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The Musician's Thread/Gear Porn Thread/Post your Rig

SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
edited October 2010 in Debate and/or Discourse
Let's see where this takes us. I know there are a few musicians on this board, and I being a fairly huge community, we all have different tastes. It would be nice to see us all come together for one big music discussion. Opinions on music can vary from person to person, but musicians of every caliber can always band together and ask, "Woah, dude, what are you running that Rickenbacker through?"

I'm currently juggling a few projects in my free time. My main group is called Cicada Creek. Kinda all over the place. Krautish, proggish, people compare us all the way from Hawkwind and Iron Butterfly to Santana and Cream. Honestly, I like to think we have a bit of a peculiar sound.

While things in CC have wound down a bit (we're supposed to record an album tomorrow, but that's up in the air), I've taken to writing music for a new group called The Nod. I grew up listening to the New Orleans scene. EYEHATEGOD, Acid Bath, Soilent Green, etc. Lots of that stuff is heavy on the drug reference. So it's kind of a parody. The few songs we've written are funny. Like, "Smokin Gel" and "Oh God I'm Sick". Just fun stuff.

As far as gear, I'm running a modified Fender J with an Audere preamp through a Hartke head and Ampeg cab. The Hartke may need replacement soon. It has alot of options to contour clean sounds, but there's no ass to it. I gotta use a Big Muff to get any kind of distortion out of the thing. I played through a vintage tube amp the other night while jammin with a cover band. Can't remember the name, but it was only something like... 45 watts, but it SCREAMED. Had tons of ass to it. Great control over clean to heavily compressed sound.

I'm also pimping a cheapo Yamaha PJ. Sounds good, but there is absolutely no tone control to it. Only a pup blend and individual volume knobs.

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I mentioned the Rickenbacker in the OP simply because... that's probably gonna be what I save up for when I make another instrument purchase.

I thought about adding a second cab to my Hartke, but I think it might be in my best interest to maybe upgrade to a 610, trade off the 410, and go from there. I don't want to make too many changes if I'm not plannin on sticking with that Hartke head.

And finally...
Spoiler:

WANT!!!

Sheep on
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  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    darleysam wrote: »
    Dark Moon wrote: »
    It's a cajón! Mine is inferior, in that the snares are a bitch and a half to pull off the tapa, but it's still piles of fun to play.

    Hi5! I hadn't even played one before November last year, then my brother's all "I'm starting a band, I've got two others in, and you're buying a cajon to join in"

    Luckily I'd had years of practice from drumming on tables, so it worked out alright. And yes, they are damned fun to play.

    You're not in any of those videos...

    And can I have your key player's number?

    EDIT

    Oh, wait, you are in the videos. The camera man just shuns you. Sentence two can still stand.

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  • darleysamdarleysam Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I'm afraid she's already taken :(

    You can have my number, though.

  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    If you keep your face powdered then it's a deal.

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  • Mr BubblesMr Bubbles David Koresh Superstar Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I used to be in a band about 2 years ago, we haven't done anything for a long time now though.
    My Silver Beard

    This however, is my pride and joy
    Spoiler:
    Limited Edition Alpine white Epiphone Thunderbird bass. Bask in its glory

  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    Love those, but they give me horrible cramps.

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  • darleysamdarleysam Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    We should make some kind of cacophonous song. It would be beautiful.

  • Mr BubblesMr Bubbles David Koresh Superstar Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I make yowling cat noises and monotonous guitar sounds and you bang on a table?

    We'd be accused of ripping off The White Stripes

  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    Mr Bubbles wrote: »
    I make yowling cat noises and monotonous guitar sounds and you bang on a table?

    We'd be accused of ripping off The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    Fixed.

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  • Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    those bands are both awesome

    that does not make those posts inaccurate though

    Inquisitor wrote: »
    I fucking hate you Canadians.
  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    I haven't heard anything from either of them in a very long time.

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  • darleysamdarleysam Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Well I'm effectively doing little more than banging on a table anyway..

    I also have a Tanglewood acoustic bass which is quite lovely, although I don't play it nearly as much as I should.

  • PodlyPodly good moleman to youRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    my favorite piece of gear ever

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    follow my music twitter soundcloud tumblr
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  • MishraMishra Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Sheep wrote: »
    Sheep wrote: »
    I didn't know Neil Pert posted here...

    Our recording gig is one single studio mic, mono, hooked to a 2 track, then to a MacBook and Garage Band.

    :P

    You want a crazy drum kit do a Google Image search for Terry Bozzio. Every drum is tuned individually, and he basically plays solo songs on it that way.

    Excess!

    And yeah, I'm familiar with him. Big Zappa fan.

    Bozzio, Levin, Stevens is a great super group. their album is definitely Black Light Syndrome is worth a listen.

    So I have crappy equipment for recording and am getting promoted wednesday. the cover song contest has motivated me to get a better rig. Suggestions on starter equipment for recording?

    "Give a man a fire, he's warm for the night. Set a man on fire he's warm for the rest of his life."
    -Terry Pratchett
  • DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I can't provide full pictures of my gear, because half of it is in another state right now, but here's the basic guitar setup I use:

    Fender Jazzmaster ('96 MIJ, SD Quarter-Pounder bridge, SD Hot neck) -> Electro-Harmonix Big Muff USA -> Electro-Harmonix Stereo Poly-Chorus -> Peavey Classic 30


    Purchased the guitar for around $600 used a few years back, came with all stock hardware. The stock pickups weren't bad -- they were basically strat pickups shoehorned into the JM soapbar mold. Rewired it with some great Seymour Duncan stuff. I've since also replaced the pickguard (stock white, replaced with brown tort). And put a silver sticker on the painted headstock.

    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/endlessrevolt/Jazzmaster/gtr.jpg <-- helpful diagram of setup. the classic 30 is so classy looking, and sounds fucking great at the volume I play at (pretty much just a home hobbyist)

    Some guitar pictures:

    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/endlessrevolt/Jazzmaster/a2j_PICT0034.jpg full view
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/endlessrevolt/Jazzmaster/a2j_PICT0031.jpg matched headstock, closeup
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/endlessrevolt/Jazzmaster/a2j_PICT0035.jpg body view
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/endlessrevolt/Jazzmaster/a2j_PICT0037.jpg closeup on hardware/pickguard

    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y22/endlessrevolt/Jazzmaster/a2j_PICT0056.jpg old picture with the stock pickguard

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  • darleysamdarleysam Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Mishra wrote: »
    Sheep wrote: »
    Sheep wrote: »
    I didn't know Neil Pert posted here...

    Our recording gig is one single studio mic, mono, hooked to a 2 track, then to a MacBook and Garage Band.

    :P

    You want a crazy drum kit do a Google Image search for Terry Bozzio. Every drum is tuned individually, and he basically plays solo songs on it that way.

    Excess!

    And yeah, I'm familiar with him. Big Zappa fan.

    Bozzio, Levin, Stevens is a great super group. their album is definitely Black Light Syndrome is worth a listen.

    So I have crappy equipment for recording and am getting promoted wednesday. the cover song contest has motivated me to get a better rig. Suggestions on starter equipment for recording?

    Cover song contest?

  • metaghostmetaghost Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Oh man, a musical gear thread! My favorite!

    I'm not gonna include pictures because I got too much stuff and that would result in a jumbled post of hell.

    In my improv rock group I play:

    '97 Cherry Red ESP Custom - This thing is both literally and figuratively the heaviest guitar I have ever played. Visually it's a Les Paul knockoff with one less tone knob for legal reasons. It packs hella low end and eats lesser amps alive.

    '68 Fender Twin Reverb - After using some bitch 30 watt amp for years, I found this on ebay MISLABELED (mwahahaha). Got it in perfect condition with new Celestion speakers for $600. The actual amp is pre-CBS, pre-Master Gain. I've never played it past 3 on the volume.

    '01 Fender Jazz Bass - Got it from a friend when he moved to the opposite coast. The input jack's a little buggered and gets quite hissy, but it's a real smooth sound overall. I too play it through a Big Muff when I want that Stoner Metal vibe, but generally I play clean. My bass amp is not worth mentioning.

    Pearl Export 7 piece kit - Another great ebay find. 24" kick, Sabian cymbals, a real deep snare. I need some new heads though...

    Theremax Theremin - A bandmate built this from some kit. I'm not good with it.

    Mbira - Found it at a rummage sale. I like to mic it and run it through a rotary amp to get a sort of Vibrophone sound.

    Taishogoto - An autoharp of sorts. From the '40's and not equal-tempered.

    I also produce in the colloquial sense for my homey Doc Devil of Heavy Jamal.
    For such business I rock Reason 4.0 and Ableton Live with an Oxygen 8 Midi-Keyboard.

    I do all the audio engineering for my band, recording 8 tracks live through a Presonus Firepod into Adobe Audition. We're completely improvised, so this often entails extensive linear editing (as opposed to the non-linear nature of Teó Macero's work with Miles Davis), but I eschew any effects excepting necessary compression and equalization during the mastering stage. I mix through some sweet Flat-Response Event monitors.

    I also have an assortment of tuned singing bowls, an ex-girlfriend's violin made by a local luthier that have yet to learn how to play, and a cumbersome sitar left in my care by a former boss.

    I like to make music.

    [Edit - this is still a jumble post from hell.]

  • InquisitorInquisitor Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Oh man this thread is really making me wish I had a nicer bass.

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  • KnobKnob TURN THE BEAT BACK InternetSuper Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited September 2008
    hey these are always fun

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  • romanqwertyromanqwerty Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Mishra wrote: »
    This thread again, huh? Well I'm bored at work

    Spoiler:

    So the guitars are a '93 Les Paul Classic Premium Plus and a 2001 American Strat. My rack consists of two rockman 100 Sustainors in series with a 2 channel dbx 231 equalizer in the effects loop for each. They lead into My rockman chorus delay, wich then connects to my Crybaby Wah. Everythings controlled by the midi pedal board. All this is feuled by my Mesa Boogie Nomad 45. Probably a much nicer rig than I deserve and I'm still working on getting the right sound out of it, but what can I say I've always been a gear head.

    I'm a big classic rock guy. I really want to be able to play some Robin Trower but I'm still no where near good enough.

    Fuck Mishra, no wonder i couldn't match your tone. Your rig is awesome. I have a Les Paul copy (mid range) and a crappy 10watt amp.

    I've been eating packaged noodles and canned food for the last 2 months and im about halfway to a decent amp.

    Id take a photo, but i'm embaressed.

  • JamesJames Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    APZonerunner, your rig is sweet!

    Some new gear I got? Proco RAT and an MXR Phase 90. I'm purchasing a new guitar on the 30th, so I'll make sure to update then!

  • pots+panspots+pans Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Hey Knob what kind of SG is that in the corner?

  • JamesJames Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    It looks like my SG Standard, though it's not very visible :P

  • KnobKnob TURN THE BEAT BACK InternetSuper Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited September 2008
    pots+pans wrote: »
    Hey Knob what kind of SG is that in the corner?

    gibson sg special

    standard has trapezoidal inlays

    edit: here's a better pic

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    the red one's an agile valkyrie III from rondomusic who i heartily recommend to anyone wanting a solid, cheap instrument

    not pictured: my frankenstrat monstrosity custom built from a squier strat, a lp studio, a fender jazz bass, and and ancient as fuck beat up old harmony acoustic

  • pots+panspots+pans Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    James wrote: »
    It looks like my SG Standard, though it's not very visible :P

    Do you find it too neck heavy when playing standing up?

  • JamesJames Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    pots+pans wrote: »
    James wrote: »
    It looks like my SG Standard, though it's not very visible :P

    Do you find it too neck heavy when playing standing up?

    I don't find it heavy, but it's certainly heavier than the body so you've got to hold onto it all the time if you want it to stay still.

  • MishraMishra Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Mishra wrote: »
    This thread again, huh? Well I'm bored at work

    Spoiler:

    So the guitars are a '93 Les Paul Classic Premium Plus and a 2001 American Strat. My rack consists of two rockman 100 Sustainors in series with a 2 channel dbx 231 equalizer in the effects loop for each. They lead into My rockman chorus delay, wich then connects to my Crybaby Wah. Everythings controlled by the midi pedal board. All this is feuled by my Mesa Boogie Nomad 45. Probably a much nicer rig than I deserve and I'm still working on getting the right sound out of it, but what can I say I've always been a gear head.

    I'm a big classic rock guy. I really want to be able to play some Robin Trower but I'm still no where near good enough.

    Fuck Mishra, no wonder i couldn't match your tone. Your rig is awesome. I have a Les Paul copy (mid range) and a crappy 10watt amp.

    I've been eating packaged noodles and canned food for the last 2 months and im about halfway to a decent amp.

    Id take a photo, but i'm embaressed.


    Eh It's wasted on me still, this is what happens when you have to much disposable income and a co-worker whose been playing 25 years and owns a 1958 Fender stratocaster. Thanks though. Craigslist is great for equipment. Everything there was had from craigslist except some of the rack stuff which i got from E-bay.

    "Give a man a fire, he's warm for the night. Set a man on fire he's warm for the rest of his life."
    -Terry Pratchett
  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    James wrote: »
    pots+pans wrote: »
    James wrote: »
    It looks like my SG Standard, though it's not very visible :P

    Do you find it too neck heavy when playing standing up?

    I don't find it heavy, but it's certainly heavier than the body so you've got to hold onto it all the time if you want it to stay still.

    I've been playing two SG's lately. Gibson and Epiphone. I preferred the Epiphone. Lighter, thinner neck, sounded just as good.

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  • JamesJames Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Sheep wrote: »
    James wrote: »
    pots+pans wrote: »
    James wrote: »
    It looks like my SG Standard, though it's not very visible :P

    Do you find it too neck heavy when playing standing up?

    I don't find it heavy, but it's certainly heavier than the body so you've got to hold onto it all the time if you want it to stay still.

    I've been playing two SG's lately. Gibson and Epiphone. I preferred the Epiphone. Lighter, thinner neck, sounded just as good.

    What were they made of? Typically Epiphones are heavier and Gibsons have better craftmanship.

  • 1ddqd1ddqd Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    There was this friend of mine in high school, mark moore - he was a drum GOD to us - listened to Dream Theater and Helloween and the like. He had a rediculous Ludwig Vistalite set.

    I just googled and found him in like 20 seconds on ultimatemetal.com - username rushzil2112.

    Gonna get his ass on some RB2.

  • amateurhouramateurhour Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I don't have personal pics, but this is my gear

    First, the '71 Yamaha FG-200 acoustic
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    These things were about a dime a dozen, and this was my dad's, who then gave it to me when I went to college. The bass tones have gotten better over the years, it frets, bars, and chords easily, and just rocks because it's old. I also have my dad's hippie peace flowers guitar strap that I still wear with it.

    Second, I wanted an electric guitar, but just something cheap to play around with, so I got this.
    Spoiler:

    It's the peavey rockmaster combo. AC/DC (current, not the band) amp and the guitar has a single humbucker style pickup. It's got a decent little blues sound to it, but the nut doesn't hold the strings as tight as I'd like no matter how much adjustment and tuning I do. Chords pretty well and bars alright, passable for weekend jams and practice, but that's about it.

    edit: I've also got a midi usb input for two guitars and two mics that came with a copy of cubase, but right now all I do is use it to make podcasts.

    Here's what I do...
    The Vac - My Science Fiction Epic
    Fortune Pancakes - My Gag-A-Day Comic
  • EggyToastEggyToast Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I've only got these pictures posted elsewhere; I'll take some full-room shots when I get home tonight. Hardly a gear-porn room, but I'm pretty happy with it. The big prize is a recent acquisition, picked up about a month ago:

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    With cats, for scale:

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    How I got it home (in our Corolla):

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    It's a Kay upright from 1955, not the fanciest bass but something I could afford. I moved up from an electric upright (which I used for taking lessons from 96-97), realizing that if I didn't have an acoustic upright, I would be bored with playing since I couldn't record it without it just sounding like a bad bass guitar. Now I've got a nice, boomy upright :D

    I play a mix of classical while I practice some jazzy stuff. It's pretty motivating having a nice instrument that makes you want to play it, and I'm surprised at how my intonation and general skills have stuck with me transitioning from my electric upright (which had dots on the neck so I could see where I should be) to a regular upright (where your intonation is based entirely on your ear).

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  • darleysamdarleysam Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I should also say (since the guy that gave me advice on getting it just posted) that we've also got a Fostex MR8-HD for doing rough recordings of stuff, and a lovely Rode NT1-A condenser mic that I try to use wherever possible, because I love the sound you get off it when recording an acoustic guitar.

  • metaghostmetaghost Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    darleysam wrote: »
    ...and a lovely Rode NT1-A condenser mic that I try to use wherever possible, because I love the sound you get off it when recording an acoustic guitar.

    People have such hugely differing opinions of Rode mics.
    When I was in engineering class in college, we would do blindfold microphone tests regularly through the semester, and Rode mics would consistently be the least liked mic.
    Sure, they would be going up against some ridiculous microphones (Neumann TLM49, AKG C414, some vintage ribbon mics, etc...), but they were getting beaten by 57's in every application!

    But now on my own I bought a matched pair of NT5s for drum overheads because they were on sale and I love deez bitches.
    I use them on my classical too and shit is just beautiful.

  • Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I just bought my first big amp.

    Both my guitar and my e-drums sound fantastic through it.

    I had to carry this giant fucking thing home with occasional rests to recover, but it was worth it.

    Inquisitor wrote: »
    I fucking hate you Canadians.
  • JamesJames Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I just bought my first big amp.

    Both my guitar and my e-drums sound fantastic through it.

    I had to carry this giant fucking thing home with occasional rests to recover, but it was worth it.

    What did you get?

  • Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    A Peavey Bandit 112, used

    Inquisitor wrote: »
    I fucking hate you Canadians.
  • JamesJames Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    A Peavey Bandit 112, used

    Ahh, cool. Peavey is a good brand for metal.

  • Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Yeah, I'm planning on using it to record the guitar track when you give us the drums.

    Inquisitor wrote: »
    I fucking hate you Canadians.
  • JamesJames Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Yeah, I'm planning on using it to record the guitar track when you give us the drums.

    I just shot you a PM, but I'm having trouble getting the WAVs up.

  • The CheeseThe Cheese Registered User
    edited September 2008
    I'm gonna post pictures of my own gear later today or tomorrow but I was just reading up on how to get a sound as shitty and amazing as Neil Young has and I found out that he actually has a device that turns the knobs on his amp. It's called the Whizzer.

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    How fucking cool is that?

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