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You gotta have a tele and a strat and a Les Paul and a...

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Artslap, May 25, 2017.

  1. Crashbelt

    Crashbelt Tele-Meister

    Mar 15, 2017
    Cambridge England
    Les Paul Junior
    Lowden Acoustic

    Those are the ones I'd hate not to have. If I could only have one electric it would have to be the 335.

  2. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Friend of Leo's

    Dec 21, 2004
    central ky
    i forgot: another one i must have is a david grissom PRS. that guitar is something special.

  3. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    I like to have an array of tones available. Standard strat, standard tele, 335 (I have a Sheraton), LP (I have a Yamaha SG), 12 fret parlor and a 14 fret parlor. I want a reso, but in reality, I don't "need" it. I'm personally questioning the need for the solid body dual humbucker, since the Sherry covers that area pretty darn well for my needs. Oh and a bass is a must for my song writing. Dreads are not my thing, but I see that as a large hole in my repertoire of tones.

  4. fjrabon

    fjrabon Tele-Holic

    Dec 22, 2010
    My necessities are:

    1) Tele with single coils (deluxe thinline)
    2) Acoustic (epi masterbilt J45)
    3) something with humbuckers (Gretsch pro jet)
    4) bass (Squier Jaguar bass)

    I also have a strat and I am looking for something with P90s. But I don't really consider either of those a must have. I'd also like a 335 style guitar and an archtop, but probably won't go after either of those for a few years. Also will likely pick up a resonator at some point.

  5. rz350

    rz350 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Nov 15, 2009
    Waubeka Wisconsin
    An offset, maybe a Jazzmaster or Jaguar...
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  6. lousy13

    lousy13 Tele-Meister

    Feb 25, 2007
    Near Denver
    LP Style with P90's
    P Bass

  7. Sollophonic

    Sollophonic Friend of Leo's

    Yet there are many players who get their tone/style/ music from one type of guitar, one individual guitar even.

    I guess I boil it down to which guitars would be that last to go, if I HAD to sell them off.

  8. Peregrino69

    Peregrino69 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Dec 12, 2016
    60's Hagström Viking.


    This beauty is just now for sale in Reverb for ~$800. My god I've never been GASsing this bad... I already got her older sister...
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  9. lineboat

    lineboat Friend of Leo's

    Aug 6, 2012
    I have the Tele, Strat, and a HB equipped LP, but a P90 equipped LP honestly does everything I need in an electric guitar. I used mine at a little gig the other night and we played everything from country to punk, and it covered all the bases with just a guitar plugged into a Marshall. I found myself asking myself why I even had all the others?
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  10. RevBillyG

    RevBillyG Tele-Meister

    Feb 10, 2017
    I've got 2 Teles, 3 Les Paul's, 3 Strats, 3 Mockingbirds, 2 Dean Hardtail, & 2 cheap acoustics

    If I were to get rid of all but one, it would be my Mockingbird Pro X.


    If I could find the right builder (& put together the monies) I'd have one built to resemble Randy's cream white Custom.

    Last edited: May 27, 2017

  11. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 12, 2016
    Virginia Beach, Va

    Like this ?
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  12. Rustbucket

    Rustbucket Friend of Leo's

    Mar 28, 2016
    Can't remember who said it above, but whoever said 4-way switch Tele & nice acoustic pretty much nailed it on the head. Everything else is just a luxury.

  13. JReazor

    JReazor Tele-Holic

    Jul 23, 2014
    Newark, DE
    An SG with PAFs and a Strat. Of course, I like my LP Special Double Cut, Tele and Jazzmaster but if I had to boil it down to the essentials, it would be those two.

  14. tfarny

    tfarny Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 4, 2008
    Hudson Valley, NY
    I sort of go back and forth on this. If I just had one great guitar, I would probably be a better the G&L Beater above - that looks like a serious player.

    But if I didn't have a strat or something that could get the 1-4 tones, a tele bridge pickup tone guitar, something Gibson-ish, and a nice acoustic I would be GASing for those things. As it is I'm GASing for a second tele, an acoustic 12, and maybe maybe a Semi.

  15. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    Works for me! Is that a Tokai Love Rock? (Nevermind... I think my eyes are playing tricks on me!)

  16. PastorJay

    PastorJay Tele-Holic

    Apr 12, 2014
    I've been struggling with this question for a while.

    These days I play my half-fat, hot rod Tele, my LP Special with P90s, and my Martin HD28V. I also play my Collings Mandolin and my Hohner harmonicas. I even occasionally play my Gretsch short scale bass when pressed into service. My other instruments probably feel abandoned.

    And, as I said, I struggle with this question. I don't really NEED another guitar.

    On the other hand, my late wife, who's responsible in varying degrees for the Collings mandolin, the Martin, the LP Special, and one of my last amp purchases, would have bought me--or encouraged me to buy--one more, or maybe two more, great guitars.

    So what would it be?

    I've had an SG copy, and several acoustic guitars, that I never bonded with. I had an Ibanez Strat that was a pretty darn good guitar, with lots of versatility, but I wasn't in a situation where I could use it at the time, so I let it go. I've long thought that the full size LP was heavier, and had a heavier sound, than what I wanted. And I've never really found a Fender Strat that I could get to sound great.

    I have played, but not owned, several great guitars including a Gibson 335, a Thinline Tele, several Rickenbackers, and several Taylor acoustics.

    I think the new D'Angelico's are mostly made in Korea, but based on the demos they look and sound like great guitars.

    So my question is this, given that I probably get one more great good guitar: What should it be?

    A 335?
    Try to get a Strat to sound great?
    Thinline Tele?
    Rickenbacker (completely different jangly thang)?
    One of the new D'Angelico's?
    Another acoustic (I could be talked into a Taylor or a Gibson pretty easily)?
    Something else that's not even on my list?

    Thanks for encouraging my GAS.

  17. ReaL Madras

    ReaL Madras Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 8, 2012
    After I accumulated my first 5 or six guitars I got it into my head that I would get one of each iconic guitar. That left me with endless options and was a bit stupid really as I was just facilitating my GAS.

    Anyway I now have 46 but I thought that I'd try and list the key ones that respond to the question.

    Teles: 5

    Strats: 5

    ES 335: 2

    Casino: 1

    Ric 330: 2

    Firebird: 1

    ES 135: 1

    Les Paul: 2

    Jaguar: 2

    SG: 1

    Melody Maker: 1

    White Falcon: 1

    Jazz Bass: 1

    Precision Bass: 4

    Baritone Guitar: 1

    Very high quality acoustic: 1

    Mid range acoustic: 1

    Mid range acoustic / electric: 1

    Not all of my guitars obviously but the two glaring gaps are a Jazzmaster and a 12 string. Of course I could still add hundreds more... :)

  18. VintageSG

    VintageSG Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Mar 31, 2016
    I'm not sure about the Les Paul. I had one once and really didn't bond with it. For the Gibsonesque humbucker goodness, I prefer an SG, neck dive and all. To me, a Les Paul feels claustrophobic. They seem to pull my arms in too close to my flobbity bits.
    You've got to have a Tele, a Strat, an SG and a Danelectro, to muller and complete the thread title.

    Oh, and a 12-string for those days you really just want nothing more than to get frustrated tuning the damn thing to get a few minutes of jingle-jangle before the out of tune woes come back.

  19. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Right now it would be:
    - Tele
    - Strat
    - Inset pickup full hollow or semi (GASsing for ES-125 or ES-150)
    - Acoustic archtop with floating pickup

    Not yet there entirely, but almost…
    And what about AMPS? That’s the source of most of my GAS!

  20. fenderchamp

    fenderchamp Tele-Holic

    Jun 17, 2008
    No matter what, you got to have a guitar (as long as it's a telecaster) with all six strings and an amp with tubes ..after that it's all about compulsion and obsession and broken dreams and...

    /me owns like 20 guitars (it's a problem)

    to quote Chrissey Hynde

    "When I said I was going to bring in a Strat, I could see a look in my guys’ faces, so I thought, ‘Oh, oh. Maybe that’s
    not such a good idea."

    or to quote Chrissey Hynde again

    "Look at the fool....
    Comin' down off the shelf
    She's in love and she hates herself

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