Loudest live guitar you have experienced?

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  1. soulman969

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    The Outlaws around 1980. The Guitar Army was a great nickname. Their backline alone was louder than a line of howitzers all firing simultaneously. You had to wear earplugs to gain any separation between each of the guitars and the vocals otherwise it was just a mass of loud noise. Very disappointing.
     
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    Loudest was probably the Melvins. Loud but not painful. Well balanced I guess.
    Most painful was a band called Dig. Ed Hall opened and that’s why we were there. When Dig came on we all cringed at the painful sound and left before the first song was over.
     
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    August 1977, Santana warmed up for Eric Clapton.

    Pretty loud at only about 20-30' away from the stage. Festival seating.

    Santana's blazing away and the guy in front of me is yelling "More Treble!".:eek:
     
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    Cheap Trick up at the Sundance Film Festival in a big tent, in the mid-1990s outside Park City Utah. Brain damagingly loud. Amazingly good though.
     
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    I'd have to say Ted Nugent, directly in front of his cabinets. There may have been mitigating factors
     
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    I saw Ted Nugent there with Yngwie era Alcatrazz as the opener. Lots of decibels
     
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    Canned Heat, Masonic Temple, Detroit, 1969. Although Joe Jackson at the Michigan Theater last year may have topped it. Way too loud for a small theater. My girlfriend wore the custom earplugs I bought her. I ended up wearing shooting ear plugs. We were surrounded by middle aged music fans who already had so much hearing loss that they didn’t notice.
     
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    Hands down Ted Nugent at the Old Lady on Brady in the 80's.

    Only show we ever left for fear of becoming totally deaf by the end of the night.
     
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    Buddy Guy in the late 90's when Scott Holt was with him. The combination of a small club setting, Buddy's Twin and Scott's Marshall made my ears ring. My wife still complains about it.

    Almost as loud but really awful was Molly Hatchet around 1979. Small club, bad mix, cranked Peavey Mace amps. Loud and terrible.
     
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    Hehe. I couldn't say for sure, but the very first shows that came to mind were the Mahavishnu Orchestra, circa 1972, L.A. and San Diego, two nights in the same week. I loved it.
     
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    I totally forgot that Ed Hall existed. Thanks for the reminder.

    I too came here to say Melvins.
     
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    A few people mentioned Ted Nugent. I don't know if he can even hear anymore, but how loud must those Fender amps have been to sound like that?
     
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    Pat Travers back in the late 70s. Rainbow with Richie Blackmore played second and my ears were so wrecked from Travers they sounded mushy.
     
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    An Australian band called Cold Chisel in Canberra in the early 80’s. My first concert and these guys were my heroes, I’d never heard anything as loud or powerful, it blew me away...

    My ears were buzzing for days afterwards.
     
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    Keb Mo' about 12 years ago at the Carolina Theater in Durham, NC. Theater holds a little over 1,000 people, he was cranked up like he was playing a small stadium. Painful.
     
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    Probably Van Halen on the Women and Children First tour. I think it was 1980. The whole thing was just this extremely loud low rumble with Eddie going wheedly-wheedly wankfest on his guitar on top of it. David Lee Roth was drunk and kept forgetting lyrics and repeating verses.

    My ears rang for about a week; so did all of my friends' who went with me.

    I've also been to a few small venues where I was right in front of some huge speakers. Ear ringing all around.
     
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    Second row at a Tesla concert in 95' still can't hear chit:confused:
     
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    Super Twins, right? Six 6L6 tubes pushing 180 watts per amplifier . . .
     
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    I saw the Melvins while in Amsterdam at a place called the Melkweg. It was equal parts loud and awesome


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    Hands down, Dick Dale ... all three times. I ended up standing back in a hallway door for one whole concert.
     
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