Guitar gear, musings, opinions..etc thread

Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by Power Player, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Messages:
    19,773
    Location:
    On my iPhone
    Guitar player has such nice gear that i figured id make a thread for all of us players to talk about guitar related stuff.

    I sold about all of my gear, and just have an american tele, studio lp and some fender basses (my money makers). I lost all gear lust a long time ago, but now and then i want set up a nice versatile guitar rig that i can jam out with and record on. I have a soft spot for old used tube low watt tube amps. I love to double track a dirty gibson tone and blend in some tele under as well.

    GP has the new bogner pedals, and those could be game changers. The bogner distortion sound is one of my all time favorites..so clean and versatile. Im real minimal so i was thinking of getting a bugera v5 and shoving a drive pedal in front of it, and im done. The few times i do practice anymore, it is on my lp, and it is usually tbone walker and clapton licks. So im really not a gear guy when it comes to music, i keep my tinkering to tennis.

    That being said..GP if you dont use that red bogner very much, let me know. I may want to try that bad boy out sometime.

    Anyway, feel free to talk guitar/bass as sometimes us gplayers can take over other threads, so why not have one to ourselves.
     
    #1
  2. guitarplayer

    guitarplayer Guest

    My first band. I was in the 6th grade. That was an original 1964 Gibson SG. This was in 1966. I sold it when I was in the 9 th grade and bought a strat so I could be like Jimi Hendrix. And my awesome Sears Silvertone amp.

    [​IMG]
     
    #2
  3. guitarplayer

    guitarplayer Guest

    My current board. Pedaltrain Pro

    [​IMG]
     
    #3
  4. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Messages:
    19,773
    Location:
    On my iPhone
    Yes the metal zone. My first pedal. Loved that thing. Thats a lot of distortion options, iu sure you need that red bogner? It looks out of place...lol.

    My pedal board before i sold it was a ts9, boss tuner, big muff, memory man, mxr phase 90 and rat.
     
    #4
  5. guitarplayer

    guitarplayer Guest

    I've owned every one of those pedals!
     
    #5
  6. max

    max Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2004
    Messages:
    2,682
    I play acoustic; love the live strings. I've got a Chinese Guild, which I bought around 2005, and which, in today's time and temperature and humidity and age, is really starting to sound very, very nice.

    I've lusted after more expensive guitars, American Guilds like the D-55, but at the end of the day, sound matters, and what I've got trucks along very well.
     
    #6
  7. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Messages:
    19,773
    Location:
    On my iPhone
    I do want a Martin one day. I know the acoustic bug will bite me again. I started on classical guitar when I was a kid and there is something great about just cranking out some fingerstyle jams with no effects or amps on a perfectly crafted and intonated acoustic guitar.
     
    #7
  8. The Meat

    The Meat Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2012
    Messages:
    1,998
    What's everyone's favorite string brand and gauges?

    Mine's D'addario EXL 110
     
    #8
  9. NiteFly

    NiteFly Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2007
    Messages:
    127
    Location:
    Odenton, MD
    Very nice setup GuitarPlayer! I love the finish on the Les Paul. I will own one one of these days! What amp are you playing through? I haven't messed with my rig in years as I haven't played in bands for the last 8 years. When I do start playing again, I imagine I will go with a simpler set-up and lower wattage.

    My current rig is a Parker Fly Artist -> Boss V-Wah -> VHT Ultralead with a TC GMajor in the effects loop and a Behringer midi pedal that controls channel switching on the head and patch changes on the Gmajor. The VHT distortion is so dry and unique, it might be hard to give up. I did have this amp modified by Trace at Voodoo Amps to fatten it up a bit and give more usable sweep on the distortion knob.

    Most of the time these days I just play through an epiphone valve jr though. From the rig above to one knob is a pretty big contrast!

    I sold all my other guitars to buy the Parker, but I held onto my 91 Fender Strat. Thinking about putting Joe Barden's in that.

    The only gear lust I have right now besides the Bardens is a new acoustic, and a 1x12 low watt tube amp. Of course, once I buy the amp, I'm sure Ill need to build around that :)
     
    #9
  10. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Messages:
    19,773
    Location:
    On my iPhone
    Ernie Ball. Just out of company loyalty. I would have my bass restrung every show on tour.

    Nitfely, awesome man. I want a small tube amp as well. I am leaning towards the bugera because I don't want to spend a lot, but the valve junior has always been highly respected in that same price range. I could make a GASy purchase in one of those bogner pedals and put it in front, since that is my favorite distortion tone besides a cranked Orange amp and I'd be done.
     
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2012
    #10
  11. Dilettante

    Dilettante Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    May 13, 2005
    Messages:
    2,108
    Location:
    Katy Perry's belly button
    I normally don't use pedals, not even playing live. Just a tuner pedal and the amp channel switch (and not always).

    I'm learning A LOT playing that way, specially live where I have to take control of the sound the amp is producing just with my way of playing.

    I only use pedals when the band requires it.

    Dean Markley Blue Steel 009-042
     
    #11
  12. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Messages:
    19,773
    Location:
    On my iPhone
    I love that setup. Use the channel and volume knobs to control things. It works great for many bands as long as you can play well and have a good setup. What is yours?

    Ran an SG into an old 72 Marshall like that and used to do classic rock covers once a week with some friends at a blues bar..it was freaking awesome.
     
    #12
  13. SlapShot

    SlapShot Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2006
    Messages:
    2,423
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
    I've been on a gear buying spree myself lately. In the last 4 months, I've bought:

    PRS McCarty
    Gibson LP Traditional Pro
    MJT '62 Tele copy in firemist gold
    Avid Eleven Rack (greatest home-jamming tool in the universe)

    I'm a Tele guy at heart, but the McCarty and LP were such good deals, I couldn't pass them up. Always good to have some variety in tones at hand as well. The 11Rack was bought because I expect once I finish grad school, I'll be starting a fun cover band and my homebuilt amps (Matchless DC30 clone, hot-rodded AC30, Plexi clone) won't have enough variety, and carrying a 3 channel head and cab is just too much for me now in my "old" age.

    With regard to strings, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool DR 10's user. They were the first string that I felt didn't have a break-in period where they were too bright, and they stayed fresh longer than D'Addarios or Ernie Balls.
     
    #13
  14. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Messages:
    19,773
    Location:
    On my iPhone
    I have to get my Studio LP intonated and worked on. but my god, the LP is still to me the king. Love the necks, love the tone, love even though sensitive intonation...lol.

    But I came up in the PRS era where everyone started using them and putting them through a Mesa Boogie became the new gibson through marshall. Then we got a ton on the road, and every single band had them. I have overdosed on PRS since then even though they are excellent guitars.

    So Im a tele/gibson guy as well. But probably the best guitar I ever owned besides my LP was a cherry red strat with a maple neck.
     
    #14
  15. guitarplayer

    guitarplayer Guest

    I've gone full circle from the old days. Used to runa 76 Marshall JMP...no pedals...just the vol knob on the SG. Had Rectos and everythin in between. Now a simple set up. My pedalboard through a beautiful clean platform...Fender Hot Rod DeluxeIII.

    My LP has been modded. Duncan Invader in the bridge, bone nut, Grover tuners, strap locks. It's a little rock machine.
     
    #15
  16. tennis_balla

    tennis_balla Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    Messages:
    3,666
    Location:
    Here and There
    Here's my Ernie Ball/Music Man Axis. Best guitar I've ever played.

    [​IMG]
     
    #16
  17. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Messages:
    19,773
    Location:
    On my iPhone
    Those EB guitars are really underrated.
     
    #17
  18. tennis_balla

    tennis_balla Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    Messages:
    3,666
    Location:
    Here and There
    Very underrated.

    There's a factory tour on Youtube of the Music Man factory. It puts everyone else to shame in how they manufacture their guitars. Only John Suhr and PRS would be at the same level and/or surpass it.
     
    #18
  19. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Messages:
    19,773
    Location:
    On my iPhone
    I was going to use EB on tour and figured theyd just send me a loaner and I'd be all set. Instead, they began making me a custom guitar and the timeline was too long so I cancelled it. But that in itself was pretty great and why they are one of the most toured with brands out there, especially for string and Basses.
     
    #19
  20. tennis_balla

    tennis_balla Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    Messages:
    3,666
    Location:
    Here and There
    Their basses are legendary and the customer service they have is amazing. Sterling Ball even posts and interacts with members on their online forum.

    The reason why I bought a Music Man and forgot about everything else was not just how well it played and sounded but the build quality of the instrument and materials used. There's no cutting corners. They make quality guitars.
     
    #20
  21. guitarplayer

    guitarplayer Guest

    Awesome guitar...just seeing it makes me want to break out some EVh Panama
     
    #21
  22. tennis_balla

    tennis_balla Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    Messages:
    3,666
    Location:
    Here and There
    That's why I bought it, big EVH fan and EB/MM electronically scanned Ed's old Kramer 5150 neck and reproduced it with the EVH sig/Axis model.
     
    #22
  23. Dilettante

    Dilettante Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    May 13, 2005
    Messages:
    2,108
    Location:
    Katy Perry's belly button
    Although I'm more a Stratocaster guy, right now I'm using a Telecaster with Marshall or Engl amps live. An old Roland amp for practice.
     
    #23
  24. guitarplayer

    guitarplayer Guest

    Some of my acoustics for ya....

    [​IMG]
     
    #24
  25. Dilettante

    Dilettante Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    May 13, 2005
    Messages:
    2,108
    Location:
    Katy Perry's belly button
    Nice. The second one looks like the one I would like more to play.
     
    #25
  26. guitarplayer

    guitarplayer Guest

    From the left or right?
     
    #26
  27. Dilettante

    Dilettante Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    May 13, 2005
    Messages:
    2,108
    Location:
    Katy Perry's belly button
    From the left, like: 1, 2, 3, 4
     
    #27
  28. guitarplayer

    guitarplayer Guest

    That's my Martin Custom Dread Classic Rosewood. Like a D28. She's a smooth cannon. First one is a Martin Sustainable Wood OMGT. Number 3 is a Martin beater for campfires, last is a Taylor 314ce
     
    #28
  29. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Messages:
    19,773
    Location:
    On my iPhone
    A lot of us have been tracking with software for a while. I know that is pretty much horrific and awful to say in any gear related community, but I have fooled a lot of people with my les paul going into softube's vintage amp room with a ts9 in front.

    I know about soundcloud..any other good little small audio hosting sites where I could upload some blues licks next time I record something?
     
    #29
  30. Avles

    Avles Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2009
    Messages:
    1,505
    Location:
    The Peak of Good Living
    The guitar I probably play the most at the moment is a no-brand classical parlor guitar that I got at the local thrift store for $3. I keep it in my office, because it's quiet enough that I can plink around without bothering my co-workers.

    At home I play a couple of entry-level Godin guitars-- either the steel-string Art & Lutherie Ami that I learned on, or a Norman solid-top dreadnought that my wife bought when she was trying to learn (don't know the model).

    The Ami is a parlor guitar with a pretty nice sound though of course lacking in the bass dept.; the Norman is easy to play (very low action and stays in tune like a champ), but doesn't produce as full a sound as you might expect for a guitar of its size and materials.

    Someday maybe I'll spring for an American guitar. :) I'd love to try a Taylor but I can't justify the expense right now, and I don't feel like I'm being limited by what I have.
     
    #30
  31. Bk_Mais

    Bk_Mais New User

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2009
    Messages:
    24
    Nice!!

    Glad to see some EBMM love out here too. I have a EBMM JP6. Just love the feel of EBMM necks.:)
     
    #31
  32. SlapShot

    SlapShot Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2006
    Messages:
    2,423
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
    I think Soundcloud is the de-facto standard lately.

    Re: software modeling, I thought that Amplitube sounded pretty good when I used that, and my Eleven Rack sounds awfully good - the Bogner model is insane.
     
    #32
  33. kalic

    kalic Professional

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2006
    Messages:
    821
    Location:
    Clay, behind the baseline
    I'm a big fan of classic racquets, but I don't like classic guitars. Uncomfortable bodies and necks, small frets, almost useless tremolos, ugly imho ... On the other side, sound is great on some. Modern "superstrats" are my definite choice. I currently play Jackson DKMG, and before it there was Kramer 610 and Ibanez RG.
     
    #33
  34. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Messages:
    19,773
    Location:
    On my iPhone
    Kalic, I think a lot of it has to do with the style of music you like to play too. I like playing blues rock/grunge/indie..Now you can play any style on anything (just like tennis), but for example my friends who produce a ton of metal hate teles, strats and LPs (metal producers need perfect intonation on their guitars and tune every single take for super tight doubles) and love Ibanez Universes, Jacksons and guitars like that.

    If I was going to guess, Id say you are into metal even though you can play any style you want on your guitars, it just fits the "profile".
     
    #34
  35. NiteFly

    NiteFly Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2007
    Messages:
    127
    Location:
    Odenton, MD
    I had an Ibanez RG550 that was my main for many years. Fantastic guitar! Loaded it with an EMG81 and 85. Have you tried a Parker?
     
    #35
  36. kalic

    kalic Professional

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2006
    Messages:
    821
    Location:
    Clay, behind the baseline
    ^ unfortunately not. I heard that they are very comfortable and nice balanced... "NiteFly"
     
    #36
  37. KenC

    KenC Professional

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2009
    Messages:
    1,428
    Location:
    The Cliffs of Insanity
    There are a lot of snobs who tout they only use real tube amps but secretly use a POD to record with. I'm not a gear snob and love how my GNX3000 sounds recorded. Hell, I have also gotten great tone out of my Pod XT Pro and even a V-Amp Pro. Yeah, I get great tone out of a Masotti X100M but I have to work harder to get it with mic placement and ridiculous volumes.

    As for song sharing sites, SoundCloud and ReverbNation are the two I was told to look at recently when I wanted to share some stuff I was playing around with. I ended up putting a few things on SoundCloud as it was very easy to get started with. Here's some fun stuff I just put up on SoundCloud.


    I've been playing Jackson Soloists for so long now, I can't imagine playing anything else. After using a couple of Charvels that I got in the early 80's I bit the bullet and got a custom lefty SL1 in 1985 and then got a custom SH2H in 1987. From that point on I have been collecting lefty USA Soloists.
     
    #37
  38. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Messages:
    19,773
    Location:
    On my iPhone
    Ken this is great. Reminds me of all the guitar player solo records that were out in the 80s and 90s. My guitar teacher played a lot like you. He would play the national anthem before sports games the same way you play.
     
    #38
  39. NiteFly

    NiteFly Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2007
    Messages:
    127
    Location:
    Odenton, MD
    Heh... I actually own a Fly Artist model and not a a Nitefly, but a FlyArtist forum name sounded too much like I was a rapper or something! The guitar weighs next to nothing and stays in tune better than any guitar I've owned. Probably due to the stability from the carbon-glass composite all over it.
     
    #39
  40. CoachingMastery

    CoachingMastery Professional

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2008
    Messages:
    1,077
    Location:
    Utah
    [​IMG]

    Me playing bass in the Carlie Wall Band at the spectacular Tuachan Theater in Utah...my bass is a 1982 Fender P-Bass.

    [​IMG]
     
    #40
  41. KenC

    KenC Professional

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2009
    Messages:
    1,428
    Location:
    The Cliffs of Insanity
    I started playing rock guitar in the 70's. My early influence was EVH. When Malmsteen arrived he became my main influence until Vinnie Moore, Tony Macalpine and the rest of the shredders arrived.
     
    #41
  42. UCSF2012

    UCSF2012 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2010
    Messages:
    1,923
    No Martins and Taylors here

    I love classical guitars, and I had to have the real thing. Martin and Taylor just do not make real classical guitars.


    [​IMG]

    My Jose Ramirez 1A
     
    #42
  43. guitarplayer

    guitarplayer Guest

    Just hooked up my new Pedaltrain Jr board. Perfect fit!

    [​IMG]
     
    #43
  44. rkelley

    rkelley Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2010
    Messages:
    2,370
    OK, this is crazy. Tennis and guitar players? That's me (I'm a better guitar player than a tennis player). I play tennis with someone like this too. We're both engineers as well - guitars and tennis racquets aren't free, and there ain't no way I'm making money playing tennis. Music is just brutal to make any real money in - especially if you want to play your own stuff.
     
    #44
  45. Timbo's hopeless slice

    Timbo's hopeless slice Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2011
    Messages:
    4,078
    new FEnder Custom Shop tele purchased, pics to follow :)
     
    #45
  46. Dedans Penthouse

    Dedans Penthouse Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2004
    Messages:
    3,968
    Location:
    Antarctica
    Nellie put your your tele next to mine

    ^^^ Congrats Timbo. Enjoy the grit, growl and twang
     
    #46
  47. SlapShot

    SlapShot Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2006
    Messages:
    2,423
    Location:
    Minneapolis, MN
    Awesome! :)

    I put together a parts Tele over Christmas that is easily on par with the '62 RI I had a few years ago, but sadly I haven't had time to wrap up the fretwork and other little setup things since life has gotten in the way the last few weeks. Hoping that this weekend, I can finally finish tweaking it. I am a Tele player, through and through.
     
    #47
  48. v-verb

    v-verb Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2012
    Messages:
    2,023
    Location:
    Toronto
    My guitar in progress - Les Paul type
    [​IMG]

    my fave guitar - a Swedish made Johan Gustavsson
    [​IMG]

    My old Marshall plexi
    [​IMG]
     
    #48
  49. Power Player

    Power Player G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Messages:
    19,773
    Location:
    On my iPhone
    Verb you have some sick gear man.
     
    #49
  50. v-verb

    v-verb Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2012
    Messages:
    2,023
    Location:
    Toronto
    Thanks Power Player! Please let me know when you get one of those Bogner pedals and if they kick ***:twisted:

    Cheers

    nigel

    Here's one of my more esoteric amps - tons of sounds in this beast

    [​IMG]
     
    #50

Share This Page