Loudest live guitar you have experienced?

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  1. reckless meanie

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    Summersualt 2000 BC Canada multiple bands. It was so loud it hurt. I wore ear plugs but it was still super loud. Almost to the point of not being enjoyable. Every time the kick drum would hit it felt like getting hit in the chest.

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    I can't think of one person who saw DLR-era Van Halen and didn't say that he was drunk and forgot the lyrics. Has he ever, to anyone's knowledge, performed while remembering the lyrics and not drunk?
     
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    albert collins. a super six I think. in a small club in indianapolis. painful.
     
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    The Dwarves at Bottom of the Hill in SF back in '06. Too drunk to think ear plugs were a good idea, left the place with a jet engine howling in my head that still flares up now and then.
     
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    J Mascis a few years back. I left.
     
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    KISS in 1979...
     
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    The Dynasty tour I believe. As an acne covered teen, they were gods to me.



    Ah, to have thy ears battered by mediocre musicians in makeup......
     
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    I left my aforementioned Johnny Winter concert because he/they were deafening.
    The Police were deafening too when I saw them around 1980.
    Both concerts were in the same cavernous, metal building.
    Lousy venue, lots of hard surfaces and high ceilings.
     
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    The Who 1971
     
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    Back to the early 1980s - two shows at Kemper Arena in Kansas City.
    KISS was super loud, not pleasant.
    The Who (opened by The Pretenders) - loud show, but very high audio quality/clarity. One of the best performances I have ever seen to this day.

    I always felt like loud and clear isn't as painful/damaging as loud and poor quality.
     
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    The Who, San Francisco Civic Auditorium about 1972 supporting Who's Next.
     
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    That was it. Tickets started at $7. It was my first rock concert. My friend’s older brother, a senior in high school and a bass player, was a huge fan of Gene Simmons, and made some platform shoes out of sneakers with short lengths of 2x4 nailed to the bottoms.

    Those were great days for us kids.
     
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    New Riders of the Purple Sage, around '77 or '78 borderline pain threshold, but I think it was mostly PA.

    The Smithereens in a smallish club in Southern California around '85. My ears rang for a week after that one.
     
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    Bad Company, '76 Ears are still ringing.
     
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    Kiss in 1976 was pretty loud.

    I was at this concert though, and it was really loud. Crappy, rainy day too.

    On May 31, 1976, British rockers The Who set the Guinness World Record as the loudest band in the world.

    According to reports, the band clocked in at 126 decibels measured 32 meters from the front-of-house monitors during a concert at The Valley in London, England. For reference, a standard jet engine will clock in around 120dB, and a jackhammer registers around 130. The so-called “Threshold of Pain” is right around 120dB.

    The record was previously set by Deep Purple at a concert in London in 1972, hitting 117 dB at their loudest.
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