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  • #61
    A long time ago I used to drag out 6 guitars a show, but we were headlining and playing 2 hours shows.

    The reason I did it was for different tunings, one was setup for slide, that kind of thing.

    But nowadays I just stick to 2 guitars one in drop D the other in Standard E.

    It gets to be a pain carrying that much crap on the road.
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    • #62
      A long time ago I used to drag out 6 guitars a show, but we were headlining and playing 2 hours shows.

      The reason I did it was for different tunings, one was setup for slide, that kind of thing.

      But nowadays I just stick to 2 guitars one in drop D the other in Standard E.

      It gets to be a pain carrying that much crap on the road.


      Agreed. I don't play out often, but when I do it's not a question of how many guitars I can show off. It's a question of how many guitars I can keep an eye on.

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      • #63
        if the music is good i'm happy

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        • #64
          The majority of the time it's for different tunings. I'm surprised it took this long to be posted.

          A long time ago I used to drag out 6 guitars a show, but we were headlining and playing 2 hours shows.

          The reason I did it was for different tunings, one was setup for slide, that kind of thing.

          But nowadays I just stick to 2 guitars one in drop D the other in Standard E.

          It gets to be a pain carrying that much crap on the road.
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          • #65
            Don't even get me started on ridiculous walls of amps. Here's a photo of Slayer's live setup. This is the backline for a guitarist (Kerry King) who doesn't even know how to play guitar!!! He thinks sloppy chromatic scales and divebombing the whammy in the wrong key = solo.





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            • #66
              I got a chance to meet/hang out with Rick Neilson last summer, he had 60 guitars on the road with him. He gave us the tour of his guitars and I have to say that he had some great stuff on the road with him. here's a pic of the assortment he had for that nights performance, they played for about 45 minutes and he used them all. Some iconic stuff in there, 1978 checkerboard Hamer FTW!
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              • #67
                Guitars are awesome. This thread idea, not so much.

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                • #68
                  I take three to shows. Main, backup for main, and one for alt tuning. That said, I don't give a flying **************** if somebody buys out a Guitar Center and brings 'em on stage. In fact, I like the eye candy! The more, the better!

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                  • #69
                    Most of those are just shells. I know this for fact!


                    Only 2 are mic'd lol. Kinda gives it away doesn't it?!?
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                    • #70
                      I don't really care if someone else does it. For me I don't like changing guitars during sets. Makes sense since most of my bands have tended to be somewhat artsy and think in terms of the flow of the set instead of focusing on individual songs. Changing guitars would eff up the flow.
                      Information is not knowledge
                      Knowledge is not wisdom
                      Wisdom is not truth
                      Truth is not beauty
                      Beauty is not love
                      Love is not music.
                      Music Is The Best.

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                      • #71
                        I don't mind.
                        But then again I sympathize because I have 35 or so guitars...
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                        • #72
                          Wilco did this when I saw them on Monday. They always did it quickly and it never messed up the flow, but Nels had a few different guitars and Jeff changed between EVERY song.

                          On Jeff's end there were five or six different SGs, three Teles and a Jazzmaster plus a bunch of acoustics. The two SGs he used the most were identical, so all I can think of is that they either had different guts or whenever he uses a capo (often) he has his tech tune the guitar with the capo on before bringing it onstage instead of just tossing a capo on his main guitar. Hey, if you've got the budget...
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                          • #73
                            I got a chance to meet/hang out with Rick Neilson last summer, he had 60 guitars on the road with him. He gave us the tour of his guitars and I have to say that he had some great stuff on the road with him. here's a pic of the assortment he had for that nights performance, they played for about 45 minutes and he used them all. Some iconic stuff in there, 1978 checkerboard Hamer FTW!





                            Is it a photo of Paul McCartney on that first guitar from the left?

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                            • #74
                              The majority of the time it's for different tunings. I'm surprised it took this long to be posted.


                              The majority of the time its because the band is being paid or comp'ed to play certain guitars by the manufacturer through promo deals.

                              I'm surprised it took 4 pages for this to be posted.
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                              • #75
                                all I can think of is that they either had different guts or whenever he uses a capo (often) he has his tech tune the guitar with the capo on before bringing it onstage instead of just tossing a capo on his main guitar. Hey, if you've got the budget...


                                Slapping a capo on your guitar often pulls your strings sharp so I can understand why Jeff Tweedy would get someone else to check his tunings while he continues with the show.

                                It's one of my pet peeves when a singer/songwriter slaps a capo on their guitar and starts playing without checking whether the damn thing is in tune.

                                If I slap on a capo, I always check the tuning with a pedal tuner and make some comment like, "We tune because we care." It usually gets a laugh.
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