How have your music and gear tastes changed since you’ve been a TGP member?

Yamaha 350

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I used to:
  • Only desire guitar that were designed in the ‘50s and early ‘60s.
  • Only play through tube amps.
  • Play with very little gain/OD.
  • Be extremely self conscious about my gear and playing.
  • Focus more on specs and tone than on playing.
  • Played acoustic probably 40-50% of the time.
Now I:
  • LOVE more modern gear that allows vintagey and modern rock tones and makes no sacrifices on playability (PRS 594s are currently my favorite).
  • Prefer to play through my Boss WAZA Air headphones rather than through any amp.
  • Pretty much only play electric guitar with varying amounts of gain/OD. Completely clean tones don’t excite me at all.
  • I’m a “set it and forget it” player when it comes to tone settings. Make it sound good and then focus on the playing.
  • I don’t even own an acoustic at the moment.
  • The most important change for me has been: if it doesn’t bring me joy or help me work through other feelings/emotions, I don’t give it any time.
How have your tastes changed since joining TGP?
No but you all let me know of custom builders and brands I never knew of. Then I want them.
 

Dirty Strings

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Guitars have stayed the same for the most part. My favorites I got in the '90s and don't see that changing.

Amps haven't changed except I recently got a small Quilter amp to use with headphones at night.

Pedals I'm always seeing new ones I want but lately I've been able to hold off buying them, except the RE-202. Before TGP I was on harmony central and that's when my board grew quite a bit.

TGP is great for learning about small builders I didn't know about, especially guitars and amps. Haven't bought any but they're fun to look at here.
 

DiAmoroso

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It would have happened with or without TGP, but when I joined I was a tube amp only kind of person. In the past few years I have opened up to modeling, and now love my Helix. Still love my Fender and Orange tube amps, but now I understand how great modeling is as well.
 

tracyk

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I keep thinking that I should buy more stuff even though I know that I don't need it and won't use it for more than a few hours before it starts gathering dust.

Admittedly that was already kind of true, but now the stuff I'm looking at is more expensive and obscure.
 

Me Myself & I

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No, but I always enjoy reading/learning about gear...and, of course, all of the cool pictures and conversations.
 

Rotten

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My problem hasn’t been TGP. It’s that the internet killed all the cool guitar shops near me. I can’t spend hours or days trying things out. Instead I buy sight unseen and try to narrow down the risk with research. If it doesn’t work, off it goes and on to the next.
 

Gclef

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I can't blame or praise tgp for any of my changing tastes.

I went from strats to superstrat/modern types to more classic designs.

From high output pickups to hot vintage pickups.

From big gainy tube amps to a very small tube amp with AIB pedals.

From high gain to much less gain overall

From figured/stained "wood library" looks to painted bodies with binding. 2/3 of my meager collection has it, and all my latest ones came with it. I never really gave it much thought. My latest will have it too. I really like binding.

I am more open to newer technologies like modeling and such.

The one glaring constant that never seems to change is my general suckiness. :cool:
 

proxy

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I wouldn’t have any boutique or vintage guitars if it weren’t for TGP, and I’m grateful for the great information on the site.
 

wraub

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When I came to TGP I had one guitar. Now, I have five guitars and parts for two others. Thanks, TGP!
 

RRfireblade

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Always been really diverse, and it hasn't changed. So really the only thing that has changed is my feeling on TGPers. Lol.
 

Will Box

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Dunno if it has to do with TGP, but I sort of got into archtops over the last few years...
Maybe has to do with TGP that I own five.
 

Beyer260

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I used to be happy with the gear I had, but after joining TGP I realize I need to buy much more expensive stuff, and a lot of it!




Just kidding, I was a gear whore before I got here.
 

Strummerfan

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My taste in gear hasn't changed much, but I never realized how much I missed my Teles until seeing all the beautiful teles you buggers have posted. I've always wanted a Gretsch White Falcon, now there are several Gretsch models I want. I have reaffirmed my belief that mid tier models are a far better value than upper crust models, in guitars, amps, and pedals.
 

Radius

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I've been here on and off since 2008 or so and yes I've changed, but not because of TGP.
 

budg

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Well. At that time all I had were Strats. Got into 335s and LPs. Now I play mostly my Broadcaster and LP Goldtop. Don’t know how TGP influenced it though.
 

makeitstop

Old dude with guitars
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It's almost as if TGP has made me anti classic rock

I've been ambivalent about Classic Rock for a long time. I do play a lot of it (the market around here demands it), but given the choice I'll look for more modern or obscure stuff.
 




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