I would LOVE a photo of Buck Owens with a BC Rich ...Does the guitar stay in tune?
Is the action at a usable height?
Is the amp not too shrill or too muddy?
Can I get at least a little overdrive?
If the answer is yes to those four questions, I can use just about anything for a gig…even if I don’t like the looks or feel.
During a jam one time, I had only brought one guitar (tuned to open G) and didn’t feel like retuning to standard/440…so I borrowed the other guitarist’s backup instrument…a double-humbucker’d, Floyd Rose-inflicted, super-thin flat-necked Ibanez shred machine that weighed about three pounds…I played it for a song or five, into his Marshall combo.
It was not a normal/comfortable fit for me, and I would never use such a guitar (especially the Floyd Rose thing)…but after a song or two, I was able to adjust and play my normal stuff (albeit with a bit more grunt and grit from those pickups).
One thing I noticed—I felt like I was going to break the guitar (it felt “delicate” compared to my Telecaster), so I noticed I played “lighter”, and in turn, a bit more tentative…it made for some interesting differences in the texture of the solos…I thought it was going to sound very different.
But listening to the cell phone video later, it still sounded exactly like me, just a little more Marshall-y and lighter in touch.
The gear will affect things, but ultimately the player will be the largest part of the equation.
Jimmy Fallon also does a series on his show like this. My favorites were Metallica and Adele (at different times).Umm was it Loudwire that used to do the Hello Kitty series? Professional guitarist and drummers using the cheap hello kitty toy instruments.
Neither. I grew up playing the piano. Started at 5 years old, standing in front of a spinet. Started playing wedding receptions at 11 years old on a Hammond, about the same time I was getting brides down the aisle on pipe organs in church. I've gone through a ton of keyboards from an old Farfisa and a Fender Rhodes 88 to a Korg Kronos and a PA3X today, with a kajillion "tones." I'm of the opinion that it's the musician that's the most important thing.Basically, this post is kind of a chicken vs egg thing. Which is more important: the tone from the gear or how the gear influences your playing?
As said before. A good musician can make just about anything sound good. A crappy musician can make a great instrument and gear sound like bung. Practice Practice Practice...Wasn’t it Miles Davis who said something to the effect of
“It’s 10% the note and 90% the mofo playing the note”.
I really do agree with that.