Playing cheaper guitars at gigs?

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  1. uriah1

    uriah1 Telefied Gold Supporter

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    Depends on how long your load out takes too and if
    someone is always by truck to watch for you.

    I think I am more concerned about someone cutting
    through band area while we are on break and tripping
    over a nice guitar while they are imbibed.
     
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  2. kLyon

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    Here's a story that touches on all aspects of this topic (please excuse me if it goes on a bit):
    I needed a bigsby tele to leave in Moscow for a bunch of Russian tours, replacing the Silvertone 1446 that I was having trouble consistently getting onto planes (1961, archtop, HAS to be in the cabin).
    So I bought a Squier Cabronita here in LA in a pawn shop for $225. I used it for a few years and grew to absolutely love it; it sounded great.
    (So there's aspect one...)
    Then my friend in Moscow moved his studio to a dacha in the country, and one day it got broken into when he was in the city (theft is incredibly rare in Russia; I just got (un)lucky...). They took his Gretsch, a Kemper, and... my cabronita. (Leaving tons of more valuable stuff.)
    So I had the cheap guitar, grew to love it, and IT got stolen))
    I put together a partscaster to replace it; all is good.
    But there it is: it didn't matter what was on the headstock. I miss it as much as any other guitar that's disappeared over the years.
     
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  3. Ron R

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    Yeah, had a similar event. I played an old Lynyrd Skynyrd tune on a Carlo Robelli a/e (about $150 new), then had a table of folks telling me it sounded so good because I played it on such a fancy guitar.
     
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  4. Ron R

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    Or, if the venue is really THAT bad, turn down the gig.
     
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    I think the line in quality between high-end and inexpensive guitars has blurred a lot in recent years. I play the guitars that I like the most on my gigs. It's been Fenders, Squiers, Gibsons and Epiphones, depending on what I have and am liking at the time.
     
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  6. LunarSlingShot

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    Dude totally. The theft argument is a pretty bad one in my opinion. I've been gigging for 15 years, every year non stop and I've never had anything stolen. But I also don't leave any of my gear unattended at ANY time. My wife monitors the car while I'm loading stuff in and out. It will never get stolen that way.
     
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    i bet you look really funny at the urinal with that gig bag...

    i live in st louis. crime is a problem. I've had friends get guitars stolen at gunpoint. and honestly, I'd rather enjoy the atmosphere and music than nervously hover over my guitar... that's not why i play music.
     
  8. LunarSlingShot

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    I completely agree. I should ask then, if your favorite guitar that you like to play the most was your most expensive one, would you leave it at home? Or would you take it with you?

    That's my point. Not the quality difference in higher end and lower end gear. I would never buy a $1000+ guitar and leave it at home if I liked it. I would feel I wasted my money and should have just bought an equally nice playing Squier instead (those DEFINITELY exist).
     
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  9. LunarSlingShot

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    You're playing at the wrong venues my friend if people are holding you up at gunpoint for a guitar.

    Are you going to leave your wallet at home too? That's just as easily stolen from you at gunpoint.
     
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    I have never seen the fat lady who's line dancing all by herself ten foot from the stage looking at the headstock on a guitar.
     
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    Or your car??? Going to leave your car at home and take an Uber with your amp in the trunk? Cars get stolen at gun point all the time in my city.
     
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    "if its a really dodgy place leave the guitars at home and take your banjo..." - Les Paul 1947
     
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    I have a basic thought pattern that if you buy something and are then scared to use it because it is valuable then you shouldn’t have bought it. But, this isn’t always true. I have a very nice Martin. I was going to play with some folks in an outside gazebo. It was supposed to rain all day which could damage my guitar so I wasn’t going to go. In the end the event was canceled because of the rain. But, I would not take my expensive acoustic to play in the rain.
     
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    I do it more to make a statement than anything else. Some of the looks I get when I break out an old First Act are hilarious. Granted they're nowhere near stock but the logo snob don't know that. They'll look at the FA then the Soldano, scratch their head and walk away in most cases though.
     
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    I prefer to find the right priced guitars for all uses.
    None are cheap and none are expensive.
    Looked at one of the RI Gibson LP Jr double cut last night at GC, $599 in unplayed used condition with a bag.
    Easily the best playing guitar I tried including several higher priced guitars.
    Tried some Squiers and Epis and would not use them because I was skeered of my $600 Gibson getting hurt or stolen.
    Same with my parts Fenders, they run maybe $500- $700 investments.

    But my haggling failed and I left without the Jr.
    Very easy playing guitar with easy sweet ringing acoustic sound.
    Had they agreed to mark id down the sales tax amount I was ready to hand over six hundreds from my wallet.
     
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    The only shows I purposely took cheap guitars were outdoor jobs and the selection was based on the weather report. A lot were at a local ski resort. One afternoon it snowed 2+ inches while we played outside on a porch. A cheap guitar was at that show. Another afternoon we were there, it was so foggy that we couldn't see past the edge of the stage. Cheap guitar for that one also.
     
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    I agree
    Don’t like to expose the delicate or pristine guitars to commotion.
     
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    I had a D-28 Martin Marquis for a while. I never really felt comfortable taking it to jams, but I did. Back then I figured if I owned it, I'd play it. I agree with you though, I'd never take any acoustic guitar out into the rain. You might as well just throw it in the fireplace and be done with it. I finally sold the Marquis to the fiancé of a lady who has it now, and it will probably be her lifetime guitar.
     
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    Believe it or not, I often carry a "decoy" wallet and car keys. Put old business cards and two or three dollars cash in it, if keys are demanded give up the keyring with the old Ford Escort keys on it.
    As to the OP.....did you read a few days ago about Junior Brown's Big Red being stolen? Yeah, I know he left it in the car like a doofus, but that stuff happens. The only piece of gear I DON'T take out is my 1960 Les Paul Jr......it's not really good to gig with, and, well, you know.....Gibson headstock and all? :)
     
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    I just find it humorous when a fellow player can’t believe that I’m playing a mim Tele or partscaster. They do the label scan neck crane move and then on the break tell me all about their gear which is usually super expensive nice stuff that never gets gigged, because they aren’t full time players. I remember this one dude insisting that I let him sit in because at home he has a Collings which was supposed to make me know that he was a quality player because of his quality gear. I was unmoved. I’ve played a thousand and one gigs on an amp that some folk around here say is barely good enough to be a rehearsal amp unless modified to the hilt. I find the cork sniffing gear snobbery tone quest quite humorous, and a little bit sad.
     
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