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The Five Essential Guitars!

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Steerforth, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. Steerforth

    Steerforth Friend of Leo's

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    OK, this is sort of a survey thread in which you get to choose the five guitars that you consider essential to own.

    In my own case, that would include:

    1). An ash Telecaster

    2). A 50s type Stratocaster

    3). A standard Les Paul without any coil taps or other unnecessary stuff

    4). A Gibson J-45 type mahogany acoustic

    5). A Martin D-28 type rosewood dreadnought.

    But that's my personal preference. As you can see, I'm kind of conservative in my tastes.

    You can choose anything you want, any combination of electrics or acoustics, anything.

    So, what's it going to be?

    Rick
     
  2. notdave

    notdave Tele-Afflicted

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    'Essential' is a poor choice of word. No guitar is essential, it's a luxury.
     
  3. Steerforth

    Steerforth Friend of Leo's

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    OK, make it "desirable" instead. The point is, what five guitars would you want if those were the only five that you were ever allowed to have.

    Rick
     
  4. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Hmmmm... it would have to be:

    1. '94 MIM Telecaster
    2. '86 Japanese Contemporary Strat.
    3. '04 Dot
    4. Taylor 110 (will upgrade to a DN3 someday :rolleyes:)
    5. 12 String Telecaster

    This amongst the current stable. If I had unlimited money to purchase my 'ulitimates' it would be just crazy!
     
  5. Seasicksailor

    Seasicksailor Friend of Leo's

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    Cool idea! However, I'm afraid I haven't played enough guitars to contribute... feeling underqualified! :-D
     
  6. colorado

    colorado Tele-Holic

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    Electric

    Strat
    Tele
    Les Paul
    ES-335
    SG w/ P90s

    Acoustic

    Martin HD-28
    Gibson Songbird
     
  7. Chris Browne

    Chris Browne Tele-Holic

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    I'll play.

    Twang
    Sproing
    Thunk
    Chime
    Boom
     
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  8. colorado

    colorado Tele-Holic

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    What about wank and wheedle?
     
  9. colorado

    colorado Tele-Holic

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    Sorry my mistake, obviously wank and wheedle are playing styles not guitars. Carry on.
     
  10. Chris Browne

    Chris Browne Tele-Holic

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    Yes, in my case the wank and weedle are in the player, not in the guitar.
     
  11. notdave

    notdave Tele-Afflicted

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    Better. I'll play. :lol:

    59 Les Paul
    Second run Esquire
    Vigier GV P90 new
    64 Mustang
    64ish Ricky 325

    :cool:
     
  12. scantron81

    scantron81 Tele-Afflicted

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    Easy!:

    Candy apple red telelcaster
    Olympic white telecaster
    Mint green telecaster
    Blonde telecaster
    Frankenstein partscaster

    :D
     
  13. Chris Browne

    Chris Browne Tele-Holic

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    More seriously...for me it's actually what I have:

    SG
    Dano DC-pro
    Martin style 000
    Classical
    Martin Dread

    In my opinion there's not a lot of overlap here, which I guess makes them 'essential' for me.
     
  14. joaopazguitar

    joaopazguitar Tele-Holic

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    Wes Montgomery's favorite Gibson L5
    Bill Frisell's Telecaster of choice
    Ulf Wakenius cheap-Les-Paul-copy by Aria guitars
    Grant Green's Gibson ES-330
    Joe Pass favorite guitar (Gibson or Ibanez or whatever that was)
    Jimmy Hendrix's most played Stratocaster
     
  15. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

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    1. Tele
    2. Strat
    3. Les Paul (or SG or ES335)
    4. Gretsch with Filtertrons (6120, White Falcon, etc.)
    5. Martin D-18 or Guild D-25

    Sorry, 5 simply isn't enough - a Rickenbacker 12-string, something Gibson-ish with P90s (LP Jr.?), a J-45, an OM- or 000-style acoustic, some type of jazzbox (L5, ES-175, D'Angelico,...), a nylon-string acoustic, a dobro, a Jaguar, a Gretsch with Dynasonics, a Danelectro with lipsticks, something pointy with a Floyd Rose and EMGs (the horror!!!) - there's just too many different types of guitars that could be considered essential.

    Actually, it would even be easier to pare it down to only ONE essential guitar, because without any reasonable doubt only a TELE could fill that role - the epitome of Fender-single-coil tones in the bridge position (which with a bit of OD and boost can also emulate Gibson-ish HB-tones - or Rickie jangle with a bit of compression and the bass turned down on the amp), somewhat acoustic guitar-like in the middle (but also not that far from Gretsch-y tones), and kind of big box-jazzy in the neck position (or, with the right pickup, not that far from the quintessential Strat tone - that glassy, throaty, woody, neck PU tone) - no other guitar can emulate so vastly differing yet essential guitar tones at once...
    Nobody could seriously argue against the Tele if you had to choose THE ONE essential guitar, but with 5 there are simply too many options of what should or should not be on the list!
     
  16. StratBluesRock

    StratBluesRock Friend of Leo's

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    For me:
    Pre-CBS slab board Strat
    Mid/late 50s whiteguard Tele
    Late 60s/early 70s Olympic White Strat with maple neck
    '59 Les Paul
    Mid/late 50s whiteguard Esquire

    Note: all refretted with 6100 jumbo wire.
     
  17. bigmuff113

    bigmuff113 Friend of Leo's

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    A vintage Fender Jazzmaster
    A J Mascis JM
    A Squier Jag
    An LP Special.
    A Tele partscaster
     
  18. MrAstro

    MrAstro Tele-Afflicted

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    The guitars I own to cover the bases are:

    Fender Tele (Ash)
    Fender Strat
    Gibson Les Paul Standard
    Gibson ES175 (That hollowbody Jazz sound)
    A Resonator (A cheap Nashville Chinese one in my case - sounds great though)
    Maton EM325C Dreadnought Accoustic.

    To me other important sounds (that I don't have would be)

    A nylon string classical guitar
    A baritone electric
    A 12 string electric and accoustic
    A parlour sized steel string acoustic with a sound hole mounted pickup (ala Roy Rogers - the slide guitarist not the cowboy)

    I'm building 69 and 72 Thinlines - the 72 Thinline should have quite a different sound with the Lollar Regals WRHB's I'm putting in.
     
  19. idjster

    idjster VERY grateful member Silver Supporter

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    For me it's the ones I have right now. I don't have any plans for any more, and I'm not putting money away for one. Mine:

    2009 Ibanez AF125 Custom
    2007? Epiphone Dot Studio
    2011 Les Paul Traditional 1960 tribute
    2010 MIM Telecaster
    1972 Norman 12 String Acoustic

    That be them. That's not all of them, and it doesn't count my wife's guitars, but these are the desired ones...
     
  20. Vladimir

    Vladimir Friend of Leo's

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    Let's see what I've got:

    Fender FSR Telecaster
    Fender Roadhouse Stratocaster
    Epiphone Casino
    Ibanez Pat Metheny 35
    Takamine acoustic

    Yep, five, thats about it!
     
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