Miscellaneous Rumbles

What would you get?

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Still a year away but thought I’d ask the question......

I turn 50 next year (who stole the past 30 years?)

It’s a good reason as any to consider a new guitar.... I already have G5220 Thoughts are 1) Epi Les Paul (can’t justify a Gibson) 2) Tele 3) Streamliner

Or something not even considered.

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There are sooooooooo many options for electric.

Gibson Les Paul Standard--justify it!

Gibson SG

Rickenbacker 330/360

Reverend Club King/Buckshot

Italia Rimini

I could go on...

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Sometimes, well most of the time, I prefer that big ole hollow body vibe against my torso when I'm laying down some loud ass rock and others, a solid body works just fine. I guess it's a preference to other things that are inherit to hollow vs solid plank not just the total reverberation of the instrument but I like having a massive Gretsch in my hands. Les Paul = heavy but yes, classic tones. Stat/Tele = Doesn't everyone have one of these?

I'll be 56 in December so I'm a bit ahead of you on age but what are you playing and do you plan on playing Live?

In theory, you should have one of each.

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I believe that every guitarist should own at least one Tele.

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"Stat/Tele = Doesn't everyone have one of these?"

"I believe that every guitarist should own at least one Tele"

Not for me. Don't like the feel of small- bodied guitars as I play seated essentially all the time. For me, large bodied guitars are just more comfortable to hold and to play fingerstyle. My time is split between electric hollowbodies and acoustics.

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I believe that every guitarist should own at least one Tele.

– beatbyrd

Beatbyrd stole the words out of my mouth.

A Tele, in any configuration, is a good thing.

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I think it helps to have something you love and "have always wanted". Then it's useful to have something which is an alternative to what you already have - so if you have a guitar which twangs, get one which rocks more - you get the idea. But it's only worthwhile if you will play it.

Some folks will say things like "every guitarist should own at least one Tele" and to a degree that is (possibly!) true but I don't have a Tele right now and don't miss it at all. I love a good Tele but I'm just not a huge Fender player - they don't suit how I play. I have a great Strat and that does the Fender thing for me. I love playing it but after a while I want something bigger sounding.

Like Suprdave I love the feel of a hollowbody guitar, especially when you can turn it up a little. But you already have one of those. If you still like hollowbodies then something like a casino or 330 provide a useful alternative sound - if they were good enough for the Beatles they're good enough for me! They can rock hard too. They bite in a very different way from a Gretsch.

I find a 335 to be extremely comfortable to play either standing or sitting on a sofa. They're quieter acoustically than my 6120 so I can play a 335 unplugged on my sofa at night when everyone else has gone to bed. And they are a very expressive guitar, responding in a different way than a Gretsch.

It's all up to you. Is there a guitar you have always wanted? A sound in a song you have always loved? Most of the guitars I have bought have come from chasing a sound. That's how I got into Gretsch.

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Well, in the vein of...everyone should own a Tele...I feel the same way about a Gretsch. Pick your flavor, of course.

I do have a Tele but it's been out on loan for a couple of years and I don't miss it either.

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I've been in recording mode for the last couple of years and I've found 3 styles of electric guitars I've used the most.

  • Fender Stratocaster - The "everyone needs a Telecaster" saying for me is more like "everyone needs a Fender". There really isn't that much difference tonally between a Telecaster and a Stratocaster in their build. However, my Strat has a TV Jones Power'Tron in the bridge position which has turned into my go-to lead guitar. It also has a great quack in the 4th position which has also made my Strat my go-to funk and blues guitar too. When I owned a Telecaster I mostly used the bridge pickup or bridge and neck blend. I barely ever used the neck pickup by itself. My Strat covers a huge range of sonic territory that my Tele did not.

  • A big hollow body - This could be a Gretsch but mine happens to be an Epiphone Casino with Gibson P90s. Hollow body guitars have a full range of highs and lows with an airy mid range that sound glorious most of the time.

  • A Gretsch - My DSV Duo Jet with Gretsch Dynasonics is the only guitar that has been used on every song I've recorded. It sounds great by itself and because of it's focus on clear, articulate mids it is the perfect guitar to blend with other guitars.

Edit - I've thought about this more and also feel there is room for a Gibson Les Paul or something similar with standard sounding humbuckers if the style of music you are playing calls for it. Sometimes that big, fat, warm and cozy blanket sound is exactly what is needed.

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I was thinking the very same thing myself,i'll be 50 next year too. It'll probably be a Gretsch if i do it,which model is still up for debate.

Maybe a Gibson ES295,i've wanted one since i was a teen,or maybe an ES345 in cherry red. I haven't owned a Les Paul in 21 years,it was a 93 Standard in Cherry Sunburst,so maybe a P-90 Gold Top this time.

Quite fancy a Fireglo Rickenbacker 1993/12 Plus or a 381V69.

Or maybe just something from 1970 ,but that's going to take some researching,and could be over budget.

This is all assuming i even have a budget in a year and a half's time!

But tomorrow is promised to no one so,best not to look that far down the road yet ,eh..

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Since you're celebrating getting older...

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Guys. Thanks for the responses My skills aren’t that great and couldn’t justify the cost of a Gibson. I am leaning towards a hollow body. Listening to a lot of Joe Bonamassa, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Chris Stapleton. Maybe an Epi 335. Next step work on the Mrs - “Yes I really do need it.”

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I was thinking the very same thing myself,i'll be 50 next year too. It'll probably be a Gretsch if i do it,which model is still up for debate.

Maybe a Gibson ES295,i've wanted one since i was a teen,or maybe an ES345 in cherry red. I haven't owned a Les Paul in 21 years,it was a 93 Standard in Cherry Sunburst,so maybe a P-90 Gold Top this time.

Quite fancy a Fireglo Rickenbacker 1993/12 Plus or a 381V69.

Or maybe just something from 1970 ,but that's going to take some researching,and could be over budget.

This is all assuming i even have a budget in a year and a half's time!

But tomorrow is promised to no one so,best not to look that far down the road yet ,eh..

– JCHiggy

When the time comes you me yours I’ll show you mine.

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Tele

A good acoustic.

Slab with P-90s.

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You have a thin hollowbody with (brightish) dual-coil pickups. While the 335 and the Casino are other essential thin hollowbodies, each with its own voice, they're still thin hollowbodies.

If you want maximum tonal spread in your collection, and insight into a broader range of builds - at prices you feel you can justify at your playing level - I have to weigh in for something Fender. I personally find Teles more satisfying, but they're also more revealing of technique - and more responsive to the unique physical inputs of each player. A Strat - while it's one of the two ultimate me-too guitars - is arguably easier to sound good on, quicker. Both are bright single coils on a 25.5" slab, so a new domain for you.

I contend you can't know if you like a solidbody till you've put in serious one-one-time with one. And you can get a great Tele or Strat under the Squier banner for well under 500.00 new. That's my advice.

The Epi 335 just isn't that different from your 5122. It'll sound different - and of course that's what it's all about - but if you back off the tone on your 5122 to darken it, it will be a fair approximation of the 335.

In the end, it will be about what moves you when it's time to buy. But to prepare, I'd recommend visiting a couple few music stores and playing everything you can get your hands on.

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I’ll be 57 next week. Lotsa years, lotsa guitars. A big orange 6120 is on my list (hope my wife sees this), but my butterscotch MIJ Telecaster is still my #1. And really a wide variety of neck profiles to chose from. Mine is a slim C. Do yourself a favor....

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I'll be O-L-D on my next birthday, which is just 4 months away. That's close enough.

Enough with these meandering musings, I'm buying another Tele tonight. Can you really have too many Teles?

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I got m'self a Strat for my 50th, and five years later succumbed to a long-long-LONG GAS by getting a Rickenbacker that simply did not and does not truly fit my Celtic-acoustic-meets-Buffet onstage "style melange".

But no matter, it's still a favorite.

In short- it's your Big Day, so if it's feasable, you should get what you want, because you can't always...

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Old as dirt + Tele

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As for Fenders - if it wasn't for the Strat's vibrato then yes, I would say a Tele is more fun. But I LOVE the Strat's vibrato arm. Nothing sounds as heavenly through a wall of reverb and delay as a Strat with it's wammy bar. Think Jimmy Wilsey, Hank Marvin, Dave Gilmour, Peter Koppes... That's why I have a Strat. I have only ever gigged a Strat in one band and it was possibly the most successful band I played in. Not sure if there was a connection but it sure suited that band.

I love a good Bigsby but it's not the same.

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I'll be O-L-D on my next birthday, which is just 4 months away. That's close enough.

Enough with these meandering musings, I'm buying another Tele tonight. Can you really have too many Teles?

– Proteus

Prot- You and I happen to be looking at the same number.... I start collecting discounts in Sept. You?

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Honestly I'd pop into Peach guitars and see which way the wind blew me.

I turn 50 in three years and am seriously weighing up my options at the moment I'm leaning towards having Les Paul Junior double cut in TV Yellow built by Ivison Guitars.

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Guys. Thanks for the responses My skills aren’t that great and couldn’t justify the cost of a Gibson. I am leaning towards a hollow body. Listening to a lot of Joe Bonamassa, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Chris Stapleton. Maybe an Epi 335. Next step work on the Mrs - “Yes I really do need it.”

– Sorefingers

I used to think about my skills not being good enough to justify the cost. Plenty of divers out there who can afford a waaay better ride than I can, but they suck at driving. Skills have nothing to do with it. As long as you can afford it and it makes you happy, then go for the Gibson, or better yet, a Gretsch 6xxx series. My first Gretsch, a Tennessee Rose is 16 years old and has only cost me $80.00 a year or about 22 cents a day to own. It gets cheaper all the time. YOLO


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