What guitar does my collection need?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Bluego1, Oct 10, 2018.


    LOSTVENTURE Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 13, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    What type of music are you playing? From your current selections it sounds like you prefer a little distortion, or more, in your sound.
    If that's the case, you need to sit down with a P90 loaded guitar. Or something along the HH or HSH configuration. Since I play everything pretty clean, that's all the help I can offer.
    But if it's CLEAN you want, we need to discuss single coils. Think Strat, Tele, Jazzmaster, etc.
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  2. bftfender

    bftfender Friend of Leo's

    Dec 21, 2017
    York PA
    Gibson Firebird- mini hums
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  3. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI

    +1 SSS Strat (MIM)
    +1 SG (Epiphone G-400)

    I had come across this video and I ended up getting an Epi Special LP Junior ($15 and I put $30 into it, also a fret level but I do those) shortly after seeing this. This guitar is a lot of fun. It also taught me to play better. I learned what the volume and tone knobs are for. I also figured out how the screw poles on a pickup can alter the tone.


    Then look into P90 guitars. This one is my PRS SE. You can combine the previous one with this diversion if you can find a guitar called "PRS SE One" -- a single bridge P90.


    One thing to note. You can get blank pickguards made up for your Pacifica and install different flavors of pickups and controls then swap loaded pickguards. Putting in P90s will require body routing but that's an option. I have this Strat-like-object worked up this way, a plug system and extra carving so I can swap without tools and without detuning srings. It can do Strat, P90, HH, and twang like a Tele -- the guitar sounds like whatever loaded pickguard is in it (which taught me to see the cult of wood hype for the marketing plan that it is, and wonder why they push that and not the craftspeople they have that their competitors do not have).


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  4. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    OP, this is purely personal taste. I can tell you what I'd do, but I doubt that helps.

    As one late-starter to another, I recommend not spending too much (keep the guitars to under $750 apiece) for the first few years, until you're really sure what you like. When you're ready, you'll know precisely what you want, and you won't be asking us.

    Also, I recommend when that time comes, to spend the very most you can afford, to get the guitars you really want. It's cheaper in the long run, and much more enjoyable.

    For now, get an acoustic.
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  5. AngelDeville

    AngelDeville Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Dec 27, 2007
  6. Bluego1

    Bluego1 Tele-Meister

    Aug 3, 2018
    I’m just experimenting with various songs I like, while actually doing structured learning at the same time. I’ve been utilizing distortion because it’s the novelty for me as of now. Trying to sound like AC/DC, UFO, Rainbow, etc., but lots of other stuff, too. Working on Shambala (three dog night) right now. It’s all coming fairly easy to me because of the musical library in my head. Never played an instrument until recently but I have so much music memorized that i just need to learn how to make the notes and then I can put them together into song myself. Starting to play a little Merle on the tele. I’m not aware of a Merle Haggard song that I can’t sing verbatim, both words and notes. I’m weird, I know.
  7. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

    Sep 4, 2008
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Hey man, I wasn't trying to stop ya from buying stuff! Just that a LOT of new players fall into the trap of thinking it's all about the gear when making music really just isn't. But until you find the gear for you, you have to go on the gear quest. Enjoy it if you can afford it! I like teles, I like P90s, I like acoustics with spruce tops and 1.75 nuts and .012 Martin SP strings, I like strat neck pickups but I don't like tremolos or other things about strats - I have my preferences that I developed mostly by doing the gear quest thing. I thought for sure I would be a Rickenbacker guy, until I almost bought one and hated it. Don't think that anybody else can tell you in an internet post what gear will work for you. You have to try stuff.
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  8. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 16, 2005
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Here's what I think you need to fill in the gaps in your collection:

    1) good acoustic
    2) Fender P or Jazz bass
    3) Gibson LP Jr. single P-90
    4) Gibson ES-335
    5) Gibson ES-330 or Epiphone Casino
    6) Fender SSS or SSH Strat
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  9. Ebidis

    Ebidis Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 27, 2016
    I'd say you need a Strat.
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  10. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 30, 2011
    I'd say you "need" a flat-topped Les Paul with P90's or an SG with P90's, and a regular SSS Strat style guitar...and to generally condense several of the lower end guitars there into a single nicer quality guitar.

    If that collection dropped into my lap, I would sell the Dean, the Ibanez, and the Jackson, convert the Yamaha to SSS, and get an SG Special with P90's. I'd end up with a basic standard Strat setup, basic Standard Tele setup (aside from the fact that it has the Baja switching), a Les Paul with humbuckers, and an SG with P90's. That's every electric rock guitarist's basic arsenal IMO. A Strat, a Tele, a Les Paul and an SG (one of the last two with P90's, and one with humbuckers).
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  11. dogmeat

    dogmeat Tele-Holic

    Oct 12, 2017
    Godin guitars. I have several in my collection. made in Canada with Duncan or Dimarzio(etc) pups, Schaller/Grover etc, first class workmanship, 1/2 the price of a similarly appointed Gibson. do some research, ask around. Godin rocks
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  12. VintageSG

    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 31, 2016
    You've got UFO and AC/DC covered with the twin humbucker guitar. Michael used to play an LP until he got hold of Rudy's V, heck, there's even footage of Michael playing a black LP. An SG covers many bases too, if you're that way inclined. Rock Bottom sounds fine on an SG.

    Amps is where it's at. Oh, and Danelectros. You already have most bases covered, but you need a Danelectro. Just trust me on this. Everyone needs a Dano!.
    Ampwise, get a Champ. Single pre-amp valve feeding a single 6V6 is tone heaven, and work the controls on the guitar. Add another, more complex amp, and another. Amps breed. So do cabs. Be warned. Never leave two amps alone in the same room.
    Most of Michaels ( and Angus too ) sound comes from driving the bejonkers out of the amp, not pedals. If you go see Michael, you'd be surprised just how small his pedal board is. His sound is a Marshall cranked way up. Watch how he manipulates the guitar controls.
    Good luck with your hunt and buy whatever makes you happy.
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  13. Mr Scallywag

    Mr Scallywag Tele-Holic

    Apr 15, 2016
  14. AAT65

    AAT65 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    I’d second the recommendation to add a bass to the herd. I think every guitarist should own and play a bass — it’s a good different perspective on the music.
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  15. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 27, 2011
    Parts Unknown
    ”What guitar does my collection need?”

    One of the guitars I’m about to sell you
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  16. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Friend of Leo's

    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    Just a suggestion - but one of these (Duesenberg Starplayer TV):


    Okay, I've got one and it's my favourite guitar by a mile. P90 (neck), vintage HB (bridge). Centre block / semi-acoustic and will do stellar cleans as well as grungy rock.

    The build quality is the best I've ever seen. Oh, and it is (IMO) beautiful to look at.
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  17. cc50fralin

    cc50fralin Tele-Meister

    Sep 5, 2018
    Queens, NY
    Excellent advice, tfarny! ;)

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  18. Bluego1

    Bluego1 Tele-Meister

    Aug 3, 2018
    Really, the Jackson? That’s my second most expensive guitar, and for good reason. That’s my JB/59 combo and just really solidly built. I will say I play it less than the others but only because I’m still basically sitting while I play and you have to put that v over your leg and play sort of classical style, with the neck up in the air. I basically play simple power chords on it, and it roars. Besides, I like having a V as part of the collection. Some of my favorite guitarists played Vs, though not necessarily a Jackson. And I do think there’s a certain aesthetic aspect to a collection, at least for me. And that beeyotch is hot;).
    I like the sss idea for the Pacifica. The Ibanez is sort of an SG knockoff; at least it’s shaped like one;). I don’t know if you saw what I posted in another thread, but I changed out all the electronics and installed a Dimarzio distortion in the bridge and an Air Norton in the neck. Put in push/pull pots since those pups are coil splitting, though that humbucker roar is obviously their strength and what I’ll mostly utilize them for.
    I do need to get something with P90s, like so many have said.
  19. Bluego1

    Bluego1 Tele-Meister

    Aug 3, 2018
    Yep, but I would add that I really wasn’t striving for different woods (though I know I mentioned it in the op). I’ve been more oriented toward different pickups and variations of shape and style. I’m well aware of the arguments over whether woods affect tone, etc. and I’m not skilled enough in the ear yet to make that determination so in the meantime I’ll just play:).
  20. Straydogger

    Straydogger Tele-Meister

    Mar 26, 2017
    Western Pa.
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