So without going into too many details, I recently received some money from my insurance company to replace (all of) my gear. I went on a demo spree yesterday. Here’s what the new set up will look like. Guh guh guh gear.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaa (angels choirs in consonance). The holy grail, in my graasp. muah ah ah !! Fender Rhodes Stage 73 Mark I. One of the most beautiful sounding instruments to grace this earth. And the kicker? My brother is donating this to me. The two best words ever put together are “FREE” and “RHODES”. Don’t worry, my counter gift will be many homecooked gourmet meals, pints, lifelong niceties, and I’m sure some gear in the future. Just need a job brosef! This piece is easily what I’m most excited about receiving, especially learning how to fix them. I’m thinking about hiring a greasy tech to come to my house and teach me.
AKAI MPK-49 MIDI controller with laptop and DAW. Built in arpeggiator, 360 degree knobs, cartoonishly awesomely large sliders, 48 assignable MPC style Akai drumpads (aka best drumpads in the biz), 127 assignable controls. This will go with my Ableton Live sessions and instruments, maybe I will turn into a Logic or Reason guy too. Learn about MIDI controllers here if you want, cause you know, hardware synths are so passé man.
Fender Telecaster (72 Deluxe Reissue – MIM). Tele tradition + humbucker fatness and switches continue to be a great happy medium between Fender and Gibson for me. Neck is nice and I love fat headstocks too. I saw one at Capsule for 750. When Mikey gets a job, this thing is getting purchased.
And likely with that a tweed Fender Hot Rod Deluxe 40W 1×12. Tube power screams, and even the 15 watt Blues Jr would likely be enough power.
Norman B20 HG acoustic / electric. Good solid standard. Nice warm and dull tones with a decent Fishman pickup system. After trying it at Steve’s you can get a really nice tone even from the plugged in version. My last Takamine was tinny, bright and country crispy tone. Even better, all of this gear will be less than what I originally paid for it by buying used and/or making smarter purchases. Nice clean slate.