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    These days most people seem to be using gig bags rather than cases.
    I bought a relic'd guitar because I liked the way it sounded. Then I refinished it because I didn't like the way it looked.

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    with my archtops that would be a very bad idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by die Bullen View Post
    with my archtops that would be a very bad idea!
    Yeah, not a good plan. I don't have much faith in gigbags, and when I hear about guys putting angled headstock guitars in them, I just cringe.

    To be fair about it, there might be some that would be okay, if you spend lots......I remember posting a video a few years back that showed a company throwing a Les Paul in one of their gigbags and throwing it off the roof of their factory. It survived, but I don't think most bags offer enough protection to make me comfortable.

    Heck, I wouldn't try even try it with one of Leo's guitars, and everybody knows a Fender's got nine lives........
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    Nothing says vintage gear like a good ol' ground shock. Lol. Stocker guys are just funny to me. My Super Reverb has every upgradeable part possible & it's performance show's that. The biggest eye opener was after it was rebuilt we ran it through the original beat up cab with the rebuilt CTS speaker's 1st & we played it that way for a while & it sounded great to me. All I would ask. At that point I was questioning why I spent all that money on those brand new Blue Frame Jensen's then we plugged them in & the definition improvement to the note spectrum was so noticeable it was jaw dropping. Flipped back to those CTS again & it sounded dead. My amp was tested running for hours of being on & not a whisper of unwanted noise. Dead quite. Meanwhile the stocker guys would put up with all these crazy background noises & refer to it as character just to say that there amp is bone stock & apparently worth more because of it. I totally get Museum pieces. I wouldn't molest some pre CBS Strat because of the CRAZY collecter value. But if I can improve my main gear in anyway I will do it because I want to sound good as well as be shock free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keletcaster View Post
    Nothing says vintage gear like a good ol' ground shock. Lol. Stocker guys are just funny to me. My Super Reverb has every upgradeable part possible & it's performance show's that. The biggest eye opener was after it was rebuilt we ran it through the original beat up cab with the rebuilt CTS speaker's 1st & we played it that way for a while & it sounded great to me. All I would ask. At that point I was questioning why I spent all that money on those brand new Blue Frame Jensen's then we plugged them in & the definition improvement to the note spectrum was so noticeable it was jaw dropping. Flipped back to those CTS again & it sounded dead. My amp was tested running for hours of being on & not a whisper of unwanted noise. Dead quite. Meanwhile the stocker guys would put up with all these crazy background noises & refer to it as character just to say that there amp is bone stock & apparently worth more because of it. I totally get Museum pieces. I wouldn't molest some pre CBS Strat because of the CRAZY collecter value. But if I can improve my main gear in anyway I will do it because I want to sound good as well as be shock free.
    Makes sense to me--and then if you get famous it won't matter--because the gear will be associated with you...
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    Quote Originally Posted by doublewah View Post
    These days most people seem to be using gig bags rather than cases.
    Hmm--a gig bag with a built in amp?
    Probably not
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    Something my former amp guru told me over and over was how much benefit there was in doing lead redress. A lot of old Fenders tend to be on the noisy side just because of the human factor in 60's amp assembly. I was astounded when my 70 Twin Reverb came back from a service at vivaAnalog sounding so much quieter. If I was taking an older amp to a tech for a power cord upgrade, I'd spend some extra dough to have him tidy up the chassis wiring at the same time.
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    I've also heard some older amps have materials we now consider toxic andor carcinogenic...
    Maybe not enough to be real damage--but kind of scary--I forget where I read that--but I think it was a book about vintage amps...

    Anybody else ever hear that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zontar View Post
    Hmm--a gig bag with a built in amp?
    Probably not
    Yeah, that was my point. I don't think we're going to see any manufacturer develop great amps in cases these days, BECAUSE many of the new players are using gig bags. And as you said...
    I bought a relic'd guitar because I liked the way it sounded. Then I refinished it because I didn't like the way it looked.

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    Not a fan of most gig bags--and the ones that do offer real good protection cost way more than a case--but hey--it's your gear--you decide...
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