Where Do You Play?

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  1. Cygnus X-1

    Cygnus X-1 Senior Member

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    I was curious to know where/how people play? I know some are active in bands and gig, some (like myself) do not. When I was in high school and college I had a band and played shows but that dried up after I graduated and got a job/wife/kids. A few years back I wrote and recorded some tunes on Garage Band but now I’m learning riffs/songs/solos that I thought I wouldn’t be able to handle back when I was a teenager (with an emphasis on :slash:). But I sometimes wonder: do I need a $4500 guitar to do this/just play at home? (Granted I love the damn thing! Maybe I’m being too practical).



     
  2. penguinchit

    penguinchit Senior Member

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    Welcome! If you have a $4500 guitar just for home use and you love it, then you need it. If you don't love it, it could turn into 2 or 3 more guitars.
     
  3. LeftyF2003

    LeftyF2003 Premium Member

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    I play a lot of shows in the summer, the winter not so much. But I still feel justified in all of these :laugh2:

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    If you want practical advice you're on the wrong forum!
     
  4. Cygnus X-1

    Cygnus X-1 Senior Member

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    Lol. Nice! BTW I didn't want to sound like an opulent jerk by mentioning the cost of my lefty (which = more expensive) guitar. I was trying to say that since I don't play in front of people maybe I don't need a really good guitar b/c it doesn't matter....?

    I guess maybe I'd feel better if I could find a few people to jam with on occasion as I certainly don't have time for a regular band gig. But this is not so easy to do it would seem.
     
  5. LeftyF2003

    LeftyF2003 Premium Member

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    If you love the guitar and you play it, it's worth it. You shouldn't have to play a lesser instrument just because you don't play out.

    Personally I can count the number of times I've gigged my Les Paul on one hand. If it's not a big stage with tons of space between the instruments I don't take out my expensive guitars. The Tele can handle a headstock drop with no problem.
     
  6. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    I think if I only played at home, then a CS guitar would be a lot more attractive. But because I play out, I feel it would be ridiculous for me to take a $4500 guitar into some of the bars and parties I play.
     
  7. mdubya

    mdubya Senior Member

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    I gigged in originals bands throughout the 90's, playing all around the DC/Baltimore region.

    I took time away from any serious playing 1999-2008 or so.

    Started back trying to relearn what I knew previously with a new emphasis on learning cover songs. Phil X Fretted Americana videos were majorly inspirational and I learned many riffs and snippets of songs from watching him, for better or for worse - I was learning them the way Phil played them, not from the records or anything resembling note for note. :eek:

    I bought an SG Classic (my dream guitar in 2009) and spent a few hundred doing major upgrades to my 1997 Epiphone Sheraton.

    I have since purchased 3 fairly high end guitars; a Custom Shop ES 330, a Custom Shop Firebird, and a Memphis USA standard ES 335.

    Those guitars inspire me to play because I enjoy them so much. Doesn't mean there is anything wrong with my guitars which cost hundreds, rather than thousands. I still like the working man guitars I own, as well. Just my guitar desire (GAS) is relatively satisfied.

    I jam with family or friends a couple of times a year. I have played at parties and weddings and family functions (nothing too serious, just being well practiced enough to provide some entertainment and not embarrass myself).

    Other than that, I am playing for my own pleasure and nothing else, at home, for no one other than myself.
     
  8. Berzerk

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    I gigged with a sub $200 guitar, a Yamaha RGX110, for years. You don't need an expensive guitar to gig and you don't need a cheap guitar to play only at home ;)
     
  9. Cygnus X-1

    Cygnus X-1 Senior Member

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    Interesting takes, thanks for the responses. When I was in my band I was playing my Japanese Strat. Got a few bucks when I graduated and got my Epiphone LP. A few years back I took the plunge and got my dream guitar: a real Les Paul.
     
  10. mdubya

    mdubya Senior Member

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    My main gigging guitar in the 90's was a $200 SG Special. Still have it, still a tone machine, which is why it was always #1.
     
  11. Stevie 202

    Stevie 202 Senior Member

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    Funny thing...for most of the years when I was playing I only had the one guitar, a 1972 Gibson SG.

    It wasn't until I hung it up and became a home player that I started collecting them (well, I only have 12 so it's not much of a collection).
     
  12. John Vasco

    John Vasco I'm with the band V.I.P. Member

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    A quick potted history.
    Started gigging in January 1969.
    First gigging Gibson was an SG Standard (October 1970)
    First gigging Les Paul was a '69, in 1973.
    Have gigged only Les Pauls since.
    Presently in a blues band that has been going nearly 5 years now.

    I have no qualms about gigging my Gibsons, whatever the venue.

    This is the present brood:
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    From left: 1976 Deluxe; 1991 Custom; 2014 Custom Shop '61 VOS SG/Les Paul Standard; 2009 Custom Shop '57 VOS Junior & 2009 '08 Standard.

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    Oh yes, I'm left-handed! :D :dude:
     
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    Mockbel Senior Member

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    YES !!

    When I was a teen, I played a couple of times on stage and I have been always a guy with only one guitar... I started recently (just last year) buying more guitars and I exclusively play at home !
     
  14. 5F6-A

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    I used to play gigs as often as I could (when I was younger). Loved every minute of it. I even played in political rallies for parties that I had no affiliation with. Any opportunity to play was taken. Now, with a family and working 70 hours a week, it's a bit different. I'd like to start gigging again at some point, truth be known.
     
  15. dsmcl77

    dsmcl77 Senior Member

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    Where do I play ? usually behind my guitar...

    Doesn't matter what's in front of me as long as I enjoy it and feel comfortable with it.
    Gigging, I feel comfortable with cheaper guitars as I don't care as much if they get damaged... or stolen, which is bound to happen one way or the other.
     
  16. herbalist

    herbalist Senior Member

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    The only places I currently play are at home, or the homes of a couple friends. A guitar player and a bass guitar player. I'd love to play a guitar like yours in any of the places. :welcome:
     

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