Help me pick a new gigging guitar

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Ecadad, Sep 18, 2018.

Which should I get?

  1. Another Les Paul

  2. Another Telecaster

  3. Fender Stratocaster

  4. Gibson SG

  5. Epiphone Casino

  6. Something Else

  7. You don't need a new guitar!

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  1. Ecadad

    Ecadad Tele-Holic

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    Hey all! I thought I would get some input before I get a new guitar. I recently started a band with my friends, and we'll be playing shows (hopefully) about once a month. I'll be a guitarist, mostly rhythm but some lead.

    I currently own three electric guitars: an American Deluxe Telecaster (Nashville style, 3 pickups and a toggle to get the tele middle position), a Gibson Les Paul Studio, and an Agile AL2000 (a Les Paul copy). Our drummer and bassist both own real nice start's that I an use whenever I want, so if a song calls for a strat, I can theoretically have my hands on one. I want to get one more guitar for playing shows.

    My main thought is that the other guitarist in the band plays a tele, so I probably don't want to play with a tele much. What should I get? I'm really tempted to go for a used Gibson SG Faded or Special. I've nevr been an SG guy, but something makes me want one... does anyone have experience with the SG special or faded? Would I be better off with a strat or a second Les Paul studio? Or something else? I'm also tempted to get an Epiphone Casino, but I don't know how that would do live, or if its versatile enough. I don't really wanna be changing guitars a lot in show.

    We play a pretty big variety of music (alt rock, indie, country, pop, and folk). My current amp for shows is Deluxe Reverb, but I may be switching to a Princeton Reverb. For pedals, I don't get crazy, mostly just some drive and reverb, sometimes delay or chorus. What would a good gigging ax be?

    Ideally, I want to buy used, and spend somewhere between 300 and 800 dollars (obviously, I would rather spend less than more).

    What do you all advise?
     
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  2. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    You have a Tele and an LP. Play them both a lot at rehearsal. They are more than enough to play out maybe once a month.

    Make one your primary. The LP if you really want to avoid two Teles for some reason. Play it he whole show and leave the Tele cased. Then start leaving the second guitar home because you won’t really have emergencies.

    I wish I could have typed this for myself 6-7 years ago.
     
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  3. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    If you're looking for something different and you've got single coils and humbuckers covered, why not consider a guitar with P-90s?

    I've been looking hard at the Bootlegger Hounder - different body shape than a T- or S-body or Les Paul, different pickups, and it's in your price range, too.

    Here's a GBase review - https://www.gbase.com/gear/bootlegger-guitar-the-hounder-rockin-axe-brow

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    - D
     
  4. Ecadad

    Ecadad Tele-Holic

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    What a beauty! I really do want something with P90s, one of my dream guitars is a goldtop Les Paul 2ith P90s... but the few times I've gigged with P90s I've had a lot of hum and such. Is that an issue at all?
     
  5. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Hum is always an issue with P-90s. :) There are clubs that I play where the wiring isn't up to par, and for those gigs I leave my P-90s at home.

    But someone once told me to 'embrace the hum!' You can mitigate it some by using a noise gate (I've got a Decimator and it works really well), or just learn how to back off your volume in a hurry. P-90s are noisy, but I like the tone even more than humbuckers (which were initially built to reproduce the tone without the noise).

    - D
     
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    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    A Fender Stratocaster in Classic White with three single coil pickups and a whammy bar. I'd file down the nut and take the buzz out of the low E.
     
  7. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Where and how do you guys hear hum WHILE the band is playing?

    Roll down guitar volume when the band isn’t.

    Something would have to be broken for him to be audible over PA hiss and crowd chatter, let alone a full band, IME.
     
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    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

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    Cabronita w/ Powertrons or something with P-90's

    The black one is my #1, the Gold 3 P-90 is my ustabee #1

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    Tezuka27 Tele-Holic

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    Second the P90 recommendation. Put some in an SG if you'd like or stick some in a Tele.

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  10. StrangerNY

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    I do that with all of my guitars. Force of habit after doing it for better than 50 years.

    - D
     
  11. Knowcaster

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    I second the vote for a P-90 equipped guitar. Maybe an SG (though having recently bought one, I recommend playing them first as some are quite neck-heavy). Or PRS SE.
     
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    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    A nice fat strap will cure that neck dive.

    - D
     
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    If you're doing mostly rhythm I would get something in a semi-hollowbody flavour, a Casino could be prone to feeding back. I'm sure you could find an Epi Sheraton and replace the pickups with humbucker-sized P90s if you wanted the same vibe at higher volumes/distortion.

    I personally like getting old archtop acoustics and setting them up with a cool pickup and flatwound strings. You can get all sorts of sounds especially if you install a piezo pickup as well. Its really versatile having acoustic and electric tones at hand, plus you look cool as hell.

    Just a thought!
     
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    Since you got the Tele covered, Strat, Strat, Strat.
     
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    JAZZMASTER!!!! The J. Mascis JAZZMASTER is one of the best values on the market right now.
     
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    How about a nice Jazzmaster? Or something cool from Reverend? A Yamaha Revstar, maybe? Or maybe a Music Man Albert Lee (or the Sterling version if you’re on a budget).
     
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    I like my Blueshawk Deluxe. P90 goodness with a dummy coil for no hum. Semi-hollow for weight. Varitone if you want to play around with more tone options( I really only use one other position than the bypass usually, tho). Good for Rhythm and can cut on a lead. Lots of places it can fit. 15111509292-front-large.jpg
     
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    SG with P-90(s).
     
  19. PastorJay

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    I think the guitar you want depends on the material and the interplay between the two guitars. You want a different sound or texture than the other guitarist (although two teles can work in some contexts). You also want the right sound for the material.

    Given your description of the music you'll play, and the fact that you'll be playing more rhythm than lead, I would guess (and it's a guess) that a Strat would be the most helpful sound to add to the mix.

    For folky material, a Strat through a clean fender amp lets you get an almost acoustic guitar sound if that's what you want. A Strat can also get great country rhythm sounds. You can cover the more rocked out stuff with a Les Paul if necessary.

    Or find a Hot Rod (splittable humbucker in the neck position) Tele. They're versatile enough you may only need one guitar.

    Good luck.
     
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    Get a Gretsch with TV Jones Pickups!
     
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