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When guitars designed for a specific kind of music are used in a very different way.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Blazer, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 2, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Well as is the case with every guitar, a good player can play a show on anything he's handed. As showcased in this clip of Earth Wind and Fire where they had the Great George Benson guesting on a tele style guitar and he still ended up sounding like George Benson.

    But sometimes a guitar is specifically designed for a type of music and will look hopelessly out of place with anything else.

    As was the case with THIS...
    The Peavey Mystic, with its multi cutaway body, hot Humbuckers and speedy neck was created to please the heavy metal kind of player and it sure didn't look out of place with Hamer Vectors, Ibanez Destroyers and BC Rich Warlocks from the same era.

    But when the singer of THIS band adopted one, it suddenly didn't look as Metal anymore...

    Then we have the Gibson RD bass.
    Well again, the looks say everything here, this bass was built to rock and was built as a rock too, as long time fan of the type Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic, proved many times over how tough an RD is. Stating that he could toss it into a wall and he didn't even need to retune it when picking it again.

    But the bass player in this footage used his RD for something VERY different...

  2. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 7, 2016
    Smyrna georgia
    I would say all solid bodies apply, as they were meant to stop sustain bloom and overdriven tones.

  3. kafka

    kafka Tele-Holic

    Oct 18, 2013
    It would be cooler if George autographed it and sold it on eBay.

  4. Tony Done

    Tony Done Friend of Leo's

    Dec 3, 2014
    Toowoomba, Australia
    A lot of our opinions opinions and perception about guitars, and I guess most other things, are based on conformity/herd mentality. When this kind of discussion comes up I immediately think of classical guitars. They all look the same, except for small cosmetic differences, but there are some very big differences in functional design and construction. Smallman classicals, for example, such as John Williams plays, are built nothing at all like a conventional classicals , they just look the same. John Williams also played an Ovation in Sky, he still sounded like John Williams.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2017
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  5. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Memphis TN
    I don't think Telecasters and Stratocaster were designed for blues , or rock, or metal, but they have been used for that and quite well. I don't think Leo ever envisioned what Jimi would do with a Strat!
    And Jazzmasters were not intended for surf or punk, but they work for that, not so much for Jazz though.

    If a guitar has strings most likely it can be used for a lot of different genres.
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  6. edvard

    edvard Tele-Holic

    May 15, 2016
    Bremerton, WA
    I could never get why Ted Nugent played Gibson Byrdlands all these years. In my mind (when I was young and a bit more foolish) his music begged to be played on a Les Paul at the very least. Now, I am of the opinion that you can play whatever you want on whatever you like, but yeah sometimes you still have to just shake your head at a metal dude playing a Telecaster.
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  7. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003

  8. logankolarick

    logankolarick Tele-Meister

    May 23, 2017
    I think the big thing to remember is that an electric guitar, at its core, is a piece of wood, that has metal strings and pickups. Most of what is associated with genres are simply cosmetic. ie: pointy guitars= metal. While guitars specifically designed for metal have a very flat fretboard radius, and high output humbuckers typically, and they sport that "heavy" look, If you put the same pickups and a neck with the same radius on a tele, it would play and sound almost identical.

    You can play metal on a tele. You can play blues on a jackson. It's mostly just looks, and the judgements people have over certain shapes.

    But your point is that it just looks out of place, and i completely agree.
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  9. kuvash

    kuvash Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 13, 2010
    Upper California
    Ain't that a hoot....

  10. kuvash

    kuvash Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 13, 2010
    Upper California

  11. kuvash

    kuvash Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 13, 2010
    Upper California

  12. kuvash

    kuvash Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 13, 2010
    Upper California
    Sorry for malfunction moderator please delete.
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  13. cyclopean

    cyclopean Friend of Leo's

    Aug 14, 2009
    innsmouth, MA

    the guy from killing joke plays a semi hollow with p90s.

  14. seanmarshall9

    seanmarshall9 TDPRI Member

    May 13, 2015
    Gotta mention the Jazzmaster here.

    Designed as the premium Fender replacement for the Stratocaster, with jazz circuit capability, and it somehow finds its way into the hands of California surf-guitarists.

    Today, it seems to have more traction in indie-rock and alt-country, thanks to the likes of Mascis and Nels Cline. I love the unlikelihood of the JMs trajectory.
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  15. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Friend of Leo's

    Oct 30, 2017
    Whatever. What I really want to know is how is Nicole holding up these days? Still alive? Unmarried? Straight? Or bi?

  16. radiocaster

    radiocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2015

    I didn't even look for this, it was suggested from the other video.

    It kind of looks like those guitars were used for playing music (or maybe lip-sync or whatnot). I don't see them used to churn butter or sled down the hill.

  17. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Friend of Leo's

    Oct 30, 2017
    This is really good. I just picked up that rockabilly feel! Ha!

  18. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    1969-01-31FillmoreEast4 Jimmy Telecaster.jpg
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  19. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Friend of Leo's

    Oct 30, 2017
    Wow, she looks and sounds great. Pretty woman! Shaun want!

    She's aged better than I have.
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  20. jjudas

    jjudas Tele-Meister

    Jul 26, 2016
    Metro New Orleans
    I play metal and I also love and play Teles. There are no rules associated with music genre and guitar types. I do not own an Explorer, Flying V or Warlock. I like traditional shapes and types... Strats, Teles, SGs, LPs and JMs. Shake your head all you want, Telecaster ownership is not exclusive to a specific group.
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