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    Silly guitar things that we do

    I'm wondering about our silly things that we do with our guitars, things that we can spend a large amount of time on compared to the difference it makes to our tone or playing.

    I can spend hours adjusting the humbucker screw poles. Maybe I like the slots to line up, or maybe the zig zag / \ / \ / \ , maybe I'll match the string radius, or adjust them flat, or lower them or raise them.

    I also have far more guitar straps than guitars and I go through phases where I change them frequently, sometimes I swap straps so as not to clash with a shirt I'm wearing.

    Tell me what you do!
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    I definitely have some pre-gig and post-gig rituals!!! And I do try to make sure my guitar finish/color doesn't clash with my shirt color.

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    Ooohhh! Now I want to get a strap to match my pink burst Albert Lee! Thanks for the cool idea!!

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    Yeah, the guitar/strap/shirt color thing can be a challenge!
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    When I found a great Levy's strap at a local shop, I scoured the internet to find another of the same style. I, too, had more straps than guitars at the time.

    I have also spent time/money wiring up pickguards that I never installed. I'd get a hankering for a bridge/middle (Keith Urban Strat style) or bridge/Tele neck or even middle only. Then I'd play the guitar as it was and appreciate the simplicity of a single pickup.

    Or there'd be those tortoise pickguard phases.

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    "All show and little go." ... can I borrow that line for myself??

    About every time we acquired another guitar / bass, one of my first moves was to visit Couch Straps for a matching strap - Couch Guitar Straps - Home

    Have way too many of them in the collection now....
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    I love Couch, but I had this weaver make me a custom strap which I love. Definitely check them out.

    https://weaverguitarstraps.com

    Also, ETSY is a treasure trove of unique straps.
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    Nice!
    Balls are Best!!

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    I obsess over what gear I need for gigs that aren't even booked yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Astrofreq View Post
    I obsess over what gear I need for gigs that aren't even booked yet.
    Ask me how many hours I spent yesterday looking at amplifier reviews.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrKev View Post
    Ask me how many hours I spent yesterday looking at amplifier reviews.
    5 hours give or take? lol
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    1.5 hours of pedal reviews for items that I can't afford, wouldn't use or most likely resell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrKev View Post
    Yeah, the guitar/strap/shirt color thing can be a challenge!
    unless you always use a black strap and wear a black shirt. This way all guitars, straps and shirts match.
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    Trans Green Axis- Quilt (DOB 03.14.2000)
    Black HH Albert Lee (DOB 12.01.2009)
    Honey Roasted Axis - Quilt (DOB 09.20.2012)
    White HSS Silo Spec (DOB 02.03.2014)

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    I love hearing about all this strap hoarding - I still use the black leather strap that came with my crappy TCS beginner's guitar 23 years ago! I don't own any other straps!

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    Yeah that photo doesn't show all of them. I've added a few more colored ones since I took that photo and I have a few different black ones too.
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