If your not 100% happy with your guitar or rig What would you change first and why?
I just went through this about 2 months ago... I had been playing a Mesa Boogie Roadster 1/2 stack with my modern rock band. I had an RJM switching system (RG-16 and Mastermind) with a T.C. Electronics G Major in the rack. This rig sounded awesome and it took me several years to get it all together. I became very burned out on our music and everything to do with the band (setting up my gear was a freaking pain in the a**). I needed a change and almost just said screw it and quit playing all together. I had no desire to play anymore. So I finally made a decision and decided to quit the band, sell my gear and start all over again and go back to playing blues and Allman Brothers type music which was were I started years ago.
So I quit, sold my entire rig to the new guy who took my place and went to my local shop where I spend my time drooling on expensive high-end gear. They had a brand new PRS HX/DA head so I checked it out after checking out some YouTube vids. Well, it's sitting in my basement now waiting for me to relearn a bunch of songs and get rolling again. This was just what I needed to kickstart me back into enjoying playing again.. Plus I get to buy a bunch of new stuff to go with it. Nothing like a fresh start to clear the slate on life. This is a little extreme, I know... but you have to do what you have to do to move forward and this was my chance. Peace
Interesting question and I'm not sure what my truth is.
When my finances were tightly constrained, I turned buttons and flipped switches until I could make myself happy with what I had. I tried to buy carefully so I could convince myself I was happy for quite some time.
I still try to be careful enough before buying that I know I can be happy with what I take home - then I can explore for something different and not care too much how long it takes to find something that is different enough to be worth my hard earned cash - because I've almost always been happy with what I had.
Except when I blew up amps. When I was in that phase, I used it as an excuse to know in advance what I would buy when the next one blew up.
I haven't had that problem since I got my Mesa Boogie in the late 80s.
Craig, have you played through anyone else's rig and liked it?
I'm not happy and looking for a new amp. I thought I wanted the simplicity of a single channel amp, but then found myself using stomp box distortions (via HD500). I know what I want now, and it's just a matter of finding the $$$ to get it. I might have to sell a guitar or 2 but don't really want to!
There is only one thing I would change to my Maryland-made guitars. The edge of the top would get sanded down so it didn't scrape my forearm anymore.
My pups on my Bernie...They just arent obnoxious enough..Other than that, I am damn well pleased.
Pedalboard. But I change it all the time. It isn't an easy fix.
I want one of those headstock camera's. a bubble machine, video projector, a nice high powered fan for my hair, and a 25th anv. Dragon to abuse. Otherwise: I think I got it.
Went thru this for about 6 years playing different rigs/set-ups.I was always happy with the guitars I played from PRS, but amps were a different story. I tried just about everything from Rivera's ,Boogies,Bogners,H&Ks to PRSs. They all sounded good, but I never quite 100% dug what I was hearing as things changed so much from venue to venue. Some places were big enough to let the power sections of the amps really breathe, but most were small to the point they just were dull sounding. In small venues I would always look for a janitor/storage closet off stage and if I found one my amp would be stuffed in there dimed and mic'd. That way I could get what I wanted to hear and not cut people's heads of out front. Amps really started to become a PITA........and I decided to go over to the darkside!. I bought into all the modeling hype and bought an Axe-FX. I couldn't be happier....a bazillion different tones....just as many effects...and no more hiding in the closets and the same tone everytime!
PRS Guitars Endorsee....White and Relic'd Ones !
I can say I'm kinda growing tired of my Axe-Ultra. It is the wet/stereo side of my rig. It's mostly in a band rehearsal situation, when I want to be quick and creative with effects. It's pretty much impossible for me to get something quick unless it's just a simple 1 or 2 effects.