What Instruments are Laying Around Your Studio?

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by skiffdriver, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. skiffdriver

    skiffdriver Active Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    The Upper 1
    A Jew's harp, for when only that will do? A drawer full of harmonicas? A random assortment of bongos and djembes picked up from garage sales? Fifteen guitars, selected for that specific sound that might, one day, be needed?

    The only time I was in a Real Studio, I confess I was a little disappointed in the instrument selection. There were a couple of guitars ,a MusicMan bass, and, of course, a drum kit. We (the band) had what we had, which was enough, I suppose. But I wonder about what other people have in their rooms, for the times when inspiration strikes (or when the bass player's bored and wonders if a J-bass would sound better than whatever else he's got).

    Do you have a lot of instruments, or do you think it's the musicians' job to bring in what they think they need?

    I'm not looking for any guidance, I'm just curious.
  2. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Frozen Tundra of CT
    I have a simple home project studio which I use for arrangement and song demo recording. If we are trying to do CD quality recording there are two different pro studios I use. At home I have my own guitar collection Les, couple of Schecters, Guild T100, Strat, for acoustics there is a Guild, two Takamines, Taylor 414 CE, I have two solid state amps,and a Deluxe reverb, and an old Traynor (sorta Twin style.) A bunch of different pedals. My brothers Korg Triton is here most of the time. I have a collection of small rhythm stuff marimbas, eggs, tamborine, rain stick, bells etc. No bass, no drums.
    The other studios I use don't really have much in the way of instruments. I can have drum sets if it was requested (one engineer is a drummer) at the other there is his guitar and amp collection.
    For the most part when I am recording someone they have their equipment prepared for the sound they want. So yes, its their job to bring what it is they want. If during the sessions they are unable to achieve the sound they are looking for we will make some suggestions and try and have something there for them next time. When recording guitarists I will often add another amp from the ones available and track it seperately to see if they like it usually for blending.
  3. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    I have the usual guitar assortment, a couple of Strats one single coil and one with humbuckers, several acoustics, lots of basses, an unright grand piano, a Hammond M3, a drumset, various shakers,rainstick,things to bang on,tamborine, little stuff like eggs and other small percussion.

    Anything I need I have through friends.
  4. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    Lying around my room and at church (live sound...) we have a spare keyboard (Roland something which sounds good), a cowbell for the drumkit, a stylophone (retro!), a bass, few acoustic guitars, drumkit...
    Oh, and a really loud foghorn that you can adjust the pitch of.
  5. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    I have Fender HM strat, 4 String SR500 Bass, Yamaha Digital CLP330 piano, Tinker custom hand made 6 string acoustic guitar,A & L 6 string acoustic, Fender Bass, Tabla drums, assorted shakers and rainsticks, Line 6 GTR Amp, Roland Jazz Chorus, Mann Tube bass amp. And some stuff I can't think off....
  6. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    Well, here is as much as I remember. Those marked with a * will be for sale soon.

    Basses (lefty)
    Fender P
    Fender J
    Fender J fretless
    Christopher Upright
    Rickenbacker 4001 *
    Rogue knock-off Hofner

    Basses (righty)
    Fender J

    Acoustic guitars (lefty)
    Martin D-18
    Taylor 414CE

    Acoustic guitars (righty)
    Taylor 810CE
    Taylor 612CE *
    Alvarez Jumbo
    Taylor Baby

    Electric guitars (lefty)
    Fender American Standard Tele w/ b & g bender
    Fender MIJ Tele
    DIY Tele

    Electric guitars (righty)
    Fender Tele 52 RI
    Fender MIM 60's strat (custom paint, Callaham bridge)
    Rickenbacker/360 12v64
    DIY Tele
    Epiphone LP studio

    Guitar Amps
    Matchless Hurricane
    Fender Blues Jr.
    Fender Hot Rod Deluxe *

    Steinway A Grand (okay, it's upstairs, not in the studio)
    Yamaha P80
    Nord Electro 73
    Alesis Ion*

    Mapex M Birch Fusion set
    Jamaican double second steel pans
    3 Djembes
    Shakers, tambourines, wood blocks, cow bell, gong, vibra-slap, etc.

    Selmer Paris SA-80 Alto *
    Keilwerth SX-90 Alto
    Keilwerth SX-90 Tenor
    Keilwerth sx-90 Bari

    French Horn
    Yamaha YHR-668ND*

    Bradley 5-string Banjo
    Oscar Schmidt Uke
    Silvertone Autoharp
    Marine Band Harmonicas (C, D)
  7. BDM

    BDM Active Member

    Oct 23, 2008
    Mali, Africa
    nice list Bob! are you the righty?

    1957 Les Paul jr.
    1987 Ibanez Roadstar ll PRO540S Saber
    1985 Gibson Epiphone PR-650 Acoustic
    Takamine EG 530C Acoustic
    La Patrie Concert classical
    Ibanez SG 400 Bass
    Custom built travel acoustic
    Bolivian Churango
    Syrian Oud
    Stradivarius COPY Violin from the 1940's

    Mesa Boogie Studio .22 and custom 1x12 cab
    Fender The Twin
    Fender Acoustasonic Jr.
    1957 Magnavox Melodier

    Roland V-Kit with TD 8 Brain triggering SD2
    Assorted Burundian and Kenyan Drums
    Rwandan 'Maracas'
    Tambourine, cow bell, egg shaker

    Alesis QS 6 and not enough virtual instruments...

    and all the ghosts of drum kits and guitars i should have never ever sold...
  8. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Frozen Tundra of CT
    BDM "and all the ghosts of drum kits and guitars i should have never ever sold..." For me just guitars but AMEN on that!
  9. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    Unfortunately, I'm the lefty.
  10. Genereaux

    Genereaux Active Member

    Dec 29, 2008
    Not much, really.
    There's around 30 electric guitars. The most notable are probly;
    '06 Gibson Firebird Studio (AWESOME guitar. More versatile than you'd think. Get one)
    '78 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe w/Floyd Rose (don't ask, that's how I bought it)
    Ibanez Frank Gambale sig series
    4 or 5 mid-late 80s Kramers
    2 Hohner LP copies (a great LP knock off if you run across one)
    A Danelectro 6/12 double neck.
    A Washburn Idol 64 deluxe
    And a BUNCH of 'mutt' guitars I've re-built over the years.

    For Bass, there's 2
    A '74 Fender Mustang
    And an 80's Ibanez Roadstar (maybe?) style

    Only 4 acoustics
    An old Lyle nylon string
    A generic Ibanez
    An old (80's maybe) Epiphone
    An old ('61) Gibson Country Western Jumbo

    A banjo

    A Yamaha version of a Casio keyboard

    A litany of shaker eggs, a shaker pear, a shaker

    A tambourine

    A drumset I call "The Liberty Kit" (bring forth your tired, poor and rejected percussion so that they may drum freely) featuring;
    A 24" Camco LA kick-White
    A 14" Ludwig rack tom-Red
    A 16" Pearl Export Floor tom-Blue
    A no name 14X51/2 metal snare
    A Camber top/Zildjan bottom Hi Hat on a Pearl stand
    20" Sabian Dry Ride
    A Zildjian 16" med thin crash w/a crack in it
    and a couple home made "splash" cymbals, cut down from broken Zildjian and Sabian crashs

    A little Bonham style "chim ring" to go on the hi hat

    An accordian

    And there WAS a kazoo around here somewhere...,

    Amps are;
    Peavey 5150
    Peavey Classic 100
    B-52 AT 100
    '67 Vox Viscount

    And a pile of guitar bodies/necks/bits/pieces begging to be turned back into 'real' guitars

  11. Straydogg

    Straydogg Active Member

    Jul 3, 2009
    Western Pa.
    Roland JV-1080, an old Hammond organ with a bunch of sticking/broken keys and a broken volume pedal. $10 dollars at an auction. Nice bench though. Five guitars for various uses and sounds. One old bass guitar. Percussion type things in a box, couple of harmonicas. Three guitar amps and one for bass. Two digital 8 track recorders and one old 8 track tape recorder. Various mics and a couple pre-amps....Roland drums....Kramer...Fender....Ibanez.....Boss.........Roland....Digitech.....Vox......Boy I have a lot of junk around here....better get to Ebay soon. LOL :lol:
  12. blaumph2cool

    blaumph2cool Active Member

    May 2, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Good grief Bob, you have quite a music shop there!

    Mine collectoion is nothing to write home about:

    Les Paul Custom (black)
    60's Strat
    Ibanez Artcore Hollow body AF-75
    Taylor 814
    Ibanez SR500 bass
    Pintech electric Drums w/ DM5 module
    M-Audio Keystation 88
    early 1900's violin made in Czechoslovakia
  13. jordy

    jordy Active Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Reedsville, PA
    Home Page:
    schecter tempest
    fender delux strat
    takamine acoustic
    ibanez acoustic
    70's Ludwig drums
    fender P bass
    austin (lol) p bass
    epiphone g 400 sg
    ....ummm a recorder flute thing haha
    and a yamaha keyboard
  14. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    Dec 4, 2007
    Toms River, NJ
    I have a guiro from the Dominican Republic
  15. iamfrobs

    iamfrobs Guest

    My friends '72 SG right now, and a Vibro Champ. Pretty sweet.
  16. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    Strat made up from vintage parts ('65 body, '73 neck, etc,).
    Reissue '72 Tele Thinline
    1962 Melody Maker
    1963 Gibson Firebird I
    1978 Les Paul Custom
    1985 Aria Pro II TA-70 (semi-hollow)
    PRS Corvette
    1992 Hamer (USA) Artist GT
    (2) Carvin Bolt kit guitars, 1 /w GK-2
    Epiphone Alleykat
    1964 Gibson C1 classical
    Yamaha classical
    1970's Yamaha FG300 acoustic
    1970's Yamaha FG-312 12-string
    1950's Gibson lap steel
    1960s Kay mandolin
    1960's Harmony Roy Shmeck 5-string banjo
    A no-name bouzouki
    A homemade dulcimer

    1968 Fender Bandmaster Reverb amp /w. modded vertical cab
    1970 Fender Dual Showman Reverb amp /w. a single 15" JBL D130
    1948 Fender Deluxe TV front/w. Rola Greenback 12"
    1965 Valco Supro 1624T amp/w 12" Jensen gold label
    1965 Kalamazoo II
    1969 Kustom 100/w 2x12 cab (Blue sparkle)
    Roland JC77 2x10
    (2) Tech 21 Trademark 60 amps
    Rivera Pubster 25-watt
    Marshall 1x12" cab /w. 12" Hellatone 60
    Marshall 1x10 micro cab /w. Hemptone
    Avatar traditional 2x12" cab /w. GT75's
    Sunn Solarus head
    1970 Sunn 200S bass head
    Avatar 4x10 bass cab
    1970 Kustom 2x15 bass cab /w Altec 421's
    Rhodes Chroma Polaris II
    Yamaha CS20M analog synth
    Yamaha DX7II
    Yamaha Motif E-6
    Roland D50
    Roland JV1080
    Roland JX-8P
    Alesis QuadraSynth Plus
    Hammond M3/w. butchered Leslie
    Viscount organ MIDI module
    E-mu Proteus
    1969 Kustom 100 PA head
    Roland RE-555 Space Echo/Chorus (TAPE!!!)
    Carvin 3-way PA cab
    Various pedals, stomp boxes, DI's
    All sorts of hand percussion (tamourines, ching rings, chimes, thumb pianos, shakers, bongoes, tabla, LP stuff)
  17. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    Tip from Steve Earl: When going through airport security, always refer to your bouzouki as a baritone mandolin.
  18. BDM

    BDM Active Member

    Oct 23, 2008
    Mali, Africa
    Mr. Moonbaby:
    i want to live in your studio.
  19. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    I will have to remember that, love that Steve Earle! I want to thank another Steve-Steve Howe- for making me "have" to have one of those. And guess what, it's come in handy for the occasional gig where an ethnic dance band wanted to cut a demo!

    And to BDM:
    No, you don't want to live in my studio. Right now it's an air conditioned storage unit I visit once a week just so that I can crank up the Hammond and the Supro, IMO the sweetest-sounding amp God put on tthe face of the earth. And with the heat index here being 105-110 in the shade (!), that is a 30-minute session, tops, even with the AC going full tilt. Now where did I put that Gatorade/Bacardi punch thermos?
  20. ouzo77

    ouzo77 Active Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    Nuremberg, Germany
    Home Page:
    except for my harley-benton 5-string bass and epiphone les paul special II virtually all of my instruments are virtual. though i'm not sure in which category to put the line6 variax 700, because it's a real guitar with virtual sounds...
    i wouldn't know where to store so many guitars, so i decided to get all of them in one.
    oh, i forgot my sonor force 2000 drums and the dixon piccolo snare, but they are not in my studio.

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