What kind of equipment were you using in the 1980s?

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  1. bbutler123

    bbutler123 Supporting Member

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    Scott home stereo amp (solid state) 40 watts per channel, run through 2 or 4- Celestion speakers from 1973 or so(probably Greenbacks, don't know).

    The frequency response wasn't limited like a guitar amp, it was full 20-20,000 and it was the fullest-sounding amp I've ever heard. And it was so clean. I used a DOD overdrive pedal, and though it was crap compared to a tube screamer, I was ecstatic about my equipment.

    I play hard rock with a lot of clean.

    For a while, I owned a Randall 120 watt head through 4-12" somethings, but it was dead compared to the Scott.

    Though I didn't use it after about 1998, I owned the Scott from 1976 to 2005 when it finally said bye bye and fixing it wasn't worth it.
     
  2. bradinnm

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    ESP Strat or Yamaha SA-2000 (ES-335 clone) into a Randal RG-80 and later into a Marshall Mosfet 100. (Should have stuck with the RG-80) ;)
     
  3. jmp

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    Started out in '86 with a Yamaha acoustic OM copy (still play OM-bodied acoustics to this day).

    I went electric in '87 with a Japanese Fender Strat w/ Khaler tremolo and a Fender Sidekick Reverb 35 solid-state amp. Added an Arion distortion pedal later that same year.

    Added an Ibanez RG550 in '89 (now THAT was the quintessential 80's guitar!)

    I played that same Sidekick Reverb amp until '95, when I sold it and got a Marshall tube combo.

    The Yamaha acoustic stuck around until 1999 when I finally upgraded first to a Guild A-50, then to the Martin OM-28 I currently own.
     
  4. XXTwighlight

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    I recieved my first guitar in 1983. A Ibanez roadstar II. which I sold a couple years ago for like $80 or so.
    I then had a white Gibson Flying V which I bought at Manny's in NYC. Long story, but it was stolen. Then came the purple(ish)/red sunburst BC Rich Mockingbird and eventually a black Fender strat.
    My first amp was a Ampeg Gemini II which i thought was just some old piece of sh*t oldies vintage amp. I eventually sold it to a friend for $15 who then sold it to a music store for like $80. I was shocked he got that much.
    I then owned a GK 250ML which i thought was the coolest little amp with the built in speakers. I thought all I needed was that little head to play in a full band, but realized I still needed a cab for a full response. I eventually bought the GK 212 cab to go with it. I had that amp through most of the mid to late 80's. I used an Ibanez "super metal pedal", which i just sold to analog man for like $50 or so. I saw it up for sale on his website for around $200 I believe it was.
     
  5. teleman55

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    Started the 80's (having just sold my third Tele), with a Dean V, an acoustic, a wah, a Boss PH-1 Phaser, A Soundtronix head. 100 watts I think, or maybe 50. Think it had 6L6 but might have been EL34.. Kick ass amp! This went through a homemade 4X10 open back cabinet with generic alnicos. Ended it with an acoustic, a wah, the Phaser, a boss CE-2 Chorus, a Strat and a Pro Reverb.
     
  6. 10strings

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    In the early 80's I got my first high chair and "rattle" toy...
     
  7. mcknigs

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    I started the '80s with a Peavey Deuce II and an SG. soon I picked up an ES-175 and a little Peavey Backstage 30 practice amp. I played in a band with the Backstage (dimed) and the 175 because the SG and Deuce both needed work and because the Backstage was easier to get from my parking spot 3 blocks away up to my 3rd floor walk-up apartment. Sold the Deuce and bought a Yamaha G100-212 II because I thought I needed channel switching. Still have it. Never used the channel switching. Picked up a '76 Strat. The G100 and Strat were my main guitar rig for most of the '80s.

    For the majority of the decade I played more bass than guitar. My main bass rig was a '78 P-bass into a Peavey Mark IV head and Fender Bassman135 4x12 cab.

    Along the way I got a Boss CS-2 compressor and a DS-2 Turbo Distortion.

    I still have the guitars. The Yamaha amp is on semi-permanent loan to a local club for use as a loaner.
     
  8. dmagalhaes

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    I started the 80's with a USA Squier Strat (man I wish I had that thing now) and a Gorilla amp and finished the 80's with a USA Standard Strat, A Roland JC-120 and a Zoom 9000.
     
  9. joolzriff

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    mid 80s Marshall Artisite 50w & 4x12 tokai pedals & fender contemporary strat.
    ....Moved to Marshall jcm800 2203 2/4x12s same pedals ..additions guitar wise Tokai strat Fender Katana Gibson lespaul custom...
    Moved to marshall jcm800 Dual channel...tried/had various 1970 Marshalls then bought a Rack ..ADA rocktron FX carvin power amp same 4x12s and used that until dual recs came out
     
  10. Buddy Boy

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    Ibanez Challenger w/Lawrence 220's and a Dimarzio SD thru a Mesa MKIIB.
     
  11. Tommy Biggs

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    Sweet rig. Look how close that Pickup is to the bridge!

    I was running a 78 Tele through an MXR D+ into a 67 Fender Bandmaster Reverb - to an early 70's Marshall 1960A.
    I still have all of it, and though I gig with a 1x12 more often than not, I'll use that same rig from time to time (more/different pedals now though).
     
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