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best guitar for indie-rock

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by nmcintyre2, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. nmcintyre2

    nmcintyre2 TDPRI Member

    Mar 1, 2013
    my current setup is a Fender Baja telecaster, boss me 70 multi effects and a Fender pro junior. I have about £400-500 to spend on a new guitar. i'm looking with something with p90's or humbuckers to go with the single coils in my tele. I play songs by bands like The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys and the Vaccines. Can you suggest some guitars for me to look at? thanks in advance.

  2. KevinB

    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 4, 2007
    New Jersey
    PRS SE Soapbar...

    Reverend Club King...

    Or maybe even a Gibson Tribute :eek: ...

    There are lots and lots to choose from. Go try as many as you can.

  3. iheartreverb

    iheartreverb Tele-Meister

    Sep 30, 2012

  4. ReaL Madras

    ReaL Madras Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 8, 2012
    Hagstrom Viking Deluxe?

  5. superjay

    superjay Tele-Meister

    Feb 20, 2008
    Fender Jazzmaster or Jaguar or what about the Fender Starcaster.

  6. gitlvr

    gitlvr Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2008
    Northern Va.

  7. Jimclarke100

    Jimclarke100 Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 8, 2009
    Horsham, UK
    Oh dear: I've just got real bad gas for that Reverend Club King...

  8. simonsp

    simonsp Friend of Leo's

    Jan 13, 2013
    Les Paul Jnr doublecut with P90?

  9. Jimclarke100

    Jimclarke100 Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 8, 2009
    Horsham, UK
    Being in the UK, in your price range definitely try a Gordon Smith GS-1. They're a bit like a Les Paul junior, but with a tapped humbucker. They are absolutely cracking working players guitars - sound great and play great and are built like the proverbial brick outhouse.

    Also can be had with a P90 for a bit more, but still in your price range, or if you can stretch a bit higher, you can get the GS1.5 with a single coil in the neck, or the GS2 with twin humbuckers.

  10. Fearnot

    Fearnot Friend of Leo's

    Jan 17, 2010
    Decatur, GA
    I have no idea what an 'indie rock guitar' sounds like.

  11. bigmuff113

    bigmuff113 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 22, 2012
    San Antonio tx
    The Fender Starcaster

  12. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    I'm in the same boat, but for CCM.

  13. Chris Browne

    Chris Browne Tele-Holic

    Apr 29, 2003
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Equating a style of music with a make and model of guitar is a mistake in my opinion.

  14. joeford

    joeford Friend of Leo's

    Apr 17, 2013
    st. louis, illinois
    indie rock is a pretty broad genre to nail to one guitar. the roots of indie rock... bands like braid, fugazi, cursive, cap'n jazz... all seemed to play an SG though. modern indie bands seem to heavily favor the fender offsets. and it's definitely something a tele could handle with ease

    for more suggestions, check out the hipster guitar thread :p

  15. smallstoner

    smallstoner Tele-Meister

    Nov 11, 2011
    buffalo, ny
    They do like the Jags and JMs, those hipster types.

    Basically, it's anything that looks cool and is playable.

  16. bob1234

    bob1234 Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 22, 2013
    "what guitar should I play?"


    God I hate this question lol. Play what YOU want. If its a guitar that works in your style, go for it. "indie rock" even has no bearing, as theres tons of subgenres associated with this. Strats, les pauls, jags, teles, anything made of wood with 6 strings and pickups you like...

  17. lineboat

    lineboat Friend of Leo's

    Aug 6, 2012
    I recently acquired a Jazzmaster, and I love it. It's close to P90 sound, and I can get more of my favored tones than with any guitar I have. It feels and sounds great.

  18. iheartreverb

    iheartreverb Tele-Meister

    Sep 30, 2012
    It depends how big of a step you want to make with this second guitar (in terms of tone)

    Arctic Monkeys used strats, tele's and jazzmasters for the majority of their back catalogue before recently moving to various hollow bodies (Jamie) and a Les Paul (Alex)

    Johnny Marr is a notorious single coil user. Jaguars, tele, strats. Although there is les Paul's, 335's and Gretsch in there too.

    Vaccines use a Danelectro (Justin) and a strat (Freddie?). Freddie's signature it's hanging around somewhere and is an airline type (like Jack whites).

    Bottom line in your tele can handle times for all of these bands already. A jazzmaster would be without a doubt be a fantastic addition to your set up but in reality a humbucker will give you a bigger tonal difference and probably sounds more similar to the bands you like that your tele can't reach.

    A keys Paul or SG would defiantly do the job although a starcaster (as suggested by someone else) would be a great middle ground between the two.

    Hope this helps

  19. kromanomo

    kromanomo Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NYC
    Jazzmasters and Les Paul Specials.

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