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Is your guitar part of your image?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Guy Named Sue, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. ToneRanger

    ToneRanger Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 8, 2009
    Area 51
    Hah - true dat.
    Someone once asked my wife and kids, "Wow, it must be inspiring to hear all that amazing guitar music around the house when you're dad is practicing!"
    They were like, "Meh, I guess. Gets kind of repetitive after a while..." :oops:
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  2. Malurkey

    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 28, 2016
    Usually the conversation is like this:

    Wife - Do you have to make that godawful racket?!

    Me - But honey, if I don’t practice, it will always sound this bad!

  3. JFinelli81

    JFinelli81 Strat-Talk Member

    Aug 22, 2017
    Phila PA
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2017
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  4. maqcatt

    maqcatt Strat-O-Master

    Sep 25, 2008
    silverdale wa
    "This guy's" been gigging non stop for a living since 1963.
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  5. Detector

    Detector Strat-Talker

    Nov 15, 2010
    Dodge City KS
    30+ years ago everyone knew me as a guitar player. Of course I had been playing in local bands for 20 years. Today I'm just that old guy who plays his music too loud.

  6. PelhamSG

    PelhamSG Strat-Talk Member

    Sep 19, 2017
    Are you talking about ONE guitar that represents you? like Chuck Berry and a red ES335, or like Eric Clapton with a black strat. I used to be like that. I had one guitar, a Rickenbacker 620, so that was my image. I was always seen playing it. now that I have multiple guitars by different brands, im not associated with one guitar or brand, although I do favor Fender these days.

  7. Cesspit

    Cesspit Strat-Talker

    Sep 4, 2016
    Oxford England
    My image, well I guess people see a none to bright old git who plays guitar, rides motorbikes and won't grow up. I see myself as a 17 year old who has aged long before his time and can't understand why. Let the masses choose (but I'm not sure they give a damn).

  8. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
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  9. 2-Finger

    2-Finger Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 16, 2016
    Brussels, Belgium
    No, but if it did it would be a tele :)

  10. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.

  11. mjark

    mjark Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 15, 2015
    Well no one would look at me and say he's in a band. I'm cool with that, wanting to look like a musician is long dead.
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  12. RnR Nolan

    RnR Nolan Strat-Talker

    Sep 5, 2017
    Chandler, AZ
    Yeah. I'd say it's part of my image.

    It's also my identity.

    I don't do anything but play guitar. :p
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  13. Pluckeverystring

    Pluckeverystring Strat-Talk Member

    Feb 13, 2018
    Yeah 100 percent either my strat 90 percent of the time or ol'skully when the gig calls for even more badassery. IMG_6504.jpg
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  14. Brat-O-Caster

    Brat-O-Caster Strat-Talker

    Jan 22, 2018
    New York State
    Being that I am the only one in my area that owns and plays a Rickenbacker, so, yeah, those guitars make up my image. I suppose that Rickenbacker image would be a retro-cool, '60s hipster but also the college radio-type.

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  15. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 8, 2016
    No. I do not tie the guitar to my image, and more importantly my self worth.
    Guitar is a part of who I am, but in the grand scheme of things, a small part.
    Firstly I'm dad. Then husband, son, brother, friend, and somewhere farther down the line, guitarist .

  16. trapdoor2

    trapdoor2 Strat-O-Master

    Oct 25, 2017
    Nawth Alabama
    Um, my image only has 5 strings...

    Front Porch Banjo 1987.jpg

    Of course, that was 31 yrs ago. That's an 1889 S.S. Stewart "Orchestra #2". My first 'vintage' banjo. Still have it, 130 yrs old and still plays nicely!


    This is more like 10 yrs ago. I should take a new picture, I've tripled the number of banjos since then...and added a Strat and a Tele!

  17. Borgatomic

    Borgatomic Strat-Talker

    Sep 30, 2017
    No image for me or my guitar.

    The last time I had an image I was wearing bell bottom blue jeans and platforms shoes.

    I'll spare you and not show or describe if any image now. It's mostly pajamas and slippers.

  18. Brat-O-Caster

    Brat-O-Caster Strat-Talker

    Jan 22, 2018
    New York State
    Unfortunately for you, your image will always be tied to this:

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  19. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013
    I see this question, in my mind, in the same way I see a manufacturer asking in a survey "does this car make you feel good about yourself" OR "does this car help you identify as young and adventurous" or some silly crap (my car makes me feel, I can drive somewhere).

    SRV, by his dress alone was either a guitar player, a pimp from the 70's or a palm reader.

    I am exceptionally WYSIWYG, unadorned. When I don't have a guitar...I look homeless, I'm pretty scroungy. When I have a guitar I look like a scroungy, homeless guitar player...not Keith Richards scroungy, but close.

    @Electgumbo ...he got style (mad pimpin'), not so much. :)
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  20. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013

    I agree, in a way. We are blessed, at least I consider it a blessing, some may consider it luck, that I am able to play.

    Our families keep us from getting cocky, but many who see us only wish they could play. Even the drunks who promise us we're the best ever.
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