What One Piece of Gear Would You Love to Have?

Community Discussion: What One Piece of Music Gear Would You Love to Have?

I’d like to do something a little different and fun this week: a community discussion topic. In the comments at the bottom of this page, I’d love for you to tell me/us:

If money & circumstances were no object, what ONE piece of music gear would you love to have, and why?

A few basic (but loose) rules:

  • Yes, you can time-travel. So if you want to go back and grab a 1940’s era Martin, go for it.
  • It’s okay if there are multiple parts that belong together like a “full Marshall stack” (head and two 4 x 12 cabs).
  • Feel free to go into great detail, if you’d like.
  • This is meant to be fun, so don’t worry too much about these rules 😀

Of course, the catch is that you only have 1 shot at this, so choose wisely. Imagine I’m some kind of music genie, and I can grant your ONE wish when it comes to music gear.

I can’t wait to hear what your dream gear is. Go!


20 replies
  1. Matt Williams
    Matt Williams says:

    I recently had the opportunity to borrow a Collings 290 – it’s a simple hardbody with P90 pickups and a fixed bridge. This particular one had an interesting unique paint finish. To my hands it felt of the same quality as a US-built PRS, but if anything a little cleaner. Hard to explain. Maybe it’s because it’s brand new – and I know this will sound stupid – the ends of the strings being visible on the bridge somehow made it look soooo nice. The thing that appealed to me was that for some reason it felt like the kind of guitar you had to learn to live up to. Felt like you’d grow into it and it could take you some place new.

  2. Bob Udell
    Bob Udell says:

    I would dearly LOVE to have a Martin D-45, the Emperor of Acoustics. I’d like an older one that has had time to age and make that unbelievable tone even better. Since it’s all a dream, I’d go for a 1939 D-45 like the one owned by Stephen Stills. Yeah, from the days before they used truss rods, but if I had one and the neck developed an issue, I’d find the cash somewhere to have Martin reset the neck. Now I’ll probably dream about it!

  3. Michael
    Michael says:

    When I was growing up in the late sixties early 70’s there was a corner Music Store, that had a Gretch White Falcon in the window. I was only a kid and had no funds to purchase a guitar like that, nor did my mom (my father past and she was raising 5 children on her own.) Everytime I see a Gretch White Falcon it always remind me of my childhood and the one in the corner music store window.

  4. Andrew
    Andrew says:

    We’re dreaming, right? Why not go for it? I’d want a ’59 Les Paul, tiger stripe top. Hey, it’s good enough for Jimmy Page.

  5. Cameron S
    Cameron S says:

    hmmmmmm after getting my stuff stolen and pawned and scatterd around texas and who knows where… the X WIFE!!!…im lucky to get any gear…I miss it!!!…IM A GUITAR PLAYER!!!…starting over sucks!!! and with the way it is now in this world… not getting any better…no wonder I’m on mental disability…and that sucks because that’s what was keeping me together…my guitar…now I have nothing…it was really like loosing a part of you…it made me colder inside…but it all goes away when you have that guitar in your hands…I miss it badly… so I guess a guitar…

  6. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    really good set of Monitors for a DAW. I am quite satisfied with all the other gear I have now,, Godin LGX3, Martin, Boss Gp-10, Boss Gt-1,Boss Looper, TC Helicon Voicelive, TC Elctronic T2 Reverb, Zoom A3

    • Guitar Answer Guy
      Guitar Answer Guy says:

      Kevin, if you’re looking for a good set of “budget” monitors, I can highly recommend the Yamaha HS8’s. Or, get the slightly smaller HS7 or HS5 if you have a smaller room/studio. I have the HS8’s, and they’re absolutely fantastic value for the money. Of course, if you have a higher budget, there are plenty of expensive, high-end monitors out there that are excellent.

  7. Ata Asheghi
    Ata Asheghi says:

    Yeah, I’m a bass player. Playing for years.

    I own the sickest 5 string Fernandes Gravity bass , active tops. And a sweet bass amp stack.

    My head is a Fender 400 Watt BXR, with a Nady power cond.

    If I were to dream of an item i would really love to have: It would just be a new head, specifically
    an “SWR AMPLITE” head. Those are so sick, the tone out of that head is just impeccable.

    I love tone. That’s it , that’s what i would go for, just that.

    Thanks Bobby! happy holidays.

    • Guitar Answer Guy
      Guitar Answer Guy says:

      Good to know! I bought a bass about 2 months ago, primarily for laying down my own bass tracks when recording. I’ve found that I really enjoy playing bass, but I’m nowhere near being a “real” bass player.

      That head looks cool–so tiny! Sounds like it packs quite a punch despite it’s small size.

  8. Dale Harper
    Dale Harper says:

    I suppose for me, it would be a Blackstar Amp. I have never actually owned a really good Amp before. For that reason, I generally play directly through the main system. The Blackstar Amps still use tube technology, which gives a beautiful, clean, rich sound that simply can’t be beat. Sometimes, I visit music stores just to play through a Blackstar. I don’t like Amps with built-in effects (except reverb), so the Blackstar Series One 200 (with 412 cabinet) would be my preference.

    • Guitar Answer Guy
      Guitar Answer Guy says:

      Very cool! Thanks for sharing Dale. Because of my living situation (neighbors), I don’t own a good amp either. Everything I do is through rack effects, headphones, and the computer. I would love to own a big ole tube amp though. Just can’t beat that sound (and feeling).

  9. Andrew Shed-em King
    Andrew Shed-em King says:

    The one piece I would purchase would be; a collection of the best stereo equipment I could find. The stuff would be tube powered and wireless as well!

    At least 80,000 would be spent on this stuff! Become a better listener, enjoy the tone and let it enhance your skills as a musician/guitar player!

    • Guitar Answer Guy
      Guitar Answer Guy says:

      Interesting reply Andrew, thanks for sharing. I agree that listening is incredibly important, especially music that’s not necessarily in the same genre you play (ex: you play rock, but listen to some EDM). It can give you great ideas for tone, phrasing, or even complete songs.


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