Signature gear where you don't like the artist

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mumpcake
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1388 posts since 27 Aug, 2004

Post Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:20 pm

Every once in a while, I read a review of a piece of gear which is an artist signature model, and the reviewer will go out of their way to say that the gear covers a lot of ground and should appeal to musicians outside the artist's fan base.

For example, PRS has a Mark Tremonti signature guitar. I really dislike Creed, but it does look like a decent guitar. Or I could how someone who can't stand the Grateful Dead might find a use for the Bob Weir acoustic preamp pedal.

So I was curious if there's any gear out there where you don't like the signature artist but like the signature gear.
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Aloysius
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30000 posts since 11 Aug, 2008 from another dimension

Post Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:11 pm

I don't much like Joe Satriani but I'll be interested in trying out the Tom Scholz Rockman® that's planned to be released as part of AmpliTube Joe Satriani.
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medienhexer
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918 posts since 16 May, 2007 from At home. Good bye city ways!

Post Sun Apr 12, 2020 1:03 am

Oh I had several, especially guitars.

There was the Rudi Buttas Ibanez. His band PUR was a really big deal in Germany in the 90s. Since they sang in German, the daily blast from the radio was kind of reserved for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, etc. The songs aren‘t bad per se. If you can choose when and how often to hear them. Well, that wasn’t your choice in the 90s 🤪

The guitar is transparent green with gold hardware and an incredibly flat neck and fret radius. Almost like a classical guitar. I know now that it‘s ugly and kind of a freak by design but still...

Then there’s the Richie Sambora strat with those star inlays. Didn’t like Bon Jovi in the 90s, but I‘ve come around. Don’t care for the guitar anymore but it was something to obsess about back then.

Nowadays, I‘m much less exposed to music I don’t care for. So I don’t tend to dislike musicians anymore.

There’s a number of signature instruments which I totally understand why the artist wanted them this way and which make complete sense to me.

Like the Flea signature Fender Jazz Bass and the Thorsten Scholz Sandberg bass. I had the Fernandez bass for a while which Rob Trujillo Played early on in Metallica. And it does that sound perfectly. Just blend those pickups 50:50 and you’re set.
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Forgotten
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11460 posts since 15 Apr, 2019 from Nowhere

Post Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:48 am

I didn’t own it, but a friend had a Nuno Bettencourt signature guitar. Of all things, it was a Washburn, and it was pretty damn good. Wouldn’t have thought of buying it myself, but was surprised at how nice it was to play.

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donkey tugger
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7329 posts since 15 Mar, 2002 from the grimness of yorkshire

Post Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:08 am

Why use someone else's signature gear when you can have your own?

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vurt
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71025 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:16 am

i like the bass vi in fiesta red, the donkey tugger signature .
but hes a thundercunt.
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vurt
addled muppet weed
71025 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:16 am

also, its nicer purple than pink.

imrae
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1321 posts since 2 Jul, 2010

Post Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:45 am

I really like the design of the Avril Lavigne signature guitar. But... c'mon...

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vurt
addled muppet weed
71025 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Sun Apr 12, 2020 11:04 am

imrae wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:45 am
I really like the design of the Avril Lavigne signature guitar. But... c'mon...
i didnt even know she played?

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vurt
addled muppet weed
71025 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Sun Apr 12, 2020 11:09 am

my son liked her, he was a skater, she connected with thsf audience she was fairly innocuous and cute, fine, well buy some tickets, your only 11 so your dad will have to suffer as well ..

by the time gig came around (remember when you bought tickets for that week?l shed gone through her metamorphosis to horny sex slut image.
so the whole gig, was hundreds of kids not knowing what was happening to their bodies, a load of dads trying not to look embaressed and mums covering boys eyes.
f**king weird.

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vurt
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71025 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Sun Apr 12, 2020 11:10 am

still dont remember her touching a guitar.
herself, yes. definitely. guitar, who knows...

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Bombadil
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Post Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:18 pm

I doubt I'll be buying the Kiefer Sutherland Gibby 335. HTF did he even rate a custom Gibson?
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MadDogE134
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545 posts since 26 Nov, 2007

Post Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:36 pm

imrae wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:45 am
I really like the design of the Avril Lavigne signature guitar. But... c'mon...
i have the black squire single hum pup tele with the skull and cross bone inlay on the fretboard but did i buy it 'cos it was her signature model? lol... well NOPE! it was bloody cheap and a good basis of making a fine modded guitar.. but i STILL like the skull and cross bone inlay :P

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Forgotten
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11460 posts since 15 Apr, 2019 from Nowhere

Post Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:52 pm

vurt wrote:
Sun Apr 12, 2020 11:09 am
my son liked her, he was a skater, she connected with thsf audience she was fairly innocuous and cute, fine, well buy some tickets, your only 11 so your dad will have to suffer as well ..

by the time gig came around (remember when you bought tickets for that week?l shed gone through her metamorphosis to horny sex slut image.
so the whole gig, was hundreds of kids not knowing what was happening to their bodies, a load of dads trying not to look embaressed and mums covering boys eyes.
f**king weird.
I’ll bet the music was still shit though.

resynthesis
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476 posts since 17 Sep, 2007 from Planet Thanet

Post Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:15 pm

Some of the Joe Bonamassa sigs are nice but his music... I don't actually mind JB himself.

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