Do you have gear secrets you won't share with us?

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  1. Kevy_Metal

    Kevy_Metal Member

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    Play guitar for 30 years before getting into pedals.
     
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  2. jrjones

    jrjones Supporting Member

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    If you haven’t tried it already, the cmatmods signa comp is awesome. I tried a lot of them and didn’t like the way they sounded and interacted with me. I never turned off the Signa comp.

    I have a similar comp setting in my kemper now that goes in every rig.
     
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  3. Vanyu

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    My big stage secret that I keep from the audience is my cheater amp that I keep behind my Marshall full stack to do true W/D/W. Looks like a regular Marshall full stack from the front. That one I’ll share all day long on here though, no magic here

    The beans I won’t spill is how I’m able to use said 100w Marshall with no attenuator and no MV whatsoever... I’ve discussed it here in the past, so I know it isn’t a completely a secret ;)

    All amps that I build from here on out will have said secret weapon installed :)
     
  4. killer blues

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    No secrets. I'll divulge anything I know.
     
  5. Laurence

    Laurence Silver Supporting Member

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    I try to share a lot about technique, gear, how to approach them, playing style, how to think about what you do (or not), how to play in a band, how to fit and give it something it didn't have before. I'll even share writing/composition insights with close friends, but not others.

    I don't share much (at all) of what I know about specific components of various types, that are meaningful to me and have made a real difference in the tione and response of guitars and amps; amps in particular. I don't want to give those little known facts away (they're not really secrets) to everyone and then not be able to find or buy the items (mojo) I've come to appreciate.
     
  6. Juneaumike

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    Secrets have value. Nothing that I can do on a guitar is valued by anyone else. So I guess I have no secrets. I'm an open book ... that you can't close fast enough.
     
  7. Caretaker

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    Not really a secret, but I noticed my favorite live recordings(as well as live shows I`ve been to) are always recorded or took place in a hat as F%ck small club where it was very humid.
    The speakers paper gets saturated with humidity and has a great sag and great mids(think ABB Fillmore).
    So when I was playing out in my younger days I would keep the cabs in the yard or garage and sometimes spritz the cones with a mist of water. I always sounded better when I did.
    I even went to the extent of sealing the cabs in hefty bags until I got to the stage.
    I got a lot of strange looks, but I got a lot of strange looks anyway.
     
  8. CloneTone

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    Yes
    Ping Pong Balls
     
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  10. erikzen

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    I wish I had secrets.
     
  11. Pax

    Pax Silver Supporting Member

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    Yes. Yes, I have. Spending lots of money modding a mediocre guitar usually results in a slightly better, but still very mediocre guitar.
     
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  12. kingrazor

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    No one can know my secrets! Even though everyone wants to know what the bedroom player does to achieve his incredible tones.
     
  13. Sam Xavier

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    I think OP means apart from the obvious. Duh.
     
  14. strumminsix

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    1) Nothing sounds better than a practiced guitarists. I don't care how great your tone is or how wonderful your pedals are if you play like sh't, all that tone can go f'ck itself.
    That said, the secret is play more, knob less. Guitar straight into amp, acoustic, whatever. Streamline your gear during your practice time and focus on growing as a guitarist.

    2) Learn some theory so you can talk to other musicians

    3) Be a good person and respectful bandmate.
     
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  15. rickenbackerkid

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    My gear secret is:

    The gear doesn't matter, your playing does.

    now please keep it quiet, guys!
     
  16. Eveningtheme

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    Thread is too long for anyone to read it anyway, so my best gear-acquisition tip:

    Search 'Reverb Handmade' on google, sort 'Electric Guitar' sort 'Price drops" and look for postings that have been up for awhile

    Amazing the really, really quality handmade stuff you can get for 400-1200 from small builders that just haven't/won't catch on
     
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  17. ballynally

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    would that perhaps be a Marshall lead 12 solid state as a preamp into a Plexi?
     
  18. Bodeanicus

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    Well, it's a self-defeating question, isn't it?

    No, I won't tell you that a fifth of Jack, a bump of rocket fuel, and a 74 LP Deluxe is the secret to being a rock star. Nope, I know nothing about that.
     
  19. Masterglazier

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    Ask billy Gibbons. He is very forthcoming about these things.
     
  20. Bodeanicus

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    You dated Bobbie Sue, too? Damn, that girl was something.
     

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