What were you using in 1988?

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  1. memorex

    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    In 1988, I had a Mesa Mark II-B Simulclass head running into an Ampeg 2X12 bottom with EVM12L's in it. I used a Crybaby and an EHX Y-Triggered filter for floor pedals. I also had a rack of gear inserted into the amps effects loop, which consisted of a dbx165 compressor, an Audioarts stereo 4 band parametric equalizer, a Lexicon PCM41, and a Lexicon PCM42. I had several guitars, but usually played out with a Les Paul Custom and an Ovation Adamas Stereo Electro-acoustic.

    All that gear has been sold, now all I use is a single Nashville Tele partscaster and a Boss GT-100. What a relief on my back.
     
  2. SSL9000J

    SSL9000J Tele-Meister

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    Wow, 1988... Had my first good guitar, ('87 Les Paul standard which I still have,) a Crate amp, (forgot the model but it's been sitting in a buddy's home studio for years now,) Ibanez flanger and a wah-wah of some sort, both long gone. And with those I would've played mostly Zeppelin, AC/DC, Deep Purple & Aerosmith covers, with a bit of Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath & G n R. Some things never change.
     
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  3. sean79

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    I was playing an ‘84 Ibanez Roadstar through a Peavey 130 Special. I still have both, but neither look the same as they did back in 1988. I was probably playing Black Sabbath or AC/DC songs in my buddy’s basement. I got my first (and favorite) Les Paul about a year later - it’s been gone for a long time.
     
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  4. ChrisNY

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    1988.. Played a MIJ Contemporary Strat (Still have it, still my favorite)and a Westone Phoenix through a solid state Crate or Peavey 2x12 (my memory fails me on which brand it was). Effects were a homemade fuzzface my buddy gave me and a crybaby wah. Shortly afterwards I got my Bandmaster when the 2x12 fell out of the back of the truck on the way to a gig. I was playing classic rock with a mediocre bar band. It was fun.
     
  5. TeleBrew

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    1984 Gibson SG, 1987 Aria acoustic, Peavey Bandit 65, ProCo Rat, Crybaby Wah, and Rocktek Chorus, Flanger, and Digital Delay. I had the SG modded with a minitoggle to coil tap the bridge pickup, which I had switched to a Seymour Duncan Full Shred. Rawk!

    The band I was in at the time played originals, but we did cover "I Wanna Be Sedated."
     
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  6. Steve Ouimette

    Steve Ouimette Tele-Holic

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    Oy! What an era. It was pre-Les Paul and pre-Marshall for me. For some reason I fought the whole Gibson/Marshall thing at that point...probably because I was into shredding and all those silly, pointy headstock guitars and high gain amps were calling for me. So, the rig was.

    Ibanez RG - with Bartolini LCE60 humbuckers (STERILE!) and of course, in neon yellow.
    Randall RG100 head into a Carvin 4x12 with Celestion 75's
    And good god man, a Digitech DSP-128 multi FX unit run through the loop in the head.

    To make this even more painful I passed on the option of getting a Trainwreck for the ungodly sum of $1200, with $600 down and a 6 month wait! Plus that thing looked like an old wooden radio...I mean, who's gonna buy THAT? My friend was good friends with Ken Fisher and we talked about it but I just couldn't be convinced. We know how the story ends...
     
  7. Rustbucket

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    I had just joined the school band at 8 years old, playing a cheap electric bass and practice amp from the local ma & pop store that is long gone.

    I wasn into it at the time and didn’t start playing seriously until age 18. I don’t care about the equipment, but would love to have the missed musical development of those 10 formative years back.
     
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  8. bottlenecker

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    A "Series 10" guitar I bought with saved lunch money, plugged into both channels of a sony boombox, which distorted in a fuzz face kind of way.
     
  9. g-Paul

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    '74 Telecaster through either a 70s Traynor YGM3 or a 70s Roland Jazz Chorus
     
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  10. Poorman512

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    1986 Ibanez RG440 and carvin x100b halfstack.Digitech delay/chorus/flanger pedal. My first good guitar and amp. I was a teenage hard rocker playing Van Halen and Tesla and our own songs.

    Guitar got stolen in the 90's and I still miss it. Still probably the best playing guitar I have ever had. Sold the amp to get a 5150 when they came out. Finally sold the 4x12 last year after sitting unused for 15 years.
     
  11. Tele Fan

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    I was 7 but I did have a toy guitar :)
     
  12. ezcaster

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    The attached pic is from 1988...'66 Fender Jazzmaster straight into a Vibrolux amp.

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  13. 24 track

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    I was building studios in88 , I had a black face 50Watt fender bassman , with matching 2X12 and , 2X15 cab , my 70'SG , my 78 Strat ,and a ton of vintage synths

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  14. WhatThePluck

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    What was I using in '88? Diapers, sippy cups, and lots of formula.
     
  15. John E

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    My first gig guitar... Aria Pro II "The Cat"

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    My Mach 1 Flying V feeding an Arion Distortion pedal to Arion Phaser to a Legend ? combo amp to a Sound City Design 4X12 cabinet in my basement bedroom driving the Crazy Train on my way to the Stairway To Heaven trying to figure out the latest Tesla tune.
    Only part of which remains to this day...
    This

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  17. Paul in Colorado

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    '88 was the year I moved back to Tucson, AZ after four years in Charlottesville, VA. I had just scored an '86 Fender Tele '52 RI (still have) and a St. Blues Blues King III, a Strat copy with a flat top and binding. (Got stolen). I also had a '79 Travis Bean TB 500 (sold) and a '66 Epiphone Riviera (still have). My acoustics were a '72 Martin D-18 (sold) and a then new Taylor 510 and a Taylor Dreadnaught 12 String (still have both). Amps were a '66 Fender Super Reverb and a Carvin X-100 with an oak cabinet (both gone).

    The pedalboard was (IIRC) a Ross compressor (I think), DOD Supra Distortion, Boss CE-2, D'Armond volume pedal and a Boss DD-2 Delay, plus a Boss TU-2 tuner. I think that's it. It had a row of LED's and a meter. That DOD pedal sucked, but somehow I made it work for a while.

    I also had a Rickenbacker lap steel from the late '40's. One of the battleship grey metal ones. I didn't play it much then. It's been replaced by a couple of others.

    Songs we played in the band I was in before leaving Ch'ville included, Rumba Girl (Nicolette Larson), Smoking Gun (Robert Crey), Wall of Death (Richard Thompson), Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison), Going, Going Gone (Nancy Griffith?), Do it! (a song our bass player did. The girls in the band hated it, but I liked the humor) I think we did a few of my songs as well. I've lost touch with all of those folks. It was a good little band. We were called "Fullhouse." The other guitarist was a woman with a Les Paul who rocked that sucker. My roommate Brooke was the "chick singer." The bass player was a cool hippie dude who was an architect and the drummer owned a sandwich shop.

    Good times!
     
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  18. Slip Kid

    Slip Kid Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    ‘86 MIJ Contemporary Strat with System 1 trem, SFTR w/ push/pull MV, Crybaby was and MXR Distortion +.

    I would’ve been ruining Voodoo Child (Slight Return), SRV, Zeppelin and Clapton songs.
     
  19. Digsy66

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    I had the same guitar! Still got it now! Plays really well and is straight as an arrow. Hondo 935 Revival ‘81. Even the same colour .. cool!
     
  20. BryMelvin

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    Wasn't playing much in 1988. I was still on active duty and usually deployed. However when home and playing I "guest appeared" with a local country band using a Univox 330 copy,Yamaha acoustic, and a Squier tele. and a Peavey Heritage VTX twin.

    Still have the guitars.

    Played ...whatever was on the bands list for the night!
     
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