That's some nice gear. I personally have a 59 fender stratocastor
I think earbuds are bad mainly for the reasons stated by everyone above me.
Being in the military I have a set of in ear ear defenders for shooting and I use them when riding as they filter out the harmful frequencies. If I want music/satnav when I'm riding I use an interphone in helmet speaker system coupled with my ear defenders so I get the best of both worlds
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Massively off topic: What colour? burst or solid (A '59 - Drool!)?
From previous post, my Strat is a 2000 Eric Clapton signature "Blackie"
hardtail; the original bridge p/u was woefully weak, so I swapped out for Seymour Duncan Hot Rails. Love it! The LP is a 2014 120th Anniversary 'Classic'
S.E. (Gibson has made very few Classics
over the years). I have 'Lucky 13'guitars (some out there are probably echoing my wife: "... How many guitars can one guy play at once?
And seven amps - five being tube amps (tweed, black face and silver face). The Tele came with the classic two single coils, but after chatting with a well known musician friend, I went with Lindy Fralin Split Coil at the bridge and his version of a Gibson Firebird Mini-humbucker at the neck. I retained the original brass 'T' saddles at the bridge for true Tele twang. This change has moved the Tele from mid-pack to 1-2 or 3, depending on the night. It also has the semi-rare Fender
Bigsby with the classic script "F" instead of the Bigsby script; amazing sustain. [I wear earphones when I play, not so much to hear the band/myself, but to cancel out loud percussion & loud amps. Our drummer plays behind a plexi shield]
On topic: Having had numerous conversations with avid trackday riders, long distance touring riders, and urban strafers most if not all who did not use earplugs in the past greatly regret their inaction at the present time. Hearing loss is insidious because it accumulates exponentially over time. Some suffer from 24/7 tinnitus, usually for the remainder of their life. Not pleasant.
More off topic - this will be the last time, I promise:
Pix 1) 3-Amigos; (L-R) Carlos
, an old "catelogue guitar" from the mid '60s - solid Brazilian
back/sides(!) w/ a cedar top - fat neck, but unbelievable tone. Takamine
cutaway Dreadnought, rosewood (Indian) back/sides w/sitka spruce top - fabulous bottom end. All maple Takamine
12-string - it's a fricken canon! It has gorgeous flamed bearclaw back/sides.
Pix 2) Ibanez ArtStar from latter 70's... tone is very close copy to an ES335! Great for those Beatles songs with George & John playing Epi Sheratons/Casinos... Perfect for jangly+orchestral Tom Petty/Eagles rhythm. Or, or anything B. B.; Gary Clark, Jr. One can even get their Wes Montgomery, George Benson riffing on. I've considered selling it a number of times, just to make way for a new pretty face - then I take it out of its case and play it. No, no way in hell.
3) EC Strat & 2011 PRS Dave Navarro Signature S.E. Funny thing about the PRS, I bought it in the autumn of '11. I bought it through Sweetwater Music, they offered it in either white or black, both with gold tone hardware. I was originally gonna buy a white one because I already had my "Blackie", but my son really liked the black/gold, so that's what I bought. Turns out that the black Navarros were only offered through Sweetwater, with "less than 500 made only in '11", according to a PRS spokesperson I talked with.
Pix 4) Epi Genesis (blue flame) is a unique guitar because it was never offered in the Gibson catelogue. The James Tyler (rear L is a synth guitar - it can sound like a Guild 12-string, or a sitar, dobro, banjo, Ricky, open A tuning, etc. The Godin Richmond Dorchester (rear R) is carved out under the cap - relatively light - has a bit of a mix between a Mosrite and a Rickenbacker - fabulous neck. Comes with the Lace Alumitone humbuckers. These are truly revolutionary pickups.
Pix 5) This is a Guild Aristocrat, it was Guild's answer to the LP, except for the shape being a single cut, it does not share LP characteristics
.For starters most LPs are boat anchors⚓, weighing on average between 8-10 lbs. The Aristocrat is completely hollow, but the are no "f-holes" or other openings. Thus it weighs in at slightly over 5-lbs. The P-90 pickups are monsters! Funny thing is one can 'play' this guitar acoustically with a mike; if it is plugged in, it does a complete Jeckyll & Hyde. This, the Tele, and the Strat, and the LP are my main Armada.