Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Gasp100, Aug 10, 2019.
the best laid plans of mice and men...
somebody said "it's not a baby!"....but sure sounds like you have to treat it like one.
to me, having to do all that would take away from the fun of the gig.
love my poly-finished guitars. they don't even begin to notice the 100+ temperatures here in Texas.
for gigs, get an Epiphone, and put some Gibson pickups in it. Even with stock pickups, the audience probably wouldn't hear much, if any, difference:
Unfortnately I'm a headstock (shape) snob. If I really needed to play and LP live (which I don't, main guitars are an MJT Tele and PRS DGT) I would be forced to find a "golden era" MIJ copy - Burny, Greco, etc. to use... I know, it's absurd but that is how I roll.
hmmmm, i wonder if it would be possible to graft a Gibson headstock onto an Epi...
those Burnys and Grecos are no joke. I'd love one. But do they have nitro finishes?
My biggest concern would be the possibility of it getting stolen. You've gigged enough to know how to safely gig that thing. I'd take it.
Beautiful guitar. My god...
Sweaty outdoor gigs tarnished and rusted the heck out of my Les Paul hardware... also aided in a lot of arm wear in the paint. If that bothers you then take another guitar and wait for the fall/winter/spring gigs.
Not normally nitro unless you get very lucky or pay out the ass. Burny always a solid deal (sometimes heavy though).
It's mostly because people don't understand what statistical odds actually represent. Feel free to look it up! Same odds that someone will die by a gun incident in the US.
See this makes sense. Nitro and heat and humidity doesn't sound fun.
My Historics have literally been to hundreds of gigs—I have 3 that I’ve owned over 20 years each. However, if it is an outdoor gig in the summer along the coast? My Suhr guitars are going. Heat and sweat don’t bother them a bit, and they stay in tune great.
Yep. I'd play it if I was gonna play a Les Paul I guess. Just remember heat softens lacquer. It can soften enough for the fabric in the bag or case to stick and leave an imprint in the finish. A permanent imprint. And yes, sweat will cloud a warm finish. So watch the heat.
I’d say if its a local gig, take your best guitar with you and rock it, when touring, you bring a beater (because it will get beaten, mostly by Airport handlers and overworked roadies)
All my guitars are vintage, so I have a simple way to decide which to gig.
The ones with neck repairs, refins etc do the hot sweaty gigs and the dives. The better ones do the safer gigs in the conditions that won't mess up nitro finishes.
And the high value minty Gibson that I wasn't comfortable gigging got sold this year.
Horses for courses..........
Sentimental value is the one thing that would make me think twice, to be honest. The reason I no longer gig my old ES355 is that the guitar means more to me than its value as a guitar, and if something happened to it I couldn't replace it for that reason. Any other guitar, even the ones that are worth a lot more money, I love them and I'd be gutted to lose one, but they're insured and if the worst happens, I know I'll be able to find something similar I love as much - so any of those are fair game for gigs. But the old brown 355... that one needs to be with me to the end!
As for the heat thing, I live in Manchester so, you know, I've seen that thing you call a sun occasionally when I'm somewhere that isn't the Atlantic facing bit of the UK, but my practical experience of it is somewhat limited...
I take my R8 to every gig. That's what it's made for.
Id take it out, imagine what Neil Youngs Old Black is worth and the headstock breaks its had, and its still being taken out
Its what they are made for
OP - c'mon man!!!! Play the thing OUT or sell it & by a cheap POS - guitars are meant to be PLAYED!!!!!!!!!!
I wouldn't think twice. I tour with my most expensive axes - without blinking. ONLY axes I won't take on the road or out gigging are vintage Archtops, as they are delicate.
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