But This Time…

  • I have said that I will never, ever, under any circumstance, sell my Holland, my Melancon, my Tim, my four Blues Junior’s, my Gibson, my Hartman, my Timeline, my Matchless, my Goatkeeper, my six Memory Lane’s, and my seven DD20′s. But this time…I’m never selling my G&L.
  • I have spent ludicrous amounts of money on last minute gear for that one gig that’s totally going to finally be the one. And then it wasn’t. Neither was the next one. But this time…this next gig is totally going to be the one. And I could really use a stereo plus wet/dry rig for it.
  • I have put off practicing so many times because I like to think that I’m good enough to pull it off just in the moment. Turns out that just thinking something doesn’t necessarily make it so. But this time…oh I can totally pull off those songs without practicing.
  • I have owned over fifty delay pedals, and none of them have made me famous. But this time…the lack of an Echoczar is pretty much the only thing that’s holding me back.
  • I have watched time and again as pedals of which I love the tone, have sounded worse and worse to me as the general tide of opinion shifted in direct accordance with their daily lack of newness. But this time…no one likes the Timeline anymore? Oh ya, totally. I heard that all along. I was just using it until something better came out.
  • I have been fooled in blind tests over and over again. But this time…that $500 one definitely sounds better. No need for a blind test.
  • I think that a pedalboard full of Boss pedals makes you look like you really don’t know tone, but just bought whatever Guitar Center told you to. But this time…maybe I’ll let me tone speak for itself. (That’s pirate talk.)

Splendid.
Karl.

P.S. Don’t be surprised if you ever see a shootout here between Boss pedals and a new brand of boutique pedals that later turn out to be rehoused Boss pedals. ;) It’s just the way those chips echo in the symmetrical metal enclosures, though. Really makes a difference. And yes, I’ve actually heard that before.

20 thoughts on “But This Time…

  1. you can always trade, which is technically not selling. hehe

    and you are pretty famous for having owned over 50 pedals. how did you think I found this place? :)

  2. I will NEVER sell my Melancons. Gerard has been a dear friend for almost 15 years now and I really feel that my P90 artist is magic. Maybe I’m getting old but I’ve been happy with my tone and rig since I bought my Groove Tubes Soul-O back in ’95. Bought my Tom Anderson Hollow-T the same week. Tone Nirvana since. still have them both. Still get a thrill when I open the case. When I grab either of my Mel’s I feel humbled to own such a fine instrument and love the fact that Gerard is a believer.

    Whenever I need inspiration I get rid of the pedals and plug a guitar straight into the amp. Play with your fingers, change your pick attack, learn a new song. Just. Play.

    There is nothing new under the sun.

  3. There is only one guitar I will never sell. It was make by 6 guys from 3 different countries over 6 months, finished to match daughter 1′s violin and arrived 3 days after daughter 3′s birth. It’s also one incredible thinline tele, the likes of which I’ll never find again.

  4. Tom K–really wish I still had my Melancon. That one was sold under hard times. Think Girard could get me a deal? ;) And love the change it up sentiment for inspiration!

    Sal–never!!! Well… ;)

    Justin–wow, with that much sentimental value, ya…you really never should sell it. :)

  5. I’m guessing most the gear listed in your “never sell” list no longer resides with you? Lol!

    I will never sell (seriously) my main guitar, an early 90′s PRS EG II. Absolutely wonderful guitar!

    All my other gear lives in constant fear of disownment!

  6. Slicktone–well, not technically. Newer versions of it might. ;) lol And I wouldn’t sell that PRS either…I think.

    Mark–Ah, I’d love to, but I’m on a different gear hunt right now…need a secondary acoustic/vocal looping rig for a gig in a couple weeks.

    Bret–ah, Andy! Great guy. Although personally, I prefer the sound of a wine glass. ;)

  7. Yep!! Glass slides are great. I just have a wine glass from my wedding that has a crazy slant to it that makes it work well for single notes and chords.

  8. Re: boutique pedals, I bought a Danelectro delay about a month ago and I love it. (heresy, I know)

    I also play a MIM Tele (active pickups) and Vox valvetronix amp.

    And I love my tone.

    Such a naughty guitarist.

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