The Musical Instrument and Production Thread (Songwriters, Musicians, DJs, et. al)

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Are you a Pro Tools weekend warrior?

Do you have a vintage guitar collection but can only play a I-IV-V progression?

Are you still just waiting for your big break?

This is the thread for you. Instrument porn, gear updates, whatevs. Let's post.

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This is my gutted 2002 Epiphone Dot Deluxe. I'm replacing her pickups and harness over the next few weeks as parts come in the mail.

Saw this on tumblr and thought it was an amazing idea:
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I used to play the guitar a lot when I was in high school. I loved it. I used to buy the books of Santana and learn one song a day. Europa was one of my favs. Andy Timmons and his Carpe Diem was another one I liked to play every single day. Also System Of A Down, I knew all the songs from their Toxicity album, Deer Dance was my fave. Then I moved from home and sold my guitar. I want to buy another one just for the pleasure of playing.

Nice guitar, Argen!
 
Hahahahaha ^^ Agreed. How Betelgeuse Betelgeuse , how and why? :jchan:

These are pics of my recently-acquired 2006 60th Anniversary Fender American Deluxe Strat in Blizzard White. This is my current pride and joy. So fast and smooth to play.

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Snagged new pickups off the bay today - both by Seymour Duncan:

Pearly Gates for the bridge and a '59 PAF for the neck. Both w/ 4-conductor leads so I can get some crazy wiring going on. Very excited.

For costs' sake, went w/ uncovered pups - will take the worn gold covers off my Epiphone stocks and pot the new pickups for new tone w/ a used look.
 
Snagged new pickups off the bay today - both by Seymour Duncan:

Pearly Gates for the bridge and a '59 PAF for the neck. Both w/ 4-conductor leads so I can get some crazy wiring going on. Very excited.

For costs' sake, went w/ uncovered pups - will take the worn gold covers off my Epiphone stocks and pot the new pickups for new tone w/ a used look.
I don't speak guitar, but am curious - would you mind explaining what all this shit is?
 
Pickups = the little microphone you place under the strings to "pick up" sound.

Pearly Gates = a type of humbucker (eliminates microphonic hum) pickup, produced by Seymour Duncan (brand). Best known for the tone of Billy Gibbons from ZZTop.

'59 PAF = a type of humbucker pickup, again produced by SD (in this case, although the model pickup is very common amongst multiple producers - Gibson, DiMarizo, and all the boutique makers). A classic tone made famous by the blues-rock guitarists of the late 60s.

Leads - how many wires carry signal coming out of the pickup. Originally, pickups usually had one or two wires running to the volume & tone controls. When you have more outs you can cross wire and create different sounds via different circuitry.

Pickups were traditionally covered by a plate of nickel or gold-colored metal. Now, it's not as universal, but still can be done to achieve a certain sound or look.

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Here is a picture of a Les Paul guitar, made by Gibson, with both a covered pickup in the "neck" position and an uncovered one in the "bridge" position.
 
Pining for a John Mayer Signature Strat:

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Tone on this thing is incredible. Fender knocked it out of the park w/ the Big Dipper pickups.

Also debating between a Fender Pro Jr or Blues Jr as an apartment-level amp.
 
Here's some images of guitars in my possession over the last year. For doghouse doghouse

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My re-harnessed Epiphone Dot Deluxe.

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Originally bought used, 2005 American Deluxe Strat. Recently sold to make way for the black guitar.

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My wonderful John Mayer Strat. I've since swapped out the pickguard for a mint green one.

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The latest arrival.
 
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The black one; new pickups arrived for it yesterday. Klein Jazzy Cats to replace the Fender Hot Noiseless already installed.

Also taught myself to float the tremolo, so currently getting all sorts of Jeff Beck sounds from it. But the pickups are a bit too hot for how I want it to sound.
 
I haven't played seriously in a long time. My interest began when I first heard ride the lightening by Metallica at the age of 13. Had to learn the solo. Went to a used a guitar store and picked up a squier start for 120 bucks along with a 5 watt crate amp. Drove my mom crazy but that how I learned.

I only have 3 guitars in my possession right now, squier start, yamaha fs700 which i still strum occasionally, and my prized possession Clapton signature strat in olympic white which I rarely touch.

My two pedals at my apartment.
 

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What drew you to the Clapton sig model? I was only aware of them producing it in black and midnight blue.
 
I bought mine a long time ago. I think it was limited release, but don't quite remember. It's currently sitting in my room at my mom's.

To be honest with you, the only reason I bought it was because I was obsessed with Clapton's music during that particular time period. I downloaded all the songs I could of his off napster and limewire and just listened to them repeatedly. One day on an impulse, went to guitar center and took the plunge. Though the only song I learned to play of his was Tears in Heaven.


Edit: I took piano lessons when i was young from the age of 5 to 12. Then dropped it completely. One regret that I will always have.
 
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I don't think Foo's Paul costs as much as you are supposing. Looks like a typical flame top. Not cheap, but probably more like 5K I would guess, unless he paid more for no apparent reason, which is quite likely with him.

My personal back story is my Dad was a professional musician when I was born. I got my first real guitar when I was 7 (had a few toy ones before that), and did the whole band thing for years in high school and post high school. Also played in schools band and orchestra on most instruments except percussion. I'm an inept dummer. Proud to say I never played in a cover band ( other than Orchestra I guess!), we wrote all of our on stuff. Tying into the consumption and acquisition themes of the other threads, I was lucky to get that out of the way early. All of my money in high school went to guitars and gear. Like every penny. Had several dozen stomp boxes, rack setup, probably seven guitars at any given moment, a few amps (big). I started narrowing down in my late 20's to the things I really wanted and used. My current lineup is a '57 Reissue Goldtop LP, one of the first the Custom Shop made around the turn of the millennia, 1996 reverse blue burst metallic Amercan Standard Strat Plus with hot lace sensors, 1972 Les Paul Standard Tobacco Sunburst, and my first Hohner acoustic from when I was 7. I also have a an early 60's Gibson Melody maker body I need to fill out with electronics. Amp wise I have a '66 Fender Bassman, a '87 2555 Silver Jubilee head with an angle and flat front cab set, and a Slash Siganture Marshall head, which is exactly the same as the 2555, even made out of NOS components (I can definitely hear a difference though).

The arc of a players mastery is pretty much measured in the amount of gear. It starts small, builds, then is slowly distilled into the essential tools for giving your music a voice. Foo is a classic neophyte who happens to have some money.
 
I have a Strat autographed by Tom Petty that I won at an auction. I have it displayed in my living room.
 
Pickups and turners are the two things that come to mind besides the huge price difference.
 
Deluxes will have abalone inlays in the neck for the fret markers. Standards have black or white clay dots.

Deluxes also usually have a 2 point modern bridge/tailpiece w/ a pop in trem bar, while standards have a more typical screw-in.
 
So got home and sifting through some pictures. I can't seem to find any shots of my blueburst Strat, but I have some of most of my other stuff from my current rig.

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Some shots from a studio session almost 20 years ago you guys may dig. Damn I'm getting old.


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It shows. We're you really big in to 311 and Sublime?

Bro I hate 311 so much. Not even a word for it.

Sublime, yes.

I need to find a pic before I cut my hair off to give you full effect. I was more metal and hard rock than hippie/stoner really. Jack Daniels was my main squeeze.
 
Here you go, some way, way back photos.

One from a rehersal, one a candid during a promo photo session (which is why I have an electric guitar in the woods).

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Left looks VERY into Sublime. Right could pass for metal-ish.

The one on the right is actually the older photo, I think I was 16. On the left was middle of the summer after last year of high school. Surf every day and you end up with the Sublime look I guess.

For contrast, this is about 10 years ago. We were one of the last shows at a local institution called Half Shell. Shame it closed as it was one of the few original music venues.

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doghouse doghouse Incubus? 'Twas as heavy as I got. Maybe a bit of Thrice sprinkled in there.

Your burst LP is beautiful.

Currently amp through a Blues Jr, and am really satisfied. Haven't gigged since high school and always used to borrow my mate's Hot Rod Deluxe.
 
doghouse doghouse Incubus? 'Twas as heavy as I got. Maybe a bit of Thrice sprinkled in there.

Your burst LP is beautiful.

Currently amp through a Blues Jr, and am really satisfied. Haven't gigged since high school and always used to borrow my mate's Hot Rod Deluxe.

I liked their first album a lot. Not so much after that. Got to hang with them after a show here back in the day.

My influences are pretty varied. These pictures are from my second band, except the last one, which was three members of the that band, with a new singer and another guitarist. We were driven obviously by a lot of the stuff on the scene at that time, Faith No More, Stone Temple Pilots, White Zombie, Pantera. Big G'n'R fans from back when, AC/DC, some of the new hippie influences like Blind Melon, old school Metallica and Megadeth. I could go on forever, we had a lot of good music to listen to. My first band was more of a classic rock sound, we all were big into Floyd and Zepplin, Rolling Stones, etc... My dad was a big influence on me as well, got a lot of 70's proto hard rock bands from him like Uriah Heep, Captain Beyond, Wishbone Ash and Gentle Giant.

I brought a lot of punk and rockabilly stuff. Social Distortion is up there as far as my all time favorite bands. Elvis and Duane Eddy stuff too.


The Hot Rod Deluxe was an awesome amp, one of the best of the 90's!
 
Tonight, I'm going to replace the set of Fender Hot Noiseless in my black strat with the set of Klein Jazzy Cats tonight. Excited.
 
The Klein Jazzy Cats are magnificent. So smooth and woody. Like playing a wood pipe. Would highly recommend.

Also, my wife surprised me with my birthday present a week early - we were out at Guitar Center for their "pre-black-friday" deals, and I saw a used Deluxe Reverb Reissue for a fair price. I've been content with my Blues Junior, but had mentioned in passing to her that I'd upgrade in the future as I want to get back into gigging. She looked at the price of the used DDRI, and the price of the new one sitting next to it ($500 more), and said those magical words, "Just get it right now."

So, I have a DDRI in my room now - on the condition that I craigslist the Blues Jr. to recoup about $300. My wife is awesome.
 

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