I'm curious - do you keep the good stuff for home and use cheaper stuff for gigs etc?

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  1. Paul Conway

    Paul Conway Member

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    As it says - pedals, instruments, amps...do you always take the same stuff, or do you go with cheaper and more replaceable stuff for gigging jobs etc? If so, how far 'down' the scale do you go?

    I'm lucky enough to have a Carr Rambler and a Traynor ycv40. I typically take the latter out (not just for cost - it's also got a bit more dirt). However, the ycv40 has proved to be unreliable and I'm wondering about a different 'cheap option'...I also realised I have the best part of a grand tied up in my board doing things that I could probably do 75% as well with a multi-effects unit of some kind...I'm curious to know what approaches are out there. Just curiosity...
     
  2. russ

    russ Supporting Member

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    I Use the good stuff for gigs. Why save it for someone else?
     
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    ^^^ I don't buy it if I ain't gonna gig with it.
     
  4. RAILhead

    RAILhead (real name is Maury, BTW) Gold Supporting Member

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    I only "gig" at church every weekend, plus practice 1 night each week. I have 16 guitars to choose from, and I choose them based on the sound I need. 99.9% of the time, I use my Gretsch G6196T because it gives me the clean I need, the crunch I need, and it handles any dirt I throw at it. That's probably one of my most expensive guitars. My backup and sometimes main guitar (if not my Gretsch) is my homemade hollowbody Telecaster. So for me, it's not about the price -- it's about what guitar accomplishes what I need any given week. That said, since I'm playing modern P&W, I don't get to utilize my most fun guitars. =/

    At home, I play and record with them all.
     
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    I don't own any "collector pieces." All my gear is for playing. Even the crazy expensive stuff.
     
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    Good stuff for gigs definitely. I can't see why you wouldn't want to be the best you can when you're performing.
     
  7. shane88

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    all my stuff is good stuff altho hardly expensive by tgp standards
     
  8. sixty2strat

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    my gear is of 3 types cheap, vintage and used of pro quality. Gear selection is based on what the gig needs and what I am infatuated with that week. If the gig is too dangerous for me to take a favorite, then it is too shady to risk my life. Gear needs to be used!
    For example a bad gig on so many levels, bad karma if I beleved
    Years ago I was offered a gig on south street in philly when the African American greek pinic was an excuse for 1000 of urban youth to rampage there, please note that these idiots were in no way connected with the Black frats. So this was the gig at bar with a big plate glass window on the street: they told us they would lock the door and only let in white customers with the streets full of urban youth in full blown party mode. Wrong on so many reason and it was asking for trouble. The bar thought it would be funny. Told us play it or never gig here again. So we worried about our gear our selves and said uck off. Safety first
     
  9. tsar nicholas

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    I buy gear to rock crowds with, so all the best stuff gets toted to gigs. The old stuff that's less good (acquired when I had less dough, in my youth, etc) gets saved for recording or loaning out.
     
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    Did you wait for marriage to..., you know?
     
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    I gig everything I have.
     
  12. FrankiePRS

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    I play it all too. Who the hell would I be saving it for? ?:huh
     
  13. stratzrus

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    No, but I have a cheap amp (Cube 60) for late night jam sessions in dangerous areas. If I have to drop it and run it can easily be replaced.

    I've had that Talking Heads "This is a dangerous place" feeling many times.
     
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    I bought it to play it. No collecting here!
     
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    you kiddin'?
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    if not now,when?
     
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    My guitars are all three at once. The most expensive one I have cost me about $1,200. My favorite players are vintage Ibanez models, all of pro quality. I have a couple new ones that are just cheap and pro quality. And, yes, I gig them all.
     
  17. Shovelhead

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    Only the best stuff at the gigs.
     
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    Pretty much everything goes to the gig.

    Sometimes I'd like to have the MAZ 38 2x10, but it is a heavy beast, and sometimes the back says no.

    Also, if I have to fly, the great acoustics stay home.
     
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    I play everything everywhere.
     
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