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The Five Essential Guitars!

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

  1. e44crowe

    e44crowe Tele-Meister

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    Only considering electric guitars I would say (in no particular order):

    1. Tele
    2. Strat
    3. Les Paul
    4. ES-335
    5. LP Junior or SG with p-90s
     
  2. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Silver Supporter

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    Ash Tele
    Strat with rosewood fret board
    Less Paul Classic
    Martin OOO15M
    Martin D-28


    If the point was to do all electrics then remove the two Martins.

    Add,
    Gibson P90 Les Paul Special
    Fender Jaguar
     
  3. 63dot

    63dot Friend of Leo's

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    I had a teenager essential five at one time:

    Les Paul Custom, black of course but cherry sunburst is also cool
    Les Paul Standard, any color
    Flying V
    Explorer
    and maybe some Fenderish thing like a Stratocaster(?)

    ...but once I tried a Fender, anything else took a back seat

    I did end up getting the first, third, and last one on this list and the only one that put an impression on me to this day is the strat, and that pales in comparison, for me, to the the tele.
     
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  4. Wrong-Note Rod

    Wrong-Note Rod Poster Extraordinaire

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    Les Paul
    Tele
    Strat
    Les Paul Jr or SG Jr (P90s)
    Big hollowbody Gretsch
     
  5. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

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    If I had to pare down what I own to five, then it would be:

    Taylor dreadnaught 12 string
    Taylor 812C
    Parts-caster Strat
    Rickenbacker 360-12
    '52 RI Tele

    Wait, I still need either the H-56 LP or the '66 Epi Riviera and what about the Gretsch???

    If I can only have one amp, then I'll go with a real '65 Twin Reverb with JBL K-120's, or a Showman (8 ohm)tranny and a D-130.
     
  6. gatimberframer

    gatimberframer Tele-Meister

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    1. Tele
    2. Hollow Gretsch
    3. 12 fret slope shoulder dreadnought by a good builder
    4. LP or 335
    5. Strat
     
  7. ludashoeless

    ludashoeless Tele-Afflicted

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    strat
    es-345
    les paul
    martin/gibson/taylor
    nice 12 string
     
  8. CyanideJunkie

    CyanideJunkie Tele-Holic

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    Fender Telecaster
    Gibson Les Paul
    Gibson ES-335
    Gretsch White Penguin
    Full-solid D-style acoustic w/ Engelmann Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides and Ebony fretboard
     
  9. eggman

    eggman Friend of Leo's

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    Howdy,

    I'm somewhat at odds with many of TDPRI's more respected members about Fenders on the list: I see no sense in having a Tele and a Strat! with that out of the way here goes..

    1. D-28
    2. ES-335
    3. Telecaster
    The rest are just overkill, but they are: 4. A Rickenbacker, 12 or 6 string. 5. Les Paul Special w/ P90s. Don't forget a Champ and Twin reverb!
     
  10. Freethenoise

    Freethenoise Tele-Holic

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    #1: A tele with my pickup configuration (Vintage 62' neck, SD hotstack bridge)
    #2: A strat loaded with 60's style pickups (My 2011 American with Bareknuckle Mothers Milk pickups fits the bill)
    #3: A japanese Jazzmaster
    #4: An SG with all the bells and whistles (Block inlays, big maestro vibrato, cherry red)
    #5: A big bodied Guild acoustic
     
  11. PapaLion

    PapaLion Tele-Afflicted

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    Nice lists, anyone would be happy with most of them. There is some nice gear here.
    As I get older and near the end of the ride this has been a ? for me. I've sold a lot in the last 2 years... lot more to go. My wife for some reason thinks she won't need a dozen guitars or 14 amps??? go figure. Always a ? which ones stay, which ones go.

    For me:

    52 Tele
    1954 D-18 Martin
    1967 Gibson 330
    60s Guild 12 string
    (I'll let the other 5-6 be a unit called extras but nice to have)

    Amps:
    59 Bassman (I hope, she's on my bench in restoration as we speak)
    64 Super Rev (Only one left I used to have a "few" of these:oops:
    62 Brown Dlx (last one to go I betcha, even after the little tweeds)
    96 Prosonic Combo Anniversary in Red lizard (I am a modern guy right?)
    (again the other 5-6 are keen but extras)

    Never owned a Dot 335... always escaped me. But of course I always think it would be grand.
     
  12. bear04

    bear04 Tele-Holic

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    1) Hwy 1 Fender Telecaster
    2) Gibson Les Paul Studio
    3) Takamine G Series acoustic-electric (with Fishman pup's)
    4) Washburn Force 5 bass
    5) Washburn Rover travel guitar

    OK, none are 'essential' or maybe even 'desirable' but it's what I have. Sometimes I think I should sell them all and buy one high end guitar. But then I shake my head and realize I actually really like all my guitars, so they are the 5 I will stay with.
     
  13. banjohabit

    banjohabit Tele-Holic

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    in order of priority:
    1. "OM" or "concert" size acoustic
    2. tele
    3.dreadnaught acoustic
    4. strat
    5.nylon string classical

    of course, we're talking just guitars here, not banjos and basses, right?
     
  14. adeiderich

    adeiderich Tele-Afflicted

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    Congratulations! First post mentioning the almighty Flying V. I've always had V-lust but have never been in the position to buy one.:neutral:
     
  15. rockguitar2000

    rockguitar2000 TDPRI Member

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    These I have:

    Hardtail strat build
    62 RI Japan telecaster
    Gibson les paul standard gold top
    Guild star fire IV
    Tak acoustic
     
  16. Zounds Perspex

    Zounds Perspex Tele-Meister

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    bumping this up because I've been really thinking a lot about this.
    after trying lots (and LOTS) of electric guitars, I think I only really like Strats and Teles,
    and that when I have more than one of each, one is always criminally neglected.
    I think I am going to be cool with just the 3 guits I have.

    1. Killer Telemaster
    2. Killer Strat
    3. Killer Dreadnaught

    I mean...that's sort of it for me - except for amps. That's a whole other ball game.
     
  17. avagadro

    avagadro Tele-Meister

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    I like your "keep it real" list but the 12 string tele is a head scratcher
     
  18. mal paso

    mal paso Banned

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    I miss Steerforth, he was a good guy
     
  19. WildcatTele

    WildcatTele Tele-Meister

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    Let's see...I don't know exacty how I would define "essential", but if I could have any 5 guitars...

    1. Early 50's Tele
    2. Gibson L-5
    3. '56 Les Paul
    4. An early Larrivee acoustic with nice aged wood
    5. Taylor Leo Kottke 12-string

    Methinks I need to fit a Strat in there somewhere, but just can't figure out where...
     
  20. Kebmel

    Kebmel Tele-Afflicted

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    Stratocaster
    Telecaster
    Les Paul P90s
    Cort KX5
    Harper Accoustic
     
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