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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by cowie86, Mar 31, 2020.
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Any Gretsch, Fender, Epi, or Gibson you could get your hands on was cool. Most kids had Harmonys and Dano’s. Lots of Mustangs and Melody Makers. I wanted a Tele and a Twin, ended up with a Jazzmaster and a Gemini 6. Talk about headroom. I didn’t know what headroom was but I sure didn’t want it. I remember that anything under 50 watts just wasn’t cool but you used what ever you could get. I had a little tube record player with a mic input to call square dances. It was the original Rockman. You’d put on your Delaney and Bonnie album on and get a real nice distorted sound through the mic input. Finally got a wa and didn’t turn it off for a year. There were no cute little boxes to make your guitar scream except fuzz pedals and wa’s. Good times.
Fender stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul. A few years on, Ibanez became popular as an alternative brand that offered quality for less money, At the same time with amps Mesa Boogie was a brand many guitarists dreamed about but was without their reach.
Another amp that became popular was the Sessionette 75 because of the small size, having enough power and the pretty light weight.
Another guitarist in my hometown had one of these and I was extremely jealous. The 80's were weird.
Late 60’s to early 70’s everyone had an SG...so they could play Free Ride. I remember silverface Fender and tuck and roll Kustom amps. Fender basses too.
Slime. And Rubik’s Cube.
When I was growing up musically, it was all Les Paul into Marshall, P-Bass into Sunn, Fender-Rhodes B3 Minimoog (unless you were ELP, then you had more), and Ludwig (because that Ringo guy's influence was still being felt). That's what was popular.
Like anywhere, what actually got used was what you could find and afford.
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it. Ya play the guitar on the Mtv.
Rack gear. Yes, some of that stuff sounded great, but everything changed when the 1990's came around, and retro was happening. That's kind of where we are now.
I had an ADA MP-1 which was the quintessential 80s rock and roll tube preamp. Again, this thing sounded great. But I tried it a few years ago, and the truth is that it really doesn't have any personality. So, it was a great sound with no personality. If that makes any sense.
When I was young?
Wow, they didn't invent Spoons until I was in my 30's.
Ha. Most of my T-shirts are from that "era." I guess if you're over 40, the mid-2000s just seem like last Wednesday.
When I started playing in the late 90's/early 00's, PRS, ESP/LTD, and Ibanez guitars, and Mesa Boogie triple recs were the hot ticket items where I lived. I was uncool for having an import Hamer solidbody archtop and a 61' tweed Fender Vibrolux my grandfather's friend had given me to use as a first amp. Go figure. Before I knew jack, I gladly would have traded that stodgy old amp for something bigger and with more gain. Now, I'm extremely glad I held onto both guitar and amp long enough to know what a good rig really is, and I now wouldn't get rid of either. I also can't tell you how many really good pickups I removed from other guy's guitars to replace with EMGs. I got a beautiful set of Texas Specials for my Strat, and a mint (never played) Pearly Gates for my Hamer that way. All because I was the only guy around who could solder. PLUS I got payed on top of it. Those were fun days.
Fender has reissued those HM strats. I want one. BADLY.
Ray Hennig’s 3 Central Texas stores introduced Peavey to the area.
It was comparatively cheap, and serviceable sounding.
Ray was a master salesman, and he sold a ton of it, BUT (big BUT), it was considered second-rate, and bush-league.
Mind you, there was nothing wrong with it.
You never saw it on stage with the “cool kids”.
The “cool kids” copied their rock star heroes, and Gibson, Fender and Marshall ruled, around here.
Mid 60s. Bass players used a Fender p-bass and a BF Bassman or an Ampeg B15N. Guitars were thin hollow body like Country Gentleman, Casino, ES 335, etc. Twin Reverb, Super Reverb. I had a Tennessean and a Tremolux I got in 1967, $200 each used. Nobody used any effects, not around yet.
In the late 70s I was gigging with a BF Bandmaster w/2 2x12 cabs and a Gibson LP/SG Custom, about $700 for the whole rig used. Vox Wah.
Rockmans to sound like Tom Scholz
JB's to put in our frankenstrats
sleeveless t-shirts baby!
In my high school years, earlier 70's, guys wanted Les Pauls, Teles, and 335s. As far as what people actually had, one guy with a band had a black LP, another had a Jaguar, my sister's boyfriend had a Country Gentleman, and someone had an SG. That's all of them I can remember other than some Hagstroms around. Amps were pretty much whatever you could get your hands on; which were mostly Ampegs for both guitar and bass. I had an Aria acoustic only, until right after HS got a Tele, and a Heathkit 2x10" amp the aforementioned sister's boyfriend built in HS shop class.
In 1978 I had a righty (it never occurred to me they actually made lefty guitars) 74 Gibson SG Special wine red which I modified to play lefty by replacing the nut. It had one of those fixed saddle stop tail pieces so I just dealt with the loss of intonations. I also had my tech rout out the mini humbucker slots to accommodate the Dimarzio Humbuckers I installed. Those mini humbuckers didn’t sound good to me and the whole inside of it was potted so heavily, it looked like a solid block of resin.
The SG I played into a Peavey amplifier. I think it was a classic. I didn’t pay much attention to name of the model of the amp. My friends just told me I needed a Peavey amp so I went to my local music shop and bought the only they had. All I know is it sounded good.
Anyway, that’s it. SG plugged straight into the amp. I was the cat’s pajamas. I didn’t discover Fender guitars until years later because you couldn’t find lefty guitars anywhere and the SG was practically ambidextrous by comparison. I idolized Jimi Hendrix, but I couldn’t find a way to get comfortable playing a Strat upside down.
I was one happy camper.
Are you going to play it ironically?
When I was in high school, there were two groups- the ones who wanted BC Riches or day-glo pointy guitars and Mesas or Marshalls, and the ones who wanted Rickenbackers and Twins or JC120s. I was in the second group.
What both groups actually played was whatever import guitars we could scrounge up through Peaveys. We both used Boss pedals, but only about half of the guys had any and hardly anyone had more than one. And no one had more than one guitar- it was more than a decade before I was in a band where one of the guys had a Tele and an Ibanez hollowbody.