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Worst piece of gear you ever owned?

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

  1. Crashbelt

    Crashbelt Tele-Holic

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    Jedson Tele copy bought from a junk shop in Portsmouth in the mid 70s for £10. Unplayable and sounded appalling:confused:.

    So after a few beers me and student housemates decided to Jimi it - doused in petrol set alight and smashed it to bits. Very satisfying:lol::lol:.
     
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  2. AlbertaGriff

    AlbertaGriff Tele-Afflicted

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    I'm trying to forget that time in my life.
     
  3. CK Dexter Haven

    CK Dexter Haven Friend of Leo's

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    I am usually pretty realistic about gear having had some things in my youth that I though of as poor, but now I realize that I was probably guilty of "operator error" and asking it to do more than it was designed for, comparing it to high end stuff, or it was simply in need of adjustment/service. This info was not common knowledge at the time so we struggled against the current perhaps more than we needed to.

    I have had very few modern thing that were truly bad, in need of adjustment maybe, but even low cost things from name makers usually set up w/ little problem, and produce a usable sound.
     
  4. mad dog

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    Fender super 60 amp, red knob.
     
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  5. kafka

    kafka Tele-Afflicted

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    My first guitar, a 50s Kay archtop. Hideous in every respect. Just nothing redeemable about it. If you name a problem that a guitar can have, it had it.
     
  6. Thin69

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    The original Danelectro Fab Tones in the large aluminum body. Never could get a sound out of it that didn't drive me crazy.
     
  7. bftfender

    bftfender Poster Extraordinaire

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    Fender M80 head and 4x12 cab...in gray fuzz covering...no useful tone to me could i coax out if it...never played a solid state ever again..so i thank it for leading me to tubes for life..
     
  8. Thin69

    Thin69 Friend of Leo's

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    #2 worst piece of gear was a 90's Korean Squier Strat with a plywood body and the worst hardware of any guitar I have owned since the 60's. Put good pick ups on it so it sounded good but the rest of the hardware including the body were all unforgivable.
     
  9. Blue

    Blue Tele-Afflicted

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    Owned 3 Strats, two were Fender, big piles of dung. I love Teles but would never touch another Strat.
     
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  10. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity

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    A Gibson Medalist Guitar tube amp. It used some oddball tubes. The thing sounded like a sterile SS amp of the worst variety! I bought it off Craigs list cheap. It happened to have two original Jensen C12N's in it! I scrapped the amp out selling the perfect condition Jensens, then some guy wanted to buy it so I sold it in pieces for what I paid.
     
  11. WetBandit

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    I had one those amps but it was a combo, that I found in an abandoned house along with a Squier Strat... I still have the Strat as it was great after a little setup and some mods...
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    Unfortunately the M80 caught a touch of fire...:oops:
     
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  12. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    Oh, it was the real deal. In that period, CBS treated guitars like manufactured widgets and tried to take as much process and cost out of the widget as they could. Some good guitars happened, almost by mistake, but lots of Fenders from the era are heavy, badly-made, bad-sounding, plastic-looking junk. Telecasters fared better, as they went through fewer design changes than the Strats. The basic Telecaster stayed with the 4-screw neck, for example.
     
  13. JustABluesGuy

    JustABluesGuy Friend of Leo's

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    The worst piece of gear I have ever owned is a Marshall MG250DFX that I foolishly traded a decent VS100 head and 4x12 cab for!
     
  14. Robert H.

    Robert H. Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    A Blues Junior amp (Sorry lovers). Thinnest, junky sounding amp to me.
     
  15. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    The "worst amp" thread is up to 363 replies. Feel free to contribute.

    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/worst-amp-ever-owned.614675/
     
  16. Guitaryellow

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    EHX nano muff, awful, however I have and do buy other EHX pedals although I just got a Silencer that I'm not overly impressed with.
     
  17. MrGibbly

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    The 10 watt solid state Fender practice amp that I got with my first guitar. Couldn't get rid of that thing fast enough! Replaced with a Peavey Bravo that is still rocking ~25 years later. I do miss that first guitar...but, that was a different thread.
     
  18. studio1087

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    1979.....the Rickenbacker TR100 solid state guitar head.

    I bought one used in 1981 soI could be a big fella with a half stack in a high school cover band. The three other band members were friends of mine and they sat me down and asked me to take it back to the store where I paid $100 off of a used pile. That's when I bought Music Man RD50 head.

    I was so proud when I showed up with the Ric head and I went home all ashamed. It sounded like 100 watts of Gorilla Banana.
     
  19. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    Mine was a POS and so was my best friend's. Those are the only two that I ever played and they both sucked. That's my story, you are welcome to like them if you want to.
     
  20. HotRodSteve

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    I had a $10 ukulele that was untuneable and unplayable. It went into the fireplace.
     
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