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professional musicians playing inexpensive instruments

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

  1. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 2, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Ah but both of those aren't cheap guitars, back then Epiphone wasn't the cheap subdevision of Gibson it is now.

    Both his Casino and his Texan were proper Gibson made guitars and commanded the same prices as their Gibson branded sisters, the ES 330 and the J-45.
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  2. christhee68

    christhee68 Friend of Leo's

    Aug 1, 2011
    south carolina
    And before that, Epiphone was a major competitor of Gibson's. They came right at Gibson and their slogan of "Only a Gibson is Good Enough" by making their slogan "When Good Enough isn't Good Enough."

  3. edvard

    edvard Tele-Holic

    May 15, 2016
    Bremerton, WA
    Robert Smith from the Cure used a Woolworth Top 20 guitar on 4 songs of their first album. The producer made him buy a "real" guitar - a Jazzmaster. But he stuck one of the Top 20's pickups on the JM just to mess with everybody. Apparently, it's been there ever since.

    I 'sort of' inherited a WW Top 20 from my grandfather (I borrowed it from him to learn on and he passed away before I could give it back). I remember it being almost unplayable for the rank beginner I was, but he could play almost anything from Roy Clark to Johnny Cash to Dick Dale and around the block back again on that blasted thing. My mother still has it stashed away somewhere, and my grandmother let me keep his '53 Fender Deluxe.
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  4. Tele Slacker

    Tele Slacker TDPRI Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    Aynor, S.C.
    I didn't see Jack Pearson, and his love for a cheap squier Strat. If I missed it in the thread, I apologize. Jack is the epitome of tone, taste, and - for me - ENVY. If it's good enough for Jack... !

    He's all over YouTube playing his squier ( I *think* he originally bought for child/niece/nephew). I always think about Jack when I'm jonesing for high dollar guitars - he's saved me beaucoup $ !!!
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  5. Coldacre

    Coldacre Tele-Meister

    Jan 5, 2009
    Kevin Parker of Tame Impala has been playing a Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster live


  6. xafinity

    xafinity Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Dec 24, 2015
    my Mom's basement
    And his favorite stage and recording amp, a gigantic Princton Reverb!
    Not many know who he is because the 100s of recordings done at Muscle Shoals never really said much about the white studio players who made the R&B stars sound good.

  7. Del Pickup

    Del Pickup Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 24, 2008
    New Zealand
    It could be argued that Clapton's Blackie was essentially a cheap instrument - made from the best bits of various strats he'd picked up for about $100 each...

  8. Mr. Pocket

    Mr. Pocket Former Member

    Dec 28, 2006
    Tony Scherr plays a Johnson guitar


  9. RLee77

    RLee77 Friend of Leo's

    May 15, 2016
    Silicon Valley
    Gary Clark Jr. and his Epiphone Casino

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  10. Jumbotronic

    Jumbotronic Tele-Meister

    Aug 1, 2016
    New York
    G. Love plays some real cheapies. I haven't been keeping up with his career since I saw him after the third album came out and it was terrible, but I saw him a few times in the mid-90's and he got great blues tone out of these no-name Italian guitars.

  11. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    I'm a big Jack Pearson fan. Check him out on the Gregg Allman tribute DVD, "All My Friends." The people he's backing often turn around and look at him like, "Who the bleep is that guy?"

    Gigantic Princeton Reverb? Were you talking about Jack Pearson or someone else? Jack uses a Signature model VVT amp most of the time.

  12. ceevee

    ceevee NEW MEMBER!

    Jun 5, 2014
    I was surprised to see Peter Frampton playing an old Tacoma acoustic for all but the first song on his NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Tacoma enters at 3:07:

  13. cake1979

    cake1979 TDPRI Member

    Jan 14, 2014
    Kentucky's North Shore
    With inflation, those $100 Strats would cost about $620 today, which would get you a used American Strat. Plus, I think he bought like six of them at once, so he dropped the equivalent of about $3300 on guitars at once.

    I wouldn't call him a lover of cheap guitars so much as I would call him a frugal shopper!

  14. Wrighty

    Wrighty Tele-Holic

    Aug 17, 2013
    Essex UK
    That Gallagher chap in Oasis used Epis for years

  15. Tonetele

    Tonetele Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2009
    South Australia
    I had a Texan back then and our main guitarist had a kind of John Lennon Casino with mini humbuckers. Epiphones were possibly better guitars than Gibsons of the time. Many of the staff moved to Nashville after Gibson bought them out.

  16. Tonetele

    Tonetele Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2009
    South Australia
    JJ Cale used Danelectro's andTocama acoustics.

  17. Hippieway

    Hippieway Tele-Holic

    Mar 15, 2009
    Sometimes perhaps we tend to think that because a person is a professional musician that they can afford any guitar they want, when in fact they may not have anymore money than I have (which ain't much).
    There is also the consideration of touring where rough handling and theft are real dangers with high end instruments or really any instrument.

  18. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 2, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Which is also why people like for example Ace Frehley tour playing his modern day Gibson Signature models because his originals having become too valuable to take on tour.

    Ace holding his 1959 burst, which is a guitar that he keeps at home.

  19. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 2, 2003
    The Netherlands
    To get back on topic. Zita swoon singer Stef Kamil Carlens played a very well trashed plywood Washburn bass as his main instrument for years and to show you just how well he regarded that thing, his BACK UP was a five string Pedulla.

    He also plays a weird eastern, probably a Czech made hollow body bass.

    And when playing guitar, he favors Epiphone made Firebirds.

  20. k tone

    k tone Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 29, 2008
    These guys have been on continuous play in my car and at home for awhile now. I paid $60 for a plywood Bullet just like that but mine has all three pickups!


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