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What piece of gear did you pick up because "so and so" uses it?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by sswoverl, Feb 27, 2021.

  1. lmjmitchell

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    I don't think I'd ever buy a piece of gear simply because one of my favorite musicians used it.

    It has to sounds good and serve a purpose for me to buy it.
     
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  2. DougM

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    Dickey is definitely the amazing composer in the ABB, but I love them both as players. However, I love Duane's regular solos more than his slide. The same is true of Derek. I like to hear him playing with fingers more than slide.
    I saw them several times when they reformed the band with Warren. Dickey and Warren were an incredibly formidable combination too
     
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    rz350 Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Stratocaster, because I worship Hendrix and I play lefty.... First guitar is my '79....

    Eventually sold some motorcycle parts that were near and dear to me and bought a '68 RI Strat, because of Woodstock, I love that guitar.

    I love CBS Strats, and pre CBS too....

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  4. rz350

    rz350 Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    ....and I bought a Red, left handed Les Paul because of Elliot Easton, love that pickup switch/kill switch thing... :)

     
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    Way early on, a strat because of Dick Dale.

    Just recently a Big Muff because of Jack White. (Actually, I bought a $29 Mosky rip-off version called the Mini Muff:rolleyes:)
     
  6. Phrygian77

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    For me, my first real real experience with with the Allman Brothers Band was Brothers and Sisters. I was maybe 9-10 years old at the time. My dad had 1/4" reel to reel, and I wanted to play around with recording on it. So, he gave me a tape he thought was blank. I was playing around with it, and I could he this weird sound in the background after recording and playing it back. I didn't know it immediately, but it was bleed through from the other tracks on the tape. It was a four track, so when I enabled the other tracks, I suddenly had this odd bluesy music playing in reverse. I flipped the tape over, and there it was. I had no idea what it was, but it spoke to me like nothing else I'd ever heard.
     
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  7. El Tele Lobo

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    Not current, but I did put a Joe Barden bridge pickup in my first tele because Bill Kirchen and Danny Gatton used them.
     
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    Cool video, thanks. Loved the cars back in HS. Still have all their vinyl albums. But I never saw such an early video. Beginning to find a new appreciation for Elliot Easton.
     
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    I feel this. I love the Ovation Breadwinner/Deacon, but I was never into any of the artists that either shilled for them or played them (Steve Marriott, David Cassidy, Roy Clark), I just thought they looked cool. I bought a used '83 Fender Bullet because it was all I could afford. I bought maybe 5-10 crappy solid-state amps over the years because it was all I could afford. A couple of them I even got for free from friends. I built an op-amp Big Muff because a friend of mine had one and let me borrow it to copy the circuit, and that was years before I heard Billy Corgan liked them.

    If I had the money and bought gear because of artists I admired, I'd have a Mesa Boogie Mark IIc+, Marshall JCM800, a white Explorer, a white Strat, a black SG, and a Tube Screamer and Crybaby Wah. I don't have any of that now. Actually, I do have a white Strat, but it's a Squier with the larger CBS-style headstock that I bought in pieces in a box at Goodwill for $2.99; nope, that's NOT a typo, and really it's the only reason I have it.

    The last thing I want is to be caught saying is "I bought this guitar/amp/effect hoping I would look and sound like (name of player here)." Ugh. No. Slap me if I ever say that... Hard.
     
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    When I was first starting out on electric, I wanted a single cut semihollow because I was a fan of Richard Thompson and the cover of the Fairport Convention greatest hits album showed a guy holding an ES-275. Turns out that was the other guitar player in the band. (I couldn’t afford an ES-275, so I had bought an Ibanez AS75.)

    Then a few years ago I saw a YouTube video of Fairport Convention from way back and Thompson was playing the ES-275! Maybe the other guy borrowed it for the photo shoot? Not sure.
     
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    Oh, also I bought a small-bodied archtop because of David Rawlings. Again, couldn’t afford a vintage Epiphone Olympic, so I ended up with a Framus 5/51 Studio. Cool guitar, still have it.
     
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    Just about every specialty pick I bought for a long time was a signature pick of someone famous. LOL.

    I once owned a SRV signature strat because SRV.
     
  13. RobRiggs

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    And I still don’t sound like Vai or Satch, worse luck ;)

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    tweed deluxe - neil young

    ram's head big muff - j mascis
     
  15. Tony Forman

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    Stratocasters because of Ritchie Blackmore.
    Telecasters because of Francis Rossi & the late Rick Parfitt.
    Barden Pickups because of Danny Gatton.
    A Roland Cube amp because of Ed Bickert.
    A Fender Princeton Reverb because of Jim Campilongo.
    Fred Kelly Slick Pick because of Scotty Anderson.
    A Phaser pedal because of Ol' Waylon.
     
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    Now that I think about it, quite a bit of my gear has been, at least in part, because of someone I admired used it.
    • Rickenbacker 360/12 - The Beatles, The Who, Tom Petty, Carl Wilson, etc
    • Gretsch Projet - The Beatles ( I know it's the wrong model, but it's still a Gretsch)
    • Rickenbacker 4003 - The Beatles, God-knows who else
    • Rickenbacker 620 - Tom Petty
    • Gibson SG Classic (with P90's) - Pete Townshend
    • Vox Amps - The Beatles (seeing a trend here yet)
    There is one piece of gear that I bought specifically because of one song, and that was an Adrenalinn III. ""Bigger Than My Body" by John Mayer is a preset, which is initially why I got it. However, the amp models are incredible, and it has a spot on version of a Hiwatt DR103, which made everything I play sound like "Live at Leeds".

    Just about the only major piece of gear that I bought that was not influenced at all by who else has played one is my G&L Bluesboy.
     
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  17. MisterZ

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    Fuzz Face, because Jimi Hendrix and Eric Johnson.
     
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    kill switch - Buckethead
     
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    I have bought gear that I became aware of because players I like used it so I checked it out and decided it would work for me.

    I've never just ran out and bought something because so-and-so used it.
     
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    My first guitar - a black Tele. Joe Strummer's fault :D
     
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