Your All Time Life-Changing Gear Purchase. What was it?

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  1. football

    football Silver Supporting Member

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    If there's even been such a thing for you, curious, with all the gear many of us seem to be often buying and selling, wondering if anything has stood out as a, holy crap!, life-changing (musically anyway) purchase over the years, AND stayed that way.

    With often times changing musical tastes, I wonder if year after year something can maintain whatever the allure was that it originally had.
     
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    It was not obvious the day I brought it home, but I found a 52 RI tele (dated 4/83) in 1991 that is still a fantastic guitar. I didn't really know what I found, but it grew on me that this was a good guitar, and it still is.
     
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    No. Once GAS hits....the next thing is always better, apparently.

    Seriously though, I wouldn’t call it life changing. I’d call it inspirational. In that case, I got a used PRS Custom 24 Floyd earlier in the year. I never would have thought that I would love play a guitar as much as I do this one. It was literally barely used and left in a case with huge strings. I polished the frets, put on a guage that I am comfortable with, changed out the pickups with something that I like and it is just a monster of a guitar both in playability and tone. That flamed maple neck is just fabulous on it.
     
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    football Silver Supporting Member

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    Your wording is probably a better way to put it than mine (inspirational). I feel in general in life, inspiration is HUGE. Congratulations on the PRS!
     
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  6. Tim Plains

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    2007 Gibson Les Paul Custom in 2007. It's been a non-stop obsession ever since.
     
  7. heavydutysg135

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    Adding my first bass guitar to the guitar collection.
     
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    It’s all words, Bud. Same thing as far as I am concerned!

    :)
     
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    A Marshall JTM 45 reissue. The first Marshall I ever bought.

    Sure, it wasn't faithful to the original. But it was a great-sounding amp in its own right, and it set me on a path towards owning real vintage Marshalls and clones of those.
     
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    Holy crap, that's awesome to get ten years of that much enjoyment out of one piece of gear. GREAT.
     
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    Lessons.

    Gear is great, and I love the hunt, but it doesn't mean much if you can't play!
     
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    My first real guitar that was playable and didn't make my fingers hurt or bleed; and lessons; I've been throwing money into this pit ever since (made a fraction back; and I had a sabbatical/hiatus for a few years).
     
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    My first guitar. Without that guitar, i wouldn't play and that would lead to very different life.
     
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    1st. Getting my first Marshall.

    2nd. Discovering an old Marshall cab that had some weird speakers I’d never seen before (g12-65).

    3rd. The treble bleed.

    4th. Pairing a Tele with an old Silvertone 1482.
     
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    really nothing.. what changed my life was seeing a guitar in my sisters closet and picking it up and learning the first 3 strings from a melbay book that she had...
     
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    Metronome. 30 years later, still making everything sound better.
     
  17. football

    football Silver Supporting Member

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    Nice :aok
     
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    I got this guitar in 1995, my first decent electric: Bernard Butler and Johnny Marr were my heroes, so a 355 had been top of my wish list for a couple of years. At that point Norlin era Gibsons were sneered at by pretty much everyone and walnut versions sold for about 30% less than the other finishes, so it was relatively affordable for an 18 year old with a Saturday job. I've used it on hundreds of gigs and lots of recordings, and although I later bought the guitar I really wanted, a 60s cherry version, I still play the old walnut one fairly regularly. It's a special guitar, that one, and I was very lucky to stumble into it all those years ago.

    The second photo is me with it in the late 90s.

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    football Silver Supporting Member

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    Wow. Great story!
     
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    Really, my first guitar, a Montgomery Ward acoustic. Since then, a lot of nice things that I like a lot, but simply starting to play was the one life changer.
     
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