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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by rocknrollrich, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

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    I used to be fairly picky about what I played on and through.

    I was kinda dependent on certain gear and sounds to play well.

    I have been on a journey to put all of that behind me ( a long never ending journey).

    I want to be able to convey my playing through any guitar or amp, with whatever strings/picks, without any effects or not.
    I figure it's time to put up or shut up.
    Depend on my technique and musicality only. On anything.
    Play with no excuses.

    I'm not there yet, still working on it.
     
  2. Alan Crossley

    Alan Crossley Senior Stratmaster

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    It’s a “ long and winding road” as Mr McCartney once pointed out. Keep doing your own thing and above all, enjoy it.:p
     
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  3. GuitarMechanic

    GuitarMechanic Most Honored Senior Member

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    It is a long and winding road
    A never ending journey, so may as well have fun with it...….
     
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  4. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Trudge on.
    Trudge on..
    Trudge on....

    ============
    Periodically I have to examine my
    Self effacing posts...

    Read yours...
    Thought it over..
    Thought it over...
    And
    What the heck..
    I keep doing what
    I call playing...
    Devoid of
    Musicality
    Technique
    Talents

    Trudge on
     
  5. mshivy

    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

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    There’s a Randy Rhoads interview where he said if his sound wasn’t right he’d get nervous and might have a bad night ( or something to that effect.)
    So if Randy Rhoads can feel that way it’s gotta be ok for the rest of us.

    Personally, I’ve had cheap equipment and good equipment- I like the good stuff better.
     
  6. mshivy

    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

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    Rich, I do think that’s a noble fight, but I’m still gonna keep buying Overdrive pedals
     
  7. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    In my racing days..
    If
    I didn't win
    The next 6.5 days were
    Unending reproachment...
    Third wife told me...
    "I don't even want to know you"
    Quick way to meetings with Divorce Attorneys"
     
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  8. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Sticker bushes and Posy rules! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I am perfectly comfortable and at home with all kinds of gear, and it has taken me meny years to perfect making all that gear sound so bad.:(
     
  9. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I never bought a piece of gear in order to 'sound like someone' or chasing a tone

    I just bought gear I thought was cool (or I got a good deal on it) and learned how to make it do what I wanted it to do.
     
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  10. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

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    I sometimes will have a guest player come up and play a song or two at a show.
    I watch the les Paul guys struggle with the strat, and the relatively cleanish sounding amp i use.
    I get it, i have been there myself.

    I want to make that kind of situation a non factor for me.
    To be able to play the notes i want to play, regardless of what guitar/amp etc.

    I have noticed the strat can be a humbling guitar. It doesn't give you anything for free. What you put in, you get out. Same with the Marshall. It's rather unforgiving.
    I have a les Paul, that i think could play itself without any help from me.
    It's just effortless to play.

    I have a smaller amp at home that is highly compressed ( on it's own), and every note pops out without much work.

    My goal (which is always just out of reach) is to be just as blazing on one rig, as any other.
     
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  11. Ferpie

    Ferpie Strat-O-Master

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    It’s about listening to what you play instead of looking at what you play.

    Of course you have the right to enjoy collecting nice stuffs but you shouldn’t let that reach your playing.

    I think playing exclusively the same guitar and amp for months will help listening to what you play instead of focusing on the more tactile experience of it when you get the good stuffs rolling
     
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  12. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm not a big effects guy, mostly a guitar-cable-amp dude, but if occasionally I need to play a song that has a very characteristic chorus or delay effect, a clean amp and guitar won't do that, so to me it depends.
     
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  13. jaxjaxon

    jaxjaxon Strat-Talker

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    As for myself I do not enjoy playing on a guitar that wont stay in tune or a amp that wont do clean. I do use pedals but half the time I play clean.
     
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  14. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I make myself play on a Fender and then play the same thing on a Gibson all the time. I also stopped using pedals for years. I wanted to be able to sound decent with a guitar and an amp, and for the most part, to always sound like me. I don't think of guitars as one dimensional...you can play anything on any guitar, at least I try to.

    What I struggle with is playing someone else's guitar that uses 10's (or anything but 9-42).

    That, more than anything, makes me feel out of place and useless.
     
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    Strat Jacket Senior Stratmaster

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    Watch some of Rory Gallagher's live playing on YT. Most times he plays plugged straight into the amp with no pedals or effects. He used the volume and tone knobs on the guitar as effects and nursed some unbelievable sounds out of that battered old Strat.
    "A Million Miles Away" comes to mind...an amazing display of volume swells and wah sounds using only the effects Leo gave him...
     
  16. ukoldgit

    ukoldgit Most Honored Senior Member

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    You don't need much quality gear if your only playing at home and your neighbors and wife are deaf;) (Kids are mostly tone deaf anyway)
     
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