Electric Guitars with Unique Tone

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by jrintheemaking, Dec 12, 2019.

  1. Asmith

    Asmith Friend of Leo's

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    This has pretty unique tone, bridge is a stock mini hum and in the neck is a single coil wound to fit in the cover. A5 slugs, about 3/4 of the height of a tele bridge/strat pickup and a bit fat due to the fact.
     
  2. Asmith

    Asmith Friend of Leo's

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    That is a lot of travel for so little, ever thought about sticking a bigsby or to keep it quirky a duesenberg tailpiece.
     
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  3. Seasicksailor

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    Not sure... with enough gain, everything sounds the same to me.
     
  4. SecretSquirrel

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    Must agree about Danelectro. Some years ago I bought a nice used DC59 mainly for the other band guitarist to play, and it was so distinctive—and bright—we ended up shopping for an amp specifically for that guitar. (fwiw, best match was a little 30w Traynor ss combo...go figure.) I still love Danelectro and want another.

    Currently, I'm baffled by the amazing bright, loud, punchy sound of the Esteban solidbody I recently rescued. It's like a bright strat, and just MORE. It "barks." Like a magical built-in boost+enhancer. I hate to admit it—haha—but I think the thick, hard, heavy wood (alder?) body might have something to do with it. They're Korean, I think, but the manufacturer (Samick?), the pickups, etc., all seem to be a mystery, so, hard to say what role the presumably cheap pickups play in the 'forward' tones. Not ideal for warm jazz tonez. Otherwise, as I've said before, it turns out to be an incredibly good guitar, I find myself reaching for it often even though the 'newness' has worn off. Will definitely use for recording certain tracks.

    Before & After... $9.99 thrift store find...that upper bout had to go. Let's say it has the most authoritative clean tones of all my guitars.

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    Terrific pics...if you ever needed work, you could do guitar porn full time!
     
  5. LoveHz

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    I wanna go to DHart's house -- there's a whole bunch of great guitars to play in there! Fortunately for him I'm over 5,000 miles away so he's safe!
     
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  6. wabashslim

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    That is a lot of travel for so little, ever thought about sticking a bigsby or to keep it quirky a duesenberg tailpiece.[/QUOTE]

    I like it just as it is. That long handle is beyond unique, it's demented! Beautiful!
     
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  7. nojazzhere

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    The most unique guitar I'm aware of (and wouldn't be one I'd play often) is Mark Farner's Messenger.
    Sounds great on those old Grand Funk records, as well as live performances. I saw them in the late sixties and early seventies, and NO ONE was getting a similar sound.
     
  8. Vfc13

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    How about any old Teisco?
     
  9. dotfret

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    Behind the fridge there is a guitar I don't use much. A ca1960 red two pickup .Fenton-Weil, it is a fugly thing with a horrid sort of triangular fat neck, knobs and other parts missing. I got it in an auction a long time back for about £25. I don't like playing it, although the action is good.

    But it does have a unique sound - or rather a sought-after sound, because you can plug the thing into any amp you like and it sounds like an early 50s Telecaster
    Yes, I do have a real Tele or two, but if someone specifically asks for that "old sound" the POS gets dragged out! It out-Teles modern Teles- shame it isn't much fun to play, and it doesn't have much range of sound.

    Many years ago I was in a band and one of the guys had a Yamaha SG 5 or 7 which was very good for soul stuff - somehow gentler than a Fender. Those things usually get called Surf guitars, but they're a lot better than they look.

    And there were the Hayman / Shergold guitars, biggest name user Mike Rutherford of Genesis - they are very distinctive sounding.
     
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  10. tintag27

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    Did you ever consider sticking the electrics in a more playable guitar? - a gamble I know - it might play great and sound terrible :eek:(
     
  11. Peegoo

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    Ya beat me to the Messenger!

    Eastwood "re-issued" these quirky beasts (and other quirky off-the-beaten-path guitars), but in looks alone; they're built differently and sound nothing like the originals.

    Another odd duck I have is an early 70s Kramer 450G. It has humbuckers wired with spin-a-splits that smoothly roll from humbucking to single coil operation, and has a unique tonal personality. With its thick walnut body and aluminum neck it is a boat anchor of a guitar, but it's probably the best-recording guitar I have:

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  12. rze99

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    My Rick 12 is probably the most distinctive tone in my arsenal. I can't replicate it and nor would I wish to, but that said, if I expect if i played those tracks where I use it with a regular Tele and chorus pedal I'd bet 90% of people wouldn't notice!
     
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    Are we just talkin' 'bout our guitars or guitars of singers/entertainers that are famous? If it's the latter, my one and only choice would be the Telecaster we all know and love that's named........"CLARENCE" and one which was formerly owned and played by the late, great Clarence White and which is now luckily owned by Mr. Marty Stuart! I've heard people say that "Clarence" has the most unique tone of all the guitars in Nashville (and I don't disagree.....although I never got lucky enough to play it plugged up/amplified):


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    V nice. Especially the triple Tele. How's it switched?
     
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    It would be easy to let the internet, or people who use them in a very specific way, lead you to believe that Ricks are limited or specific, but it's just not so. I have a 335 that will jangle if forced to, but it is a Rock and Roll MACHINE. These have been used beautifully by Stevie Vaughan, Gatemouth Brown and Pete Townsend.
    Great crunchy rhythm sounds (think Badfinger, Baby Blue), big fat Jump Blues, and a Chuck Berry sound that will make you think he secretly used one in the studio.
    And it sounds like a broken banjo when it's not plugged in ;)
     
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    IMG_20191120_085157.jpg Lipstick tubes and mother-of-pegboard.
    Sonic alchemy.
     
  17. Jerry_Mountains

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    For me the more particular tone guitar that I have is the Rickenbacker 360/12, you don't need to see it to know is a Rickenbacker, it stand out in the mix. I can fake the sound of almost any guitar, I have a 335 copy with filtertrons that kinda sound like a Gretsch, I have a Strat with a tele pickup in the bridge and kinda sound like a tele... etc

    But a 12 stringed Rick is just unique.
     
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    5-way switch (as a Strat would use) but, I wired it this way:

    Pos 1 - Middle Pickup
    Pos 2 - Bridge & Middle combined
    Pos 3 - Bridge Pickup
    Pos 4 - Neck & Bridge combined
    Pos 5 - Neck Pickup

    (Position 5 is switch toward neck, Position 1 is switch toward Volume pot)
     
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    What a mess!...Eh? ;)
     
  20. Skydog1010

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    @DHart has the market cornered.

    I have only two that produce unique tones. A Telecaster with an incredible bridge Humbucker of unknown origin, and a Jazzmaster with really cool circuitry.

    Didn't post pictures cause they are just plain guitars. However I built a Stratocaster relic with some cool SD lipsticks, that I don't believe I have shown off before. Forgive me if it is a duplicate.

    Here she is:
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