Worst Equipment Abuse You've Seen Or Heard Of?

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  1. cometazzi

    cometazzi Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    What are some bad stories of dumb or negligent things people have done to gear? I'll start one of with one that I heard from a friend:

    Some guy was a folk and country guitar player for most of his life, and his favorite guitar was an early '60s Gibson Hummingbird that he bought brand new 50-60 years ago. Guy dies in 2012, and his adult son ends up with the guitar. The son doesn't play, but he likes looking at the guitar- it's pretty and every time he sees it it makes him think of Dear ole Dad.

    So he goes in through the soundhole and mounts the guitar on his wall with a bunch of drywall screws through the back.


    And there it is to this day. What you got?
     
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    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Pete Townshend
     
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    Hendrix set his guitar on fire on stage with lighter fluid ... while still plugged in !!!
     
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    Well, that wasn’t negligent; that was performance.
     
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    It wasn't negligent, but it was definitely abusive! Actually, it all started when Townshend accidentally put the headstock of his Rickenbacker through a low ceiling in a club one night, breaking it off in the process. He proceeded to finish the guitar off in frustration, and hence the performance was born.
     
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    Pete's performance was art? Guitar screwed to the wall is art?

    I would hate to have to look at the guitar screwed to the wall, though. That is a tough one.
     
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    :( Great guitarist, but not cool in my book.

     
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    -yep, the Bloomfield Tele is right up there......

    :eek:o_O:twisted::confused::(
     
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    Hurts my eyes to see that one !!!



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    B99DE1D5-231C-4A07-8D3F-94693E705B26.jpeg It’s one thing to destroy a guitar, another to make it live in pain....
    That’s just evil...
     
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    I was at a "kegger in the woods" once and a guy had a decent Martin guitar around the camp fire. I crashed and next morning it was ashes in the fire and the guy was all bummed out...never explained how it got there...he was responsible for what ever happened....
     
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    Local music store back in the 80s had a '64 Strat with a Floyd.
    Someone shoulda been shot for that!
     
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    That piece where the lower cutaway should be looks reversed, and why is there a sliver of wood left where the upper cutaway is now?
     
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    Legend I hear from a guitar friend is that in the 1980s pointy guitars were all the rage, so all those 50s/60s guitars were pretty cheap, by comparison. That's how she picked up a 1952 goldtop for ~$500. Mind you, $500 in 1982 is $1340.51 in 2019 according to an online inflation calculator.

    I could tell you want kinds of offers she gets for that guitar nowadays (along with criticism for playing it out at gigs).
     
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    While I knew long ago that Bloomfield did a lot on a Tele, I dId not know about the Telecide until seeing a GE Smith interview recently.
     
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    Stuff like this is one of my biggest pet peeves, with vintage blackface amps.

    I have a stancore capacitor analyzer,
    I have never seen a blue molded cap show leakage at rated voltage, esr, or D....



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    I’m an inanimate object destroyer and gear is not exempt. Emotional issues.
     
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