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02-08-2018, 09:22 PM
Just curious as to how many here are musicians. What instruments do you play and what equipment do you use? I think to be well rounded it is important to unleash the creativity within and music is one venue. I am a guitarist. I use four guitars for most of my playing, a 1983 Ibanez Artist 1500, Fender American Special Stratocaster, 1976 Yamaha FG335, Ibanez AF75 hollow body. Every once in a while I'll pull out the 1966 Epiphone Granada or the Takamine. I use amps depending on what I tone I want and where I'm playing. My primary amps are a Randall V2, Line 6 Spider II 75HD stereo, Peavy Vypyr Pro 100 with the Pro foot controller. I have other amps from Peavy, Fender and Acoustic, but I don't use them often, but it's nice to have a few just in case there is the impromptu get together jam.

02-08-2018, 09:25 PM
I used to play the accordion. Now I can think of better uses for the case.

Brent Yamamoto
02-08-2018, 09:58 PM
I was a drummer a lifetime ago. Played rock, blues and metal in a few clubs. Played jazz back in high school and college, but jazz was never in my blood. Had a big Pearl kit, 5 toms, a couple snares, a double bass pedal and more cymbals than I knew what to do with (I had a Zildjian fetish). Seems like I blew most of the money I made in high school and early college on kit. I'm happy I had that experience, though I should have invested more in Microsoft than Zildjian.

My chops aren't what they were but I can still rock with some good guitar.

I have dabbled on and off with guitar over the years. Can't play worth a damn. Bought myself a used Les Paul for Christmas and have been dabbling again.

Mr. Anthony
02-08-2018, 10:38 PM
Guitar. I'm pretty decent.

02-08-2018, 10:46 PM
I play the banjo and the guitar.

Greg Nichols
02-08-2018, 11:01 PM
Drums, jazz, swing, metal, rock. Been a couple of decades since I played regularly. Trumpet even longer

02-08-2018, 11:03 PM
I can play a mean .MP3...

02-09-2018, 02:56 AM
I can play a mean .MP3...

I can only play the radio, oldies of course.

02-09-2018, 05:01 AM
Started on trumpet in grade school. Eventually became Pipe Major for a local pipe band I co-founded. One highlight of the band was performing Steam Train to Mallaig with our own techno beat at our last Burns’ Dinner. Solo piped for years too.

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crystal river charlie
02-09-2018, 05:11 AM
Keyboards, Bass Guitar

02-09-2018, 05:21 AM
Piano and mandolin, I am not skilled, but I have fun. I also roadie for my wife's folk band; getting really picky about sound.

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02-09-2018, 06:25 AM
Do Bagpipes count? I can make some mean tunes with them.....

02-09-2018, 06:35 AM
Resonator guitars - a Republic acoustic single cone brass body, and a Eastwood electric spider cone. Also a 3-string cigar box with piezo pickup.

Play me some Ry and Muddy....

02-09-2018, 07:10 AM
Guitar, violin, harmonica here. Never tried anything electric, only acoustic.

Marco Innocenti
02-09-2018, 07:33 AM
I’m a drummer, so I hang out a lot with musicians.

Been playing for 30+ years. Played in bands since high school since the late 80’s. The band I dropped out of college to join played with Primus, Green Day, Offspring, some other punk and thrash-funk bands that “made it,” but we didn’t.

Still playing, now with grown-ups who don’t need to “crash on your sofa for a couple weeks” after a rehearsal. It’s a classic rock/80’s metal influenced thing. Along with a bunch of originals, we are working on some Foo Fighters and Dio covers. \m/

Playing a 7-piece Tama with a bunch of cymbals. (Still have my Zildjian fetish). Also a Roland TD-20 V-drum kit expanded to match the acoustic kit. Spent too much time on the V-drums, now I’m working to get my acoustic kit feel and dynamics back.

Fun playing with my pistol still under my shirt. Rock out with your Glock out (in).

02-09-2018, 07:42 AM
54900 Technically - been pickin the guitars for 48 years. Several Martins and Taylors - one Fender resonator. Mostly open tunings and bottleneck - Leo Kottke style if you know his stuff. What used to be 1-2 hours a day probably doesn't total up to 1 hour a month now - arthritis can be a bitch! Over 25 years of martial arts and the associated abuse have taken their toll on both my hands and feet. (Also part of the reason I made the switch from 1911s to Glock 9s - again, arthritis can be a bitch!)

The above is a Martin Nub-X special run - only 200 on the planet. Factory graphics via a biker shop on the west coast somewhere. As I both teach and consult in the field of Forensic Osteology - had to have it:)

geezer john

PS - Oh yeh - Still don't know the names of the guitar strings, nor read a note of music - and I used to teach guitar in grad school!!!! :)

02-09-2018, 08:28 AM
Bass Guitar. Have a late-80's USA made 4 string Hamer Chaperral with a set-in neck and a early production USA made neck-though Peavey Cirrus 5. I'm not all that good to be able to make much use of the extra string, but my long fingers love the feel of that wider neck on the 5. Play through a SWR Workingman's 15. I've only ever played in church, never got into the rock band scene for some reason.

02-09-2018, 10:49 AM
Guitar. Used to play clubs in my teens. Some studio work in my late teens. My sons are musicians, bass and drums, so every so often I'll jump-in with them. Not so easy to play these days following broken digits from jiu-jitsu. I've lost some dexterity but still really enjoy playing.

02-09-2018, 10:51 AM
Guitar, marching percussion, saxophones, piano/keyboard/organ, bassoon, contrabassoon, and a little oboe.

Christopher Calhoun
02-09-2018, 11:42 AM
Guitar here but I can only play by ear. I have an old early 2000s Yamaha acoustic and an early 90s Squire Strat waiting for good pickups and bridge/trem system to go with my Obsidian Wire pots and switches.

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02-09-2018, 12:02 PM
Drums(jazz and rock on a set), alto saxophone(jazz... but a LONG time ago), blues harmonica, and working on trumpet and guitar.

02-09-2018, 05:13 PM
Drums, a long time ago. Had a 5-pc Pearl Export series kit and a trio of Zildjians. Played jazz and concert band in jr. high and HS; dabbled in some classic rock and hair metal with my buddies who played guitar and keys. Always wanted play guitar and piano, but I'm so tone deaf it was a lost cause. Can't sing for shit, either, though I'll do it if the music's turned up loud enough.

Marco Innocenti
02-09-2018, 05:24 PM
I’m seeing a trend...


I think it’s ‘cause we like to hit stuff. A lot. Over and over again.

Brent Yamamoto
02-09-2018, 05:35 PM
I’m seeing a trend...


I think it’s ‘cause we like to hit stuff. A lot. Over and over again.

Truth. We like it loud.

02-09-2018, 06:33 PM
54900 Mostly open tunings and bottleneck - Leo Kottke style if you know his stuff.

Nice to hear from another bottleneck player. I keep mine tuned to either open D or G - I've never played anything in standard tuning.
Watched Leo Kottke slide a 12 string - amazing stuff.

02-09-2018, 07:52 PM
I’m a drummer, so I hang out a lot with musicians.

Been playing for 30+ years. Played in bands since high school since the late 80’s. The band I dropped out of college to join played with Primus, Green Day, Offspring, some other punk and thrash-funk bands that “made it,” but we didn’t.

Nice. Offspring was my favorite band many moons ago. Still got all their stuff on Itunes. Is the Smash album classic rock now? [emoji3]

I play piano. Not too well, if I'm being humble. But I'm actually pretty good, if I'm not being humble. Parents forced me to take lessons when I was a kid, which I hated, but now I'm glad they did. Gave me a lifetime of enjoyment. My sole piano career, besides amusing myself, is playing for my church. Although I don't really want to, I'm happy to contribute.

I can play damn near anything by ear, reasonably close enough. I have a mental block about reading timing (I can read notes though). Used to drive my teachers nuts when I'd plunk through a couple pages, sound like crap, close the book, and play it much better by ear. But I have to know how it sounds first. When I do, I can mimic it pretty closely. A musician would know the difference but the untrained ear thinks it's pretty good.

Patrick K
02-09-2018, 08:15 PM
It's been years, but I used to play drums in high school...mit is taking up space at my folks house, I. The attic. Mostly rock and some metal.

02-09-2018, 10:28 PM
Rock and blues Harmonica, self taught.

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02-10-2018, 12:16 PM
I was a pipe band drummer for 40+ yrs.

02-10-2018, 09:58 PM
I was a pipe band drummer for 40+ yrs.

Snare, tenor, or bass? Or all three?

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02-11-2018, 12:12 AM

02-11-2018, 08:19 AM
Saxophone... own an alto still.

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02-11-2018, 08:35 AM
Trumpet X 53 years. Started in 4 grade. Bachelors degree in music, and masters in music education. Play trumpet and some keyboard in church group and hope to be joining the community band this April. Actually wore out the valves on my French Besson Bevette and just had the valves re-lined. Cost $460 but beat spending above $3000 for a new equivalent trumpet.

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02-11-2018, 10:20 AM
I've played bass guitar for almost 30 years. I play some guitar too.
Equipment: Fender Jazz, Carvin Icon (fretless 5str), SB5000, JB4, Status Empathy 5, Spector NS-4H2
Markbass 1x12 combo, Carvin 115combo, Markbass head running into a Bregantino HD212.
Premier 5pc kit...

02-11-2018, 10:32 AM
I played Bass almost 30 year ago. Never more than lame at best.
I still have my guitar somewhere (Rick 3001).
I Lost that old rusty bucket that was mostly hole that I attempted to drag a tune about in for songs where I had to sing. :blushing:

02-11-2018, 03:57 PM
I was forced to take piano lessons for about 10 years, hated every minute of it. I can play twinkle twinkle little star and the lone ranger theme song.

02-13-2018, 11:00 PM
I've played guitar, mostly acoustic, since about 1990. Self-taught, I never really learned to 'pick'. Mostly strumming to accompany vocals. Used to lead worship in one those "touchy-feely" churches and in related home groups. I still play guitar, only now it's just in my study.