while a tele with a 4-way switch is indeed the most versatile guitar tone-wise this side of the variax, I get bored a lot and like to switch things up.
having said that, this one is really hard to beat, and it's been my #1 for some time now-
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The combination of the Railhammer Hypervintage bucker in the bridge and the Nueveo 90 in the neck, along with the bass countour circuit mean I can handily cover absolutely any sound.
The Wilkinson trem is my favorite design of all time
I sold everything and got one of my grails. Not the first time I did this though. First time I did it was around 2 years ago, when I wanted to get an ES-330.. sold that again and got a:
CS Gibson Nashville ES-335 ‘61 Reissue
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Whenever I sell my one guitar, I know it’s hell a lot better than my current one. I always go up. This way, I keep the quality of my gears at the highest, and I dont buy unnecessary. It may take me 4-6 years saving, but all my gear will be top notch.
Give me one great guitar and I’ll be okay. Give me more amps instead. If I ever sell this, the next one is gonna be even better than this.
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Would you ask a group of mechanics if they own just one wrench......or surgeons if they only have one scalpel? ....someone who loves to read if they have only one book.....or a fine cuisine chef if they only have one knife?To play guitar, one needs but one. A design that appeals, function without fault and sound that suits the style. Over the last 18 months or so I have bought a Gibson R0 Les Paul, a Collings Statesman, a Collings 290DC-S, a Fender CS 1970 Journeyman Stratocaster, a CS LTD '57 Stratocaster and a CS '55 Telecaster white guard........all fine instruments, but only the '55 white guard remains. All the while I just wanted to find one guitar that checked all the boxes. The Les Paul was too heavy and wore, of course, humbuckers (which I knew I didn't like going in!). The Statesman was good but the hollow body thing didn't work for me. The 290 was a lot of fun to play but with a single pickup was tonally limited. Both of the Strats were excellent and the '57 might well have survived the cut had the '55 Tele not shown up. The Tele delivers everything I want from a guitar.....I don't care to play anything else and never have to ask myself which guitar should I play today. Guitar-wise, it's settled. I do have three low-power tube amps which provide more than enough tonal variety for what I do (small tube amps are a weakness of mine......this I know). Indeed, searching for The One is not an inexpensive quest, but I did get some short-term enjoyment and did recover much of what was spent on those that are now gone.
I've been wondering if there are any other 'one guitar' players here about. I see many posts that seem to indicate most enjoy multiple instruments, and that's a good thing if it works for them. Any other one-and-done players out there?