What Gear Have You Bought Based on Forum Hype?

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  1. OM Flyer

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    Another thread brought this topic up, so I thought I'd throw it out there for discussion:

    What piece of gear have you bought that was heavily influenced by what you've read here and on other forums?

    Did it live up to the hype?
     
  2. monty

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    Callaham block for my Strat, 2 actually. Made one sound better and both bars play better.
     
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    Honestly....? Nothing I can think of. I'm more likely to buy something the Forum would not like. ;)
     
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  4. peskypesky

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    Agile guitar - lived up to hype
     
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  5. Serenity

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    Laney L5T Lionheart, and MHP 72 degrees. Worth every penny, and i'd happily recommend them to anyone.
     
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    PRS DGT. Lived up to the hype too...
     
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    Same. AL2000. Lived up to the hype.
     
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    Same brand, opposite conclusion.
     
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    One of those Joyo American Sound pedals. Would have still been a good value at 3x the price.
     
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    Zendrive pedal. Very happy. :aok
     
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  11. Kmaz

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    BG pickups
    Rump els tilts kin pickups
    Rick Kelly guitars

    All great products!
     
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    Komet amps, Two Rock amps, Callaham trems are the ones that come to mind as I couldn't find any of their products locally to try out. Love the Komet & Callaham products...but Two Rock amps left me puzzled as to say: "What are these guys hearing that I'm missing?". Oh well, such is life ;).
     
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    If I'm totally honest with myself I'd have to say most of what I've bought since 2003 has been due to forum hype, and that most of it failed to live up to the hype.

    Not that any of it was bad... Just that most of it was unsuited to me.

    Still, I'm glad I did it. The experience leaves me much more confident in the gear I ultimately chose to keep.
     
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    The good:
    BG pickups
    GFS Mean 90s
    Vox Pathfinder 15R
    Tech 21 Blonde

    The bad:
    Bad Monkey
    Vox modeling amp (AD30VT-XL?)

    Don't know about "hype", but each was well respected at the time. In general it's worked out well, no regrets.
     
  15. Reverb Kick

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    EP Booster and HOF both have been very good value for money.
     
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  16. flywheel

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    callaham
    very pleased
     
  17. Kmaz

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    I've purchased some Callaham stuff and have enjoyed most of it. Unfortunately, I might be the only guy who has a Callaham Strat trem with lots of wiggle in the block. It was this way when I received it brand new.
    I'm in Canada and did contact Bill Callaham about the issue. His idea was for me to pay to ship it back to him, pay for him to fix it, and pay for him to ship it back to me. I chose not to be part of it. I've not purchased another Callaham product and do not intend to. His attitude with me over my mature customer complaint was enough to turn me off for good.

    Thanks for the little rant opportunity! :)
     
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    Love 'em. TGP was right!
     
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    Count me in the Agile camp. I found a used AL3000 that was TGP-approved in several ways:
    1. Agile has a good reputation for bang-for-the-buck.
    2. Common TGP mentalility, "You gotta have a Les Paul," or "Nothing else gets THAT tone."
    3. It had TGP-approved upgrades: Duncan Seth Lover in the bridge, 50s wiring.

    I'm on the fence about the guitar though. It's fine from a quality standpoint, but I hardly find anything comfortable about the Les Paul design. I do think it sounds good, and it is my only guitar with PAF style humbuckers. However, that's not a sound I really need often. If i want to rock, my superstrats do the job. If i want cleans I've got a tele, strat, or HSS superstrat that I would prefer in most cases.

    Part of me wants to keep it around to fill its niche, but the other part of me knows I'm not a "Les Paul guy," and it is an uncomfortable guitar that I would probably not miss if I got rid of it.
     
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    So without trying them first...the forum clued me in to a lot of gear, but most I could try before buying, so just the ones I bought without ever hearing:

    Timmy - very good pedal, have had it longer than any other pedal except...
    MXR Carbon Copy - my oldest pedal
    65 Amps Lil Elvis - long gone, was ok, but not great
    K-Line Springfield - lives up to the hype plus some!
    Allen Accomplice - my only amp right now, lovin' it
    Florance Voodoo Strat Pickups - three years and running in my partscaster

    Things I'm considering based on hype alone!

    Kemper, Axe FX, or maybe the Amplifire
    Victoria Ivy League
    Winfield Cyclone
     

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