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  • Guys who change guitars after every song

    I really can't stand people who change guitars more than twice during a set. I can understand wanting a different tone for certain songs, or perhaps some songs use a different tuning, but I've seen guys with a rack of 10+ guitars for a 45 minute set and it's just ridiculous. There are certain famous blues guitarists who are guilty of this.

    Who actually needs that many guitars? How much of it is necessity and how much of it is posturing / showing off?

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    How do they sound? That is the ONLY thing I care about if I'm watching live music.
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    • #3
      The Edge does. In a normal set of maybe 23 songs for a concert, he'll use about 18 or so different guitars.
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      • #4
        Totally agree! Its just annoying and I don't think your standard audience is going to notice the same changes other guitar players notice. I guess to each his own but I agree it is annoying. There are times when I think it is necessary such as different tunings or 12 strings, but sometimes you'll see a guy switch from a blue strat to a red strat and its like wtf?

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        • #5
          Tommy Shaw changes a lot too...but in his defense every guitar had a very distinct sound

          personally i dont give two ****************s about equipment changes, i care whether or not its a good show
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          • #6
            Who actually needs that many guitars? How much of it is necessity and how much of it is posturing / showing off?


            After going to see Mark Knopfler a couple of years ago, I have to say that if I had a (guitar) rack like that, I'd take every opportunity to show it off and rub it in everybody's face, too. oke:
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            • #7
              What do you guys do if a guitarist pulls out a double neck, throw rotten tomatoes?

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              • #8
                "Hey I've got this one too, and this one, and this one... and this one... and still more... LOOK!"
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                • #9
                  For me, that's more an issue between the artist and his/her guitar tech - who should be comped more than they would for a player requiring fewer setups.
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                  • #10
                    Yngwie does that a lot.

                    Funny thing is, he trades it for an exact copy of the one he just handed the guitar tech.

                    I think he just likes to be angry at the guitar tech. Man, I wouldn't want that job!
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                    • #11
                      This kind of thing really is about the guitarist displaying his collection. Disguised under whatever made up bull**************** "reason". lol
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                      • #12
                        This kind of thing really is about the guitarist displaying his collection. Disguised under whatever made up bull**************** "reason". lol

                        I have no idea whether or not this is a factor (I know very little about tax codes), but if you're a pro who uses them in a show could it also be to get tax write-offs for the guitars?
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                        • #13
                          Yngwie does that a lot.

                          Funny thing is, he trades it for an exact copy of the one he just handed the guitar tech.

                          I think he just likes to be angry at the guitar tech. Man, I wouldn't want that job!


                          He might be one of those guys who always has to play on brand new strings. Ridiculous, in my opinion, but then what isn't about Yngwie?
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                          • #14
                            Part of the fun of watching Cheap Trick live is seeing which guitar Rick Nielsen pulls out next. I think he uses a differnt one for every single song.
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                            • #15
                              Perhaps there's something else going on here: A lot of these guys are touring 250+ days a year. When they're touring, perhaps the only chance they get to really play is when they are actually performing, and perhaps they enjoy their collection. So, they change guitars every few songs, and with each guitar it's like they're meeting an old friend. These folks don't have the luxury we do of sitting around our room, grabbing a guitar, going to have a drink, coming back and grabbing another one, etc. They have to enjoy their collection while it's out on the stage, because when they're not, they're sitting in cases on a truck...

                              In other words: Stop being worried about what someone else is doing. When you are sufficiently famous and have enough fans to want to pay to hear you play in cities around the world, you can tour with one guitar with three strings, for all I care. Until then, I don't think it's really too cool to be ripping on these guys...
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