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    Show of hands: Who's using a PRS in the "indie" rock scene?

    I've always played in originals bands, and so bounced around in a pretty gritty netherworld of hole-in-the wall clubs, house parties, punk bars, and such. Managed to rise up to 1000-seat theaters in a couple bands but for the most part it's a scene dominated by low-budget kids with bad haircuts and ironic glasses.

    It's interesting that in the "indie" (hate the word) scene there's a really rigid orthodoxy about the clothes you wear and the gear you use. In a nutshell:

    The look:
    • Cordoroys or skinny jeans. Maybe cut off.
    • Hoodie or wife beater or brown acrylic sweater
    • Beards are mandatory
    • Bad haircut and glasses recommended


    As for the gear:

    • Beat-up Fender Jazzmaster. Jaguar or Mustang acceptable, Telecaster tolerated. Bonus points if you play some piece of garbage from a japanese toy factory ca 1971
    • Deluxe Reverb
    • Mess of pedals, mostly fuzz.


    Playing the other night at an indie-underground institution, it was funny to see the other band versus us. We're aging scenesters with kids and mortgages now, so its jacket and maybe even tie, business haircut, and I'm playing my PRS into a Valvetech. There's really a sort of "rich snob" thing I hear in conversations in this scene about nice-looking gear, even though I'll bet the the other band's singer paid more for his Jazzmaster than I paid for my CE24.

    So who here is representin' for PRS in the underground? Anyone else plying, or into, stuff like Pedro the Lion, Frightened Rabbit, Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, The Joy Formidable, Queen Kwong? Find me at the Experience next week and we'll raise a PBR together in our dirty corduroys and Chuck Taylors and threadbare sweaters

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    I play in a PBR&B band in Chicago and I have to agree with with you about the silliness of it all. I am so not an indie rocker and I get looked at kinda funny when I bust out the PRS (also a CE) but at least they are kinda beat looking PRS. Maybe I should get a Starla, they're vaguely "indie" looking.

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    I am in the vein of Flogging Molly, Social Distortion, Matthew Sweet...if I were playing out still, there would be only "indie"/ punk coming from DGT.
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    If I ever played in a band where I was told what to wear (by the band or the scene), I'd immediately throw the BS flag.

    There is nothing rock-n-roll about conforming. IMO, YMMV, and all that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post
    If I ever played in a band where I was told what to wear (by the band or the scene), I'd immediately throw the BS flag.

    There is nothing rock-n-roll about conforming. IMO, YMMV, and all that.
    "Hey, who's that guy rockin' a Roman Toga?"

    "Dude, that's Hansomatic. He doesn't follow the crowd. Won't grow a goatee, wear cargo shorts or baseball caps, or any follow the crowd thing. Dances to the beat of a different drummer."

    "I get it. Probably plays a PRS instead of a Fender or Gibson, huh?"

    "You bet. Unique kinda guy. Grows his own shoes, drinks Dr. Pepper. Built his house from old corn husks and tires, pumps his own water from the well. That kind of thing. Very independent. Would rather grow his own organic food than work for The Man."

    "Wow. Grows shoes. That's, like...I dunno. Not many guys do that."

    "I know. Why do you think we all follow him around like puppies?"

    "I thought it was because he carries around dog biscuits?"

    "Oh. Yeah. Well, there are the dog biscuits."
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    "Hey, who's that guy rockin' a Roman Toga?"

    "Dude, that's Hansomatic. He doesn't follow the crowd. Won't grow a goatee, wear cargo shorts or baseball caps, or any follow the crowd thing. Dances to the beat of a different drummer."

    "I get it. Probably plays a PRS instead of a Fender or Gibson, huh?"

    "You bet. Unique kinda guy. Grows his own shoes, drinks Dr. Pepper. Built his house from old corn husks and tires, pumps his own water from the well. That kind of thing. Very independent. Would rather grow his own organic food than work for The Man."

    "Wow. Grows shoes. That's, like...I dunno. Not many guys do that."

    "I know. Why do you think we all follow him around like puppies?"

    "I thought it was because he carries around dog biscuits?"

    "Oh. Yeah. Well, there are the dog biscuits."
    Best read I've had today!

    Here we go, rockin' the bling guitar in a beer-soaked club in East Atlanta Village this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post
    If I ever played in a band where I was told what to wear (by the band or the scene), I'd immediately throw the BS flag.

    There is nothing rock-n-roll about conforming. IMO, YMMV, and all that.
    Well I guess I can't ask you to be my bass player... Shoes are mandatory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    Well I guess I can't ask you to be my bass player... Shoes are mandatory.
    Conformiste, adepte de la foule!
    If something is too hard to do, then it's not worth doing. You just stick that guitar in the closet next to your short-wave radio, your karate outfit and your unicycle and we'll go inside and watch TV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    Conformiste, adepte de la foule!
    Je vais vous chatouiller!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    Je vais vous chatouiller!
    Encore une fois avec le chatouillement.
    If something is too hard to do, then it's not worth doing. You just stick that guitar in the closet next to your short-wave radio, your karate outfit and your unicycle and we'll go inside and watch TV.
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    Hey, at least I'm color coordinated. I'm like the PRS Ninja over here - hiding in plain site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post
    Hey, at least I'm color coordinated. I'm like the PRS Ninja over here - hiding in plain site.

    That's a great pic, Hans!!
    If something is too hard to do, then it's not worth doing. You just stick that guitar in the closet next to your short-wave radio, your karate outfit and your unicycle and we'll go inside and watch TV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    That's a great pic, Hans!!
    If ONLY I had a lime green beanie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post
    If ONLY I had a lime green beanie.
    Haha! Maybe a ski shop would have one....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post

    I guess I can't give you hell since I have a faded blue jean room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! View Post
    Hey, at least I'm color coordinated. I'm like the PRS Ninja over here - hiding in plain site.

    Dude who did you have to kill to get the sick colors on the foosball tees?!?!?!?!?!?!
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    Every generation thinks THEY invented "cool". Little do we all know, but it's all been done before.

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    Some good friends missed the window for the 1st run. I asked Jesse to contact the screen printer and see if they would do a second run for me. They agreed. We tossed in some crazy colors for fun.

    Sergio's shirt was the wrong size (from the initial run) so his was remade in a 1-off color.
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    Hans...that's a great pic! What an awesome color! Is that in your house?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyMoonsRJT View Post
    Hans...that's a great pic! What an awesome color! Is that in your house?
    It is. My wife says this color makes her happy.
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