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What's the best guitar for recording?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by adamlovesgin, Feb 17, 2017 at 8:04 AM.

  1. adamlovesgin

    adamlovesgin Tele-Meister

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    When it comes to recording, what in your opinion is the ultimate guitar?

    You could argue the strat for it's comfort and range of sounds.

    You could argue the les Paul for it's tone without the hum.

    You could argue the tele for it's chameleon-like versatility
     
  2. ZenGuitarist

    ZenGuitarist Tele-Meister

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    All of the above, plus every other type of guitar in existence. As long as the guitar is in tune, you can make anything sound great on a recording.

    A better question to have asked would be what is the worst guitar for recording because there actually is an answer to that question - air guitar.
     
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  3. adamlovesgin

    adamlovesgin Tele-Meister

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    I've always found single coils, especially P90s to be pain with that constant buzzing.... Then again the Les Paul is a lump...
     
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  5. ZenGuitarist

    ZenGuitarist Tele-Meister

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    I'm not going to take the bait and get drawn into a debate about what guitar is the best.

    I've recorded with single coils and P90s without any problem. As for the weight of a Les Paul (mine is 11.6 lbs.), I'm always sitting down when I record so the weight of the guitar is a non-issue for me.
     
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  6. TigerG

    TigerG Tele-Meister

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    An ES-335 with Bill Lawrence L609's. Those L609's live in that magical in-between space, combining the best qualities of single-coils with the best qualities of humbuckers.
     
  7. Route67

    Route67 Tele-Meister

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    Yes, all of the above, and more for variety, D-18, D-28, etc. Studio musicians back in the day like Jimmy Page employed whatever was available. The wider the palette the greater the range of sound.
     
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  8. adamlovesgin

    adamlovesgin Tele-Meister

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    That bridge,,,, what's that a floyd rose?
     
  9. Felino

    Felino Tele-Meister

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    Add to that acoustic, classic, semi-acoustic, active humbuckers types...
     
  10. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    A Gretsch Chet with either original Filtertrons or TV Jones replicas.
    It's just my well considered opinion, but it sure works for me.
     
  11. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 3, 2015
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    I could argue that it could be any guitar you own.

    I could also argue that I owned a MIM strat with DiMarzio HS-series pickups (the ones that Malmsteen used), which are noiseless stacked-humbuckers, and it sounded beautiful when recorded, clean or with distortion.
     
  12. ebb soul

    ebb soul Friend of Leo's

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    A guitar with noiseless, transperant pickups, if I had to choose just one for recording,..it would actually be quite bland and be a good base for plugins and modeled.
    Possibly lace sensor equipped.
     
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  13. songtalk

    songtalk Friend of Leo's

    Any guitar is fine if you have a good engineer.
     
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  14. kennl

    kennl Tele-Holic

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    +1
    or EMG's
    harder to "fix it in the mix" if the recorded track has too much mojo
     
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  15. ebb soul

    ebb soul Friend of Leo's

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    ..which leaves my tele completely out, the mojo can not be squashed!
     
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  16. TigerG

    TigerG Tele-Meister

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    It's a late 70's Ibanez Gibraltar bridge atop a big brass block. The brass went in because the wood there didn't survive a long slow exploratory conversion to left-handed very well.

    Edit: Or are you talking about the tailpiece? That's a Hipshot Trilogy. It allows flipping between tunings very easily, three pre-set pitches for each string.
     
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  17. UsernameTaken

    UsernameTaken TDPRI Member

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    The one that inspires new heights and greatness!
     
  18. John Owen

    John Owen Tele-Holic

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    For me the instrument choice is dictated by the nature of the music being recorded. A plain vanilla tele can cover a bunch of the bases for me but, if the song is begging for a LP kind of sound, or an old time bluesy boxy acoustic sound, or a big dreadnought, or a jazzy archtop, or a Ric 12-string jangle...you get the idea. If I don't own what the song wants, I'll try to borrow the right tool for the job.
     
  19. TMMC

    TMMC Tele-Holic

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    What's the best thing to eat when you're hungry?


    There is no correct answer because every answer is potentially correct.
     
  20. Joshiquad

    Joshiquad TDPRI Member

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    The one you're playing when inspiration strikess.
     
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  21. Zepfan

    Zepfan Friend of Leo's

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    Which guitar do you play the best on?
     
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