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So, I own a few Jems, a lot of universes, and have recently bought a Jemini pedal (well, it hasn't shipped yet, so hopefully the seller doesn't flake)

Thing is, I couldn't care less about Steve Vai. I just happen to really like his signature guitars (well, the neons ones, and universes, and interesting ones).

So, who else has signature gear by artists for the reason they liked the gear? Now, It doesn't count if you bought it because of the artist connection, or if you like the artist.

Looking for stories of signature gear when you just couldn't give a shit about the artist.
 

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Given that you played mine and bought one, obviously the MTM2 was a solid guitar regardless of ol' Mickey T. Same when I briefly had a Jackson deal and got the COW 6 as well, pretty solid for what it was.
 

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My story doesn't really count, because I don't actually own a sig: I love the Ibanez JS-series, although I've never liked Satriani's music. So I basically bought my R540 because it's like a HSS JS-model.
 

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As for me, Stef Carpenter. There's maybe 3 or 4 Deftones songs I like, the rest I absolutely hate. But I've owned an SC607, still own an SC600 and the SC500 is definitely still on my "white whale" list.

I've also owned 4 Universes. While I don't mind some of Vai's music, an awful lot of it leaves me cold. I still own that Maverick too, which is allegedly a signature model of some long-forgotten British shredder. Shows how much of a shit I give about him if I can't remember his name.
 

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I have two Petruccis and I haven't liked anything DT has done in around 10 years, if that counts.

I've also never heard anything by this dude or his bands, but I've always wanted a Zoltan Bathory sig.



You've owned at least one of the Korn sigs too, James
I never liked the K7 because of that stupid ass inlay but I'd still like to own a U-bar.
 

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I've also owned 4 Universes. While I don't mind some of Vai's music, an awful lot of it leaves me cold. I still own that Maverick too, which is allegedly a signature model of some long-forgotten British shredder. Shows how much of a shit I give about him if I can't remember his name.
I will wager you some british things, like three packs of crisps, some sticky toffee pudding and a pint of Fuller's that DJ-Jeff will know who the Maverick guy is.
 

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I own a pair of EMG JH set pickups. Bought them because they were on sale at guitar center for $100 and figured what the hell.
 

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I have a MTM2 and care less about Mike or Slipknot, can't even stand their music but the guitar is just a fucking Metal Machine.

Also have recently acquired a JEM (Indo but still a JEM) and don't really follow Steve Vai or try to play anything he did. Guitar looks gorgeous though and I would love to have the Floral Blue and the Green Swirl one. The Black and Green is also a fave of mine.
 

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I'd forgotten about the MTM2. Also had an MTM1, a K7 and an Apex-1 as well, but all of those have been sold on, bar one MTM2 neck I have on a jem body...

Sometimes, on some sigs, i wish there wasn't a massive stupid inlay or the like on them. I'd have keot the MTM1 but hated the inlay
 

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I actually like the Deftones but I had an SC207 just because it was a pretty nice playing 7-string at the price. Other than the polarizing middle pickup, the guy had generally nice taste when it comes to spec'ing out guitars. Also not a huge KoRn fan but I was on the hunt for one of those flat green Apexes with the angled string ferrules. Recessed TOM too, IIRC

 

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As for me, Stef Carpenter. There's maybe 3 or 4 Deftones songs I like, the rest I absolutely hate. But I've owned an SC607, still own an SC600 and the SC500 is definitely still on my "white whale" list.
Same here. I had the LTD and still do have the Stef B7 ESP packed away somewhere collecting dust.
 

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I wouldn't say "don't like or don't care about", but there are plenty of things I've owned or own where the fact it's a signature doesn't factor in or is meaningless.

Off the top of my head Jackson Rhoads and Broderick, Schecter Loomis, Jackson Futura (Kip Winger signature model).

As far as the Loomis and Broderick go, i like both players and the bands they played for, but not so much that I would call them favorites. I actually think both players overuse their schtick. Like Nevermore a ton, but Loomis has grown less interesting as time has gone on. As far as the Rhoads go, he's a legendary player and those two Ozzy albums are great, but his playing never really spoke to me that much.

As far as the Kip Winger basses go, I like Winger, I think they have great songs, I think Kip Winger is a musically talented dude, his work with Alice Cooper was great too. However, Kip Winger and his "classically trained male ballerina moves" and lyrical content and male model good looks are at the opposite end of the spectrum from the stuff I try to do. So I don't ever really mention, "This is the semi-obscure Kip Winger sig". If you tell people a bass is a Kip Winger sig, it sort of limits its appeal to certain kinds of music that aren't exactly ultra macho. :lol:

ENGL Blackmore is a funny case. Huge fan of Deep Purple, huge fan of Rainbow. But Ritchie Blackmore's general douchery and abandonment of rock music in favor of goofy ren fair cosplay shit don't really endear him to me (or anyone for that matter). Huge fan of the shit he's done (up to '92-'93ish), but don't necessarily want to buy his gear due to other factors.

There aren't a lot of players where I would buy something just because it is associated with someone I am a fan of. Couple exceptions. Steve Harris is a fucking huge one. At the time I bought my first P-Bass Fender didn't offer a Steve Harris signature model. So I went and did my own with modding it to his specs. (Sweetwater didn't offer one with a maple board, so the rosewood is a noticable divergence).

I also got into Ibanez Destroyers because Adrian Smith played them, although not for that long.

I don't really care about sig gear that much. A lot of it just comes off as not really having much staying power. Like, when an artist gets a signature that isn't something they've been using for 20 years+ it comes off as disengenuous. For it to matter it has to be an artist I absolutely love, and they have to have a relationship with that instrument that is so long established it is iconic.

There aren't a ton of artists who actually have that deeply established relationships with a particular model. Steve Harris and the P-bass is an exception. The arctic white and lake placid blue iterations of his Precision with the mirrored aluminum pickguard are fucking legendary.



I mean, there are signature models and then there are models that just have a name tacked on them. ESP/LTDs roster is just like. They are just tacking the name of some player on some new shitty design. The player in question hasn't played guitars with those specs for huge amounts of time. When you look at the Steve Harris P-Bass, it's like, you could look up any Iron Maiden performance from the past three decades and that guitar is there. The connection is iconic. The vast majority of players don't stick with a set of specs long enough for it to be an iconic signature. ESP has shit that is like, the same player will have another signature next year.

James Hetfield is an obvious example. His "signature" models don't have a lot of appeal, because it's like, for the fact it's a signature to matter, I want fond memories of watching him play that guitar on their iconic material. I mean, whether it's a cool guitar or not, that's beside the point (I personally think they are ugly). That's not the style of guitar he played during the AJFA era, that's not the style of guitar he played on The Black Album, that's not the style of guitar he played on Master of Puppets. It's some new thing with zero history with his name attached.

 

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I have a BC Rich Warlock Joey Jordison sig that I only bought because GC was blowing them out brand new at $300. It is f'ing hideous with its blood splatter paint job and horrible fretboard inlay.

However, it is a Korean WMI produced guitar, EMG 81/85, and a real Floyd. AND an ebony board. AND a reverse headstock. It is very well made and plays great, so I can forgive the fact that I had to look up who the fuck Joey Jordison is when I bought it (obviously not a huge Slipknot fan, and its from his time in the Murder Dolls, who I care even less about).
 

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I have two Petruccis and I haven't liked anything DT has done in around 10 years, if that counts.

I've also never heard anything by this dude or his bands, but I've always wanted a Zoltan Bathory sig.

I echo these sentiments, although my Petrucci was an SBMM. Also, The SC607B had the Most comfortable neck of any 7 string I've owned, but I can't claim to like his music at all.
 

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I own an Alexi-600 even though I've heard like, two CoB songs ever. It's just a cool guitar. I also own a LTD DV8 and a Snakebyte, and while I love Megadeth and Metallica, I didn't buy those guitars because they were Mustaine and Hetfield signatures (I bought them because Lee Altus of Exodus plays/played them :rofl:).
 

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Can't name a jeff beck song but I've had a few JB's in my time :lol:
 

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No issue with DEP but I don't really listen to them. Ben's sig is a pretty interesting guitar tho

 
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