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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by cowie86, Mar 31, 2020.
Now that I see those, I recall owning a rather unfortunate pair of negative heel Roots.
True. That pretty much continued into the '80s, too. Seems like every Chicago guy I saw at Antone's then was playing one of those three, except for Buddy Guy. Didn't Clifford keep one around as a house guitar?
I was in high school 1969-1973.
Most desired guitar was a Les Paul, the most common guitar was an SG. A few 335s, a few strats, but I don't remember anyone with a Telecaster.
Acoustic solid state amps were the wave of the future, especially for base.
Every guitar player I knew had a CryBaby and all of us wish we still had those now highly desirable items.
Not alot (any?) talk of gear when I was growing up. All I knew was that I wanted a Les Paul because Jeff Beck was playing one on the cover of Blow By Blow, and Page was always playing them in Guitar Player and Rolling Stone mags. My buddy wanted an ES-175 because of Steve Howe photos. The thought of owning more than one electric guitar back then would have made my head explode. It was "until death do you part." Still have that Les Paul.
These were quite popular but I could never afford one!!!
When I walked into my friends basement and saw a Kustom amp my mind was blown. It was the wildest amp I had ever seen and it was loud .
This was about 1972 and it was cool
Clifford had a collection of really nice Gibson and Fender guitars, basses, and Fender tube amps.
It wasn’t huge, but it was impressive.
The late Danny Thorpe maintained it.
He had a gorgeous blonde early 60s Epi Sheraton, too.
Visiting artists would use his amps, if they wanted.
So would local artists.
Clifford would play bass sometimes.
I saw a number of great shows at the Guadalupe St. Antone’s.
Fond memories of Danny. Always super nice to me.
Me too, I worked with him at H.O.T in 85-86
RIP, Danny and Clifford.
Just, you know... "Asking for a friend" and all, but out of curiousity-
Do you even know what that is properly called?
(P.S. Yes, I've actually played one, a nice original little 18th century example)
Spandex and anything with a Floyd Rose
1967 - 1970 jazzmasters, Jaguars, SGs and Firebirds. Ampeg Gemini and Fender silverface amps.
For me it was the late 70's... growing up in a relatively small city of 100K isolated in North/Western Ontario.
What do I remember most about that last two years of that decade as I was beginning my musical journey?
BC Rich guitars.... The Bich, The Mockingbird and The Eagle. Not the cheap versions of the 80's, the originals. If you were a traditionalist, you were after a Les Paul. NO FENDERS!
Marshall JMP Master Volume amps (the pre-cursor to the JCM 800) or a Hiwatt. NO FENDERS!
Fender and Vox were OLD MAN amps!
I recall treble boosters being a "must have" for many.
Boss Pedals were new & looked like toys compared to the Roland effects it was about to replace.
The Tube Screamer was a hot new product in '79
The Carvin order catalog was more popular than Playboy with everyone I hung out with
Those are memories of a 14/15 year old.... I wouldn't put much trust in it's accuracy
It was the 80’s. We wanted the latest, coolest stuff. USA Jacksons and US and MIJ Charvels were the most coveted guitars in my area. They were the tip of the top. Ibanez was available, but not as popular. For cheap entry level stuff, Series 10, and GTX (Kaman Corp) were big.
For basses it was the same stuff, but also Fender and Peavey. For acoustics, it was Takamines or Alvarez, and the battle was fierce. If you had one, you slagged the other religiously. I was an Alvarez Yairi guy.
Nobody but old guys were using tube amps. Tubes were super hard to get where we were. And it wasn’t uncommon that when somebody had an old tube amp that needed the tubes replaced, it ended up in a pawn shop. It was easier to just get another amp. The old guys had tubes, but they horded them and really didn’t like to share.
Extremely popular amps where I was were Crate, Peavey and Fender. Almost every teenaged guitarist who was serious had a Fender Pro185, or a Crate GX130C. Those were the high powered 2x12 combos. Mostly only the country, and Hispanic music guys used Peavey.
There was no internet. The only way to research gear was to talk to more experienced players, and they would just recommend whatever they liked the best and slam everything else most of the time. There was no modding. The only time a part got replaced was if it broke. Nobody changed pickups and stuff. If you didn’t like the way a guitar sounded “as is”, you just didn’t buy it.
Boss and DOD pedals were both available locally. It was generally accepted that boss was for grownups, and dod was for kids in garage bands. That’s just how it was.
All the older guys with tube amps and stuff also played strats and Les Pauls. We all thought they were cool, but until Slash hit we didn’t really consider them proper guitars for “modern” music. Strats we liked, but they just didn’t have the balls for the distortion tones we were after.
Anyhow, that was small town west Texas in the 80’s.
Late 90s into 00s. Les Pauls & Marshalls, Strats & Fender Twins. Boss pedals. In metal circles, Peavy 5150s, Jacksons. Mesa Boogies were desirable but not many could afford them. Fender Jags seemed popular for a while there. There was really a huge mix of different gear depending on what you could afford and what niche of music you were playing.
Peavey stuff was big then but I never had a desire for any of it.
This would have been considered Fender's "mullet period." What wedding singer wouldn't love to play one of these babies back in the 80s?
And we now have the pics to tease them mercilessly about it. And as was just mentioned, closer to home, every amp seemed to be a Peavey. Yuck.
Yes of course, it's an 18th Century Fretted Clavichord from Spain or Portugal.
Either that or a Roland GR-500.
By the way, HOW old are you?