Things guitarists do that bug me

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Ian Jordan, Jul 7, 2017.

  1. Ian Jordan

    Ian Jordan Gretschie

    Oct 14, 2012
    Coggeshall England
    I thought I would add a little spice to a conversation I was having with a guitarist friend of mine the other day. The one thing that really bugs me when I go to see other guitarists play, is when there is about 6 or 7 inches of loose guitar string hanging off the end of the tuners flapping around while they are playing. For gods sake trim the strings.

    What are the things that guitarists do that bug other people on here?

    Last edited: Jul 7, 2017
  2. GreTschocaster

    GreTschocaster Gretschie

    Feb 11, 2013
    Showboating ìe playing the guitar behind their head. I moan every time I see this.
  3. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Shoe gazers. Paying more attention to twisting knobs than playing guitar. Overly theatric movements and attitudes. Overuse of FX---it may sound good in your bedroom, but in a bar or a studio, it all turns to mush.
    "More ME in the monitors!!!"
  4. gtttrrr

    gtttrrr Country Gent

    Dec 7, 2011
    United States
    Playing to backing tacks.. ... Play a solo set or get a band. :eek:
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  5. Tinman46

    Tinman46 Country Gent

    Dec 19, 2011
    I play beside that guy. One time at practice I put a pair of safety goggles on and ribbed him about taking someones eye out. ;).
  6. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    Guys that leave the clip on tuner on the headstock on stage. :mad:
  7. StJohn

    StJohn Country Gent

    Jun 5, 2008
    North Louisiana
    Yeah, that bugs me too, and defaces their guitar. I think whoever had my GA before me did that, because there are all kind of micro scratches on the headstock.
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  8. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Guitarists using instrument-cables as speaker-cables.
  9. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Throwing the guitar in the air and catching it. Somehow it never looks elegant.

    Same for spinning the guitar around your neck. Forget it, the only one who can can pull that off without making him look like a maroon is Yngwie.

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  10. Frank_NH

    Frank_NH Synchromatic

    Mar 25, 2013
    Lebanon, NH
    Something that bugs me is seeing guitar players with their right hand ** constantly ** going between the strings and the volume/tone controls. I can see occasional adjustments for effect during a song. But it's like they just turned the volume control to 8, then two notes later to 7, then two notes later back to 8 then... Just leave it! :confused:
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  11. StJohn

    StJohn Country Gent

    Jun 5, 2008
    North Louisiana
    Oh boy, I have several of these.

    1. Someone who plays small clubs but insists on bringing a 100+ full stack.
    2 Someone who thinks they are the star and wants to stand out.
    3 Those that play a lick and give a glance to the crowd as if they are saying "c'mon that was should all be cheering for me!"
    4 Those that learn songs note for note, but don't change something here or there to make it their own. Along those lines, if they mess up during that solo, they are completely lost.
    5 Sometimes, bands mess up. During a solo, a drummer may do a roll signalling the band to get back to the song a few bars early, or a singer starts the next verse/chorus a few bars early. Be a good bandmate and adjust with the band. Don't be such a "me" guy that come hell or high water, you're going to finish your solo, even if it tramples over everyone else.
    6 I understand the need to bring 2-3 guitars to a gig-for different sounds or a backup. But don't bring two Hercules 5-guitar racks, fill those up, and have a single stand or two with a guitar on it too.
    7 Those that always think of their playing in terms of "I'm better than so and so," and get mad when someone is "better" than them. Guitar ain't a competition, and nobody's awarding medals or trophies to anyone for doing it. (Annual guitar mag best players awards notwithstanding)
    8 Someone who constantly slows a gig's flow by constantly tuning or twiddling knobs on an amp. That stuff should be taken care of on your own, and you should at the very least have a guitar that stays in tune.
    9 Constant Floyd Rose divebombs or pinch harmonics. It's like garlic: a little goes a long way.
    10 Rack effects setup in a small club. C'mon man, it's not the 80s anymore.
    11 Too much chorus, flange, or phaser that is left constantly on. Those are like garlic too.
    12 Tuners on headstocks like englishman said.
    13 Guitarists, or anyone for that matter, but it's most often a singer or guitarist, who shows up late, barely helps set up the PA if at all, then after a gig, goes to talk to people and doesn't help breakdown.
    14 Guitarist who dump on other guitarists' equipment.
    15 Fizzy distortion lovers
    16 Guitar Center chuggers, fizzers, Metallica riffers, shredders, or sweep pickers, who all play way too loud and with too much distortion in a store setting.
    17 Players that look at me like I'm stupid or nuts because while they are doing #16, I may be playing at a polite level, through a clean Vox or Fender, with a Gretsch, and playing country, rockabilly, or some other form of music they hate.
    18 Wah Addicts
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  12. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    Players who don't understand that there are plenty of times when it's absolutely in the song's best interest for them to SHUT UP.
  13. Dave-B

    Dave-B Country Gent

    May 23, 2016
    Grumpy Cat wishes to join in.

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  14. JLD4133

    JLD4133 Country Gent

    May 10, 2011
    Mequon, WI
    Yeah, this has been a visual nightmare of mine for many years...... I think it's an absolute abomination. It serves absolutely no purpose; it scratches the headstock face; it's sloppy and makes it appear you don't care; it is potentially a hazard to others who get too close. I rank it right up there with attaching your strap to the guitar with duct tape.
  15. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    ... And in any occasion.

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  16. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Ugh! The duct tape thing.
    I remember selling a BEAUTIFUL '66 green Guild Starfire in my friends store to a guy and when i went to see his band play, friggin duct tape strap locks......i was pretty mad to say the least.
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  17. Salsg

    Salsg Gretschie

    Nov 9, 2016
    Southern California
    Reading the title of this thread the first thing that came to mind was the excess strings, and i was glad to see the original post comment on that.
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  18. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    Guitarists (and vocalists) who think the band should adapt everything to the way they like to do the song.
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  19. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Country Gent

    Sep 18, 2011
    Mississauga, Canada
    I play with a buddy who constantly blasts out bits between songs. Usually he's checking his volume/tone/distortion whatever, but good grief, he does it a lot. I feel sorry for anyone listening to us. It's so unprofessional (not saying I'm anywhere close to a pro). I haven't figured out a way yet to politely ask him to stop.
  20. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Ohhh right with you there
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