What gear influences your playing style?

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

  1. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    As I'm primarily a keyboard player, the instrument dictates what and how I play. Piano hasa different touch, more percussive, than an organ. Voices are different as well. Piano and clavinet are similar, but organs have myriad voices that take different attacks.

    With guitar, the differences between acoustics, steel and nylon strings, and electrics make major differences in how I approach them
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  2. Back in Black

    Back in Black Synchromatic

    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada


    If it has flames/skulls/dragons/lightning bolts, or if the guitar body is shaped like arrows/axes/machine guns...you will not find me there.

    Everything you've listed can be played on that little blond slab, that made a prototype appearance in 1949, nothing else was ever really needed, combined with a tweed Deluxe, everything else...is just everything else, wanted, even highly desired, but never needed!

    1949 saw me arrive...Still Crazy After All These Years!

    Back In Black...
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  3. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I'm a 1949 prototype, too. As it's been said before, Leo got it right the first time. 2 pickups, volume and tone knobs and a selector switch---you don't need anything more.
  4. slickfaster

    slickfaster Country Gent

    Dec 29, 2009
    Hollowbody Guitar with pick-ups, Bigsby, Slapback delay, Amp with headroom
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  5. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    I apparently play more aggressively when I I use my LP Special with P90s
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  6. Teledriver

    Teledriver Synchromatic

    Feb 12, 2011
    Iowa City, IA
    Guitar, amp settings, pedals and my mood- all affect how/what I’m playing, most certainly. It’s fun to explore settings when you do a little tweaking, such as delay time or dirt setting. Some settings/pedals get you a crisp attack, for example, so whatever guitar in my hands may lean towards a style exploring that. Delay and tremolo pedals can just create some nice moody ethereal progressions by their very nature. Yeah, I can start wanting to play in one style and 20 minutes later doing a complete opposite style.
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  7. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    It`s true: I feel inspired to play totally different things on my 6119 than on a Strat or a Flying V.
    Although all of these are very versatile their vibe steers you in a certain direction. I find that very enjoyable.
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  8. Gretschmen65

    Gretschmen65 Country Gent

    May 20, 2016
    QLD Australia
    Yes agree 100%

    Telecaster and I feel like blues

    Then if I pick up my Telecaster Jazzy blues seems about right

    But if I play classic rock I'd definitely use my Telecaster

    Rockabilly; yes you got it Telecaster works just fine

    Oh, forgot, country definitely has me reaching for a Telecaster

    If I sit in our 10 piece orchestra on guitar I see no reason to look for anything else - Telecaster

    I guess I totally disagree with the concept. You can do anything on an Electric guitar - that's a Telecaster by the way. If you need distortion just get the right pedal
    there is one out there to make you sound like anything you want. :p
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  9. dlew919

    dlew919 Synchromatic

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    The other day I was laying down some scratch tracks for some song ideas and on a whim I plugged in my ds1. Played a fantastic (well just barely acceptable) solo. So yes gear talks to you and you can respond to it.
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  10. Iansheridan1978

    Iansheridan1978 Electromatic

    Feb 19, 2021
    Severe lack of talent and finger pain.
  11. NJDevil

    NJDevil Synchromatic

    Jul 9, 2014
    Commack, NY
    I play a lot of Stevie Ray and Johnny Winter so my Strats and my LP Traditonal and P90 Edwards LP92 get a lot of action. Dickey Betts was a big influence so a lot of southern rocks/Allman Bros.-type material gets the Tokai LS-135 attention......I feel the Tokai really helps me dial this in for the tone,

    My Gretsches get the the Rockabilly treatment and all of my "jump-blues/boogie" playing. They also get my inner T-Bone Walker treatment.

    My Taylor and Sigma by Martin work for all of my acoustic work.
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  12. Archtops

    Archtops Synchromatic

    Mar 4, 2021
    Too funny! :D
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  13. Archtops

    Archtops Synchromatic

    Mar 4, 2021
    Tube amp with reverb!
    Delay pedal
    Distortion pedal
    Les Paul
    Lap Steel
    Alexa :D
    Influence the way and what I play.
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  14. DasherF

    DasherF Gretschie

    Aug 28, 2020
    Minneapolis, Mn
    I have to agree with the "who I am" factor. Also, the music I grew up with (the gear would be the various radios and stereos and media I played on it because of the radio) and continue to listen to, all divirsions included.
    The guitars, a couple distortion boxes, multieffects boxes, the amp...it's all inclusive.
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