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OT/How many HAMBers play music?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Chili Phil, Oct 26, 2004.

  1. SlamIam
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 419


    Trumpet player, 1965 NYC Bach Strad.
  2. allengator
    Joined: Sep 21, 2006
    Posts: 293

    from Keller, TX

    I play in a blues band... 'Outta the Blue'
    Me on the far right...

    The strat pictured is one I made.. poplar body, warmoth neck, etc...

    LOVE old tube amps... I usually play my original 65 twin...

    I also do tube amp repair on the side....

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  3. I play Bass. My rig is an Ibanez SR400 Bass. Backed up by Carvin's R1000 amp and BRX 2x 12's cab.(1000 Watts Baby!!!!)
    Thats me at the bottom left. I'm in a band called WATERHEAD. Old school punk and what not. On the bottom right is my bro that back's us up on drum's. He's also in a band called LOS CREEPERS.

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  4. 66Coronet440
    Joined: Oct 26, 2009
    Posts: 367


    Guitar, bass, and drums but I'm mainly a guitar player. I've been playing for about 15 years, and do a lot of rockabilly-influenced stuff. I sing and write as well. My main guitar is a custom double cutaway hardtail.
  5. Stumpuller
    Joined: Aug 5, 2009
    Posts: 55


    country, jesus, hilbilly blues.
    cant read music
    just play it by ear, grab a handfull of frets and hang on!

    ive got a...
    96 Gibson les paul studio in wine red
    77 standard Gibson les paul in wine red/creme binding
    95 custom deluxe usa made stratocaster 3tone with moto picguard, lace sensors, floyd rose/ wilkenson roller nut locking tuners
    80 standard telecaster white on black usa made
    NEW gibson thunderbird 4 string bass. three tone sunburst

    fender hotrod deluxe tube combo for good sound
    peavy XXX half stack for when its time to make noise
    and an OLD Kasino classic 100 watt tube bass head on an early sunn cab from early 70s id guess that makes the cats go cross eyed.

    and an old friends ludwig vistalite set in the corner...

    played in cover/garage bands since i was in high school. played a few bars and dance halls hell even a bar mitzvah I think hahaha
  6. budhaboy
    Joined: Feb 6, 2007
    Posts: 157


    used to play Bass in my youth - mostly Punk and Metal, worked as a roadie for nearly 8 years, mostly doing Bass and Drum rig setups with some sound board work thrown in for good measure.
    a few of the bands I've toured with include:
    Mercyful Fate/King Diamond, Bullfrog, Fahrenheit 451, Testament, Propain, Green Jello, Kix, Dick Sister, Type O Negative, Scatterbrain...the list is long...
  7. Sir Woosh
    Joined: Dec 1, 2008
    Posts: 2,273

    Sir Woosh

    Picked up the guitar in grade school. Learned to read music, but dumped it to be more creative playing by ear. (saves wear and tear on the fingers..) But got into magic for the past 13 years which has lead to a combo DJ & Magic show for cruises and other rod events. Fun too inviting others up on stage at the private Grand FinAlley malt shop to entertain others with music and karaoke. though this is not strictly on the subject of playing instruments, it's all fun with sounds of the 50's and early 60's.

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  8. mrsaturn
    Joined: Aug 7, 2007
    Posts: 26


    Played in a band at school called Citizen Swing (, and now that i'm out of college and moved down south, I play on my own every week.

    Here's my custom guitar
    (click for big)
    Vintage pickups, custom wiring with a cutoff and coil tap.

    Covered the body in pages from Beowulf. The thing plays like a dream!
  9. hrm2k
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 3,695


    Played a bunch in the northwest suburbs of Chicago in the 70's. I played keyboards and sax.
    This is from a local Palatine Illinois TV listing. Our band photo at the hanging out of the window of my buddy's 29 sport coupe......played with this band from 1967 in Hawaii till I left Chicago in Jan 1981

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  10. Jackbolt
    Joined: Mar 2, 2006
    Posts: 180


    I play fiddle for a bluegrass band called the Sheppard Bros. I used to play banjo for them for 13 years. The wife and I have our own gig called the Appalachian Leftovers playing old time. I also do some studio work for others as needed. Overall I play guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin.
  11. chopt55bc
    Joined: May 10, 2008
    Posts: 886


    played guitar forever, even made some money at it. now i just dabble. but still got a bunch of old strats, and my ampeg V-4
  12. Django
    Joined: Nov 15, 2002
    Posts: 10,196

    from Chicago

    Guitar for 24 years. And for the past 7 years, in the Hot Rod Hucksters.


    I played clarinet and tube in high school. I dabble in drums and bass too.
  13. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,631

    from Hypocrisy

    I just picked up a 50s Roth fiberglass upright bass, weird damn thing, it's all fiberglass, neck included.
  14. bigblockdude402
    Joined: Oct 1, 2009
    Posts: 178


    I play Bluegrass, Old Country, and Gospel.

    Guitar and Mandolin. I sing too. Love it.

    '76 Martin D28
    '7? Ovation Balladeer
    Custom Tele copy (flat black with orange pinstripes!)
    '60's Aria Pro
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  15. I've been playing the drums for almost 14 years. I played in a punk rock band for a long time, but mostly play by myself as of late. What does the drummer say as he's getting kicked out of the band?........Hey guys! I wrote a song!
  16. Kenny DFW
    Joined: Jan 7, 2009
    Posts: 119

    Kenny DFW

    Currently playing Bass and Vocals in a 3 piece - "Texas Rock/Blues", but mainly Guitar picker & grinner.
    Fender P Bass
    Ampeg Bass amp w Sans Amp for Bass - (miracle box)
    90 something Strat - American made, of course
    Rick 360 6 String (Autographed by Pat Dinizio)
    Gibson SG
    Gretch/Electromatic Silver Jet
    Charvel Surfcaster 12 String
    Charvel Surfcaster 6 String Acoustic
    Dan Electro 12 String
    Dan Electro 59DC Reissue 6 String
    5 or 6 other misc "eBay Specials"
    ....and my true love - TAYLOR 814 CE w/ Fender Acoustisonic Amp.
    I think I need to "thin the herd" a little.......
  17. Retro Jim
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 3,859

    Retro Jim

    I was a bass players and played some guitar too .
    I player hard rock back in the 1970's . I played the bass mostly . Had a Fender bass with piggy back set up with 4-15" in each cabinet . I had a hell of a time ! I also love the older Blues !
    The only thing I wish I did was ware ear protection , but there really wasn't anything like that back then . Not I have only about 1/2 my hearing .
    Still wouldn't have changed a thing !

    Joined: Aug 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,259


  19. Hyway Hauler
    Joined: Aug 31, 2009
    Posts: 670

    Hyway Hauler

    Drummer in a bar band called Mojo-Radio.
  20. Chuck Carman
    Joined: Oct 19, 2009
    Posts: 238

    Chuck Carman

    Guitar, bass and harmonica, vocals, song writing. Playing since 1970, with bands and solo acoustic with harmonica. Still have my Fender Esquire since '71, a mid '60s one. Also an OLP double neck 6 and 12 string electric (for visual impact if nothing else) and numerous guitars and basses that I airbrushed.
  21. played drums for yrs in bands, but bad back forced me to stop! well, and marriage! now, i just play with myself :):D

    still have my old DW's in the closet...and i know all 4 cords on the geetar to!:D
  22. axle
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 3,875

    from Drag City

    Been a drummer my whole life. Also collect vintage vinyl records for anyone that cares.
  23. 36tbird
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 1,083


    I played guitar in a couple of garage bands back in the late '60's. I started playing again this year because I started feeling the arthritis that is in my knees move to my fingers. I discovered the guitar kits that are out there and I built a faux Tele and faux 12 string Strat, working on a faux Les Paul. The kits are cool because you can take a lot of your hot rodding skills to not be afraid to try to fine tune these things. Also, I'm using acrylic enamel colors from some of my cars on them.

    A friend just discovered a device on the market now called a JamHub. With this thing you can rock out with others by just plugging in the instruments and wearing head phones. You don't piss off the neighbors or rest of the family. This thing will revolutionize garage bands.

    Bought a cheap bass from a pawn shop yesterday. Gonna try to learn to play that because bass guitarists seem to be few and far between. So, if I suck at it, others will have to let me play because I'm the only one they can find.
  24. madpiper
    Joined: May 7, 2009
    Posts: 41


    Been playing the Bagpipes since 92. Played professionally for several years
    and even teach!
  25. Saxophones, congas, vocals. I've played music professionally for over 30 years and I made a living strictly from music for 20 of those years. Played a lot of gigs with a lot of cats, man!

    I still play regularly with several groups doing mostly corporate events for tourists and conventions. The pay is better and the hours are earlier than club work.

    Selmer Mark VII Tenor
    Vintage "Naked Lady" Conn alto
    flutes and clarinets
    Vintage LP Congas
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2010
    Joined: Apr 19, 2008
    Posts: 245


    I've been playing guitar since I was 9. 21 years later I'm not much better then when i was 17, but learning drums, piano and bass have made me a half ass jack of all trades.

    My recent get is a Pignose G40V. Put in groove tubes and a vintage Jenson. :D
  27. veedolpaul
    Joined: Jul 11, 2009
    Posts: 152


    I been singing in bands since high school circa 1973.I stopped a few years when the kids were small but took drum lessons and put together a blues band. Also play some harp and now front a new country band. I know, country you say? But you gotta see the chicks young and old that come and see the band. The money sucks but we dig it. Check out My next project might be a suedo rockabilly, country shit kickin car show band. That is until the next hot rod project enters my life. Im allways looking.
  28. ttarver
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 406

    from austin

    I play guitar an sing. American deluxe tele, Nashville power tele, Jimmie Vaughan strat, Alvarez accoustic, Ovation accoustic, 4x10 deville. That's all I can think of off the top of my head but I've got a few others. I play alt country, Slobberbone/Lucero type stuff.
  29. 2Loose
    Joined: Nov 9, 2005
    Posts: 404


    I still play a couple of Strats I picked up in the 70's, thru an old tube blackface Fender Super Reverb that still plays the sweetest tones, or another tube amp, a Fender Blues DeVille (Bassman reissue) with 4 x 10" speakers, that one's also a really sweet soundin' amp! Play mostly blues and blues style rock, try to style myself after the likes of BB King, Albert Cummins, Stevie Ray, ZZ, Page, Clapton, lots of guitar heroes from the good ol' daze! I play these days mostly in front of backtracks I download, carry 'em on my iPod and feed 'em through my amp! One other guy I know plays a solid bass when we can get together for a couple beers and rock out! Not many of my friends play music anymore, so mostly I just rock out for myself and my friends and family....

    Also been tryin' out the Hawaiian Slack Key guitar style of playin' lately, got a ways to go on that, but it's a cool sound and a good workout. My buddy's son, Jeff Petersen has really made a name for himself with this music form, here's a link to his music with some samples if anyone is interested.

    Got arthritis in my fingers these days, and if I work out on the guitar an hour a day it really helps!
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2009

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