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  • why do players play through soo much gear?

    what i mean is, why do they play through 18 pedals, 14 racks, and 100 heads at once (im exagerating i know)? doesnt it wipe out tone a lot?

    personally, i just play right now through guitar---->chord----->amp. lots of other great players do this as well and get amazing tone. isnt it easier to not have to rely on 100 different items when playing?


    this is a question and im not trying to put down anyone.
    esp ltd deluxe ec-1000 (amber sunburst)
    fender mim standard strat
    peavey classic 30
    johnson j-station
    original ibanez ts-9 (not in use)
    dunlop crybaby (sometimes in use)
    yamaha f-310p acoustic
    taylor 410 acoustic
    "This ain't no ballet-we want people to listen with their eyes closed,to just let the music come inside them and forget their wordly cares..." Duane Allman
    "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Suess

  • #2
    Re: why do players play through soo much gear?

    because it just looks so damn cool my friend!

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    • #3
      Re: why do players play through soo much gear?

      Why not? If they got the toys, they have every right to play with 'em.
      "After I die I shall return to earth as the doorkeeper of a bordello and I won't let a one of you in." -Arturo Toscanini

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      • #4
        Re: why do players play through soo much gear?

        Effects are cool; I personally don't really use much, but to the right person it can be their tone.

        I'm kinda envious of all those crazy rack/midi people. The sounds they can get must be crazy. Not to mention the versatility of it all. I am happy with what I have though.
        Originally posted by kevlar3000
        I learned a long time ago that the only thing that mattered regarding tone was what my ears thought.
        Originally posted by Zerberus
        Better is often the enemy of good
        Originally posted by ginormous
        Covers feed the body, originals feed the soul.

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        • #5
          Re: why do players play through soo much gear?

          In my experience, most guitarists have little clue how to improve their tone while still being able to employ the effects they want to use.

          The thing that really kills me is the people who spend $2,000 on a high-gain head and run it clean, while getting their distortion from a $50 Boss pedal. Often they could get the very same tone just running the Boss pedal straight into the PA.
          F#@{ Clapton- Wenger is God!

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          • #6
            Re: why do players play through soo much gear?

            Half the time, when you see a pro rig with 6 cabs, 20sp rack, and tons of outboard gear, the actual tone is nothing more than a preamp, FX unit, power amp, 2 cabs.
            Guys who go with a rig like that have guys to move it all, so they figure "it looks cool, I like it" Personally, I like a guitar into a pedalboard, in which most FX can be true bypassed, into an amp. Those guys like Vernon Reid or Petrucci, with NASA as a rig, actually look kinda ridiculous to me. All those flashing lights for a 45 minute set? LOL
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            • #7
              Re: why do players play through soo much gear?

              Originally posted by Gearjoneser
              Half the time, when you see a pro rig with 6 cabs, 20sp rack, and tons of outboard gear, the actual tone is nothing more than a preamp, FX unit, power amp, 2 cabs.
              I'm soooooo tired of the wall of 40 Marshall cabs and only one of them has a signal (or even speakers, for that matter) in it. I like the opposite look: the guy with a Colliseum Series Mark 3 w/ an EVM12L in it, who sits that little puppy on a chair and proceeds to blow the wall of cabs over with volume.
              F#@{ Clapton- Wenger is God!

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              • #8
                Re: why do players play through soo much gear?

                Me myself use hardly any effects. But when I do its just a ME-50. I like to run stright into the head and get differnt effects from my hands and the guitar.

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                • #9
                  Re: why do players play through soo much gear?

                  i still love the when i was watching one of the late shows and dashboard confessional was playing (whom i dont like their music, but its besides the point). the guitarist (not the singer) had just a guitar run straight into a 1X12 combo amp that wasnt even miked. still the coolest thing ive seen.
                  esp ltd deluxe ec-1000 (amber sunburst)
                  fender mim standard strat
                  peavey classic 30
                  johnson j-station
                  original ibanez ts-9 (not in use)
                  dunlop crybaby (sometimes in use)
                  yamaha f-310p acoustic
                  taylor 410 acoustic
                  "This ain't no ballet-we want people to listen with their eyes closed,to just let the music come inside them and forget their wordly cares..." Duane Allman
                  "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Suess

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                  • #10
                    Re: why do players play through soo much gear?

                    Our gear makes us happy when we feel lonely.

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                    • #11
                      Re: why do players play through soo much gear?

                      I would have one rack, with a preamp, poweramp, a cab and a pedalboard. Thats the max.
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                      • #12
                        Re: why do players play through soo much gear?

                        Well, I use a 6 space rack, using a guitar synth/looping/midi system. Why? Well, I like classic guitar sounds just fine, but I also like creating my own. I even like making sounds that are nothing like a guitar, or any other instrument for that matter. I am really not after re-creating classic sounds (there are a lot of people doing that just fine), so I mangle the sound to be what I want.
                        Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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                        • #13
                          Re: why do players play through soo much gear?

                          Being the old fart that I am, I always ran/run my guitars straight through the good old tube amps. I honestly don't know what the majority of the pedals, racks, etc. out there do and I've never had any inclination to try any of them.

                          To give a balanced presentation though, I know and naturally, hear many players who use lots of pedals, racks, etc. as part and parcel of their sound and IMO, sound really good too. I guess it all boils down to whatever works for the individual.

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                          • #14
                            Re: why do players play through soo much gear?

                            what i hate is morons who play at bars/clubs who spend all their freaking time setting up their rig than playing and then taking time away from other bands because they take the same amounbt of time packing up....
                            Guitars:
                            87' Gibson Les Paul Custom- Stock PUs
                            86' Carvin V220- Super distortion neck, tonezone bridge....
                            87' Cort Unknown Model, Modded- Dimarzio Super Distortion Bridge with Alnico V mag.

                            Amp:
                            Bogner Ecstasy-stock Tubes
                            Marshall JMP 50 watt- stock Tubes
                            Fender Deluxe 90-Solid State..:-P

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                            • #15
                              Re: why do players play through soo much gear?

                              thats why any 12' combo amps rock! ! !
                              Guitars:
                              87' Gibson Les Paul Custom- Stock PUs
                              86' Carvin V220- Super distortion neck, tonezone bridge....
                              87' Cort Unknown Model, Modded- Dimarzio Super Distortion Bridge with Alnico V mag.

                              Amp:
                              Bogner Ecstasy-stock Tubes
                              Marshall JMP 50 watt- stock Tubes
                              Fender Deluxe 90-Solid State..:-P

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