My messy little practice room...but it works.

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  1. John Backlund

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    amps and guitars- what's not to like :)
     
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    Much cleaner than mine....trust me. You walk into mine and you might find an old pizza box and maybe a deceased hooker inside my Twin Reverb.

    I like your set-up, but you really could use a Twin Reverb....ya know, just in case.
     
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    Messy? It would take me a week or more to get my room that tidy and i'd have to burn some stuff while I was at it.:)
     
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    nice toys John, I am so rapidly running out of space right now its driving me nuts , so i started making work stations and they are messy too.
    this is my last one

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    I didn't even see a single messy thing in that room, dude...I literally have tax documents on the floor of my office / rehearsal space all mixed up with chord charts right now.
     
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    It's been a long time since I've owned an amp larger than 20 watts, though my little Boss Acoustic Singer is 60, which is huge power considering it's diminutive physical size.

    Back around 1973 I had a 105 watt Univox tube amp head with eight ten inch speakers in the cab.

    It was ridiculously large, about like a smallish refrigerator. I wish I still had it, but I would have zero use for such a monster these days, and I really had zero use for it back then too, I was just too stupid to know it. But damn! It was an impressive unit.

    Found a photo of one like I had. The only reason I bought it was because Schmidt Music in Minneapolis had them on sale for a stupid-low price back then, and I just happened to have the scratch to buy one, which was unusual in itself at that time.
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    I had it in the tiny living room of our rented one bedroom house in East St. Paul. If I turned the volume knob up much past .5, it could probably break windows next door. Too bad I couldn't play worth a crap. To say that I was totally 'over-geared' with that thing was the understatement of the decade.
     
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    That's messy?
    No way I'm posting mine.
     
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    Not that messy. My practice area is also my home office. Two, two two messes in one!
     
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    Hey JB...take a gander at my avatar photo...gray instead of blue tolex, 60 watts instead of 105, bass version. My first guitar amp with tubes, bought around 1994 out of the print classifieds (!) for $50.

    Dimed it through a Scholz Power Soak attenuator into an open-backed Fender 4 x 12...and joined a baaaaaand, man. It was fun.

    Does the Line 6 Spider work okay?
     
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    Nice toy collection you have there, John. :cool:
     
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    I haven't even plugged in the Line 6 yet to see if it works, but I will tomorrow morning.
     
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    What's that need gold thingamajig under some cloth and what looks to be another guitar in the corner? That's a pretty curious looking whatever-it-is.

    Also, as others have said, that's pretty tight compared to most practices spots I've ever seen.
     
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    Those are the guitars I actually use and aren't wall decorations (except for the model100 half-hidden by the chair, it's only there because there wasn't anywhere else in the room to put it). Nothing special, particularly expensive, or exotic, just no-nonsense 'player's instruments'. I'm not too impressed with the maroon Epiphone acoustic/electric though, I bought it about six weeks ago, but it needs some serious neck adjustments, and I'm not to crazy about it's sound in general..

    Of the guitars in the image, the Tele and Gretsch resonator are the most used. The Dano 12 was delivered only yesterday, so obviously, it hasn't been played more than an hour or two, but should, hopefully, be suitable for a lot of upcoming things.
     
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    You can almost see and hear the fun you're having in this room! :) But ever considered a multi stand, and placing some amps on top of each other? It looks like it could really open things up, and it's very practical and good sounding (the amp part).
     
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    John... I'm surprised to not see your own designs among your regularly played guitars. Do you view them more as 'art' than as everyday players? They sure are fantastic looking.
     
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    Hey, the room works and looks good. Nice looking 12 string Dano.
     
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    I was wondering when someone would mention that. Being a solidbody, the only guitar in that group that might possibly (?) be replaced, sonically, by one of 'my' guitars would be the telecaster, but to be honest, I don't feel that any of them can beat the simple clarity of that tele, and another factor is that I've owned and played that particular guitar much longer than any other that I own (2002), and I'm very comfortable and familiar with it, so I just instinctively favor it.

    Of course I like my 'Backlund' guitars, but I must admit that the pure function and the visually unpretentious telecaster has me plugging it in more often than anything else.

    When it comes to Telecasters...I 'get it', and have for a long time.

    ;)
     
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    John up on the 50/60's looking gold stereo you have a white guitar , what is that?
     
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    It's a truly horrible Chinese knockoff of my model 400 that my wife bought for me as a birthday present some years ago. They never finished it before shipping it, sent it without the 'S' shaped plastic pickguard. They claimed that they couldn't figure out how to make one, which seems very unlikely.
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    The thing cost nearly $500, but I'm not exaggerating when I say that, as a player, it's not worth $50. It's perhaps THE worst electric guitar I've ever seen, which pleases me, because I don't want them making really good copies of my stuff.
     
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