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Worst piece of gear you ever owned?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by WetBandit, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    A Line 6 HD-500 board.

    I was a hard core Line 6 guy - prior to the HD-500, I bought the first Flextone XL combo (still have it), the v1 kidney bean Pod (still have it), an XT Live board (still have it) and a Variax 300 (sold it a while ago). I liked all of this gear and I figured that as good as the stuff I had was, the HD-500 could only be better. Man, was I wrong on that one.

    I really looked forward to getting the HD-500, but shortly after buying it I grew to hate it. The amp modeling was so-so (getting a good tone out of it took hours of tweaking, and I wasn't into it), all the slams against Line 6 models being 'fizzy' were brought horribly to life with this thing.

    My first clue that they engineered themselves out of the game should have been obvious when I looked and noticed that they crammed so many ins and outs on the back panel that they didn't leave room for an on-off switch.

    Line 6 seems to have redeemed themselves with the Helix, but that HD-500 was a hot mess.

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  2. guitartwonk

    guitartwonk Tele-Holic

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    Yup, even though I'm more a strat guy now, I will never sell my teles. They have a way of getting into your soul.
     
  3. cyclopean

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    a grenade pin?
     
  4. dogmeat

    dogmeat Friend of Leo's

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    I sold my old Peavy tube amp (mistake) and bought a new Marshall solid state amp in about 2004 because I wanted a lighter rig. don't remember which one but it was about 40 watts, single 12. it had a pretty crappy sound.... it was "all most" good enough, but not. also, the jack broke the PC board the first hit it took and required splicing in wires & epoxy. I fiddled with it year & it never got better. in attempt to get a livable sound with it I bought one of those "Pod" things that simulates ever amp and effect ever made.... and thats the second large bit 'o crap. I've had other stuff I didn't bond with but those were two total losers. I wised up and went back to old school stuff that just works
     
  5. cyclopean

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    i've heard those sound outstanding in punk bands.
     
  6. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    It'd have been fine if all I wanted was crappy solid state dirt. In the right punk band...sure. But it was a terrible general purpose amp, and it didn't have a lot of "balls." I bought it just to get the Ampeg B-25B cab that it was packaged with.
     
  7. cyclopean

    cyclopean Poster Extraordinaire

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    i've heard some great solid state dirt out of that. but, y'know, right tool for the right job.
     
  8. WetBandit

    WetBandit Friend of Leo's

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    My first amp was a gorilla gg-10

    It had 4 controls volume, treble, bass and a power switch...

    What is this "tube stack" wizardry?

    And chorus? Mine would kinda make a warbly sound after I ran it through a 100' extension cord so I could play in the backyard... but that's as close as it ever came to having chorus lol...


    Man you guys got the good ones I guess?
     
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  9. WetBandit

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    My boss just bought that, and the digitech version... because he thinks he can sound like Cobain....:lol:
     
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    idjster VERY grateful member Silver Supporter

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    I had a Behringer wah pedal that was an absolute tone suck. Hated it. It didn’t last too long. Otherwise I’ve been blessed with good gear for years!
     
  11. cyclopean

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    i saw a band use that going into a 4x12 saturday and it sounded great. no pedals, great growl, excellent clarity.
     
  12. esseff

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    I wouldn't say it was the worst but my Line 6 Spider Jam was a non-intuitive PITA to tweak compared to the Fender G-DEC. Twice as heavy too. Gotta admit that their backing tracks were much better than Fenders' though.
    I had a MetalZone pedal that left a lot to be desired. The mod kit I bought for it didn't work either so now it's an empty case waiting for a decent filling.
     
  13. Shuster

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  14. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    My first guitar was a Japaneese LP Copy.
    It was flat out terrible.
    Bolt on neck, plywood body.
    The biggest effort the Manufacturer made was fo build it as Cheap as possible.
     
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