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When someone else breaks YOUR gear

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by FunkMachine, Sep 16, 2004.

  1. FunkMachine


    Jul 13, 2004
    Dont know if this thread has been made before or not..but how many of you guys have had your gear (amp, bass, whatever else) either busted or atleast damanged in one way or another by somebody else? (Either someone IN your band or a complete random)

    Personally, I dont like letting other people use my equipment out here - not because Im paranoid, but really because all the bassists here have has very little experience, have bad technique, and don't really know the do's / dont's of handling musical equipment.
    Im quite sure that if I let too many people use my stuff, I'd find alot of stuff breaking.
  2. I jam at my friend's house from time to time so i leave my Peavey 115 combo at his house quite often since his drumset is set up right near it. He lives with a step brother who hates his guts and coincidentaly mine also. Alot of the time i think he tests out weird guitar effects on my amp since he plays guitar and cranks the volume up as much as he wants as he has no regard for my things. i should really move that thing outta there but ive confronted him about it(with threats of physical violence) so im hoping he'll stop cause i love jamming in that basement.
  3. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    The only people that have ever been allowed to play my basses have been two local bass players who I know and am friends with (hell, I bought my F Bass from one of them). Other than that, nobody touches my stuff. I am pretty anal about that.
  4. Gia


    Feb 28, 2001
    when that happens, i set my phasers to 'kill' :mad:

    wow, that was geeky of me.
  5. Mel Monihan

    Mel Monihan

    Mar 30, 2004
    It happens all the time.Almost everything I have lent to friends with the best intentions has come back damaged in one way or another.Some people will offer to fix damages and some will swear it was like that when you lent it to them.If you are meticulous with your equipment and someone asks you to borrow it, simply decline and tell them you have had bad experiences in the past.I had a 30 year old Martin D-35 come back to me and it looked like Richie Havens guitar at woodstock.My "friend" had almost worn a hole in the front of the guitar with his "enthusiastic" picking technique.I was fit to be tied, needless to say I haven't lent him the guitar again.I even had a friend lend his Ric to a "national artist" at a local show who's bass was unplayable at the show, and the man actually drilled a hole through the upper horn on my friends bass to modify it to the way he played.Needless to say, that went over big.I only lend my equipment to my very closest of friends who are in dire need now, and I gently remind them of the pains of death that they will face if they mistreat one of my babies.They are very understanding now.
  6. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    that's the most unreal thing i've ever heard in my life!!!!
    makes you wonder why the man's bass was unplayable.
  7. Warwick player

    Warwick player

    Dec 31, 2002
    Bucks, UK
    I went mental when the rythme guitarist in our band thought he would just chuck his 13 amp plug around from his amp. Where it landed... in a prime spot on the front of my week old Warwick Corvette!

    He couldn't understand why I didn't talk to him for a while!!! And to rub it in next band practise he thought i would be stupid enough to let him play it! You guessed my reply! "Second words OFF!"

    Anyway enough of my ranting!
  8. Someone clipped my amp and fooked the top left speaker in my quad.
    The band now calls it "The Hartke Distortion".
  9. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    I've thought about this before -- and I'm pretty sure that if any significant damage resulting from absolute stupidity was done to my equipment, there'd be absolute hell to pay. If it was just an accident that no one could control...then hey, it's an accident.

    In the case of Warwick player...well, there'd be absolute hell to pay. Same for Funk On Crack. I'd have slugged him.
  10. Rhythmalism


    Sep 25, 2004
    I'd give the evil eye, then let it slide if someone wrecked my gear. Assuming it was an honest mistake, I'm not too worried about stuff like that. Besides, I like the challenge of a d.i.y. project, assuming it's not too expensive.

    Nobody touches anything worth over $300 of mine though, I'm forgiving, but not stupid :D.