If you could start over, what guitar and amp would you choose?

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  1. Chief101

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    I’d probably go with ‘63 Tele (would have been available and affordable when I started playing) and a a Princeton Reverb with a 12” speaker.
     
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    I started out with a Ampeg Gemini 6 and a 65 Jazzmaster. I never had the luxury of hiding behind distortion cause that rig was all headroom. I think it made me a better player.
     
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    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    Strat or Tele ... Twin Reverb..

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    60s baja or 56 lp epi pro, with the george benson version of a hrd

    As per most people in this thread, I already got these, and cannot find anything better to melt my butter
     
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    I hope I live long enough to be conquered by a peach. I am ready to surrender right now, unconditionally
     
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    POS Guitars Tele-Meister

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    Any hot Tele, and AC30.
     
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    Not sure if I would be where I am today without the evolution of gear over time, but I certainly don't miss the crap amp and electric that I started out with. I suppose I wish I had started out using a metronome. My timing still sucks after all of these years.
     
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    Boutique Strat and my 50's comet Supro amp. And an Axefx III with the pedal board and some transparent speaker and 1x12 bottom and some proper amplification for it.
     
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    Nothing. I would take up piano instead.
     
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    LGOberean Doctor of Teleocity

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    My answer would vary depending on the time frame of the question. "Start over," as in when I first took up the guitar? "Start over," as in my first rig when I began playing out/gigging?
    "Start over," as in my first electric guitar and amp?

    But in the end, it doesn't matter. Someone much wiser than me has directed the course of my life, and I'm happy with where I am now. (That does not mean, "I'm content to remain where I am now.") There has been joy in the journey, and I have my signature sound.
     
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  12. telemnemonics

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    Well it would be nice if my starting over rig was in stock at Sweetwater!

    Oddly enough, what I've found is that in stock gear isn't satisfactory, knowing what can be done with gear I've built and modded to suit me better.

    There are probable plenty of expensive amps out there that would suit, but none of the affordable production amps on the guitar shop floor have done it for long.

    I suppose if I had to choose it would be maybe an Orange Rocker 50 and a light weight swamp ash fat neck modern board extra jumbo fret Tele with a Strait Plate and Esquire guard. I could get by with those off the rack.
    And a few mods to the "Tele".
     
  13. El Marin

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    Yes indeed...

    Bassman, TS808 and Les Paul P90s
     
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    Well I did actually have to "start over" and interpreted the OP as what I did almost 22 years ago after losing all my gear to a dope habit.

    After I got clean I put together a parts Strat with the worthless junk parts I hadn't sold or pawned.
    To do this I needed a neck as there was none in my junk box, and I picked up a '91 Strat neck for $100, so that was the cost of my starting over guitar.
    An old Charvette (import Charvel Strat) body got a single cheap Strat pickup in the bridge position and a vol knob.
    Drilled and mounted a vintage style Strat bridge in place of the locking trem.
    Played the hell out of that junker in bars and loved it as much as I've loved playing any of my guitars.
    Because it was all I have and all about playing music, instead of about perfecting the gear.

    Conquered by a peach?
    It can happen, but for me I had to live long enough to pretty much lose my life, then rethink my priorities.
     
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    I started out with a crappy Mustang copy that I played through my stereo until I killed the amp. Then I got an OK LP copy and a SF Bandmaster with a generic 2X10" cab, then a Gretsch Astro-Jet, which was stolen. That was all before I got "serious," although the Gretsch was certainly a pro-level, giggable instrument (and deliciously quirky, in a retro-futurist, Flash Gordon way).

    In my first band, I played a '67 Gretsch Nashville through a Peavey Heritage. I bought the Peavey after playing every Fender amp (about a dozen!) in a little music store in Pawtucket, RI, and I concluded that it could sound like any one of 'em with careful tone-shaping, and it was loud as hell. My ears are a little more attuned now, but that assessment wasn't far off, and that amp served me well for about a decade until I blew up the tranny by recording endlessly through the line out with no speaker connected. The guitar, needless to say, was absolutely kick-ass; I regret selling it to this day, but I had no choice at the time.

    I wouldn't change a thing! That was a damn good start-up rig.
     
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    Yesterday I was assaulted by really good pizza, AND suplexed by grapes that I'd forgotten on the counter for a while. They'd gotten squishy with grapey memories.

    Tonight we're cooking up some goulash, which will be Haystack's Giant Splash against my sub-400lbs resistance.
     
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    Starting over to me means implies budget end kit.

    So for guitars that means Squier - Probably Classic Vibe Jazzmaster or Tele, though I’d be seriously tempted by the Gretsch Streamliner Jr that I recently got my daughter - that is one cracking guitar that I’m a bit jealous of.

    Amp wise it’s no contest: Boss Katana - 100w version if I could afford it.
     
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    Looking back at all the gear I've bought, sold or horse traded over the years I cant imagine what I'd start over with. I think you just get to a point where its different not necessarily better. I'd say that's where I'm at now. But then again I have 6 amps and 50 or so guitars. Last night was a First Act Custom Shop Sheena thru a Kustom Double Cross.
     
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    Sometimes I think we're swimming in a pool of pearls, and all trying to find the best one. None of my stuff has thieves drooling at the window, but I'm pretty content with it, and starting over doesn't appeal to me, even as a fantasy.




    (I intend this to be a thoughtful response, not a grumpy one. I am kind of old, however.)



    Edit: this thread got me reflecting upon how lucky I got with my first tele "build". Really, if I were to start over, this would be the one to start over with. Mahogany body, ebony board over (fat and wide) mahogany neck, @Don Mare "Green Onions" pickup set, reverse controls. I like my other guitars, but Ol' Simple is the best of them, and the one I play the most.

    I can think of lots of amps I might "start over" with. Probably something 1 x 12, tube, reverb. I'd also invest in a good electronic tuner, a couple Red Bear picks, and a good fingernail clipper.

    One more thing while I'm editing: as others have said, I'd consider starting over and going with just one really good acoustic. I'd probably still be a Tak nut, so something MIJ, LineDriver, all-solid, wide neck. California Blonde to go with that, I guess, although I'd be plenty happy just playing unplugged, by myself, forever, like I mostly do now.
     
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  20. tonytrout

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    I'd most likely go for an AllParts paisley Tele (with a set of B/G benders) and an original Fender Twin Reverb.
     
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