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Modern guitars and their players

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Cyberi4n, Apr 19, 2021.

  1. Cyberi4n

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    Honestly didn't know how to title this thread, but here goes

    So Page had "his" Les Paul, as did Peter Green with Greenie. Gary Moore and Bernie Marsden ALSO had their "go to" instruments that defined their career. Clapton had "blackie", Gilmour had his black strat, and Harrison his famous telecaster. Keef has Micawber etc etc. These were obviously special guitars that defined their careers, and many speak of these instruments in revered hushed tones, such is their mojo. I'm sure any one of us can think of a dozen more of these classic instruments not listed above.

    My question is this though, are there any MODERN guitarists who have modern instruments that they and others covet and hold in high regard? That are already or are likely to become just as coveted as those mentioned above?
     
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    depending on what you consider modern
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    Yep I know, he and his era have passed.

    Guitar isn't really even a thing anymore, so it's a little difficult to come up with truly "modern" examples.

    Maybe St Vincent? i dunno
     
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    Who was the last individual player to come along to influence hordes of kids to run out and buy guitars, to the point that it actually had a profound effect on the market?

    I'm thinking it's gotta be Slash or Cobain...and their landmark recordings were '87 and '91, respectively...

    Now the market is big as ever with everyone and their grandma playing guitar.
    But the era of "guitar as spearhead icon of modern music" is over, and has been over for decades now

    I don't think there's anymore to be said on guitar, that's not been, already
     
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    Steve Vai is synonymous with the Jem guitars.

    David Grissom with his signature PRS.

    Steve Lukather with his signature EBMM.

    Albert Lee and signature EBMM.

    Guthrie Govan and his Charvels.

    Nuno and his Washburns.

    EVH and the Wolfgang guitars.

    Adrian Smith has been playing Jacksons for how long now?

    Warren DiMartini and George Lynch have been with Jackson and ESP, respectively since the 80’s.

    Kirk Hammet and James Hetfield with their ESP stuff.

    Even thought it’s technically a telecaster, I’d call the Richie Kotzen model a modern guitar from top to bottom. It’s all he’s played for many years now.

    This is just off the top of my head.
     
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    What does "modern instrument" mean to you?

    If you go to Sweetwater or other sites you can find dozens of signature instruments for sale. Most had specific mods to suit the player, such as the Brad Paisley stealth Esquire, Ben Gibbard's Mustang (Death Cab for Cutie) or Jim Root's various guitars.
     
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    It's basically been retired by now, but hard to beat this one.
     
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    I don't buy it, not to the extent that like, Elvis, beetles, Hendrix clapton EVH influenced the market

    But hey maybe I'm wrong about that
     
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    Really, the whole era of the guitar hero and his magical guitar has passed, for better and for worse. I know that has been said a bunch of times, but this time - it's really been a long time, as in, many years, since anybody really grabbed the world's attention with their guitar playing. That doesn't mean there are not fine players and fine musicians around - but I just don't see many (any?) really famous bands that are built around hero guitar. It's now just like another instrument - how many sax players can you name, and do they have a sig sax?

    Edit: I don't recognize a single person in the pics above!
    Edit#2: Forgot to say, I really don't think those iconic guitars are or were particularly important to "the making of the artist" - I'm sure they were all great, fine instruments. Clapton did his best work on Gibsons, Hendrix played whatever strat somebody would give him, Billy Gibbons has a new guitar for every show. Andy Summers missed his tele when it broke and couldn't be properly fixed, but he got his red strat and carried on. I feel like it's more the guitar industry and hype machine that drives interest in those distinctive instruments. The key to the players" success is their talent, drive, and good fortune much more than some particular sweaty strat.
     
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    yeah. it's dad grandpa stuff
     
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    You should check out some of Eddie Van Halen's playing. He was pretty good
     
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    She, and probably Miley Cyrus (aka Hannah Montana) too, inspired a lot of young women to play guitar. This influence was enough to cause Fender, Gibson and others to start producing female oriented guitars.

    Of course, this isn't curmudgeon/testosterone friendly though, unlike the artists of yore.

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    Heck I’m a guitar nerd. I dunno who’s famous amongst the normies.
     
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    Someone's got to tell him his frets are all messed up!
     
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    Eddie Van Who? :)
     
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    I think the scarcity of great guitars back then had something to do with it. If you grew up in a hard-scrabble town in post-war England, you probably never laid eyes on a Gibson. When you finally got to a level that you could afford one second-hand, it was the culmination of a life's dream. Nowadays, you can barely cross the street without running into a Gibson and plenty of other guitars that are just as good quality and they are much more affordable and accessible.

    I also notice @Jakedog upthread mostly listed brands or multiple guitars, but could barely name one single, iconic guitar. How many guys here own at least 10 guitars? That probably would've been considered ridiculous in 1966. In a vast sea of guitars, any one single guitar is but a drop of water.
     
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    Tosin Abasi and his Larada guitars are pretty synonymous amongst his fans.

    Likewise, Sarah Longfeld and her Strandbergs.

    I am only aware of both of these very talented typists, ahem, instrumentalists because of my friend/guitar tech. I am not particularly interested in their music.

    As far as newer guitarists I’m interested in:

    Gary Clark, Jr., with his Casino and his SG.
    Chris Stapleton with his Jazzmaster.
    Jack White with his Airline (although he’s kinda abandoned it).
    Dan Auerbach and his Harmony.

    That’s all I got.
     
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