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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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  • APZonerunnerAPZonerunner Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Okay, equipment I own. In my band I act as the sound tech guy for recording, and we do it all in my bedroom. We (most specifically me and one other guy) have spent a lot, but the upside is I own it all and can do whatever I want in my spare time with it outside of the band.

    The only band with an internet setup right now is my game cover band, but I'm in a regular band too, which is a bit like a British stylised Bad Religion.

    I use Cubase SX 3 & Cubase Studio 4 (thank fuck for student prices), Mixcraft 4, and various Synths and VSTis. I record drums via my midi Electric Drum Kit (A Yamaha DTXtreme electric kit), and then use a mixture of purchased and home-made samples to make our drums sound good. For other Synth I use a very old midi keyboard and play it in, and then a selection of free and purchased VST instruments.

    There's a hell of a lot of stuff that I could and would like to show, really, from my mixing desk to some of the software and tricks I've picked up over the years, but...

    My pride and joy though is my drums. It's one of those kits that is just way too ridiculously large for it's own good, but I still find a time and a place for everything when I get to play my real kit.

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  • Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I want to fuck your drum kit with my penis.

    Inquisitor wrote: »
    I fucking hate you Canadians.
  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    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

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  • APZonerunnerAPZonerunner Registered User
    edited September 2008
    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.

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  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    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.

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  • MrMonroeMrMonroe Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Holy christ, six toms? Or wait, no, there's a seventh off in the corner!

    Did you not have the gong out when you took the pictures or is it just behind the throne? :D

  • Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    now, i've just started very basic drumming, but why do drummers always have a million cymbals and toms, but only one snare? Why not have multiple snares? you can get very, very different snare sounds, this I know.

    Inquisitor wrote: »
    I fucking hate you Canadians.
  • APZonerunnerAPZonerunner Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Furthest left is a piccolo snare, not a tom. That's the main snare sound difference that can't be obtained by simple tuning. The main reasoning is unlike an XHat (a constantly closed or open hihat that sits elsewhere - mine sits middle-right), any other position for the snare other than the traditional one just isn't useful, which makes multiple snares difficult to handle in a realistic way.

    The main reason for hundreds of cymbals is that unlike drums every cymbal is drastically different, even the sound between a 17" and a 15" crash made in the same factory by the same company from the same metal will be very different. And that's without even hitting the different types of cymbal there are..

    At some point in the future (when I upgrade my electric kit, which right now is pretty standard, and I want one with better pads with more triggers), I want to integrate an electric drum brain into the kit and have some electric cymbals. Some day.

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  • Evil MultifariousEvil Multifarious Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I can't hear the difference between most cymbals but I know that's just my untrained ear. I'm sure as I continue to drum I will begin to feel the cymbal-hunger.

    Inquisitor wrote: »
    I fucking hate you Canadians.
  • APZonerunnerAPZonerunner Registered User
    edited September 2008
    For the record, mine are (left to right) HiHat, Splash, Crash, China, Ride (with makeshift simmer, made from wire and a screw!) XHat, Crash, Crash/Ride (Hybrid Sound), Ride, Splash, China.

    To reach that last china you actually have to flip your hand backwards, but if you're coming off the ride to move elsewhere you can graze past it on the way up and it makes for a fun sound and feel. It's not even actually a china, it's an old hihat I took a hammer too and turned into a china-of-sorts.

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  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2008
    Also.

    I totally want a Moog. Super bad.

    The Korg DS10 though will have to do for a while.

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  • darleysamdarleysam Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    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.

  • 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
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    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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  • 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.

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