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professional musicians playing inexpensive instruments

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Alex W, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. Alex W

    Alex W Friend of Leo's

    I often marvel these days at the great guitars that are out there that don't cost much. I thought it would be worthwhile to post some videos of professional musicians playing such inexpensive guitars. Here's one from the Posies doing an on-air performance at a radio station, with guitarist Ken Stringfellow playing an Gretecsh Electromatic Pro Jet.


  2. jkingma

    jkingma Super Moderator Staff Member

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    David Lindley comes to mind...


  3. spayne99

    spayne99 Tele-Holic

    Mar 17, 2010
    Jay Farrar (Son Volt) plays an Electromatic Gretsch and an Epiphone Special II on tour. The band had a bunch of vintage gear stolen from their van in the 90's so that's probably why.

  4. Jeff_K

    Jeff_K Friend of Leo's

    Aug 14, 2009
    Katy, TX for a list of almost anyone's gear. The guy who comes to mind for me is Jack White...mostly because HE talks like he plays crap guitars. His gear list begs to differ. Even those Monkey Ward guitars are probably not cheap NOW as they probably were in the '60s. But what is "inexpensive"? Is a $600 Gretsch inexpensive? Not in my opinion, but compared to a $3000 La Cabronita, sure.

  5. tcadam

    tcadam Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 12, 2007
    I believe Jeff Healey played a Squier Strat.
    RoyBGood and badfish_lewis like this.

  6. mrmorrison

    mrmorrison Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 7, 2008
    Jack White plays an Airline.


  7. Breezecookie

    Breezecookie Tele-Meister

    Jul 24, 2009
    Shelby, NC
    Nick Curran is one of my favorite players, and he loves playing cheap guitars. He liked to play ugly pointy 80's guitars when he toured with The Fabulous Thunderbirds just to cheese off the blues purists. Here's a video of him playing an SX (!):

  8. Breezecookie

    Breezecookie Tele-Meister

    Jul 24, 2009
    Shelby, NC
    The legendary bluesman Junior Kimbrough played some pretty awful guitars.

    (Fixed, thanks to Tuuur!)

  9. tuuur

    tuuur Friend of Leo's

    Nov 12, 2006
    the Netherlands
    Fixed it for ya. Just paste the lm06GowX3gU part in between YOUTUBE tags.

  10. Breezecookie

    Breezecookie Tele-Meister

    Jul 24, 2009
    Shelby, NC
    You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar!!

  11. Mike Bruce

    Mike Bruce Friend of Leo's

    Apr 8, 2008
    Jimmy Page's Danelectro and Harmony.


  12. FMA

    FMA Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 29, 2003
    Chuck Prophet's main guitar, for years, has been a Squier Tele.

    Not long ago, I saw the Flatlanders and their lead guitar player played an Epiphone Les Paul Special with p90s. Sounded great, but then, the guy was pretty good.

  13. chillman

    chillman Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 6, 2009
    A TON of popular indie rock bands out there today are playing Epi Dots, Sheratons, and Casinos.

  14. TaylorPlayer

    TaylorPlayer Tele-Afflicted

    JJ Cale and Elvis Costello play Danelectro's I think....

    Look at most old Blues guys and they were playing Kay, Harmony, Silvertone and the like because they couldn't afford a Gibson.

  15. electricjr

    electricjr Tele-Holic

    Jan 9, 2010
    woodstock, ny
    This guy- but the current production tribute to this early parts mongrel will cost about 10 times what Ed put into it.

    Attached Files:

  16. yark14

    yark14 Friend of Leo's

    Aug 2, 2008
    Austin, TX. Formerly Iowa
    Jackson Browne often plays a Teisco.


  17. Doug 54

    Doug 54 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Dec 12, 2004
    Great thread topic!

    Mark Knopfler played a Fernandes Strat copy at times in the 80's, although it had a going over by John Suhr

  18. elihu

    elihu Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 24, 2009
    When I think of cheap guitars I think of Hound Dog Taylor and the cheap Japanese guitars he used.

    Jkingma-that Supro Dave Lindley is holding in the last photo ain't cheap no more. ;)

  19. dmarg1045

    dmarg1045 Friend of Leo's

    Oct 28, 2006
    Prince has played a Hohner Tele-style for years.

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