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Guitar for R&B and Blues Band Choice

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by uriah1, Apr 6, 2018.

Choose

  1. Tele - 52 Reissue

    14 vote(s)
    19.2%
  2. Tele - Esquire single pu

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  3. Tele - 72 Reissue

    1 vote(s)
    1.4%
  4. Strat - Std

    19 vote(s)
    26.0%
  5. Gibson - 335

    31 vote(s)
    42.5%
  6. Others

    7 vote(s)
    9.6%
  1. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

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    Depends on the song's mood, the band's mood, the player's mood....

    But I do find Strats the least best option. To me they have a beautiful chiminess, ringing glass bells, a glimmering smoothness, and thus sound merely squawky and thin for blues, which I think of as swimming rags of chewy, tarnished brass. A very bold single coil, a P-90, a restless humbucker is needed. I can see a Strat as passable for R&B, given its slinky chimes, but not for "Here are my bleeding knuckles" blues.

    Ditto a Rickenbacker: ringing, cheery chime, not enough misery and bite for the blues. And a Gretsch? Country blues, way yes. But, say, Chicago blues? I dunno if Chet Atkins ever cursed Job's drunken angel enough for that.

    (On my honor as a Scout (not), I am not on drugs.)

    +1 on the Firebird suggestion here. They can scorch it up good. Ditto the Les Paul, and a good Jazzmaster.

    A LOT depends on the amp, the room, whether you're smokin' Old Golds and Camels (blue notes from a gray brow), or Luckies and Pall Malls (Toledo is a memory), whether your torn earlobe is on the mend....
     
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  2. soulgeezer

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    Strats are the most versatile and have been a staple of R&B for a thousand years. Jimi James and the Blue Flames, baby!
     
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  3. thegeezer

    thegeezer Tele-Afflicted

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    I play in a blues/R&B band - guitar, bass, drums and a vocalist. Been using my Tele for quite a while now, like several years. I'm interested in re-visiting my Strat at a gig or two now having recently rediscovered it. Going back twenty years, it was all about my LP.

    They all sound good. It's more about playability, I think, as far as guitars.

    In the final analysis, I'm with Chicago Matt. The amp matters more than the guitar. Take an old tweed and wind it to the sweet spot. Most anything works with that.
     
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  4. Bill

    Bill Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    For me it’s a 335-style with a coil tap or a vintage-style Tele.
     
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  5. dougstrum

    dougstrum Tele-Afflicted

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    My first really good guitar was a '69 335 loved it~till I got a tele!
    '52 reissue would be it, guess I'm just a tele guy:)
     
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  6. Hendrixlvr

    Hendrixlvr Tele-Holic

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    Agreed....a crap guitar can sound good through a good amp but a great guitar will sound like crap through a bad amp
     
  7. Teleguy61

    Teleguy61 Friend of Leo's

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    Where are you?
    A Telecaster, of course!
     
  8. Sterence

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    I am in a RnB band. I play a modded Washburn HB-35 (335 copy) and Tele parts caster. I play the either one depending on which has new strings and who I am playing with. Mostly I am playing the Washburn more these days just cause. Every now and then I play my old Guild T100 but it is pretty precious to me. Never been a strat or LP guy..... I voted 335
     
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  9. BuckSatan

    BuckSatan Tele-Meister

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    I can’t.
     
  10. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

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    Love the T100!
     
  11. twotone60

    twotone60 Tele-Meister

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    Reverend Jetstream 390 in the neck, neck/middle, and bridge middle positions. All the positives of a strat, but much fatter. Perfect with a bit of compression and a fender amp.
     
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  12. trahx

    trahx Tele-Meister

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    I use a Gretsch Pro Jet for R&B and most everything else. Stays in tune forever!
     
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  13. Crashbelt

    Crashbelt Tele-Holic

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    I've been laying this stuff in bands for ever. Started with Strats then 335s then LP Juniors. But for a while it's been mainly Teles with a LP Special for slide.

    Ask me tomorrow and the answer will be something else - 'I Can't be Satisfied' as one of the finest originators of this music once said:lol:.
     
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  14. dobrojoe

    dobrojoe Tele-Meister

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    335 and '52 Tele (+ a couple of acoustics), that's what I always used. Not keen on Strats. I've used many different amps though, Blues DeVille, Mesa Boogie but my favourite has always been a Peavey Classic 30. No pedals!
     
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  15. nosuch

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    I think all these guitar would work (on the esquire you may miss the rhythm pickup though) – I voted 52RI because for me it worked well for years in these genres as well as others. It's also more comfortable to me than a 335 – which is perfect if you want a fatter tone sometimes. I'd say go out and play and get the guitar that speaks to you.
     
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  16. Bard2dbone

    Bard2dbone Tele-Meister

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    Obviously the first answer is a Tele, because you're on a Tele forum. But the real answer is an ES-335. Thunderbyrd had it right. If you go watch a lot of videos of 70s-80s R&B, you'll see mostly ES-3X5s.
     
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  17. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I've been using a G&L ASAT Tribute Deluxe Carvetop which is like the love child of a Les Paul and a Telecaster. But I think an ES-335 or 339 would be a good choice as well.
     
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  18. red57strat

    red57strat Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Tele or ES-335. I love Strats, but can't get the neck pickup alone or bridge and neck pickup combined sounds out of them that I like.
     
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  19. Owenmoney

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    You’re asking here ? Why teles of course ! Teles for everything except maybe ,metal !
     
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  20. Bill

    Bill Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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