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(Rolling Stone)   Nils Lofgren is downsizing so if you need some quality musical equipment played on stage with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, then you need to show up at Nils' webstore and spend some money. Nils is totally not broke so quit asking   ( rollingstone.com) divider line
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2017-03-14 05:02:07 PM  
Too bad I am....... :(
 
2017-03-14 05:52:30 PM  
That stuff is "used," not "vintage."
 
2017-03-14 06:05:22 PM  
I can pick up a Roland GP-8 for ~$100 if I look hard enough, and ~$150 without looking at all.   Why I'd want to, is only slightly more interesting than which sucker is going to pay how much for it, and how broke is this guy if he is offloading this kind of gear.
 
2017-03-14 06:13:41 PM  

Rent Party: I can pick up a Roland GP-8 for ~$100 if I look hard enough, and ~$150 without looking at all.   Why I'd want to, is only slightly more interesting than which sucker is going to pay how much for it, and how broke is this guy if he is offloading this kind of gear.


I don't know if he's that broke - might just be cleaning out his stuff, and this is easier (and has a better return) then taking it down to Music Go Round.  I'd be a little tempted in one of the GP-8s as long as he leaves his user banks in it, might be fun to play with.
 
2017-03-14 06:15:20 PM  
Boy I hate these video stories.

I would pay a little extra for a guitar that was used on a recording. I don't know about those taken on the road. But it wouldn't make me buy if I wasn't already in the market. And it would also have to be an artist I give a damn about.

If nothing else I bet it is a good sounding guitar. I noticed a lot of player/collectors love altering guitars. A little more robust wiring or other tricks. Probably looked over by his guitar techs.
 
2017-03-14 06:17:26 PM  

TommyDeuce: Rent Party: I can pick up a Roland GP-8 for ~$100 if I look hard enough, and ~$150 without looking at all.   Why I'd want to, is only slightly more interesting than which sucker is going to pay how much for it, and how broke is this guy if he is offloading this kind of gear.

I don't know if he's that broke - might just be cleaning out his stuff, and this is easier (and has a better return) then taking it down to Music Go Round.  I'd be a little tempted in one of the GP-8s as long as he leaves his user banks in it, might be fun to play with.


I'll sell you my DS1 for $75.  Never played with Springsteen, though.  :)
 
M-G
2017-03-14 06:19:13 PM  

Rent Party: I can pick up a Roland GP-8 for ~$100 if I look hard enough, and ~$150 without looking at all.   Why I'd want to, is only slightly more interesting than which sucker is going to pay how much for it, and how broke is this guy if he is offloading this kind of gear.


In other news, people will pay a premium for an item based on its history.  Why does he have to be broke to decide it's time to clear out old stuff?
 
2017-03-14 06:28:26 PM  

M-G: Rent Party: I can pick up a Roland GP-8 for ~$100 if I look hard enough, and ~$150 without looking at all.   Why I'd want to, is only slightly more interesting than which sucker is going to pay how much for it, and how broke is this guy if he is offloading this kind of gear.

In other news, people will pay a premium for an item based on its history.  Why does he have to be broke to decide it's time to clear out old stuff?


History should imply some kind of unique or premium status, not ratty garage sale consumer grade stuff.  I wouldn't want his used stomp boxes, which are the same crap I already play on, any more than I'd want the sweat socks he wore on stage.

History should also imply he was actually part of it.  Lofgren played on one album, and was Springsteen's touring guitarist after Van Zandt left.  He's the guy I'd buy a $75 DS1 from if he ever played it.    As the second poster notes, that's not vintage, it's used.
 
2017-03-14 06:35:54 PM  
I love how every single item on his page ends with the description "Owned by Nils Lofgren". As if I'm going to somehow forget I'm on The Official Nils Lofgren Shop.
 
2017-03-14 06:51:42 PM  
F*ck Springsteen, Nils played with Neil Young!

Gimme some of that gear!
 
2017-03-14 06:55:58 PM  
tse1.mm.bing.net
Good album.
 
2017-03-14 07:02:08 PM  
Musician sells entire signal chain after getting a Fractal (or Kemper). More at 11.
 
2017-03-14 07:05:54 PM  
Sources say it's even a great cause! all proceeds will be used to purchase new Vowels...
 
2017-03-14 07:20:50 PM  
You guys are showing Nils No Mercy. No quarter, even.
 
2017-03-14 07:21:03 PM  
Is the trampoline for sale too?
 
2017-03-14 07:28:37 PM  
Just got to a PC and checked out that store. The only thing remotely interesting to me was the MIM strat, and I ain't paying $2k for a Mexican strat.

Lots of decent amps, but for that $ just get an Axe FX2. It's like buying a couple hundred amps plus a couple hundred more effects which can be managed by a straightforward GUI. And it's quiet...no cable hum to speak of.

I've heard Kempers are also very good, and they're a couple hundred $ less. The Axe is made in the US though, so...'murca.
 
2017-03-14 07:32:27 PM  
CSB:  i caught bruce's 2005ish solo acoustic tour.  i'm not really a fan per se but i wanted to be able to say i saw 'the boss'.  it was a phenomenal show.  amazing how much music he generate just by himself.

show was in phoenix.  at the end, he goes, 'thank you, you all have been great, i got one more for you.  i'm gonna need some help.  ladies and gentlemen, please welcome mr. nils lofgren!" (who lives here, wasn't a big shock).  i don't knwo what they played but it was awesome.

i swear of the entire 18-20 song set i only knew like, 2 songs.  and i don't even know what they were now.  tunnel of love?  i'm on fire?  no idea.
 
2017-03-14 07:33:05 PM  
I absolutely love that he's selling a Zoom 505.  That was my first pedal, and it was just such a POS.  Sometimes I like to reminisce about it's terribleness...my favorite was a high gain w/ flanger setting that, when I was 12, I thought absolutely nailed Lenny Kravitz' tone.  Anyways, good on Nils for having no ego and admitting to owning that thing.
 
2017-03-14 07:49:48 PM  
Nils has advocated this type of thing for a while.  He's a musician that hates to see good guitars go to waste.  He's donated tons in the past to schools and camps.  (Nils always visits a children's hospital while on tour with the E Street Band)  He's a great guy, and instead of having rooms full of guitars he wants them to be turned up LOUD AND PLAYED!
 
2017-03-14 07:55:32 PM  
You'd think those Rocky IV residuals would pay a bit better.
 
2017-03-14 08:14:24 PM  
Maybe he could open up his own Hard Rock Cafe?
 
2017-03-14 08:20:06 PM  

Billy Liar: [tse1.mm.bing.net image 300x298]
Good album.


So's this (if you like live albums)
img.fark.net
 
2017-03-14 08:21:47 PM  

Billy Liar: [tse1.mm.bing.net image 300x298]
Good album.


So you're a Nils Lofgren fan as well as Rory Gallagher? Awesome!
 
2017-03-14 08:36:26 PM  
Nils is already pretty small. If he downsizes even a little bit, he'll disappear!
 
2017-03-14 08:40:34 PM  

RuthlessWest: I absolutely love that he's selling a Zoom 505.  That was my first pedal, and it was just such a POS.  Sometimes I like to reminisce about it's terribleness...my favorite was a high gain w/ flanger setting that, when I was 12, I thought absolutely nailed Lenny Kravitz' tone.  Anyways, good on Nils for having no ego and admitting to owning that thing.


Zoom is low buck multi effect pedals. You get what you pay for.
 
2017-03-14 08:58:06 PM  

ChrisDe: Maybe he could open up his own Hard Rock Cafe?


Ya cause Toronto needs another Shoppers Drug Mart.
 
2017-03-14 08:58:35 PM  
If i had the money and the space, this is where I would have gone shopping.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/cheap-tricks-rick-nielsen-auct​i​oning-off-his-guitars-20150308
 
2017-03-14 09:02:19 PM  
Nils fans, email me for a pretty sweet MP3 of him on adam carolla podcast a few years back.  does  a bruce song ("if i should fall behind") and a Neil cover ("don't cry no tears for me").  the audio isn't great - they just used the lav mics not full pro stuff (the chatter is them joking about their crude setup) but it is still pretty keith.

Nils dedicates the Neil song to I think Ben Keith, who had just passed away days/weeks earlier, dating the songs to about 2012 or so.
 
2017-03-14 09:38:48 PM  

Rent Party: I can pick up a Roland GP-8 for ~$100 if I look hard enough, and ~$150 without looking at all.   Why I'd want to, is only slightly more interesting than which sucker is going to pay how much for it, and how broke is this guy if he is offloading this kind of gear.


But this one has E-Street programming....
 
2017-03-14 09:52:31 PM  
I checked the page. No Econoline van.
 
2017-03-14 10:58:21 PM  

H31N0US: Musician sells entire signal chain after getting a Fractal (or Kemper). More at 11.


Ha, I just did that for an FX-8. Keeping the Friedman and Fargen forever, though.
 
2017-03-14 11:40:18 PM  
Maybe I can get some pedal advice.  I play uke, electric uke, and I'm looking for my first two pedals, to make it sound more guitar-like to do rock and pop covers for fun and profit.  Is a cry-baby wah essential? Is a fuzz box? And if your limit is $60, what would you get that would emulate the most different major electric guitar sounds?  My amp is a Roland  Micro Cube GX, which already comes with a number of FX.
 
2017-03-15 12:30:11 AM  

TommyDeuce: Rent Party: I can pick up a Roland GP-8 for ~$100 if I look hard enough, and ~$150 without looking at all.   Why I'd want to, is only slightly more interesting than which sucker is going to pay how much for it, and how broke is this guy if he is offloading this kind of gear.

I don't know if he's that broke - might just be cleaning out his stuff, and this is easier (and has a better return) then taking it down to Music Go Round.  I'd be a little tempted in one of the GP-8s as long as he leaves his user banks in it, might be fun to play with.


It's definitely clearing stuff out rather than being broke. He just came off tour with Bruce a couple weeks ago, and when the E Street Band tours with him, they all get paid equally.
 
2017-03-15 02:39:03 AM  

Mole Man: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/cheap-tricks-rick-nielsen-auct​i​oning-off-his-guitars-20150308


I wish I would've had the money for some of the guitars he had up a while back.
 
2017-03-15 02:54:02 AM  

The_Philosopher_King: Boy I hate these video stories.

I would pay a little extra for a guitar that was used on a recording. I don't know about those taken on the road. But it wouldn't make me buy if I wasn't already in the market. And it would also have to be an artist I give a damn about.

If nothing else I bet it is a good sounding guitar. I noticed a lot of player/collectors love altering guitars. A little more robust wiring or other tricks. Probably looked over by his guitar techs.


Hmm, Fender sells "vintage" guitars for an extra $1000 bucks at least. I'd pick it up if it was reasonable.

Though Fender factory used, vs. Really used may be different.
 
2017-03-15 03:00:49 AM  

Any Pie Left: Maybe I can get some pedal advice.  I play uke, electric uke, and I'm looking for my first two pedals, to make it sound more guitar-like to do rock and pop covers for fun and profit.  Is a cry-baby wah essential? Is a fuzz box? And if your limit is $60, what would you get that would emulate the most different major electric guitar sounds?  My amp is a Roland  Micro Cube GX, which already comes with a number of FX.


Get a guitar, and an honest tube amp. Or, get Reaper and Amplitube and try and dial a sound you like in.
 
2017-03-15 04:49:10 AM  

Any Pie Left: Maybe I can get some pedal advice.  I play uke, electric uke, and I'm looking for my first two pedals, to make it sound more guitar-like to do rock and pop covers for fun and profit.  Is a cry-baby wah essential? Is a fuzz box? And if your limit is $60, what would you get that would emulate the most different major electric guitar sounds?  My amp is a Roland  Micro Cube GX, which already comes with a number of FX.


Your Cube has versions of all the basic effects. You can get better versions of any of those effects, and you can get more exotic effects, but probably nothing that's going to fundamentally make your ukelele sound way more like a guitar. The kind of multi effects unit that a guy wants 60 bucks for is most likely going to be fairly similar to what you have. A wah is fun, but I can't imagine needing a wah to play pop and rock covers on ukelele.
 
2017-03-15 09:01:48 AM  

fusillade762: I love how every single item on his page ends with the description "Owned by Nils Lofgren". As if I'm going to somehow forget I'm on The Official Nils Lofgren Shop.


That's handy when you search the whole reverb site. The owned by part in the title will distinguish it from other results.

As long as we're talking about guys named Nils or Nels I find this guy's stuff more interesting (http://equipboard.com/pros/nels-cline
).

I'm again rearranging my board (simplify man!) Just got new in boxes cs3 and ns2 noise gate for 50 each from my MIL's co-worker's brother's (roommate's dog's third cousin twice removed) estate. Was thinking about getting the Keeley fuzz head there but already have swollen pickle fuzz.
 
2017-03-15 09:23:14 AM  

RuthlessWest: I absolutely love that he's selling a Zoom 505.  That was my first pedal, and it was just such a POS.  Sometimes I like to reminisce about it's terribleness...my favorite was a high gain w/ flanger setting that, when I was 12, I thought absolutely nailed Lenny Kravitz' tone.  Anyways, good on Nils for having no ego and admitting to owning that thing.


I found some old recordings of one of my bands from twenty years ago, and it features the zoom 505... it sounds worse than you remember :D
 
2017-03-15 09:42:38 AM  

fusillade762: I love how every single item on his page ends with the description "Owned by Nils Lofgren". As if I'm going to somehow forget I'm on The Official Nils Lofgren Shop.


Store listing show up like regular listings on reverb.com and that site is like eBay for music gear.

If all you know is that Nils is selling gear on reverb.com those tags will steer you to the store.
 
2017-03-15 10:37:14 AM  

Any Pie Left: You guys are showing Nils No Mercy. No quarter, even.


Well, you gotta be cruel to be kind.
 
2017-03-15 10:56:03 AM  

MadAzza: F*ck Springsteen, Nils played with Neil Young!

Gimme some of that gear!


on Tonight's The Night no less. if there was one album in rock and roll history that I would go back in time to be around in the studio - that would be it

/Welcome to Miami Beach. Everything is cheaper than it looks...
 
2017-03-15 12:22:56 PM  

poconojoe: MadAzza: F*ck Springsteen, Nils played with Neil Young!

Gimme some of that gear!

on Tonight's The Night no less. if there was one album in rock and roll history that I would go back in time to be around in the studio - that would be it

/Welcome to Miami Beach. Everything is cheaper than it looks...


He also plays on the DVD of Neil live in Berlin, with Bruce Palmer on bass....
 
2017-03-15 01:22:23 PM  

Uzzah: Nils is already pretty small. If he downsizes even a little bit, he'll disappear!


Springsteen sized you mean?
 
2017-03-15 01:44:01 PM  

Any Pie Left: Maybe I can get some pedal advice.  I play uke, electric uke, and I'm looking for my first two pedals, to make it sound more guitar-like to do rock and pop covers for fun and profit.  Is a cry-baby wah essential? Is a fuzz box? And if your limit is $60, what would you get that would emulate the most different major electric guitar sounds?  My amp is a Roland  Micro Cube GX, which already comes with a number of FX.


Oh man, I got a MicroCube to use for warm-ups and practice - that thing is amazing.  Kind of thinking of using it for pop-up gigs, the being battery powered opens up some interesting options.
 
2017-03-15 01:45:14 PM  

TommyDeuce: Any Pie Left: Maybe I can get some pedal advice.  I play uke, electric uke, and I'm looking for my first two pedals, to make it sound more guitar-like to do rock and pop covers for fun and profit.  Is a cry-baby wah essential? Is a fuzz box? And if your limit is $60, what would you get that would emulate the most different major electric guitar sounds?  My amp is a Roland  Micro Cube GX, which already comes with a number of FX.

Oh man, I got a MicroCube to use for warm-ups and practice - that thing is amazing.  Kind of thinking of using it for pop-up gigs, the being battery powered opens up some interesting options.


And as far as effects - get a good reverb and a compressor.
 
2017-03-15 01:47:09 PM  

Billy Liar: [tse1.mm.bing.net image 300x298]
Good album.


Indeed.

/felt the need to back it up, so to speak
 
2017-03-15 02:53:44 PM  

poconojoe: MadAzza: F*ck Springsteen, Nils played with Neil Young!

Gimme some of that gear!

on Tonight's The Night no less. if there was one album in rock and roll history that I would go back in time to be around in the studio - that would be it

/Welcome to Miami Beach. Everything is cheaper than it looks...


Studio? You mean that basement he recorded the whole thing in? (Except "Let's Go Downtown," of course ...)

Neil at his lowest point, such beautiful, tragic genius.
 
2017-03-15 03:23:32 PM  
Guitars appear to be sold already. I would be interested in, indeed, have been looking for, a place to browse 'famous musician used' guitars, but so far haven't found a one-stop-shop for that kind of thing...
 
2017-03-15 04:16:50 PM  

dereksmalls: poconojoe: MadAzza: F*ck Springsteen, Nils played with Neil Young!

Gimme some of that gear!

on Tonight's The Night no less. if there was one album in rock and roll history that I would go back in time to be around in the studio - that would be it

/Welcome to Miami Beach. Everything is cheaper than it looks...

He also plays on the DVD of Neil live in Berlin, with Bruce Palmer on bass....


You guys probably know all or most of this, but here is an interesting little article I've saved about the making of Tonight's the Night. I'm sure there are better ones, but it's a pretty good read, for whatever that's worth.
It's nice to meet others who appreciate this album, in all its alcoholic, grief-driven honesty.
 
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