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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by uriah1, Apr 6, 2018.
What would you list as your number one choice for an R&B and blues band.
Wow, hard choice as any of these would provide a great foundation for the player to build with. I've played in blues/R&B bands using a 335, various solid and thin line Tele's, a strata and several other Dano's, Silvertones, Kent's, Kay's, et al. I voted 335 cause I love , love, love the tone, feel, and general vibe o a full size semi.I'd gladly use any an all though!
That's just too limiting for me. A Fender and a Gibson, a single coil and a humbucker, those are minimum choices to me. The model is like strings, it's what suit your needs. Same for amplification.
Play what you like. Saw this type of band a couple of weeks ago and the guitar player killed it with a LP and a Strat. Mostly played the Strat. Another local band that plays Cajun and very early country, the guitar player plays a PRS and A Tele. Both split time evenly. Play what you like.
In my R&B/Blues band, I use a Strat, a PRS HH, and an Apollo with a P90/Humbucker combination. The P90 is great for really gritty blues, like John Hammond's version of Get Behind the Mule. When I want to sound like Robert Cray, I use the Strat on position 2. Other than that, I just like to mix it up. There isn't really a number 1 guitar for this stuff.
I would suggest getting a guitar that stays in tune, everything else is personal taste.
I voted "Others" as a way of saying "Anything". I've seen loads of bands and, aside from the fact that Fender and Gibson are invariably the most popular (by volume and accessibility), I've seen bands use all manner of gear and sound fantastic.
I reckon it's all down to personal choice, budget and how you play.
I don't think it matters at all. Pick the one that stays in tune, that feels good to you, that's comfortable on the stage. If the playing is good, nobody will care and if the playing is bad, nobody will care either.
52 reissue for me. I just like it for many styles of music. YMMV!
Mix it up..Firebird
I've played Blues - R&B gigs with LPs, Strats, Teles, a Gretsch Rok Jet, P-90s, humbuckers, even a DeArmond jazz box with a Bigsby for one.
I like switching it up and bringing what might seem like odd choices. Makes me think/play differently.
If only one, then 335.
I was thinking the other day about the classic guitar pairings I see in bands. I've seen a BUNCH of groups where one guy plays a Strat, and one plays a Les Paul. Similarly, I've seen a BUNCH with one guy on an SG, and one on a Tele. But the reason I was thinking about it was the combination I saw this last weekend: a Jazzmaster, and an ES-335. Not a pair I'd seen before.
Any guitar really although I'm currently using a Strat and a Road Worn Tele in my Blues R&B trio. I like 335s and LPs too.
It's much more about the amp to me. I especially like the Fender Tweed era circuits. Turn it up until it's giving up the goods and you're there.
I voted “others”, too.
I was a member of a local R&B wedding band for ten years, and I (mostly) played my Gretsch Chet.
I also used my Tele too, but not as much.
Play what you like - and what fits the band sound. Is it the only guitar in the band?
Tough choices. I went with a Gibson ES-335, but because of the high price of an authentic 335, if you had listed a custom shop Tele.....I would have to say either would fit the bill. Both of those are in my opinion, true Swiss army knives that can do anything. For the record...I love custom shop Teles!
it seems like whenever I watch videos of R&B bands from the 60-70's, they are usually playing some kind of ES Gibson.
I can make any guitar stay in tune.
I thought much of Steve Cropper's work could fall under R&B.