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

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  1. Lefty Addams

    Lefty Addams Tele-Afflicted

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    Telecaster and a Marshall tube amp, that's all you need.

    Convincing my younger self was harder than it should have been lol.
     
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  2. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    I'd go back to my Les Paul 55/75 and BF Vibrolux Reverb.

    Knowing what I know now, I'd add a good Tele.
     
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    My mid-60's Fender Showman (single) Amp I had starting up gigging with when I was a young teen, and anyone of my Telecasters. Tone to die for, and back when power with lots of clean headroom was king!
     
  4. Tim S

    Tim S Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    PRS SE Soapbar II into a Tone King Sky King.

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  5. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

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    Pretty big journey there. University cannot give that education with all its cost

    Only you can know if your habit cost less and taught u more
     
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  6. jamesepowell

    jamesepowell Tele-Holic

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    I started with a gold LP Deluxe, the early 70s one with the thin humbuckers, and an Ampeg Gemini II. I was pretty happy with it. I was mostly trying to sound like Keith Richards. I stayed a LP person until the 80s. Like a lot of people at the time, I associated Teles with country music. I didn't know anyone who had one. They became more common during the post punk/new wave era and I finally got one.

    If I was to change anything about my high school self it would be to keep the LP, but get my hands on a Tele or two.
     
  7. DHart

    DHart Poster Extraordinaire

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    Jeez... I've had a lot of wonderful guitars over the decades and still have quite a few goodies.

    IF they were all lost tonight.... tomorrow, the first guitar I would seek to acquire would be another Epiphone ES-Les Paul. About $650. Or with an easy-to-get 15% discount, $554.

    And the FIRST thing I would do to it is remove the humbuckers and install a pair of TV Jones TV-HT Hilo'tron pickups with 1M volume pots! Another $300. The resulting guitar is an absolutely fantastic instrument, with heavenly tones that please even a Tele-lover!

    Surprised by that? Yep! Me too! But that would be it. Inspired entirely by this one that I presently have, with FIlter'trons in it. This would be my desert island guitar (if I had a generator).

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    As for an amp - first one I'd buy would be another Yamaha THR10.
     
  8. claes

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    I wish I new and understood tweed amps from the beginning. And what those ibanez/tokai/aria we where ashamed of really was.
     
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  10. Rob77

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    Pretty much what I use now, AC15 & a Tele.
    Its hard to look back when your young and realise you had no idea, following bad advice, alot of wasted $$$.
     
  11. ben smith

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    I would have just paid for my guitar to come home with me back to sweden, I was in london recently and I didn't collect it! it's a pain in the butt to get a guitar on the plane with it's own actual seat, and it's expensive. I don't go home much but if I could start again I would have brought my beloved gretsch back with me, it's only cheap but man this guitar is really really good! SAM_0361.JPG Unbenannt.jpg
     
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  12. skerwo

    skerwo Tele-Holic

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    Exactly my actual gear. It´s the end of a long road of error and try.

    Captain Amps Tweed Super 2x10 and custommade Staufer HSS T-Caster.
     
  13. jwp333

    jwp333 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    I might start all over with the same electric that I started with, An Aria Pro II Cardinal Series 350. It's been that good to me, still playing it almost 40 years later.

    If I started all over with an acoustic, I'd probably go with a Martin D-28 with a k&K mini installed.

    As for amps, you guys recommending Fender Twins must be young and strong. I'd get something light and something that I could use with my electric or acoustic. I'd get a Henriksen Blu, Bud or Ten.
     
  14. boris bubbanov

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    Gibson ES-335 and a large, well sorted large Fender vintage tube amp.

    You know, if I knew how soon I would peak on guitar, I might've just tried for a nice grand piano instead. There's too many decent guitar players - the exceptional ones make the most of us seem foolish. Another worthy goal would be pedal steel guitar.

    We're so proud of how the conventional 6 string guitar is so simple to get "tolerable" at. This may be a curse as much as a blessing. Something like a violin culls out such a large percentage of players, that you really appreciate the violin players who genuinely clear the entrance exam.
     
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  15. SAguitar

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    Dude. If I were to start over, I would buy a garage full of the '59 Les Pauls that were just used guitars back then. And maybe a few of the early '50s Teles and Strats that were available. Yeah, that would have been a smart move.
     
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  16. NewKid

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    Would that be the equivalent of buy Squiers and Epiphones today?
     
  17. TeleTown

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    Well since im starting over, it would be the 1957 blonde white guard tele and the silvertone amp dad bought for me in the way early sixties. I went to boot camp then Nam in 69. I made it home yrs later and the set was gone. I have no idea who he sold em to. I understood, they needed the $$$ to cover ranch expenses.
     
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  18. Beachbum

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    My thoughts exactly.
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  19. teleplayr

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    A Tele & a Fender amp!
     
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  20. mimmo

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    I have started with telecasters and my very first one was a Highway One in blonde, so no problem guitar wise.

    Amp wise, definitely a Lazy J amp!
     
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