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What's with Musicians and VW's

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by peaveyuser, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. peaveyuser

    peaveyuser Banned

    Oct 18, 2006
    Well ya have you ever wondered why so many have Volkswagens? It seems the car of choice for most young working musicians for some reason. Stupid question just wondering what your thoughts are?
  2. Cheap used, good gas millage(at least on my '89 GTI), and oh yeah, cheap? :D
  3. Sorry, I have yet to notice this phenomenon.
  4. mellobud


    May 17, 2007
    I mainly notice old chevy vans...but I hang with a few bass players/ drummers.
  5. FrigginChris


    Feb 6, 2006
    never noticed
  6. BellBottomBlues


    Feb 21, 2007
    New York
    Endorser:Fender User:Rotosound, LaBella, Ashdown, Lindy Fralin
    I drive a plymouth duster with a close to totaled rear end.
  7. Kosko


    Dec 12, 2005
    Just curious, but do most of these musicians wear floral patterns and smell like patchouli?
  8. Dan Molina

    Dan Molina TalkBass Secular Progressive

    Jul 17, 2002
    Murr Town, California
    Because when you buy a VW you get a Professional Custom Made First Act Guitar.
  9. Um, maybe it was all the free guitars they were giving away with purchase a year ago? They became musicians by default I guess.

    Maybe it's the "panache"? They kinda are the Apple Computer of automobiles, aren't they? (tho not even half as quality)

    edit: damn you Dan, beat me by 10 seconds. ****. :smug:
  10. Lazylion

    Lazylion Goin ahead on wit my bad self!

    Jan 25, 2006
    Frederick MD USA
    I still miss my '69 Beetle. If it hadn't been totaled in 1978 by some geezer in a Lincoln, I'd probably still be driving it!
  11. disenchant

    disenchant You can't plagiarize yourself.

    Aug 9, 2006
    Elgin, IL
    I drive a Beetle.

    I have an Apple computer.

    I guess I'm just a follower.
  12. Kosko


    Dec 12, 2005
    To be honest, the lead singer/rhythm guitar of my band has one of those. We played around on it for a while, and really, its not all that bad. It pretty much sounds like a guitar.
  13. Here is my story. I worked on VW's back in the 80's it was my day job.

    We use to lug all our gear in a old '69 VW camper that I bought for $150.00. A few of us would get out and push the camper, one person would pop the clutch to start it. Obviously it needed a starter, but it was a safe bet it wasnt getting stolen. No heat or A/C just the shag carpet we glued inside the interior. Cheap to insure and great on gas. Very Gig worthy. Definatley something you dont drive chicks around in. but they did anyway :) I eventually fixed the starter, got ourselves a closed trailer for the gear and opted to pull it with the camper. Also it served us well when we had no money for a hotel room at a gig far away from home. I had the camper for 3 yrs. It had well over 500,000 miles on it before we hit the deer. (another story) First motor replacement was at 286,000 miles. my FAULT for not checking the oil. Banged out the huge dent, cleaned out remaining deer meat, fixed the windshield drove it for several months after and sold it for $150.00

    Thats whats with Musicians and VW's
  14. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    When I lived in Northern California for 9 years, I drove a totally cherry fully restored red 1965 bug to gigs. I got my SWR 2x10 goliath Jr. III and Son of Bertha 1x15 both in the back seat, and a '71 P-bass and later also my 55-01 Skyline in the passenger seat, with the amp head in a rucksack on the floor. Damn! No room for girls, er...passengers. :smug:

    It was a joy to drive, but when I started needing more speaker area, I got a golliath II 4x10 and a '97 Escort wagon--the bug was then just used to drive to San Francisco to teach every day. :D

    I gotta say, there is nothing to focus your attentiion like driving in rush hour traffic at 8:30 am up the pennisula with Porches flying by on both sides at 100 mph of your Bug, doing 65 (top speed) in a stiff cross wind, with the monsoon pouring down, and 2 worn tie-rod ends! Got those fixed in a hurry! :ninja:

    That car was one heck of a shiny deep red babe magnet, too, but I sold it to a very nice elementary school teacher from Berkeley when I moved to KY, where they salt the roads. She had driven one just like it (that had NOT been restored) which belonged to her father. Ah--buggly pulchritude! :D :D :D

    I got great gas mileage without even trying, and what fun driving over the Santa Cruz mountains to the coast....sigh.....:crying:

    I taught about 60 Stanford undergrads to drive stickshift with that car. :cool:

    Musicians drive VWs sometimes. Lucky musicians drive restored bugs. :bag:
  15. AdlerAugen


    Aug 9, 2006

    Mwahaha I drive a 2001 saturn 4-door sedan

    I have a PC

    and I use vintage sound equipment. A yamaha PSR-520 keyboard (almost old enough to be considered vintage!), sony STR-V15 stereo amplifier, and a REALISTIC SCT-41 cassette deck. No followin there.
  16. Yup.


  17. DbNBassist


    Aug 12, 2006
  18. theyre cheap. they get killer milage. most of us are poor.

    also, if its a hatchback of some sort, you can get a TON of stuff in there.

    i myself drive a hyundai elantra wagon, and i can fit almost as much stuff in there as my dad can in his ford explorer, and i get twice the milage.
  19. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Lineā„¢ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    it must just be a cultural thing in certain areas.

    I know a lot of musicians, guitaritsts, and singers in several states (I relocate often for work) and I don't know a single one who own or have owned a VW.

    all the best,

  20. When they finally break down and build this vehicle, then sign me up and count me as one of the musicsheeple.

    I mean...... daymn! Hot. I loves me the updated rollin' Twinkie. I have long since given up on Dodge building the Kahuna

    So I have my heart on this Volkswagen. Ooops, I mean WolksVagen.

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