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One piece of gear that changed your life

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by LesTele, Apr 22, 2021.

  1. LesTele

    LesTele Tele-Meister

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    hey guys,

    Has there ever been one piece of gear, whether it’s a guitar pedal amp or other item, that you experienced for the first time that seemed to change your life?

    Any gear that you played for the first time, and immediately wanted to sell all your other items?

    For me personally, it was Vox amps. The sound of a Vox, whether clean dirty or slightly crunchy is the sound that I’ve always had in my head. I guess I was pretty much born for the upper mid chime. I can never seem to get away from it or get enough of it. It always makes guitar so fun to play for me personally.

    Have you guys had anything similar?
     
  2. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    Changed my life?
    Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor.

    Gear that I really like?
    Martin HD-28V.
    Bad Cat Trem Cat
    My Tele.
     
  3. Jim W

    Jim W Friend of Leo's

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    Electronic tuner
     
  4. Deathray

    Deathray Tele-Afflicted

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    18 months in, the honeymoon continues...

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  5. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    @Jim W may or may not have been tongue-in-cheek with his post, but I have to agree.....tuning on a noisy stage used to be the biggest PITA there was.
    The only other thing I would add would be "proper guitar set-ups". Back in the old days, most of us didn't know about setting a guitar up, and we played (or tried to play) guitars with high string action, poor intonation, and bowed necks, never dreaming there were solutions to those problems. ;)
     
  6. drmordo

    drmordo Tele-Afflicted

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    Line 6 Flextone II. Sold my tube amps after I got it, and almost 20 years later I still haven't bought another.
     
  7. Chester P Squier

    Chester P Squier Tele-Holic

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    Winter brand spinet, the family purchased back in the early or mid 1950s. It enabled me and my two younger brothers to take piano lessons.

    Only life-changing gear I can think of. But it most definitely changed my life.
     
  8. Fretting out

    Fretting out Poster Extraordinaire

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    Not gear but what changed my life musically is guitar world, specifically may 2003 issue
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    This isn’t mine, mines gone with time

    I wore that bad boy out, I was actually more obsessed with the idea and shape of electric guitars than I was music

    Again not gear but that was the seed that started my craziness
    That’s how it began and why I’m here
     
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  9. elihu

    elihu Poster Extraordinaire

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    A Telecaster...

    Now I’m officially old.
     
  10. USian Pie

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    The condom
     
  11. DrBGood

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    My older brother crappy unplayable acoustic guitar in 1966.
     
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  12. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    Nope, never happened. No gear, toy, vehicle, house changed my life.
     
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  14. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Friend of Leo's

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    Probably has to be the cheapo 1/2 scale violin my mom rented for me in 2nd grade. Really that is what lead to reading and theory and all the building blocks. Thanks, mom.
     
  15. HotRodSteve

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    My Wilson 8802 putter.

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  16. JL_LI

    JL_LI Friend of Leo's

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    A BBb tuba in 4th grade. Back in 1958, my mother, in concert with educators who all thought they knew best, decided I was bored because I was too intelligent and skipped me over 3rd grade. I was put in a class where all my friends were a year behind me, I knew no one, had trouble making friends, and was just as disruptive as I was in 2nd grade. The solution that was proposed was for me to learn to play tuba. No one in my grade school wanted to play it. I “auditioned” and got the part. I took to it like a duck to water. That was my start in music. I learned tuba, taught myself trombone and baritone horn, taught myself guitar, played in band, orchestra, stage band, played guitar in varsity chorus, and played with my high school orchestra at Expo 67 in Montreal. My interest in music preceded my interest in science and engineering and was still there when I came back to guitar after a very long hiatus. Thank you Mr. Wexelblatt for taking me under your wing when I felt completely lost in 4th grade, and thank you for letting me play your tuba instead of the Eb tuba the music department had. I owe you more than you ever could have known.
     
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  17. VonBonfire

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    Gibson 335.

    All my other electrics turnt to cash after that.
     
  18. Harbinger77

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    Line6 Pod.

    First time I could get my hands on a variety of amp and effect sounds. The computer software was much more in depth than using the unit by itself.

    Got one when I was a teenager circa 2000 (?) and it’s still my headphone amp.
     
  19. Muku

    Muku Tele-Meister

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    I would have to say my 2005 HS Tele coupled with my pedalboard.
    Plugged into my all analog stereo rig....

    My 2006 Tone King Meteor 20 large cab with a Port City OS 12" cab - 15' away.

    It's my magic carpet ride. The tone is so 3D you don't have to shred.


    Time to shred..... I have the Bluesy option of my Fralin Blues Specials partscaster. Loaded with:
    Vintage/lightweight bridge and tuners, MJT light single piece swamp ash.
    Connected to my Union Jack Wah, MXR 90, Fuzz or Zendrive.
    Coupled to my silver faced PR. When I need some Rory Gallagher, Jimi, or Trower strat music!


    All this gear being said..... the one piece of gear that has changed my life..... my luthier tool box.
     
  20. Engine Swap

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    1965 Deluxe Reverb

    Found it at a pawn shop for $20 back in 1985. It didn't work, but it got me interested in electronics. I went back to school and got a EE degree. Worked over 20 years in consumer electronics and aerospace.

    I'm still a terrible guitar player, but finding that amp changed my life.
     
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