What's the strangest thing you've ever done to achieve a certain sound or effect?


This funny picture was posted on the CBN Facebook page this afternoon. It had a fan near/against an amp, with the caption, "Budget Tremolo." I found an unrelated video on YouTube, demonstrating this.

We know that certain gear, effects, etc can get expensive. My question is, what's the strangest thing you've ever done to achieve a certain sound of effect? I've even heard of folks shaking their guitars, and even the fake whammy bar.

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I'm an Old Man, 63 is creeping up, never made it to Woodstock stuck in traffic. I remember, strange, thing I did. Before karaoke was invented I got up and played Honky Tonk Women as it played over PA, mid 70's, on guitar! Wish I had Keith Richards licks down! Was told I sounded good!

Bray to a pack of donkeys in the middle of the desert. We made good music together!

Hi, this is not a practical approach, but.......I just drove interstate, 3000km, and on the way I stopped overnight in a 150 year old stone cottage. I got my 3 stringer out and the sound was fantastic, so much louder and clearer. That experience cost $99 for the night. Stone walls stone floor, the way to go.
Cheers Taff
There's an amphitheater in my hometown, on a mountain. I'd love to go there and play.
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Every time I get that sweet tone or sound, it's almost impossible to replicate again. Back in 1980, shipmates were making a recording in the barracks and we found a good acoustic spot in a stairwell. We recorded it and took off for a Nashville radio station contest had to be in by midnight. We found it after 1AM and the guy opened the back door and was going to go ahead and take our recording until he noticed it was on the wrong format. We were sure we had the winner and it was a huge upset. So on the way home we stopped by Grace land and stared through the iron gates talking to the guard. Stairwells are actually good acoustics. 

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