What gear was popular when you were young?

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  1. cowie86

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    This is something that has always interested me. Was there a piece of gear that was particularly popular among your generation when you were younger? What year was it and how old were you?

    I remember when I first started playing in the mid 2000s, myself and every guitarist I knew in their late teens wanted a Fender Hot Rod Deville. Now we've grown up we all play different amps but the hot rod Deville was what we all wanted back in the day.
     
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    In the late 1980s we all wanted:

    Some superstrat, like an Ibanez RG, Jackson Dinky, or Kramer. Some wanted something like a BC Rich Warlock, Bich or even Gibson Vs and Explorers

    Marshall Amplification

    Stompboxery was period Distortion+, DS-1, SD-1, etc. Some guys were going full rack, and their big thing was high gain-->Stereo Chorus-->1ms Delay--> 100W power amp


    Then suddenly, in the early 90s it all changed:

    Fender Mustang, Epiphone or Gibson LP or SG and:

    Big Muff or some groady fuzz pedal. Bonus points if vintage

    Amp didn't matter, as long as it was loud and/or vintage

    Kitsch was king, apparently
     
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    I started early 1983. USA made BC Rich, the almighty JCM 800, DigiTech and Boss pedals. Yes, I was a proud owner of said equipment.

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    I had a Kramer or two also.

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    Spandex and Aqua-Net.
     
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    Bradshaw rack - never had one.
    Auto mullet stabilizer - never left the house w/o it.
    ;)
    Peace - Deeve
     
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    @ '70..... Gear?.... you jest....:D

    I only knew 2 kids with guitars... that was the only gear I saw... one kid had a cheap 335 copy and never had an amp... small practice amps/pedals didn't exist here back then, like they do now....:rolleyes:

    besides we never had money to buy anything, no cash allowances from parents ... there weren't any jobs for kids in those days. I didn't know anyone that had a part time job during highschool... buying singles/records when we could afford them was it..

    we had to scab up drink bottles for the refunds...;)
     
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    great for hollowing out the soles of those for smuggling....:lol:

    don't ask me how I know...:rolleyes:
     
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    oh and these too
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    Gibson Les Paul. It was 1974.

    A Stratocaster (in white) was what you got if you couldn’t afford a Gibson.

    A Telecaster is what you got if you told your rich dad you wanted a Fender electric guitar for Christmas.
     
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    Ah, the 70s!
    Rockers played Les Pauls, SGs and Strats.
    Marshall Plexi stacks and half stacks were what the cool, “rich” and ambitious used.
    Country guys used Teles and Twins.
    Blues guys used ES335-345-355s.
    In the 70s, pre CBS Fenders and pre Norlin Gibsons were just somewhat cheaper used guitars.
    Around here, 60s rosewood board Strats were $250, 50s maple neck Strats were $350.
    Teles were cheaper, because only country guys wanted or used em’.
    Less demand.
    50s Pauls were about $500, I got my 68 gold top for $350.
    SG’s were $250, everybody wanted Les Pauls.
    335s were about the same price as Les Pauls, but were not nearly as popular.
    Fender tube amps were cheap.
    Supers were $250, Twins $300.
    Nobody wanted anything smaller.
    Guitar players were loud in those days.
    Bars were smoky, loud, full of drunks, and kinda dangerous.
    Fights happened, in and out of the bars.
    Ancient history, but that’s exactly how I remember it!
     
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    Oops - had to have one of these too

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    I did have a small reel to reel.. that was awesome.... I could tape songs off the radio..:)
     
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    Early on we wanted Strats. My "well off" buddy's dad bought him a Brown Concert and white Strat! I had a Duo Sonic and a Brown Deluxe. But got a Jazzmaster soon!
     
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    In the mid eighties it was anything with a flat fret board radius, a locking tremolo, neon colors and bold graphics, pointy head stocks, and amps with lots of gain. Fortunately I found Tom Wheeler's "American Guitars" book in my school library in ninth grade and to this day I have never owned one of the guitars that I just described. I did have a brand new Crate G 60 for about a year before ditching it for a beat up 1969 Ampeg Gemini 12. I consider myself fortunate.
     
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    Kustom tuck n rolls
     
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    Sunn bass amps, Lab Series and MusicMan guitar amps, Les Pauls and Strats ... very few Teles ... I was looked at askance because I was a 335 player ...
     
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