Miscellaneous Rumbles

What gear did you play your first gig with?

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First gig...1983 or so...don't know of any photos and I hope to God there are no recordings!

Early '70s Roc Jet into a borrowed Musicman 410 amp. No effects.

I can only imagine...

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Haha! Similar era to me, Scott. Same thoughts too.

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late 80's..maybe 89...high school talent show...used a (preFMIC) Gretsch 6120 w/filtertrons....i think i used a Musicman 112RD...we did one song...Pink Cadillac...and brought the house down....2 girls ran out from the bleachers where the audience was and sandwiched me...which is actually the only thing I remember from high school.

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Selmer Zodiac. Bought second hand for 10 quid. From Clement Pianos in Nottingham. Sold it to Boz Boorer. Shoulda woulda coulda kept it

55

1986 MIJ Strat and a Twin Reverb. I was late to gigging and my gear was much better than I was. Very clean tone though!

56

1965 ,,,

An "Imperia", Fujigem Teisco Guitar going through a Jensen Amplifier.

Great sounding rig actually :)

I, we ,were only 12 in 1965, playing for my cousin's wedding :)

We were called "The Rising Sons" but had no relation to Taj's band from LA., nor, even knew about it ;)

Then, later in 1966, I graduated to a Fender Bandmaster Piggyback amp with a remote Reverb Unit and a Red Fender Mustang Guitar ,,, :)

(See next photo)

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"The Coevils" - 1966

Ended up playing at all our "Jr. High" Dances and private parties :)

58

It's been a pleasure to see all the "first gig" pictures! Found one, too. Yours, Lefty on the right.

59

I had a pretty good set-up by the time I played my first show in November of 1984 with an already-popular local band called Coat of Arms at The Living Room in Providence, RI. I was playing a 1967 6120 through a Rickenbacker TranSonic. The amp gave me no end of trouble over time, and I sold it for next to nothing. They're worth thousands now.

60

First public performance: Piano Recital at my teacher's house --- it was a spinet, don't remember what make. I was 8
First orchestra gig: Fifth grade. Single Bb French Horn, rented, don't remember what make
First rock gig: Cub Scout parody of Beatles; "She Loves You" with new lyrics about scouting. Mismatched drum set of bongos and a toy snare drum, aluminum pie plates for cymbals with Tinkertoy stands
First band gig: Junior High School talent show, played the school's drum kit
First gig featuring original music: Gibson ES-125 and Rhodes Mark 1 Stage Piano through a silverface Fender Bassman

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First gig April '59,with a new Esquire and Champ. Here's the earliest gig pic I have,from summer 1960-A friend refinned the Esquire copper.

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Another copper Esquire pic,from Christmas 1960

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I wouldn't really call it a gig but in reality, a grade school talent show. Older brother and I doing guitar duets. I was in 4th grade, he in 6th. We had matching Harmony H14 Silhouettes (aka BobKats) through a Harmony H303 amp. We played three songs and my older brother got confused during the second one. He stopped and said "we're going to start over." The crowd laughed and i was looking at him like WTF? I think it was just nerves. I never really had nerves. It was everything I could do to keep from dropping my pants and giving the audience something to REALLY to talk about the next day.

First real gig was 73 Telecaster custom through a crappy Peavey 212 solid state cabinet and head. I also had too much alcohol and learned that night that alcohol and playing to your potential do NOT mix.

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This would be 1989 or 90. I was 21 or thereabouts. Not my first gig, but probably one of my first paying gigs. My first good guitar, a hardtail '76 Fender Strat (which weighed a ton) through a silverface Twin. Playing the blues (or trying to to), and probably loosening fillings with volume and treble... I shudder to think how bad it must have been. But we got another gig, so it couldn't have been that bad.

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I wouldn't really call it a gig but in reality, a grade school talent show. Older brother and I doing guitar duets. I was in 4th grade, he in 6th. We had matching Harmony H14 Silhouettes (aka BobKats) through a Harmony H303 amp. We played three songs and my older brother got confused during the second one. He stopped and said "we're going to start over." The crowd laughed and i was looking at him like WTF? I think it was just nerves. I never really had nerves. It was everything I could do to keep from dropping my pants and giving the audience something to REALLY to talk about the next day.

First real gig was 73 Telecaster custom through a crappy Peavey 212 solid state cabinet and head. I also had too much alcohol and learned that night that alcohol and playing to your potential do NOT mix.

– Jim Austin

Jim, you make a good point about drinking. It's probably a different thread but I think we've all been that 3rd set guy at one time. I know I have.

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First guitar was a Sears Silvertone. Amp is long forgotten. Soon replaced by a Rickenbaker 12-string and a Fender Bandmaster. 12-string neck was too narrow, so I traded for the Gibson in the picture that I'm playing (on the right), to the guy on the left playing the Rickenbaker (circa 1968).

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This is my Friend Jimmy playing my rig, but I gigged with this guitar & Amp until I'd earned enough money to buy an $80 used Harmony. About a year later, I bought a slightly used '62 Fender Concert Amp.

69

In 1955, I bought this guitar for about $12, and used it a year or two later for gigging. I can't remember neither the make nor the model.

70

2004, battle of the bands, we were called "The Louisiana Purchase".

I played a Gibson Faded Les Paul Special TV Yellow with P90s through a Vox Valvetronix AD60VT.

Fortunate Son, Tush (this I dedicated to the drummer's girlfriend), Wipeout, and Let It Be.

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The first gig was in 1987 at a Veteran's type of hall in front of a smattering of people. The birth of "Out of Control". I played a red Hondo Deluxe Series 830 (P Bass type) that weighs about 12 pounds. I played thru a Peavey TNT 130 SS amp that weighed 88 lbs. Geez, I lugged that thing around in the back of my '79 Buick Regal for years. I remember several years later "headlining" on a Sunday at a club in Austin and packing that gear up in my Regal at 2:30 am - knowing I had to work at 8 in the morning - and thinking "I'd better get my degree." I still have that old Hondo - now residing on the wall in my cave - that Peavey I had was converted to a cab only with the 15 inch Black Widow speaker and it really rocks.


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