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  • Imagine a world where there were only multi effects

    No real amps, pedals, etc, just multi.fx. would the guitar world be a different place? i think the great players would still shine in those circumstances.

  • #2
    Not sure quite where you are going with "No real amps" ?? but here's my stab at the question, sorry if I misunderstand.
    The electric guitar is to the guitar what the synthesizer is to the piano. Basically same fretboard interface but is a completely different animal.
    A Piano just is but there are Rhodes, Korg, Hammond and Church organs which lose that connection after the keyboard. They are different instruments. So it is with electric guitar.
    I think is was an "electrified acoustic" for about 8 minutes after its invention then it became 100 different things in the hands of 100 different people.
    Less is more

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    • #3
      Do you mean no tube amps or pedals? If so, multi-fx's have got to the point of being competitive so it's a non issue. Regardless, a real player will always shine no matter what interface.
      One MIA Fender Strat, one Gibson Les Paul, one Martin Acoustic, what more do you need?

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      • #4
        Well the 9V battery market would drop

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        • #5
          I don't really get the premise here. We'd lose some well known (and well loved) sounds without certain amps and pedals but overall, pretty much nothing changes. Which guitarists' main contributions to music depended on any of these things? Apologies if I missed the point - as I said, I don't really get the premise
          http://www.surrealisticpenguin.com

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          • #6
            Mark knopfler has recorded and performed live with many different instruments and amp rigs. He always sounds like Mark Knopfler, even on an acoustic.
            Last edited by knotty; 08-24-2014, 11:38 AM.
            Don't pick a fight with an old man,
            If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.


            '' Who, me Officer?''

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Surrealistic View Post
              I don't really get the premise here. We'd lose some well known (and well loved) sounds without certain amps and pedals but overall, pretty much nothing changes. Which guitarists' main contributions to music depended on any of these things? Apologies if I missed the point - as I said, I don't really get the premise
              It would be like going from vinyl to mp3. Sort of , kind of ,mostly the same but just something missing.
              Sure there would be talented people who would excel in this but we would loose what we once loved.
              It's called change, embrace change and move on or resist change (like me ) and get left behind

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              • #8
                It is kind of a strange premise. If tube amps and individual pedals had never existed, the multi-fx devices would have nothing to model their sounds after. Early PA systems would not have supported loud blaring guitars going through them. The technology would not have been in place for the early pioneers of rock guitar to push the boundaries of the instrument. So would we not have had electrified guitar until the late 70's (or whenever the first multi-fx came about)? I'd say that would have changed the game.

                If, on the other hand, you went with the idea that individual pedals and tube amps were to disappear today, I'd say you'd have a lot of pissed off guitar players on your hands. Sure great players would still play great, and probably sound just fine. Still, part of the journey in being an electric guitar player is putting together that rig that gives you the sound that's in your head. The amp and (for some) pedalboard are not just appliances, but part of the whole instrument.

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                • #9
                  The above said I have spent the last six month intentionally practicing with a clean mono amp and no reverb.
                  It has stopped me getting sloppy and when I do plug into a full kit now it feels like a universe opening up.
                  Less is more

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                  • #10
                    Yup. No practice like clean practice for technique.
                    Don't pick a fight with an old man,
                    If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.


                    '' Who, me Officer?''

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                    • #11
                      What if all the hot women of the world wanted to have my baby?
                      Besides being a guitar player,
                      I'm a big fan of the guitar.
                      I love that damn instrument.
                      -Steve Vai

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Floyd Rosenbomb View Post
                        What if all the hot women of the world wanted to have my baby?
                        Then you would wake up and discovere that it was just a dream

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by gardo View Post
                          Then you would wake up and discovere that it was just a dream
                          This then is the correct answer for the OP.

                          /thread.
                          Besides being a guitar player,
                          I'm a big fan of the guitar.
                          I love that damn instrument.
                          -Steve Vai

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                          • #14
                            Not quite, Chordite legal services are here with a sheaf of paternity suits
                            Less is more

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Floyd Rosenbomb View Post

                              This then is the correct answer for the OP.

                              /thread.
                              Not necessarily,teechnologhy has forced me to make changes in other areas of life that I had sworn never to change.
                              I once swore I would always use cash but now I've adapted to plastic so completely that the "new money" looks strange to me.
                              I once loved getting my hands dirty hopping up cars and swore I always would . But now we just plug in a laptop change a few codes and it's done. New technology can force change whether we like it or not. It's not so hard to imagine a day when it's no longer practicle for anyone to manufacture vacuum tubes.at least not affordably priced .The enviro-nazis may determine that vacuum tubes use too much electricity and ban the sale,as they have been doing with incadecent light bulbs. Who knows ?

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