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another band opened up for us with WAY nicer gear than we have...

B_of_H

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this seems to happen all the time. They were fine but it's like they were trying to win a contest of who has the best equipment to play a 200 person bar for a few hundred bucks?

Do you really need a heavy duty ata case if said case is a year old and still looks brand new? :jo
 

pete692

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I probably could win a contest like that, and I play for free- to a room of ONE.
 

bsuite

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Maybe that's the only equipment they have.
Are they supposed to rent some crappy equipment so as to not offend anyone?

ya know they are saying, Wow! you should have seen this band that played after us.
Man, they had some crappy equipment. :jo
 

B_of_H

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I probably could win a contest like that, and I play for free- to a room of ONE.
:)

It just seems that people that don't gig and have day jobs always show up and make us look like scrubs with their top notch gear in pristine condition. They even had a custom made drum kit with color coordinated band logo on the kick drum...we have a car battery that keeps our kick drum from sliding forward on a partially broken leg. :facepalm
 

RIMRAK

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Inexperienced giggers stick out like a sore thumb. For instance they will have a $3000.00 amp, $3000.00 guitar, $1000.00 worth of boutique pedals and brand-spanking new ata cases. They bring backups of powertubes/pretubes/rec tubes/fuses, and 2 single-coil guitars, 2 hb guitars, but always want to "borrow" some duct tape.
 

B_of_H

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Maybe that's the only equipment they have.
Are they supposed to rent some crappy equipment so as to not offend anyone?

ya know they are saying, Wow! you should have seen this band that played after us.
Man, they had some crappy equipment. :jo
well, that wasn't my point really. I'm just saying that it's more common that the opening band has nicer equipment than the headliners at bars around here if the opening band is a local group that doesn't gig much. It seems the people that gig all the time never have nice gear, including us.
 

B_of_H

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Inexperienced giggers stick out like a sore thumb. For instance they will have a $3000.00 amp, $3000.00 guitar, $1000.00 worth of boutique pedals and brand-spanking new ata cases. They bring backups of powertubes/pretubes/rec tubes/fuses, and 2 single-coil guitars, 2 hb guitars, but always want to "borrow" some duct tape.
lol

is it that they take better care of their gear or that it never leaves the house?

What did they sound like?
blues rock. mule, little feat etc... they had some talent but I think they are just getting started as a band but i'm not sure. They certainly knew how to play, probably 'better' technically than we are.
 

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so this thread should be titled "the band opening for us was better and had nicer gear and it makes me upset/embarrassed so i'm going to post on the internet in search of validation."


i suppose there is some sort of character limit on thread titles.
 

B_of_H

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so this thread should be titled "the band opening for us was better and had nicer gear and it makes me upset/embarrassed so i'm going to post on the internet in search of validation."


i suppose there is some sort of character limit on thread titles.

lol, i hope you are being sarcastic.

if not: it's just kinda backwards is my point. you'd think the more successful the band the better the equipment right? I didn't say they were a better band than us, i'm not trying to turn this into a contest but we blew the roof off and packed the house last night. :dude

It also happens that when we open for larger acts than us their gear is usually more beat up and sometimes cheaper than ours. My observation being: more gigs = crappier gear
 

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Recently, a bandleader who sees his band as 'rivals' to ours (ridiculous thinking in my mind, but, it is how he introduces himself) commented to me (with his tipsy wife) "hey man, i told the guys that you had some ****** homemade guitar and a little funny looking 50's amp and made fun of it, but sounded pretty good out of it!" (it is a homemade pine telecaster, with glendale saddles, fred stuart pickups, a nice 4 way switch setup, a parsons white b bender and a hand tooled leather pickguard. My amp is a tone king imperial.)

he went on to say, "Yeah, I told them, man!, he'd sound awesome if he had a 'real' tele and a boogie like our guy has." The guitar player in their band has told me more than once that if I ever need another guitar player (I keep thinking I may just play steel in another year or so) he'd quit that band in a heartbeat... and he wants me to build him a tele...

one man's meat... my nephew is in a band called "the Higher" and they tour the world... I finally bought him an ASAT Classic, built him a 'blackie' strat and lent him an old musicman 100rp and built a bunch of pedals for him and a pedalboard. Your thought that the more gigs you play, you just finally realize that the gear isn't the thing...
 

B_of_H

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Recently, a bandleader who sees his band as 'rivals' to ours (ridiculous thinking in my mind, but, it is how he introduces himself) commented to me (with his tipsy wife) "hey man, i told the guys that you had some ****** homemade guitar and a little funny looking 50's amp and made fun of it, but sounded pretty good out of it!" (it is a homemade pine telecaster, with glendale saddles, fred stuart pickups, a nice 4 way switch setup, a parsons white b bender and a hand tooled leather pickguard. My amp is a tone king imperial.)

he went on to say, "Yeah, I told them, man!, he'd sound awesome if he had a 'real' tele and a boogie like our guy has." The guitar player in their band has told me more than once that if I ever need another guitar player (I keep thinking I may just play steel in another year or so) he'd quit that band in a heartbeat... and he wants me to build him a tele...

one man's meat... my nephew is in a band called "the Higher" and they tour the world... I finally bought him an ASAT Classic, built him a 'blackie' strat and lent him an old musicman 100rp and built a bunch of pedals for him and a pedalboard. Your thought that the more gigs you play, you just finally realize that the gear isn't the thing...
I agree 100%.

being more schooled and having nicer gear doesn't have anything to do with rocking a crowd.
 

StompBoxBlues

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None of that matters at all. It doesn't matter if you have Dumbles, and the best, most pristine equipment, or if you have tattered old amps and equipment.

The only thing that matters is the sound you put out, and the show you put on.
 

B_of_H

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None of that matters at all. It doesn't matter if you have Dumbles, and the best, most pristine equipment, or if you have tattered old amps and equipment.

The only thing that matters is the sound you put out, and the show you put on.
I accidentally had my wah on, the wrong delay selected and my guitar was slightly out of tune for an extended solo in one of our heavier songs and....after the show multiple people thought that was one of the highlights of the night. :facepalm
 

DonW

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If the opening act is playing to a crowd of 200 at a bar who is the "headliner" playing to?:bonk
 

DonW

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I must be missing something, I thought if you walked in to GC or any other shop with a pocket full of c notes you could walk out with what you want. Same goes if you have half a pocket of c notes. Is their some sort of directory board that has to green light purchases based on someone's broad generalization or is this still a free country?:huh
 

B_of_H

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I must be missing something, I thought if you walked in to GC or any other shop with a pocket full of c notes you could walk out with what you want. Same goes if you have half a pocket of c notes. Is their some sort of directory board that has to green light purchases based on someone's broad generalization or is this still a free country?:huh
I guess i'm saying that (for most people) if you play a lot then you have less time to work and less money to buy gear? :stir
 

hudpucker

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If you are/were good I won't care what kind of gear you use(d).


If you weren't so good and had crummy gear I'd say it was 'par for the course.'


If you weren't so good and had great gear then I would be jealous and resentful.

Sorry, but that's the way it is for a lot of players.
 




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