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 Post subject: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:46 pm 

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I've got a carvin mts3200 all tube head that i use that is brutally awesome. its lead channel can suck it (its not that bad i guess, i just never use it), but the clean channel is so loud and boomy! the low end is amazing and it takes pedals so well... it is built like a tank and i think i only paid $300 for it. it gets decent reviews in some places, but is defintely not on anyone's "i need to have that shit" list.

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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:34 pm 
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Sansamp character series pedals. We have the Marshall emulator and the Orange emulator in the band and it just makes our lives so much simpler. When the sound is just so bad everywhere like here in India, these things are just what we were looking for.


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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:21 pm 

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All of my gear is cheap and uncool.

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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:53 pm 

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I like and use a whole bunch of gear that isn't really extremely in desire (some of it is, I guess), but when you put it all together, it looks, feels and sounds great. I think that people should use whatever feels right to them. I like alot of old junk--something like my Farfisa Bravo (E flat key doesn't work in any octave) or maybe something like an old Magnus Chord Organ (kind of like an accordian)....that's the sort of stuff that I peruse the used gear ads for and scoop up right away. I know some guys that collect old Arion and DOD pedals and stuff like that.....alot of that stuff is really good, but it's stayed cheap (aside from some things like maybe the Buzz Box) and can be had for a really good price. If I had the room (and a truck!) i'd totally pick up almost every free organ and piano out of the used ads....organs with weird ass sounds and cheesy beat box rhythms and rotating speakers and whatnot.

Personally, I think that the Ibanez 10 line from the 80's is pretty underrated. Most of those pedals can be had for cheap, but the delays, the overdrives, most of them sound great. I'd got a Ibanez SF10 Swell Flanger with the box and manual for like $60 bucks last year.....I think that the days of finding the 10 series (the TS10 is great, too) are going to be limited.

This isn't my demo, but this is what sold me on the Swell Flanger--it's crazy for psychedelia, there's a couple of sweep notches in the sound that conflict to create a really unique sound.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7Vfu-TDzHw


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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 7:54 pm 

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My main bass is an SX 5-string Jazz. I wanted to try a bunch of different hardware to find out what I liked best, and I figured I'd use a bass with no resale value so I wouldn't feel bad about chopping it to bits. The only original parts left are the body, neck and control plate, and I got my luthier friend to take the horrible fake vintage poly off the neck so it's not really original either. I've sunk a fair bit of money into the project, but still far less than I would have had to spend to get what I wanted from a larger company, and now I have a bass that perfectly suits my needs.

Sounds pretty good too! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8m-sbWl34g


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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:18 am 
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old Slingerland drums


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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:52 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:59 pm 
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Sometimes solid state amps are actually cool. The recent Vox practice amps come to mind. And modeling is sometimes actually useful. There, I said it.


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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:24 pm 

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mysteriousmammal wrote:
Sometimes solid state amps are actually cool. The recent Vox practice amps come to mind. And modeling is sometimes actually useful. There, I said it.



GASP!

seriously though, i use guitar rig sometimes, great for getting ideas down, and i've used it for effects on album's i've worked on.

my current fav cheap gear is the vht special 6 combo i just bought. 10 inch speaker, 12ax7 pre and 6v6 power, 200 bucks, and sounds killer! handwired (in China). great bedroom amp and takes pedals well.


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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:15 pm 

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My main ride is a $50 parts tele/esquire. The body is 3 different colors and covered in beer labels with a non original ESP Custom neck. I sold a 70's LP Deluxe and kept this monstrosity. Go figure.


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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:02 am 

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Boss gear is considered uncool by some boutique gear snobs (I reside halfway between common "whatever works" stuff and high end shit), but i'd picked up an old 80's CE-2 chorus a couple of days ago (my favorite gear transaction ever--in the parking lot of a McDonalds) and it's the thickest, deepest chorus i've ever used.


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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:31 am 

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I have a Behringer Tremelo that's actually pretty decent. Far more usable than my Small Stone, anyway, at least it doesn't have a massive volume drop...

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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:48 am 
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I like Boss Pedal gear a lot. I've never had one break on me. I have their Flanger, Phaser and Tuner.


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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:29 pm 

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for the drummers...
I bought a set of PAISTE drums a few years ago.. very cheap and they always strike up a conversation, being that nobody (myself included) ever even heard of a Paiste kit.. I love that set!


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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:41 pm 

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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:03 am 
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i have that behringer tremolo too - it´s swell indeed
and it was less than 20 bucks - new


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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:26 pm 
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Squire II Precision Bass a friend gave to me. I think it's late 80's early 90's. I think it's pretty much considered garbage, but I was checking out some of the new Squire Vintage Modified basses that retail for $299 and the Squire II blows doors on that chincy shit.

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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:27 pm 

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Maybe it's from being around the corksniffer crowd but lately that Rondo tele-bass has been giving me a hard on.


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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:40 pm 

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Also important to remember is that alot of gear that was considered junk, went on to become worth lots of money or highly sought after. The Gibson Les Paul Junior was considered an amateur guitar, but lots of people caught onto the simplicity of it as a good thing and the P90 sound became it's own thing. Ditto for what Cobain did for Mosrites and Mustangs and things like that.


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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:34 pm 
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I didn't know Cobain played any Mosrites. The Jags and Mustangs for sure. I know in the early years they/he would go to pawn shops and stuff just to buy cheap guitars to smash up. So, I suppose their could be photos of him playing just about any piece of shit.

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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:36 am 
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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:27 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 12:31 am 

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pretty sure that cobain played a univox hi flyer not an actual mosrite.


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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:19 am 

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Yep, that's a Univox.


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 Post subject: Re: fave cheap or "uncool" gear?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 2:41 pm 
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All my guitars are kind of cheap, as they are epiphones, but I actually liked the way they played and sounded better than the over priced gibson versions. Go figure...

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