We asked to see your best bargain gear finds in the Bottom Feeder world—and what a wonderful world it is! Here are some of the cheap and unique instruments Premier Guitar readers are wheelin’ and dealin’ around the world.

Mike Batke scored this early-’70s Dallas Arbiter L100 4x12 Sound City Amplifier from a friend who got it from his music professor. “Despite slight cosmetic damage, it’s in beautiful condition for its age,” he says. “It was loaded with Fane speakers, but due to moisture damage to the cones, they pretty much disintegrated when I played through the cabinet. It currently holds two Celestion Vintage 30s and two Anniversary Edition G12H speakers.” (Batke says he’s re-coning the Fanes.) “Why is it budget gear?” he asks. “Because I spent $0 to get it. It was a belated birthday gift from my friend many, many moons ago.”

There’s way more than blues-rock fodder buried in the crevices of the most overused scale in music.

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Intermediate

  • Explain how chords are generated from scales.
  • Create unusual harmonies, chord progressions, bass lines, and melodies using the blues scale.
  • Demonstrate how music theory and musical intuition can coalesce to create unique sounds from traditional materials.
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Last updated on May 21, 2022

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