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Modern guitars and their players

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

  1. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    You see the look on his face? YOU tell him!

    It's like he suddenly realized he forgot to go #2 that morning.
     
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    Sometimes I wish there was an "I don't like" button....I would use it on a few of the posts above...:eek:
     
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    Nah I'm not talking about signature instruments, those are a different beast and not what I'm getting at at all
     
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    Sorry, but I am kinda new here. Is having 10+ guitars considered normal in 2021?
     
  5. Old Smokey

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    I don't think any of these guys qualify as modern (in the temporal sense; in the stylistic sense I guess anything since about '78 qualifies, but that's an awful long stretch of time). Most of these guys have been playing since before I was born. Govan might be the youngest guy on here and he's been active for 30 years. Albert Lee is old enough to be my grandfather. I don't think anyone was referring to Page, Green, Clapton, etc. as "modern" guitarists when they were 25+ years into their careers.
     
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  6. bgmacaw

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    Then what are you getting at?
     
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    Lots of great answers, but ok let me put it another way.

    Most of the musicians I listed above used their ONE go-to guitar to write most of their hits on. You could for example pick up Page's Les Paul and just imagine all the riffs writen on this one "go-to" guitar. Same with most of them. I know Vai has his Jems, and Nuno has his washburns, and Jim Root has his telecasters, but seriously, they seem to view guitars as just tools, and pick whatever is to hand out of dozens they may have. I can't ever for example imagine Vai going "yeah, I wrote most of my tracks on this one guitar" and it then being revered as a hit maker by the whole world.

    I think from the lists above "Arm the Homeless" And his telecaster are probably the closest to what I'm trying to get at, as well as Mayer's (now retired) Strat. I read a nice piece about Alex Lifeson a while back saying he wrote most of his songs on the one telecaster - THAT'S what I'm getting at I suppose.....

    Nile Rodgers! he has his go-to strat with THAT tone doesn't he? THAT'S the sort of mojo I'm getting at
     
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    Apparently on site it is. Looking around I'm right on 10. Catch up man!
     
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    Eh, maybe not as prevalent as I thought... perhaps I have been spending too much time at TGP.

    Based on this thread about a third of the respondents had more than 10 guitars (excluding the people who responded "oh come on now! I don't know what that means, more than 20?). That's still a hefty enough proportion to be considered "normal." By and large, I think most people wouldn't bat an eye until you get to 15 or more.
     
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    HER and her Stratocaster.

    For that matter, just look at Fender's signature models. A few of them are modern artists.
     
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    I get what you are saying. But we are mystifying great guitar players, that they only used one guitar throughout all their careers. And they were bonded and it was magical...
    Before Clapton had his Blackie, he had his Les Paul and then his SG The Fool - he did his best stuff with this guitar imho.
    Gilmour, he probably had more than 100 guitars throughout his career which he used for writin and recording music.
     
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    Maybe your premise is faulty. Of the guitarists you listed, Page (Tele), Clapton (LP, SG), Harrison (Casino, Duo Jet), and Keef (LPC) are associated with more than one guitar. Even guys like BB King had like two dozen Lucilles over the years.
     
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    I don't think that's entirely correct. Page was known to use multiple guitars, such as Danelectros and Teles, not just his Gibson LP. Clapton switched guitars around a lot and has said he wrote a lot on songs initially on an acoustic. Hendrix churned through a lot of guitars too, either by breaking them, losing them or giving them away. Brian May has a number of backups for Red Special and uses other guitars from time to time. Even Willie Nelson has a lot of guitars even though he prefers "Trigger" (it spends a lot of time in the shop just to keep it in playing condition for concerts).
     
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    I am at 5. And I am maxed out. Tell it to my wife what is normal :)
     
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    Maybe my premise is faulty, but to be clear I never said "all" their songs, but the majority of.....;)
     
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    I have a sixteen year old daughter who had zero interest in playing guitar until she got into Tay Tay. Now she plays every day, and wants to take guitar and voice lessons. She has about two dozen friends in the same boat. That’s just the girls I know, which is a pretty small sample size.

    Taylor is serious business for the entry level acoustic guitar industry.
     
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    Here is one of the greatest on planet and his Yamaha Revstar.

     
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    I read a Guitar Player article about Tin Machine-era Reeves Gabrels back in the late 90s that covered his use of the Parker Fly and the Roland VG modeling system. He talked about some approaches that seemed pretty sci-fi to me then, allowing him to do some wacky exploratory stuff with that rig. The MIDI pickup thingy and VG system allowed him to transpose the audible pitch of certain strings to play parts that would be hard or impossible otherwise, making big note jumps and whatnot.

    He also talked about hearing the guitar through in-ear monitors and having a power amp and cab on stage just for “thump, feedback and to make my pants flap.” So the accepted benefit of IEMs seems to have shifted a bit since then, but still...he was trying to expand what he could do using new weird-looking gear, which seems to be what the OP was about.
     
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    Is this modern?

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    that's cool.
    I've got no daughters and I don't really know anyone with younger daughters, so that is a demographic I am very unfamiliar with
     
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