UnexplodedCow wrote:Anyway, on a more guitar-related note....unpopular opinion from me is that vintage stuff really isn't all that hot. BEGIN!
>buy vintage-spec Fender Mustang
>play it for 2 weeks
>immediately start planning how to modernize the 'Stang platform with more high-performance features and playability
Vintage purists make me actually angry because they're like "oh it's sooo much better when it's pre-CBS, Leo got it right the first time" or "oh it's a '60 burst? no thanks those are bad" like technology (which electric instruments more than say an acoustic guitar definitely are) hasn't improved at all
since the mid-20th century and like freakin' John Suhr can't put together a better guitar blindfolded than any production anything
from that time.
Spoilers: he can
Vintage amps are goddamn deathtraps waiting to go off, vintage guitars are tubs of 60-cycle hum with sticky baseball-bat necks coated in carcinogen gunk with plastics that are one look away from disintegrating in a haze of dangerous chemicals, and, uh, unpopular opinion
, most vintage pedals sound like hot garbage. Sometimes hot garbage is the tone du jour that works for your sound, but most of the time it's not - "oh but if it's on so many hit records then how can it be so bad"
A. not like they had anything else or knew any better at the time
B. because of dumb shits like vintage purists who push this crap on everybody else
I'm not gonna knock guys who like vinyl or tape because I actually really like listening to my Swancore emo trash on vinyl - modern prog in general sounds super good when the mix isn't compressed to hell and back - and those actually have measurable effects on sound without any major drawbacks as long as you know how to use it. Let's take a look at a vintage guitar case study though:
Looks: piss yellow but somehow still dirty
Sounds: like 60-cycle hum with a helping of ice pick
Plays: like a chewed-up stick of gum in the shape of a baseball bat
Notable features: weird unintuitive electronics because Leo was too cheap to put in a neck pickup
How about an amp? I'm having fun, how about you guys
Late 60s Marshall Super Lead
Looks: like grandma's cabinet
Sounds: like a box of bees in a tin can unless you have treble and presence and the treble channel barely dialed in
Works with what voltages: about 10% higher and/or lower than anything you can get out of any power grid
Tube swaps: about every month because the darn things sound good at fire-hazard levels of tube bias
Usable volume range: demolition crew equipment
I think I've made my point.
. . . DID I SAY /RANT WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT THE RIDICULOUS PRICES FOR A STUPID METAL BOX WITH A GOOFY HORSEBRO ON IT?
Cow, I think you hit a bit of a sore spot, not gonna lie.