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Favorite guitar brand?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Otis Fine, Oct 31, 2020.

  1. Otis Fine

    Otis Fine Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I did some figuring tonight and I’m currently blessed to have a collection that includes:
    2.5 Fenders
    2 G&Ls
    2 Yamahas
    2 Gibsons
    1 SX
    1 Warmoth
    1 Danelectro
    1 Douglas
    1 Epiphone
    1 Blueridge and
    .5 Squier guitars
    This includes electric, acoustic and bass guitars.

    Is there a brand you favor above all others? (I DO know where I am, so I expect a lot of Fender love here) or do you believe guitar variety is the spice of life?
     
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  2. koen

    koen Friend of Leo's

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    Two and a half Fenders?
     
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  3. Otis Fine

    Otis Fine Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Squier body with a Fender neck. That’s half a Fender right there.
     
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    stratoman1 Friend of Leo's

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    I started on Fenders, still have a Strat and Tele but in the last 5 or so years I've been more of a Gibson guy
     
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    Well, I have more Epiphones than any other brand. I suppose at least some of them would be Gibsons if I had the means. I guess it’s Epiphone, given my lot in life.
     
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  7. Lucius Paisley

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    It's been Ibanez since Marty's failed audition at the beginning of Back To The Future, enforced by their once wide left handed options, and signature players, Paul Gilbert and Rocky George in particular... but I've been cooling on them of late due to less LH options, and giving away "signature" guitars like f**king candy.
     
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    I dig the stuff that's been coming out of Asia for the past 10 years. Good quality and great prices. I'm a value buyer, not a brand buyer. My current favorite is a $130 Grote from Amazon. [​IMG]
     
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  9. ReverendRevolver

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    Fender.
    The next several electrics I buy will also be fender, except the hollow body, which is probably going to be a Gretsch. Currently have 4 fenders and a squier for electric. I see 4 more fenders in the cards over the next few years. When I've had other stuff, I play the fenders more.
    I've went through phases where I was sure I'd like a Gibson SG, but none of them felt right. Then I was sure I wanted an LP. Turns out that I wanted one of those tomato red GEM ones with p90s. Not exactly easy to find. Tried an epi LP. Action was too low, wasn't as comfortable as toronado. bought an ESP before all of that. Action was real low, neck felt too wide. I'm pretty sure I sold it to GC when I got my tele, sometime in roughly 2004? I like most epiphone semi hollows. I like the modern Gretsch stuff. But i like Fenders.
     
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    Hamer. the older USA ones
     
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  12. John Backlund

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    I guess I can't think of a favorite based on a brand. I favor individual guitars that appeal to me for one reason or another, might be playability and/or sound, or sometimes something as superficial as their appearance, colors, style, etc.

    Regardless, my 'favorite guitar' among the two-dozen I own can change by the hour, but even then, it's limited to the handful that I regularly play.
     
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    Very keen to investigate a Duesenberg, they seem to be bumping people off the Fender/Gibson path
     
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    Truly great sounding, easy playing, cool looking guitars.
    I gigged with my new-to-me Starplayer Deluxe last night for the first time.
    It completely passed the “audition”!
     
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    Variety is great and I’m blessed to have a bunch of different guitars from different makers.

    my favorite guitar is my Rick Kelly T style. I don’t know if that is a “brand”. I’d love to have a few more, but they’re pricy, and I’d also love for my kid to go to college.

    my favorite “big” brand is G&L. I own 2, played many, and they are consistently amazing.G&L is what Fender should have become.
     
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  16. Drew617

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    I'm fortunate to own:
    • 2 USA G&Ls (ASAT Classic Bluesboy, Legacy)
    • 1 Gibson (Les Paul Special Doublecut)
    • 1 Prestige (NYS Standard)
    • 1 Peerless (Retromatic P2)
    • 1 Yamaha (FS820, a fantastic guitar for $300)

    The Prestige is the best of these guitars. The Gibson is the most raunchy fun and plays the "best."

    By the numbers, G&L should be my favorite although the Legacy is for sale. Over 25+ years I have tried an embarrassing number of times to be a Strat guy. It is clear that I am not a Strat guy. Too bad, they're sexy and comfortable. I'll get or build another eventually, with P90s and hardtail.
     
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    FWIW my Peerless is pretty nice, and was clearly designed to be a budget Duesenberg knockoff. It's built and plays very well but the pickups and harness were typical Asian crap, despite being "designed by" some British maker I've never heard of.

    The A2 bridge humbucker is OK and I left it alone. I replaced the neck P94 copy, which was very dark, with a GFS A2 Classic II. I've used that one in other guitars successfully and think it's a great pickup. Replaced all the electronics with full sized pots and a real USA 3-way. I'm a P90 guy, and some P94 copies do cut it for me but not this one. The Retromatic deserves to be a 2-HB guitar.

    I have no illusions about GFS' business model and wish I knew what Artec humbucker the A2 Classic II corresponds to, would be happy to buy it direcly. Either way it's a very good value at $40 new; Better, and better value, than the common Duncan upgrades.
     
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    Hard to say one is the best, but yeah if I could only have one it would be a Fender.

    That said, I also have great respect and attachment to:
    Ibanez
    Reverend
    Taylor
    G&L

    If I had both a Strat (had same one for 25 years now) and a Tele (still looking) and I wanted more guitars then I wold probably buy Reverend first.
     
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    The guitar designs I prefer are Fender designs, and Fender makes good examples of those good designs.
    Since I like the idea of not buying copies made in third world sweat shops with no health & safety laws, I just buy Fender.
    Second hand though aside from hardware.
    Just personal choices, plus I so seldom cheap out without losing something in the deal.
    Also being patient and not paying full market value.

    Had a few G&L and still have one G&L bass.
    Had some Gibsons and still have an older LP.
    Washburn for acoustics.
     
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    Tough call.
    I like different brands, for different applications.
    Aesthetically, I like Gibsons.
    Sonically, I like Gretsch.
    For gigging, I like Fenders.
    I cannot choose an all around favorite.
    All my workhorse electric guitars are heavily modified, too.
     
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