Unless, of course, you just enjoy tinkering, which is legitimate.
     
  19. dablues

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    I'll add this: it's about figuring out why you are interested in guitars, and then tailoring your experience to fit that interest. For me, its to share music with others, and so endless tone seeking isn't as important. For others, it's exploring the technical aspects.
     
  20. RyCo1983

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    Unfortunately, yes.
    Working on that though...
    When I'm not in a band, I get gear obsessed.
    Slowly putting a band together and putting together a PA now...so my gear head side is satisfied with PA gear research and planning for future purchases.
     
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