If gear could talk...
I have a 1995 EBMM Stingray with a little mojo, I have a 1972 Telecaster bass that I know the history of as I was playing drums next to it's owner on and off for over 35 years before I bought it from him. I have a ton of vintage drum gear, some from the 50's and 60's.
My point is this.
Sometimes when I'm playing an older piece I can't help wonder...
-How many people have owned it before me?
-How many gigs has it seen?
-How many miles has it traveled?
-Who bought it in the first place and where?
-Why did they pick this particular piece of gear and did they have to save a long time to get it?
-Was it appreciated by someone else as much as it is by me?
-What kind of great music has been played on it?
I have some drums that I've owned for a long time, played a lot of gigs with and built my own history with.
Does anyone else think about this when they are playing an old bass?
My gear would tell me that Im not using it enough
When my grandson took my old snare from the 60's the people at the music store thought there was an accordion in the case. Sheesh!
He has a eclectic kit that sounds good. I don't like some of the new stuff though. He asked me why I saved that particular snare. I told him it was for him. I still have my first guitar also. Sentimental.
When I played, my gear would have laughed at me for being a poser. I owned some really nice stuff, so I sometimes wonder where it is now and who is using it.
I love my Fernandes basses so much that I often wonder why anyone would ever sell them. Especially the green one, it was obviously well loved and I got it for wicked cheap.
Mine would complain about me just jamming my cable into its jack and then slapping it until I got bored.:hmm:
Oh yeah...when I see gear from the 60's and 70's I'd love to know where it's been and what it went thru. Yeah, if it could talk.
My own gear talking to me? "C'mon ya hack! You can do MUCH better!!"
My gear would beg to be taken away and given to someone who can play decently.
" Oh crap here he comes...drunk again..."
" Go ahead, play that same tired old lick you played since the 8th grade...Its still awesome!"
"No..no..Don't clean my fingerboard...the gangrene under my frets give me color!"
I have a '68 Vox Sidewinder Bass that I sometimes think that way about.
When you think about it, it came from another era. The world was different, music was different. The Beatles had not yet broken up and Sgt Peppers was still relatively new, man was just about to set foot on the moon, hippies, Jimmi Hendrix, Vietnam war was in full swing...
I wonder who first bought it and what music they played on it..? Was it used for gigging or did it spend decades under a bed or in a closet? Cool stuff to think about :)
I put a lot of mileage on that sucker myself!
Some of us "old stuff" is worth keeping around.
;-/ just speaking for myself
I think my instruments are telling me to "Learn how to play, dammit!" Haha
If my B00 Stingray could talk, I would ask it what the hell happened to the headstock... it looks like somebody chewed a hole in it and filled it with epoxy and straws! it will remain a mystery I guess...
All my gear is used, and I swear a few of my instruments have a piece of the soul of its previous owners.
Does anyone else think about this when they are playing an old bass?[/quote]
All the time. Not just basses, trees, houses. I'm wired for history. It makes things come alive. :D
My bass would say, "Why don't you ever take me out of the house? All we ever do is sit here and woodshed!". ;)
It would be sarcastic and cynical... but I wouldn't understand it because everything would be in Japanese.
My gear would say: "Why do you have so much of me?"
My reply would be: "Because I suffer from tremendous GAS"
Mine would say "Sell me! I want to go out and play!" Stupid gear.
"It's time for new strings - these are 2 months old!"
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