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The Five Essential Guitars!

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

  1. Westerly Sunn

    Westerly Sunn Poster Extraordinaire

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    Having a trained spider monkey in a bell boy cap to do it for him would be a great act... :lol:
     
  2. stinkey

    stinkey Tele-Afflicted

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    Telecaster
    Stratocaster
    335
    J-200
    Nylon string


    But five is not enough, in my on list i miss an 12-string, an Resonator.......
     
  3. 63dot

    63dot Friend of Leo's

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    Steel string acoustic (dreadnaught with piezo is excellent)
    Nylon string
    Electric bass guitar (P-bass will do)
    Electric guitar with one or more single coils (tele or strat)
    Electric guitar with one of more humbuckers (SG, 335, Les Paul, superstrat, semi-hollowbody)

    Other stuff I would like would be guitar with P-90s, full hollowbody archtop both acoustic and electric, guitar with locking tremolo, guitar with b-bender, Steinberger bass, Parker Fly, and many others. While they are nice, they are probably not essentials in a lot of collections of working guitars. There is a reason stuff like the tele and strat are used in such a wide variety of music by a lot of players.

    If money were no object and I was a Bill Gates or Richard Branson, I would buy Garth's Takamine, Willie's banged up Martin (I would have to offer price he couldn't refuse), Jimi's hand painted strat along with Roy's blackguard tele, Carol Kaye's or James Jamerson's Fender bass, and any ES-335 dot from '58-'60.
     

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  4. tonyj

    tonyj Tele-Afflicted

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    - A decent but not overly expensive acoustic
    - A nice 'humbuckered' Standard Les Paul
    - A sweet 335 or 339 (either will do)
    - a 'regular' telecaster (prefer an ash if that's OK)
    - a twelve string 'seal' Dano
    - a nice Fender Jazz Bass

    Basically I would accept any colour or trim with my selection as these will be gifts - right?

    I realize also that there are six guitars here, but as we may have no amp in the package I will need something to noodle on until we get to choose five amps.

    Hold back the twelve string in that case. :D
     
  5. Bill

    Bill Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    Pretty traditional for me:

    Blackguard Tele

    Maple board Strat

    ES 335

    ES 175

    OM 28
     
  6. exltd001

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  7. BMusic

    BMusic Tele-Meister

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    If forced to sell everything else, here's what I'd be left with (and I'm not going to figure in basses):

    1. Tele
    2. Martin DM or Gibson SJ100 (The latter is a better guitar, but if both were being violently pried out of my hands at the same time, I'd probably let the Gibson go and fight for my beat-up old friend).
    3. Rickenbacker 660/12 AFG
    4. Gretsch Duo Jet
    5. Les Paul w/P-90s or Revolution Casino. Probably the Casino.
     
  8. oldteleguy

    oldteleguy Tele-Afflicted

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    Esquire partscaster(2)-from Rob DiStefano,12-string Tele,BSB Squire modded w/Nocasters
    Hss Amer.Special Strat
    Oldteleguy
     
  9. MatthewDickin

    MatthewDickin Tele-Afflicted

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    It's amazing how 'right' Fender and Gibson got it, so early in the history of the electric guitar. Reading through this thread, virtually all suggestions are 1950s or earlier. Great as modern innovations are, they don't seem to be essential...

    Here are mine:

    1) Small bodied steel-string acoustic (something like a Martin 00/OM)
    2) Esquire-type (50s style, ash with maple neck and thee brass, uncompensated saddles)... Is the Tele neck pickup essential?!
    3) A good Les Paul Standard-type (50s spec, low output humbuckers, maple, mahogany, rosewood, unchambered).
    4) Strat-type (50s style, alder with maple neck).
    5) Really? You want five?! Um... Without a decent amp (Princeton Reverb, Champ), the three above are just wood and wire - can I have an amp?
     
  10. 63dot

    63dot Friend of Leo's

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    I like your list, especially since it starts with tele and then Martin!

    I only have two moderately priced guitars now but I have had over 60 through the years. For all time from what I have owned I would say:

    1) '65 Tele, maple cap fretboard
    2) '47 Martin 00-17
    3) Ibanez Blazer 550
    4) '68 Tele with Bigsby
    5) current #1, ESP/LTD Viper 301

    The three older ones I could not touch with a ten foot pole these days at what people are asking for them online. Reissue and relic type guitars of these come close but seem soulless by comparison. Ibanez did update/reissue their Blazer but with modern stats and that killed it for me. For now I am going to stick with my modified Viper.
     
  11. stevieboy

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  12. franchelB

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    I'd like to think that I have 5 "essential" guitars:
    1. Les Paul Deluxe
    2. Fender Tie-dye Stratocaster
    3. Taylor 355CE A/E 12-string
    4. Takamine CD132sc classical A/E
    5. Washburn HB30 (335-Dot copy)

    Actually, it should be 6, because I'm saving money for a Tele-style guitar.
     
  13. Warren Pederson

    Warren Pederson Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    A couple Classic Vibe Telecasters, an American Standard Tele, A 335. To make it 5, how about a Muddy Waters Tele.
     
  14. Donelson

    Donelson Tele-Afflicted

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    What every guitarist who is a "musician" should be fully down with:

    Classical or Spanish;
    Flattop;
    Archtop;
    Semi-hollow;
    Solidbody, Gibson-style;
    Solidbody, Fender-style.

    To branch out further, there is the 12-string & the resonator guitar.

    Most or all good guitarists also can handle an electric bass to some degree.

    Brands don't matter one bit. Go by the type or genre of axe, not the model name.

    That's my take anyway.
     
  15. spikypaddy

    spikypaddy Tele-Afflicted

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    Agree completely with the electric side of things there! My acoustics, however:

    Gibson Dove
    Martin 000
    Resonator of some description!
     
  16. blue metalflake

    blue metalflake Doctor of Teleocity

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    1. Tele
    2. Strat
    3. Martin HD 40
    4. SG
    5. Pallour size acoustic

    1 -3 already in captivity - working on the rest.
     
  17. gmann

    gmann Friend of Leo's

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    I like to think big so here goes.

    1. '59 blond Dot Neck 335
    2. Broadcaster.
    3. '56/'57 Mary Kaye Strat
    4. '63 FB1
    5. Prewar 000-28
     
  18. paulvcarter

    paulvcarter Tele-Holic

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    i bought mine....
     
  19. chesire

    chesire Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    Some great answers here. Here's my $.02

    1. Tele with a humbucker
    2. Nice performance type acoustic
    3 Trusty beater acoustic (for beaching, hiking, etc)
    4. Semi hollow with dual hums ala 335
    5. LP Jr with a P90

    I thought I needed a Strat, but after having several I never played I've given up on them. All my heros play them but I just cant make one work for me.
     
  20. jonal335

    jonal335 Tele-Holic

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    My guitars -
    1. 1960's Block inlay 335 RI
    2. 1958 Les Paul RI
    3. 1952 Tele RI
    4. 1962 Strat RI
    5. Martin D-HD28V
    I see a sort of bias here...
     
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