One Guitar, one amp, one year!

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  1. ZZB3

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    Well as I was thinking of the old days when everybody owned just one guitar and one amp maybe one effect maybe not; we were too broke to have more but the music was great. Now we have multiple guitars and amps and over obsess on woods, pickups, tubes or finish or......... but I do not hear much music anymore as I hop form one guitar to another or from amp to amp or the endless tweaking with speakers, pickups, tubes etc. So I am going back and really going to learn my guitar with my amp. No multi-effects or even one pedal just guitar, cord, amp (no changing tube types to effect change (12ay7 to 12Ax7 or types of speakers etc.) and one string type.

    My Choice for one year with no changes:

    1993 Fender '52RI with the original wiring (I stick in between middle and bridge position to get both pickups when I want),

    10 gauge Thomastik-Infield Jazz Swing Nickel Flat-wound strings (do not fear these can twang like a ...... when needed),

    Lil Dawg D-Lux with Weber 12A125 speaker; Tubes are 5Y3, 12AY7, 12AX7, 6V6s

    That's it, my Gibson, Strat and other amps, drawer full of pickups etc. are put away.

    I will let you no the results in a year.
     
  2. CaineIsCarter

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    I wish you the very best in your endeavour.

    If I may be so bold, you are exhibiting all the traits of gearitis in your obsessively detailed breakdown of the gear you are planning to use, which suggests nothing has actually changed :)

    I do know where you are coming from though. For some people, the pursuit of gear takes primacy over the pursuit of making music. But it doesn't have to this way. I am constantly buying and selling, but I am still progressing as a musician all the time.
     
  3. TheDams

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    That what I did 6 months ago, and couldn't be happier...

    No more 20+ effects pedalboard, no more 5 guitars, 4 amps.
    Back to the basics, just using what I need, since I don't play in a band anymore: a good Tele, a 5f1 w/ 10" speaker and just a tremolo box.
    Just music...
     
  4. JustABluesGuy

    JustABluesGuy Friend of Leo's

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    I've only recently felt I deserved to upgrade from a cheap SS amp to a "decent" tube amp (or 3). I am very close to having plenty of gear and NO excuses.

    I'm only looking for a few more items to complete my guitar gear. I won't really have any pressing needs at that point unless I was to start gigging with a really loud band.

    I never want to be the guy with far more high end gear than playing ability. However, my gear was holding me back. Now it isn't, so I am pretty close to a good balance.

    Fairly decent skills combined with fairly decent gear is where I am at. I try to strike a balance, and think I have done so pretty well.

    I'm back to focusing more on practice my skills than on gear, as I prefer.
     
  5. King Creole

    King Creole Friend of Leo's

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    Great idea and even better choice of gear to limit yourself with. If you stick with it and play a lot, you're really going to know that amp by the end of the year.
     
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  6. ricardo1912

    ricardo1912 Tele-Afflicted

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    I really like that stripped down approach and kinda agree about gear overtaking music. I played for years ago when I was younger with a Strat, an amp and a pedal. Gigged like that all over the country.
    I'm not sure I could abandon my little luxuries now but good luck in your quest.
     
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  7. King Creole

    King Creole Friend of Leo's

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    Whenever I consider simplifying my rig, right away I start considering buying a bunch of different gear to limit myself to. It kind of defeats the purpose.
     
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  8. tery

    tery Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yeah - One year playing a guitar .. instead of one year playing with guitars ....... I can dig that !
     
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  9. surfandguitar

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    Sweet post. I have gear but try to be minimalist with effects. Often just a delay pedal in front of a Pro Junior. Yes, it does force you to turn knobs on your guitar and amp to get a desired tone. I don't think I could do what you are planning however. At the very least I would need to add an acoustic guitar to the mix. If I was to only have one choice for the year, it would be an acoustic.

    Interesting test on your end and I applaud your efforts.
     
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  10. Mississippi_Kid

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    Sounds like a cool experiment...keep us posted.
     
  11. screamin eagle

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    Good goal for you. I will admit that I tinker and mod my amps and guitars, but it's usually with an end result in mind, not just because. When I do find the right combination no matter how little or how much time it takes I'm pretty satisfied. I do rotate guitars, but not really amps. Though I did just get a new amp (again it was with a specific sound in mind), but my other amps are actually quite similar: 1 is a 5/10 octal tweed princeton and 1 is a 20/30 watt octal tweed pro. They're more similar than different. The guitar rotation really is dictated by the music I'm sitting down to play or how quiet I need to be.

    I applaud your efforts to strip out the distraction of your musical journey though. That is really what this is about. Hope you stick to it as your level of playing and satisfaction are sure to have big gains, rather than just your music room.
     
  12. Piggy Stu

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    Coincidentally at the time u wrote this i just dropped a guy off who brought up the 'one guitar' question during the drive. He said prs: I told him when I want pizza I eat pizza I eat pizza, and when I want pasta I eat pasta. I spent enough time aged 16 with just 1 guitar and don't need it now

    I do own far too many guitars that I wouldn't buy again, but so what? I play a worn out telecaster unplugged 6 days a week as I watch tv with my daughter... I want a change at the weekend when she is out at ballet and I turn my amp up to 11. Some days the Casino, some the humbucker les paul, some days a p90

    I do intend to sell some but I would only do this exclusive monastic vow of silence if I had to
     
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  13. Striker6

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    I like this idea! I recently saw Jim Campilongo play in NYC and that was his set up at 55 Bar. No shortage of tonal variety there!
     
  14. JustABluesGuy

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    Good point about using an acoustic if you want to truly focus on technique, unless electric shred is the technique you are working on most.

    I've been on an electric binge for a little while, but I started on acoustic, and I switch back and forth between them regularly.

    Buying my first Tele, and a 2 watt tube amp that I love, and that also allows me to play in the den beside my wife while watching TV is what has lead to me playing a lot more electric lately.

    I used to be forced to play acoustic for volume reasons. This is the longest mostly electric binge session so far, and I blame...

    THE DAMNED TELE!
     
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  15. Milspec

    Milspec Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I have been wrestling with a similar thing lately. I have gone back to a more basic approach of just guitar into amp and making sure both are simple. I just picked up a Victoria 5112 to replace about 4-medium watt amps and will be focusing more on the telecaster, but I can't convince myself to get rid of any vintage amps or some of guitar builds.

    You have a very valid point though about keeping things simple, but I do think you still have to have some options in regards to guitar and amp. I just don't want anymore 12 tube 8 dial amps or giant pedalboards when all I want to do is play guitar.
     
  16. Hippieway

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    My biggest complaint is Multi-effects pedals as well as single effects pedals, I spend too much time playing with effects.
    So giving up effects for a year may be welcome and I could live with only a single amp but limiting myself to a single guitar would be a challenge.
     
  17. Obsessed

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    Awesome goal. I always thought this would enhance my playing if I did such a thing. I just can't imagine being happy with just one guitar. I would always want an acoustic and an electric as a minimum. Seems like variety is the spice of life, but good luck to you.
     
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    Good to hear it. I am primarily an acoustic player who has been on an electric bing over the last 6 or so months myself. I find I can control the volume on an electric better than an acoustic which is counter intuitive. I sing while I play and really lay into to acoustic strings to match the volume of my voice. On electric I can just turn the volume knob to the proper level to keep me at bay. Add a whisky to my belly on a Saturday night and the volume goes up either way. :)

    Great to hear you are enjoying your tele. I associate myself with the tele as it is my first true love electric. I am currently playing a Strat though. Less classic mojo but more versital in my opinion. I will go back to the tele one day though. Just too sweet of a sound and feel.

    History, acoustic 25 years, Les Paul 2-3 years, tele 7 years, strat 6-7 months. All good but least favorite were the LP years.
     
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  19. GuildX700

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    Well I still have my original setup I bought back in 1975/76.

    1976 135 watt Ultralinear Fender Twin Reverb, black 1976 Gibson first re-issue Explorer, 1939 Gibson L50 archtop, Boss OD-1 Overdrive, Ibanez CS-505 stereo chorus, MXR Phase 90.

    Now...that does not mean I've not somehow accumulated a lot more since then, but the original picks for a setup have withstood the test of time while others have come and gone.
     
  20. Sunnyd_lite

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    The first 3+ years I played guitar, I had an Epi Les Paul, A blues jr and a Boss DS1. I gigged and jammed with no worries all over the place.
    Then I discovered guitar forums.....

    After a lot of wasted time and money, I'm back to two guitars, one amp and 4 pedals and less time in front of the computer.
     
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