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

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  1. oatsoda

    oatsoda Tele-Holic

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    Long story short, should have kept the first guitar and amp I had, a drip edge vibro champ and an Ibanez challenger, which was a darn fine Tele copy. Took 30 + years and tens of thousands of dollars, but I pretty much ended up back in that camp anyway with the Telecasters and the Princeton.
     
  2. havlma1

    havlma1 Tele-Meister

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    I've started with Epi Les Paul and Peavey Valveking 50, I should have started with a Telecaster and Fender Pro Jr. or Vox AC (10 or 15) amp :) Also I would skip all the pedal evaluations, just keep it simple with TS9 and a delay :D
     
  3. matmosphere

    matmosphere Tele-Afflicted

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    Back in the day my 15 year old self would have moved to be able to have a Les Paul Standard and a JCM800 (although I would have only known it as a Marshall then)

    instead I got a first year MIM tele and borrow a squier combo from my brother.

    I’ve had many guitars since, Jazzmaster, Strats, Epi les Paul’s, hofners, Kay’s, lots of weird old stuff, but the tele is the one I’ve always had.

    If I knew what I did now that Tele would be the guitar
     
  4. Lonn

    Lonn Friend of Leo's

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    If I could start over I'd start when I was 19 instead of 39. And I'd play piano instead of guitar.
     
  5. NashvilleDeluxe

    NashvilleDeluxe Tele-Afflicted

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    Nashville Telecaster into Tone King Sky King. I miss the TK Falcon, though!

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  6. Sea Devil

    Sea Devil Friend of Leo's

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    I hadn't thought about the question as, "What if you lost everything you have right now? What would you get first to get up and running again?"

    A previous poster apparently took it that way and responded accordingly, so I will too!

    I'd get an affordable but kick-ass Bigsby-equipped player-grade Tele (an abused vintage example, a recent model that played nicely, partscaster, whatever, with conventional or boutique single-coil pickups, depending on what's available); a Deluxe Reverb (probably a RI, maybe a banged-up SF, but maybe a Quilter instead, since I live in NYC); a Turbo Tuner; a cheap delay pedal, and some cables.

    That's what I use most of the time now, of course.
     
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  7. Jim W

    Jim W Friend of Leo's

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    I would have kept my 60s Epiphone.
     
  8. Greggorios

    Greggorios Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Blackguard and an original Blackface Princeton
     
  9. oceanblue

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    Deluxe Reverb, and a custom Warmoth body/neck tele partscaster, exactly the way I want it.
     
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    AngelStrummer Friend of Leo's

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    I wouldn't change a thing - mainly because what I got might change...
     
  11. Tim S

    Tim S Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    Well, here's a Fender and a Tele, anyway...

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  12. bcorig

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    Tone King Imperial Mk II + American Elite Series Telecaster Vinatage Cherry Burst.
    I currently own the guitar but still vacillating over the Tone King.
     
  13. bcorig

    bcorig Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    That's how I answered it. I couldn't affirm either when I re-started seriously. Actually they didn't exist then but you made me think I should just get the TK now since I'm not getting any younger. Thanks.
     
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  14. yojimbo

    yojimbo Tele-Meister

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    my rig now is what i'd tell a 25 years younger me to acquire. three Teles, a Princeton Reverb, two Deluxe Reverbs, a Bassman, a Maxon CP101 and OD808, a Rat, and a Boss DD3T. also, Ted Greene's Chord Chemistry book. that's the #1 thing i'd make sure i was using.
     
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  15. horseman308

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    If I could start over, I would go with a 72 Custom and/or Deluxe with a 5e3. And then add a 5f6a Bassman. No one in my circle of friends or my teacher seemed to know about these when I was first learning in '93-'95, but I wish someone had clued me in before they got all "vintage" and the prices quintupled.

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  16. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I've seen Tone King Sky King mentioned at least twice here.
    I'd love to have one of these, but for home use only (56 lb o_O)
     
  17. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Something similar to what I have now, so why bother. :D
     
  18. kwcsports

    kwcsports Tele-Meister

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  19. jumpnblues

    jumpnblues Friend of Leo's

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    For jazz...Heritage 550 or 575 (single pickup versions)
    For blues...Tele or Tele based guitar.

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    Another Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb or a Tone Master Twin Reverb. Incredible amps. I've owned a lot of hand made boutique tube amps but nothing I liked any better than these.
     
  20. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    My 65 super reverb Blackface ,and a left handed 64 left handed jag

    Marshall JCM 800 and a Les Paul

    A soldano head with a pair of soldano 2X12 sattalite Cabnets with a left handed reverse firebird II ala 63
     
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