When well known players use Strange, unlikely and sometimes HATED gear.

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  1. Sparky2

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    Yeah, but nobody told him that they were Squier Strats.

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    He played a modified Mustang earlier.
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    Sometimes an ugly sound is used by purpose if it serves the song.
    You wouldn't wanna play Kid Charlemagne that way.
     
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    Jeff Healey also had those Evans pickups. Love those things.
     
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    Golden earring guitarist George Kooymans had his share of using strange gear throughout the years, for example, he's been using BC Rich guitars since the late seventies, when a tour with Aerosmith (and with Aerosmith being the OPENER!) had Joe Perry introduce Kooymans to them.
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    But a far stranger guitar that Kooymans adopted is the much maligned Gibson Marauder.

    He discovered that that bright, cutting sound of a Marauder works perfectly with dropped D tuning as the first track in this clip so aptly showcases.

    In fact, on recent shows, Kooymans still breaks out the Marauder for songs with dropped D tunings.
     
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    For me,his tone really jumped the shark when he started playing that thing.
    I enjoyed his tone up until then.
     
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    Artificial Relics! :eek:

    A player who buys scrap guitar parts, the neck and body were in the 'seconds' bin at the factory he bought them from, the pickup came out of an old Gibson 335 (later found to have one bobbin with a fortuitous break where it still worked and sounded better for it) and was put in a hacked out pickup cavity, simplified wiring because that's what worked and no Internet to get the proper factory wiring diagram, self painted body, broken piece of pickguard, and relic'd including cigarette burns and broken bits screwed in where they don't go like that switch or the quarter. Enough weirdness and hackery to create bloody popcorn fights in every modern guitar forum -- except they make $20,000 custom shop knock offs of it now....

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    BB and his Lab Series amp.
    I think Albert played some solid state thing that nobody else could make sound good
     
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    After The Clash split up, I saw Mick Jones with Big Audio Dynamite and he was playing through Lab Series amps at that show.

    But I really dug the guitar he played that night - a Bond Electraglide.

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    Pretty well ahead of its time. Carbon fiber body, LED readout for volume, electronic switches for pickups. And the guitar, oddly, had no frets - the neck was made of resin with angled cuts to replace frets. It also required being plugged in with a bulky power supply to run, so that made it impractical for stage.

    I was blown away by the look of that guitar and didn't find out until years later what it was. They still pop up on Reverb from time to time, in various stages of functionality.

    - D
     
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    1A2020A4-F8A1-4D62-9629-3CED5848FBC7.png Hound Dog Taylor.. Kingston guitar thru a Silvertone amp
     
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    ha ha! it's a matter of taste, I guess. I always nominate that solo when asked "what's the worst tone ever?"
     
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    My vote for post of the day...
     
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    Hubert Sumlin with his Bartolini. Myself, I would kill for that guitar, but I doubt I could make it sound like anything but a weird Italian guitar:

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    The funny thing is that Elliot Randall came in for the session and found that there was no guitar amp there and the others were going "We thought you'd bring your own!" So making due with what WAS there, he recorded that song using one of THESE.
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    The Ampeg SVT is a 400 Watt tube Bass amp, you'd have to work it really hard to have any kind of overdrive.

    But apparently Brecker and Fagen liked the sound enough for them to keep it in.
     
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    If that story is true, I am amazed that he could get such a bad sound out of that amp.

    But it is very hard to believe that a well-known guitar player would show up at a NYC recording studio, and find that there was NO, NONE, NOT ONE single guitar amp in the studio. I myself have showed up for 9:00 AM sessions in the tiniest nameless studios in weird unknown cities; and at every one of them the owner/engineer showed me at least 4 guitar amps available.

    Gee, I wonder what amps they used for all the other guitar parts?
     
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    J.J. Cale with that horrible Casio guitar with a built in synth.

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    I can tell that this guitar was horrible - I had one myself.
    Can't imagine how lucky I was when I could sell it.
     
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    He didn't do the original solo. I tried to find the vid of it but no success. I think the little Piggy sounded better, but the original sort of suits the song.

    Some Steely Dan songs were out there for guitar tone though, like the duelling leads on one song - Babylon Sister? No-one could accuse them of blind copycat
     
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    Michael Schenker used one on some of the Obsession album.
     
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    What about his other guitar?


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