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One piece of gear that changed your life

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

  1. GuitarsBuicks

    GuitarsBuicks Tele-Holic

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    My Landola made Peavey SD-11p. I fell madly in love with it the very first time I picked it up.

    It is the guitar that I always want to come back and play. I never take it to gigs where I have to plug in because it doesn't have electronics and nobody makes a passive pickup that fits in the sound hole. Acoustically I would pit it against most modern Martins (1980's-present) and happily pick mine...believe me I have done it several times. I've even had offers for it because of the sound. This is the guitar that inspires me to write songs and try new things...I shudder to think of what will happen to it when I need to have the frets replaced. 26-27 years is getting kind of up there for nickel frets on an acoustic that was well played before I got it. At the risk of sounding sacrilegious this is my Herringbone Martin...unless of course I actually get to play an original Herringbone...I assume its glorious...Never been in the same building as one. But until that day, this is it...and honestly It will probably still be after unless that Herringbone is truly spectacular and cost less than the price of a three story house.
     
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  2. wingdangdoodle

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    Picked up a Baja tele and plugged it into a 57 Champ at Guitar Center. Whoa. Had always thought teles were uncomfortable to hold (compared to my strat) and an inferior, older version of what the strat would be. Instead, this thing RIPPPED! Then I understood the majic in the simplicty and discovered the extra grit and power I was looking for in the bridge pup I'd always imagined in my head. I was sold.

    Got the Baja. Champ, maybe someday.
     
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  3. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    I'm too tired to explain, but:

    a Boss Blues Driver for electric playing,
    and a Martin dread on acoustic

    Both fundamental sound or tone shaoers for me

    ( someday I'll have to use them together!)
     
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  4. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    Band name alert......."Mr. Wexelblatt". ;)
     
  5. naveed211

    naveed211 Friend of Leo's

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    Just had it today when I received my Quilter 101 in the mail, actually.

    An affordable solid state amp that is tiny, weighs a couple pounds, and sounds amazing?

    Honestly I don’t know if I’ll want to play anything else for the rest of my life. For my needs, it’s absolutely perfect.
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  6. Flip G

    Flip G Tele-Meister

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    Can I ask shamefacedly about which SSRI has worked for you? I've been prescribed Citalopram, Escitalopram, and Lorazepam, all of which I've had bad reactions to -- confusion, disorientation, stomach upset, anorgasmia, and frequent urination. I've recently found out, with Zack Snyder's four-hour re-cut of Justice League, that his adopted daughter committed suicide by overdosing on Escitalopram. I'm on some blood pressure meds which also list depression and frequent urination among their side effects.

    Will a Bad Cat Trem Cat counteract these effects?


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  7. Cali Dude

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    Probably my first all solid wood construction acoustic guitar. I got it (Larrivee L-09) new in 1994. It has been with me through good times and bad.
     
  8. Skully

    Skully Doctor of Teleocity

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    Tascam Porta One Ministudio.
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  9. Musekatcher

    Musekatcher Friend of Leo's

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    In the guitar world, a Cube 80XL really opened up the differences in amps, effects, settings. I moved on to better modellers, that led to a compulsion with tube amps.
     
  10. ping-ping-clicka

    ping-ping-clicka Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    National Dualian Resephonic guitar.

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  11. CV Jee Beez

    CV Jee Beez Tele-Afflicted

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    My 2008 Gibson SG standard or my JCM800 2x12 combo. The SG was my first US made guitar. The JCM800 was my first tube amp. Since then, I've only had tube amps and mostly USA made guitars, The exceptions were a MIK Casino and a Gretsch Silver Falcon. Budget gear seems forever in my rear view mirror now and that's why these two are my nominees.
     
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  12. Jupiter

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    Hmm, I don't think any single piece of gear has done that so far...

    I got one of those right before everything shut down last spring, so I'm still waiting to see if it changes my life.
     
  13. LGOberean

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    Several through the decades.

    It all started with my Dad's Harmony H1213 Archtone in 1967. That started for me a lifelong pursuit. In 54 years, there were a couple of times when I was without a guitar for a month or two. Otherwise, I've always had guitars and played almost every day over those 5+ decades. So yeah, that was a game changer.

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    Another game changer guitar came in 1983. A month or so before, my one guitar was accidentally destroyed. I had been leading worship in a small home group, and so for a while I had to do so on a borrowed guitar. The members of the group took up a collection and raised $600. After one such worship service on a borrowed guitar, my best friend's 2 year old daughter came toddling up with a toy ukelele and a card. In the gift card was a check for the $600. The guitar I bought with that money was the MiJ Hohner G-940 in the pic below.

    This gift guitar not only provided me with a quality instrument; it impacted me greatly that this guitar was a gift for others, in a way. Many times after worship kids would line up in front of me, I'd hand them a pick and they'd flail away while I would make some chord changes. My best friend's son would become an accomplished guitar player, and he got his start playing mine. When he was about 16 or 17, after he'd bought his first guitar, he said to me, "I don't how you could ever have let us snot-nosed kids wail away on your guitar!" This guitar not only provided me with decades of enjoyment; it taught me a life lesson, taught me to be generous with my gear.

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    In 2008, I purchased my first tele, a Logan Custom tele with a P-90 neck pickup on a solid chunk of mahogany. It was the first time I'd ever purchased an electric guitar of my own, and playing teles has definitely changed me. I learned new techniques in playing, learned more about pickups and by extension, amps as a result. I am a better player today because of my Logan Custom guitars.

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    In 2011, I bought my first VOX Pathfinder 15R. I now have three. This amp has helped me identify what I'm looking for in an amp. I can do most anything I want to do with a Pathfinder. And if a Pathfinder isn't right for the gig, then the gig's not right for me.

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  14. Jay Jernigan

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    The Fender Stratocaster. Not necessarily any of the ones that I had (I went through 5 or 6 over a 30 year period), but because of all of them. The dang things are a smorgasbord.
    I usually play something else, like a Tele, (usually) these days because I have accumulated a few different tools to use, but back when I was lucky to have one guitar, the Strat covered a lot of ground.
     
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  15. Mr powers

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    The heated steering wheel in my 2010 Ram.
    I can get out of the truck and play guitar straight away.
     
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    Guess I’d say the ‘66 Harmony H15 my dad bought for me to learn to play.... he got me an Ampeg amp, no idea of model or wattage, thinking 5 watts, probably a 10” speaker.. but the amp wouldn’t count without the guitar. I have since scored a pretty much mint version of the same guitar, a ‘64. (My original got broken before eBay and the www existed), like being a kid/teen all over again... and my wife didn’t get mad - she’d been warned I would buy one if I found one decently priced....rules out Reverb :) Dunno when they changed the model name from Silhouette to Bobcat, but... it’s a super cool lil old guitar, all original, and the DeArmond gold foils are still rowdy fun.
    So, yeah my first guitar “changed my life,” and the same model helps me carry on
     
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  18. DougM

    DougM Poster Extraordinaire

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    The mighty Strat!
     
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  19. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Poster Extraordinaire

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    For me, music-wise, the acoustic guitar...then the telecaster.

    Of course, LIFE-wise, there's the Book...
     
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    In 1968 My Mom bought me a 1966 Gibson EB 3 Bass. I practiced and the band offers came. Always had a girlfriend. Pretty simple actually.
     
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