Well, some of them anyway. Anyone watch Ryan “Fluff” Bruce‘s channel Riffs, Beards, & Gear on YouTube? He does some really cool stuff outside of normal reviews & unboxing, including tearing apart Reverb listings & a Rate or Roast My Rig feature. I don’t watch a whole lot of guitar YouTubers, but Fluff and the “Why This Song Stinks” guy, Pat Finnerty, are the best. See if you agree with Fluff’s rating out of 5 possible beards.
I believe Terry (Lobby Boys Podcast) & Dave (Nothing But Stars Inside) encouraged me to submit some of my gear to RateOrRoast@Gmail.com. It must have caught Fluff’s eye because, I made it into Episode 48. I’m rig 5 at the 6:11 mark, but just watch the whole damn thing, then check out more of them. Ha ha.
I tried to pick the most odd & attention grabbing of my herd. Do you think I missed the boat by not including some of my other notable oddballs? He didn’t even mention the amps or pedals. Ha ha.
Shout-out to my peeps at Actual Ugly Guitars! It’s a Facebook group focused on looking for guitars ranging from the weirdest of the weird to just pure abominations with strings and sometimes even frets. If you’re gonna join, answer the questions or you won’t get in.
Here’s a rundown of what’s pictured if you’re interested:
- Glen Burton GB2009-RWB ● [Video 1 | Video 2]
- Galveston B.B. Stone ● [Blog Post | Video 1 | Facebook Fan Page]
- IndyCustom FlyCaster ● [Blog Post | Video | Facebook Fan Page]
- Russ Lorenz Shitar ● [Blog Post | Video]
- AliExpress copy of Doyle’s Annihilator ● [Blog Post 1 | Blog Post 2 | Video 1 | Video 2 | Facebook Fan Group]
- Dewey Decibel FlipOut ● [Blog Post | Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3 | Facebook Fan Page]
- Six Flags Batman Logo ● [Blog Post 1 | Blog Post 2 | Video]
- Amps n’ Cabs:
Click the links on the guitar names to go to my Instagram posts where I posted all my axes at the beginning of the Covid shutdowns. You can check out most of them (& more) at Posting #AllMyAxes. 🎸 (Part 1) & Posting #AllMyAxes. 🎸 (Part 2) too. I posted all of them individually and some fun group shots & extras under the #AllMyAxes hashtag on Instagram.
If not rocking the Spark for practice or jamming along to YouTube or the built-in drummers, I like to rock a guitar through the tuner then into the A/B/Y into both the Blues Jr. and the Micro Terror through the Laney. Sometimes I put the wah up front, or sometimes on just one amp. I had a Dunlop CryBaby for years, then once I heard the “tone-suck” even when it was off, I couldn’t un-hear it. Same with the Dirt & Ernie… sometimes I just use it as a boost. It will come in handy if I ever get back to live stuff. My “sound” is pretty much gain on 10 master volume on 2 through both amps because I love the sound of the overdriven amps, so I don’t really need to add much dirt. If I set up the Trio, I run the “band” out to the PA so drums & bass come out of that nice & clean instead of one of (or both of) my amps. I am terrible with the POCK LOOP looper. The Lil’ Smokey is also a ton of fun, and I have used to to drive a 4×12. I think I need simpler one or more patience. Maybe both.
So, that’s my setup. Yes, I do play these guitars. Yes, they’re all playable. (I have a go-to guitar guy that is like a guitar-whisperer.) Yes, I have gigged & even recorded with some of them and would gig with all of them.
Which ones do you dig or hate the most? Got any oddballs you want to share? Hit me up with some comments!