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Kevin Fix


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Post Posted 26 Sep 2017 3:37 pm     Reply with quote

How many of us play without shoes? I play in my white tube socks. Sometimes a shoe on the right but never the left. It has always been a conversation piece. I know people that will come up to me and say, "You are the guy that plays bare foot"!! Interesting topic!!!
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Edward Rhea


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Post Posted 26 Sep 2017 3:52 pm     Reply with quote

Yep!
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Rich Upright


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Post Posted 26 Sep 2017 6:01 pm     Reply with quote

I've been doing it for 35 years; onstage & off. I wear black socks so it's not noticeable. When I DO play in shoes, it's always sneakers. Never wear boots onstage.
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Bob Carlucci


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Post Posted 27 Sep 2017 3:46 am     Reply with quote

I have played in socks or very thin light deer hide sole moccasins for 41 years.. Simply cannot play in shoes... bob
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Ian Rae


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Post Posted 27 Sep 2017 4:37 am     Reply with quote

I would love to able to go to the guitar with nothing on my feet, but they are way too sensitive Whoa!
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Jack Stoner


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Post Posted 27 Sep 2017 5:15 am     Reply with quote

I never could pedal in socks. Always had to have shoes. More so now that I have peripheral nerve damage (neuropathy from chemo). I can wear any type of shoes, not limited like some.
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Dale Rottacker


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Post Posted 27 Sep 2017 5:42 am     Reply with quote

I’ve done it, but sure don’t do it for long... Tender-foot Sad Laughing Laughing
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Greg Lambert


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Post Posted 27 Sep 2017 7:12 am     Reply with quote

When I first started I played with no shoes. I dont anymore. It just takes time to get used to shoes , especially when you get new shoes.
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David Cubbedge


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Toledo,Ohio, USA
Post Posted 27 Sep 2017 8:25 am     Reply with quote

My feet are too sensitive I guess. I prefer my Nike's or a pair of soft loafers. Tried, no go!
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Richard Sinkler


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Post Posted 27 Sep 2017 9:22 am     Reply with quote

Cowboy boots or tennis shoes for me. Although, I do occasionally play a little if I am just passing my guitar. I don't have good control of my pedals and it starts to hurt. But, to each his own.
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mike nolan


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Post Posted 27 Sep 2017 2:05 pm     Reply with quote

I used to play in socks, and couldn't play in shoes. I learned that way because I had a guitar that was too short for me to play with shoes on... then it became a habit. I played a run of gigs at a New York club, where the stage was often soaked with spilled beer, and god knows what else, which made the decision to make a commitment to shoes a whole lot easier. For a long time I was really picky about shoes, and could only play in certain types. I overcame that by having several pairs of different shoes in the practice room, and used different ones at random I can play in anything now.
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Tim Heidner


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Port Arthur, TX
Post Posted 27 Sep 2017 2:15 pm     Reply with quote

2 socks on the left foot, shoe on the right.
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Danny Letz


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Post Posted 27 Sep 2017 2:36 pm     Reply with quote

Ricky Davis might know something about this.
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Ricky Davis


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Post Posted 27 Sep 2017 3:18 pm     Reply with quote

Yeah; I transitioned from boots to tennis shoes to Vans to moccasins; then showed up to a gig without any of them and ended up playing in my socks and it was the most pleasurable situation in feeling the pedals actually pulling the strings...what a connection that was; and been playing like that now for 10 years-ish(yes I do play wide waffle Sho~Bud pedals; as narrow and sharp feeling pedals would hurt..ha.).
Only person I ever knew that ONLY played in socks was Dicky Overbey.
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mike nolan


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Post Posted 27 Sep 2017 5:30 pm     Reply with quote

Don't get me wrong, I really do like to play in socks, and especially on the Wide Sho~Bud pedals... Ricky knows the ones I'm talking about....
But I'm glad that I have the choice not to ,on a stage awash in stale beer, and the gore left over from a human sacrifice performed onstage by the opening act Laughing
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Kevin Fix


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Michigan, USA
Post Posted 27 Sep 2017 6:25 pm     No Shoe Players? Reply with quote

Hey Ricky, I play Sho Buds with the narrow pedals. (Super Pro). I added return springs to the changer. I have a Mullen Discovery that I added the bracket and return springs on it also. Mike set me up with them. I called him and told him I was a barefoot player and he told me, "I can fix your problem". Two days latter they were in my mail box. 35 years playing barefoot. I can feel the strings when they pull. I tried shoes years ago. Could not feel what I wanted to.
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Leo Grassl


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Nashville TN
Post Posted 27 Sep 2017 6:29 pm     Reply with quote

I had a similar experience as Ricky Davis. Started in big shoes worked down to moccasins and eventually tried socks and loved it. I've tried switching back to shoes even giving it a few weeks but there really is something about feeling the pedal move the string, as Ricky said that rings true for me as well. The only time it's been a problem is playing early spring or late fall outdoor gigs where my feet have been freezing making it an unpleasant experience.
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Ed Boyd


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Illinois, USA
Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 6:02 am     Reply with quote

I tried playing in socks around the house and it hurts.
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Kevin Barber


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Marianna, Florida, USA
Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 10:02 am     Reply with quote

Rich Upright wrote:
I've been doing it for 35 years; onstage & off. I wear black socks so it's not noticeable.


EXACTLY!! I'm right there with you Rich, I've tried playing in different kinds of shoes, but I always go back to playing with my left shoe or boot off, with the black sock, of course.
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Jerry Van Hoose


Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 1:00 pm     Reply with quote

Whenever possible, it's socks only. Very Happy However, if the venue requires shoes or boots, I'm ok with that too.
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Tim Heidner


From:
Port Arthur, TX
Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 1:37 pm     Reply with quote

Ed Boyd wrote:
I tried playing in socks around the house and it hurts.
That's why I double up.
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Kevin Fix


From:
Michigan, USA
Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 5:29 pm     No Shoes Reply with quote

I use two socks on my left foot. When it is cold out, no problem. I bring a heating pad with me and put it under my left foot. Plugs into the power strip on my Walker Seat. I live in Michigan and have played in mid November in CarHarts!!!
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post Posted 29 Sep 2017 2:03 am     Reply with quote

I'm curious. Do you barefoot players play a lot of C6 or double neck guitars with 7 or 8 pedals?
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Chris Sattler


From:
Camden, Australia
Post Posted 29 Sep 2017 2:55 am     Reply with quote

I love to play barefoot. 81 Zum 8 x 7. I just don't get how it hurts the feet at all. It gives one a sense of touch and feel. I kick my shoes off and play in socks if I go out. BUT it is a lot warmer in my part of the world for most of the year.

Yes I play lots of C6
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Stu Schulman


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Ulster Park New Yawk
Post Posted 29 Sep 2017 12:52 pm     Reply with quote

Dan Tyack plays in socks!!
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