What gear influences your playing style?

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Stefan87, Apr 27, 2021.

  1. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    We all have the players that influence what we play and I was listening to an interview with Brad Paisley who made the comment that 'The gear you use can influence what you play' which I think is very true considering the new Schecter I have makes me want to drop the tuning and bang out heavy riffs even thought I'm not that type of a player.

    So I thought it would be cool to ask the question here of what gear influences your playing style/sound/etc...?

    I know you can play any thing on any instrument but for me this a basic run down of what I feel like playing predominantly when I pick up certain guitars.

    G6119 - Classic Rock
    G6120 - Fingerpicking/Setzer/RHH style stuff (no surprise there lol)
    White Penguin - The popular guitar based 'hit' songs
    Black Penguin - Slow/Bluesy stuff
    Tele - Country
    G5230T - Modern fast rock
    Shecter C1+ - Modern punk/poppy 2000's stuff or Jazzy stuff

    How about everyone else?
  2. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Hands down ...it's who I am and part of my soul . My acoustics ( Martins ) and my harmonicas
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  3. fender62custom

    fender62custom Gretschified

    Mar 3, 2012
    Helidon, Australia
    Any gear that enables me to be comfortable playing... thats first & foremost... l do love the Fender scale length too... most comfy there... a flat radius board & skinny high frets are beneficial as well.... My Jazz Bass & my Teles get the most play
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  4. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Oh yeah I forgot about my Maton, great for the sing along campfire songs.

    On a side note, was cleaning out the house over the weekend and found a Hohner big river harp in C that I don't even remember buying, so checking out some online lessons to see how I go with it.
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  5. MotorCentaur

    MotorCentaur Synchromatic

    May 11, 2016
    I certainly notice that it's much easier to play fingerstyle on the longer scale Tele and Falcon than it is on the low-fast fretted Led Paul (12+ lbs.).

    The Les Paul and other Gibsons certainly lend themselves to a heavier distortion/ riff-rock kind of playing.
    I keep my SG downtuned 3 semitones specifically for Black Sabbath songs...
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  6. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    I find that amps that for me. My Brownface likes to rock hard. My Vibrolux Reverb everything else.
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  7. Chmason85

    Chmason85 Synchromatic

    May 1, 2018
    I like to play psychobilly on everything but my strat definitely makes me head more into surf territory with the longer scale, fat neck and heavier strings. My 6228 is the easiest playing guitar I’ve ever had and makes me just go punk/psycho/rockabilly/garage. Broadtrons through a Princeton may be my sound!
  8. Penguin Picker

    Penguin Picker Gretschie

    Apr 2, 2021
    Hmmm. I've never thought of it that way. I've always looked at it as what I'm in the mood to play influences which guitar I reach for.

    That being said what's in my hands does influence me if I find myself messing about and wind up writing something from it.
  9. Duo Slinger

    Duo Slinger Synchromatic

    Sep 11, 2020
    California, USA
    I get influenced by... whatever I'm listening to that day. Since my gear is limited, I just play whatever I'm feeling that day.
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  10. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
    Ooooooold instruments!
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  11. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I’ll play the same tired ol blues lick on any of my electrics. Only when I grab an Acoustic, or start using fx will I change tune.
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  12. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Yes agree Stefan...

    It's not just guitars though - it's also amps and pedals.

    For example - if you don't own any amps or pedals that do distortion you won't be playing much heavy rock, punk or metal style. There'll also be a lots of standard rock you probly won't bother with either with no distortion to use. If you don't have distortion, or anything more than light overdrive, you've greatly reduced your musical options. And it doesn't matter what guitar you have either.

    Same with pedals - not much point trying to play most U2 songs if you don't have a delay pedal.
    How would the Shadows sound with no reverb or EVH without Flanger.
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  13. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Yeah exactly, anything really, from picks/cables/strings anything that makes you feel like playing a certain way is important to the player.
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  14. oneforsorrow

    oneforsorrow Gretschie

    May 15, 2020
    My gear very much influences me. Pedals tend to be the strongest part of the equation with delay pedals having a big impact. I've written several songs just from experimenting with delay times. But certain overdrives move me in different directions too. They may inspire me play without a pick or perhaps try a different pick. Having such a strong interest in sound engineering, I'm always on the search for something I hear in my head. I'll also pick up my baritone when I'm feeling in a creative rut and try to find something there. Stylistically speaking, I've always maintained that the mandolin is primarily a funk instrument. Likely because I never had the dexterity to play intricate runs on it but loved to play funky chop rhythms. That said, there was no interest in playing funk so we sold the mandolin some time ago.
  15. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    Guess I look at it as the instrument is the cake, the amp layers the cake, and any type of effect is the icing that brings it all together.

    They all can set me in different moods and what I end up playing.

    But real heaven is my Martin. @thunder58 can attest to that feeling or mood. Lol
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  16. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    I just want it to sound like an old archtop with a bigsby through a crankin’ Fender amp.
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  17. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    I think I sound pretty much like me on any electric.
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  18. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I can’t say gear leads me to a certain genre but when I grab my Martin 000 I just tend to play arpeggios.
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  19. S. Rock

    S. Rock Friend of Fred

    what influences my playing ? it's the guitar that I'm playing at the time. that's why I have the guitars that I have. my '59 Annie or my '75 Les Paul, or one of my Jets, or my Alverez acoustic. about the only effect I use is reverb.
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  20. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Any gear I play heavily influences the way I play, then what I play.

    An accoustic does not react the same way as an electric to types of chords (cowboy, barre, major, minor...), pick attack, palm mute.

    All electrics doesn't react the same. I find cowboy chords ugly on my SG while they can be great on the G3140 or even G2655T. The Tele obviously is a special beast too.

    And pedals! Now that I have a (cheap) tremolo, I like to crank the amp and play Link Wray's Ace of spade. With my (cheap) slapback always on, I use palm mute much more...

    Several times, a new gear has inspired me to write one or several new songs too.

    But I don't have any specific genre attached to one instrument, as listed in the OP.
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