Playing different styles of guitars

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  1. Tele-friend

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    Many of you have lots of guitars (10+) which was already discussed in a thread not long ago https://www.tdpri.com/threads/how-many-guitars-do-you-own-poll.997712/.
    I assume you have different styles of guitars like me. I have 5 electric guitars and they are all sonically quite different (SS, SSS, HSS, 2x HH pickup configuration). Also shapes of the necks and guitar bodies are different of course.

    I never think about them like… “Today I am going to play some heavier stuff so I definitely can’t use a Tele with single coil pickups”. What I do is I pick up a guitar that “speaks to me” that day and I play whichever music I wish. If it is stoner or heavy rock with single coil pups, why not. I would use for example a BD-2 + a Big Muff pedal and it sounds epic!

    So sometimes I only play one guitar for a week or even longer other times I play different guitars every day. If I play only one guitar for a longer period I think like I become one with it – I know that guitar in every detail. But sooner or later I pick up another one and the problem I encounter if I swap guitars a lot is that I have to change pedal settings a lot (gain & EQ), sometimes even amp settings. And this takes some time to find the sweet spot. Also necks and guitar shapes are different and this also takes some time for readjusting.

    Anyway, what is your opinion about it? Do you prefer to play one guitar or similar style of guitars for longer periods of time to get really proficient? Does it take time when going from one type of guitar to the other? Or are you so experienced that you can change for example from a thin neck Fender to a thick neck Gibson in a second? Do you use different pedals with different guitars?
     
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  2. runstendt

    runstendt Tele-Meister

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    I'll usually start by grabbing whatever is closest, unless I'm specifically thinking "I'll play the G&L today" or whatever is close. If for whatever reason the guitar doesn't feel right that day I'll switch with another one, but usually what I pickup works for me just playing around the house. Even in a band situation I have my tones dialed in to work for all of my guitars with minimal adjustment, so that I can switch immediately if a string were to break at a gig, for instance. I can definitely feel the difference between the guitars, but after a second or two I'm good to go.
     
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    I can pick up and play any (properly set-up) guitar in the same way that I can drive any stick-shift car. My 22-guitar collection is pretty mixed in shape, sound and weight so I'm used to 'hot swaps' with minimal mental and physical resets.
     
  4. ImGoodThanks

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    I’ll play whatever appeals to me on any given day. I was an all acoustic player not to long ago, but I now love my new electric guitars:

    Fender American Pro strat
    Fender Performer Strat
    Epiphone Casino Coupe

    If I’m in an acoustic mood, I’ll play my Martin sc-13e.

    I mostly play through my Focusrite and
    Presonus Eris E3.5-3.5" Near Field Studio Monitor (Pair) (E3.5) and sometimes my Fender Tonemaster Deluxe.

    Playing through the speakers mostly, it sounds fantastic

    I find the Tele is my go to guitar now, I love it.

    But, to answer your question about what I will play on any given day, the answer is simply, my mood.
     
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  5. radiocaster

    radiocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    I just pick up whatever guitar I feel like it and just play that for the whole time I'm practicing. Don't usually switch guitars.

    I used to change guitars for different songs, and also used fuzz for single coils, but I don't anymore.

    If I make a mistake, it's because I wasn't paying attention to the song, not the guitar's fault.
     
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    I gig with three of my nineteen electric guitars, one of my three basses, and one of my three acoustics.
    The others get used recreationally at home, and occasionally when recording.
    All of my instruments are “gig ready”.
    Four of my guitars are in the shop getting repaired/modded, presently.
    I’m lucky, and grateful to have (almost) everything I want/need.
    Some of my guitars are “style specific”.
    I use my three B bender Teles for country stuff, my three inexpensive semi hollow for chord melody stuff (at home) because the entire fingerboard is so accessible.
    I rarely plug them in.
    I have four Les Paul style guitars, but I like them mostly for how they look.
    Silly reason to own them, I suppose.
    My three basses have different kinds of strings.
    I use the P bass with tapewound strings for most gigs.
    My PRS SE Kestrel has T/I flats, and it’s been idle lately.
    It was once my favorite.
    The P has become my go-to.
    I bought an inexpensive Squier 54 Jazz with roundwounds to play “rock” bass.
    Ironically, I haven’t played a rock bass gig since I bought it a couple of months ago.
    I gig with my EJ Strat if there is another Tele player on the gig.
    My Chet is my best sounding electric guitar, but the lounge gig I used it exclusively on “evaporated”.
    I rarely gig with it anymore.
     
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    When sitting around noodling, I can get used to anything I pick up.

    When recording, I like to stick to either one guitar or guitars set up similarly. Right now I have two PRS guitars that both have 24 frets and tremolos and set up exactly the same, but sound different. Lately I’ve gone back to playing my T styles. One a local guy built and two Fenders. They all have 3 saddle bridges and are set up the same. But they all sound a little different.

    It makes layering guitars easier when the intonation is the same.
     
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  8. DougM

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    I play my Am Pro or Am Performer Strats 95% of the time. I could realistically sell my 4 Teles, and my other Strats and CV Mustang, and I wouldn't really miss them much. But, I shouldn't have sold my Sage Green Player Strat. That guitar played and sounded great, but the PF board was so hard that it would actually start hurting my fingers after a while. Iwas just listening to some recordings I made with it, and I thought- Damn! That sounds great! Why did I sell that guitar?
     
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    I usually reach for my Telecaster first when I’m learning a song, practicing, etc. It’s my choice because it feels best to me.
    Otherwise it depends on the song. Hendrix tunes get a Strat. Some Knopfler songs get a Strat, some get a Les Paul and soon. On some songs it doesn’t matter.
    When recording I may attempt a track with one guitar but switch to another until I find what sounds best.
    For acoustics, it’s nearly always my Gibson and less and less frequently my 000-18. I may even sell it.
     
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  10. Tonetele

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    Same here. I feel comfortable with my Cort OM , Taylor Grand Auditorium, Telecasters, Stratocaster and LP Jr.
    I must say, if it's a long gig the Strat is the go to for wrist tiredness at the end of the night.
     
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    Variety is the spice of life. And that includes mando, acoustics, bass...
     
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    As my variety of musical styles is pretty wide in my Songlist...

    ( and that's kind of the point during our gigs- that folks are gonna hear that, song after song)

    ....I chose to play just one of 5 different guitars ( at a gig) to hear how everything sounds with that one guitar- rather than pick guitars to play for specific music.
    It's just fun for me. Play surf music on an acoustic! Play Hendrix on an SG, Etc.
    Now playing a Strat, Tele, Dano, SG , and a Martin.
     
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    No P90? o_Oo_O You'll have to look into that.

    What I play? .... mood dependent.
     
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    A lot of what I play is gig-related....working on new songs, or trying to improve stuff I don't play well enough. I'll often pick up a type of guitar that never goes to shows- just to see if I've changed my mind about it, or it inspires me, to see a tune differently. I don't often play my regular money makers, in the house.

    I haven't had a paid engagement, since February 2020, so I've mostly been playing my National- which is much more versatile than you might imagine.

    Some gigs in the book for the Summer, thankfully. Might have to go back to my usual routine, pretty soon. :)

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    For a while I was switching back and forth between a Telecaster and a Les Paul, but I found that the different string spacing was causing me right hand problems, particularly on double (or more) stops (I'm a finger picker). I settled on one as my everyday guitar, we won't go into which.
     
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    I only have one electric and one acoustic in Standard tuning with the rest in different alternative tunings. I have to play all of them fairly often just to keep the tunings fresh in my mind. I'm typically learning a cover and/or writing my own songs and that will determine which guitar or two that I play the most on a daily basis. I use various amp emulation pedals and amps specifically for each guitar, so even though my pedal board seems complex, I rarely tweak them anymore. I basically record without effects.

    I consider my sounds and tones quite varied, but I have narrowed it down to about seven and trying to stay focused on those. It feels more productive and satisfying to get to this point in my sonic adventure, but it took a long time to get here.
     
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    Strat or Tele, anything else is much harder on the hands/body.
     
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    Yeah I know, I know :rolleyes: But I am very strict to myself. Five is max no matter what the GAS is telling me and I can not seem to sell any of my existing guitars ;)
     
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    I tend to pick up whatever I feel like for however long that feeling lasts. Sometimes I feel like playing one type of guitar for weeks to months, sometimes it’s just for that day or week. I can usually adjust between different guitars within 10 minutes as long as they’re set up reasonably well for my playing style.
     
  20. Chester P Squier

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    Whatever I'm in the mood for, and it will usually be the same all week.

    Full hollow-body, humbuckers, set neck
    or
    solid-body, single-coils, bolt-on neck
    or
    acoustic dreadnought.

    It's been the acoustic, recently. Electricity bill may be lower.
     
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