Do You Have a Go-to Guitar?

mitchfinck

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My Ric 330 is my number 1 all day, everyday. But when I'm just mucking around at home it's usually my '64 Harmony Bobkat that gets the job.
 

CCK1

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Got several guitars, but the one that almost always goes to the gig is an early 2000's Gibson SG with the WCR American Steele pickup set in it. When I first got it, I called it my "last set guitar" because it was so light (5.9 pounds) and easy to hold and play. But more and more, if I start the first set with that guitar, I'm still playing it at last call.
 

zeedoctour

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Nah, my go-to guitar is whatever one I'm playing right now. I tend to play one for ages and then jump on a different one and play it for ages. Of course there is the whole "for this or for that" if we're talking about some specialist role that one is better at performing (tone wise) than another, because they all sound vastly different which is how I built them to be. I can't say I love one more than another. Well actually that's a lie. I have one that the neck is just so ... bloody nice ... that it always blows me away even though the others are all nice too.

I don't know what it is. The ebony board ? It's a 25.5 like any other Fender (it's a custom made so not a Fender in reality) but it seems to play like a shorter scale, ie: it's a benders dream. I'm not an outrageous bender and don't own anything shorter than 25.5 but it's this feeling that always stumps me, it just seems easier like those 24.75's do.

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Telegnosis

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As above mentioned, not really a go-to and depends on the mood. A collection is for a choice of tone and song.

Doing a backing track for chord work might see the SX FTL50H Thinline. All original, didn't feel the need to change anything except I did change the jack to a Switchcraft. Many times swapping pots and pickups, that just shifts the mojo out of its range and we get mixed results.

This guitar's bridge pickup will drive an amp where other more expensive guitars fail. Must be the luck of the draw. Funny that the pickup itself is not even the same size as a standard Fender's.

With D'Addario XL strings, the SX pops.
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Old Smokey

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My #1 electric is an Epiphone Les Paul with P90s, #1 acoustic is an all-mahogany parlor guitar.

More importantly, I have to ask, how does one go from being a professional guitar player for 14 years and playing over 2000 gigs to then retiring and not touching a guitar for 40 years??
 

Popov

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Which is your go to guitar?

Currently my tinnitus is whistling very loudly so I'm laying off the electrics ...... it should be my lovely little mahogany Taylor GS mini.

But I broke the little finger on my left hand not long ago and I can't play anything ...... weird, I never pass by a dropped penny but I pick it up.

Oh, well.

Dee
 

Rudy44

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I used to play two MIM Teles that I made custom thinline bodies for and modified with Texas Specials and a few other mods. I sold one and did a good Karma giveaway to a friend who started playing electric guitar a few years ago when I decided to only play acoustic guitar.

Then this happened...

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Lioncub01

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Gretsch G5620T-CB modded with a Bill Lawrence 70s-era L-90 @ the bridge and a 2018 Wilde L-90 @ the neck for standard and drop tuning songs. And a Simon & Patrick Woodland Parlor w/ a soundhole humbucker for open D and G tuning songs. Depending on the gig, I might bring a 5-string banjo - also sporting a humbucker - but these are my go-to guitars. Here's a pic of the Gretsch.

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Yeah i got that one too...but really love my 98 "52" reissue tele..idk the neck is awesome...got a 60th anniversay strat i like alot too..never thought i would like the tele till i said f it and bought one..but i love the gretsch..Pete Townshend emailed me saying to use a volume pedal with it to get the tinny sound out..gpt the email printed and saved...lol..but nice guitar
 

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My current Number 1 is my new Roadhouse Strat I got a couple of weeks ago. Haven't played anything else since I got it; for me it's my ultimate Strat. Once I've gotten the initial excitement out of my system though it'll go into my usual rotation.

Rather than having a Number 1 I'll usually focus on 2 or 3 guitars that get a bunch of attention while I neglect my others, and I'll gradually drop a guitar into inactivity and then bring another back into regular play. Takes a couple of years to go through all of them, and I've been going through this cyclic process for the past dozen years or so. It's all very random and very much based on my mood and what sounds fun to play at the time. Unless I'm recording, I don't have guitars that I use for any particular style, so I'll be cranking metal on my Teles and I'll use my SGs for mellow folk music. If I go play out I'll usually just grab my current faves to take along.

Feeling good right now because I had a few guitars out of commission for technical issues and and I went through all of them over the last month and got all of them fixed up and going again. Now I've got about a dozen functional guitars to choose from.

Here's the Roadhouse Strat I'm playing the heck out of right now:

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FortyEight

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Right now it's an Squier Affinity Tele. Totally stock except it has Strat knobs. I like seeing numbers.

I'm too broke to have too much opinion. I do like playing my Squier Bullet Strat but I can't get sounds out of it I like all that much. Which I find with Strats in general, even good ones. So.... But I like how they feel to play. As long as the middle pup isn't too high.
 

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My Sawtooth, $50 from Walmart with it's Nashville Mod. Has Bootstrap Palo Duros and an unidentified Strat pickup. Has a 5 way switch and push pull pots so I get 7 pickup combos. She can growl and twang like the best Tele yet purr and quack like the best Strat. This guitar plays decently...I like the versatility more than anything.
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Randypttt

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Sorry it's not a Tele, my fellow Tele-meisters, but this workhorse (2010 Am Standard) is my favorite for many reasons beyond the fact that I bought it myself for my 60th birthday almost 10 yrs ago.

If I had a choice I would make it my 85 MIJ Squier Tele that I've modded as vintage as I can get. But since I've done the work myself the guitar seems to have problems on a regular basis. So from a realistic perspective it would have to be the Strat but I love my Tele when it's up and running.
 




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