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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by blowtorch, Dec 31, 2015.
Lars Frederiksen (Rancid) uses Epiphone SGs and LPs
Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues plays a Japanese Squier Strat on a few songs.
"Paul McCartney: his Hofner bass was a cheap import in its day, when he easily might have bought a Fender or Gibson bass"
No, Paul bought it in hamburg because it was the only one he could afford. But he did keep it later when he could buy (or get for free) anything he wanted.
McCartney bought the German made Hofner violin bass in the Steinway shop in Hamburg because 1) it was symmetrical and looked less conspicuous ("daft" in his words) flipped over to leftie, and 2) because it was cheap. He paid 287 Deutchmarks (£30, maybe $70 then) for it on an installment plan of ten payments. He said he couldn't afford a Fender as they were about £100 then.
Later on he put a special order in for a left-handed one.
Early Kinks and Kings of Leon.
Keith Richards played a Harmony some in the early days.
Jeff Beck's Esquire with the Yardbirds was considered a budget model
prior to it becoming popular due to him. Even after was not very expensive
compared to other Fender models.
Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro plays Squier strats.
I saw Foster the People on TV and the guitarist had a Korean Squier Pro-tone Thinline.
David Byrne used to play a Duo-Sonic as his main ax.
Jack Pearson plays & sounds as good as anyone ever with his Squire Strat & small solid state amps.
Southern Culture on the Skids sound killer with Danos etc.
Dan Auerbach liked his Harmonies, Supros & asst. lo-fi cheapos.
St. Vincent can tear it up on her Harmony.
Flat Duo Jets Silvertone
Lucero Epi Sheraton
Snooks Eaglin was always changing his guitars...many of them were almost as funky as The Blind Bombardier, himself!
Doyle Bramhall ll plays a Dano.
Bob Marley with his LP Special
Kimberly Rew has been pretty faithful to his Squire Tele for years.
Jack Pearson is one of the best examples that it's the player and not the gear...
I noticed, when I went to se Dwight Yoakam a couple of times last year, he was mainly playing Epiphones. Epiphone is making a Dwight Yoakam signature model - Japanese, not Korean, but still pretty low end, compared to Gibson.
Lots of big stars have played Epiphone - especially the ES 330/335 style. John Lee Hooker, Noel Ghallager, The Edge, etc.
Jack White plays a lot of low end/starter guitars, but some of them were starter guitars of the 50's and 60's, so worth a lot more today.
James Hetfield's bolt-on Japanese flying v comes to mind. Randy Rhoads's flying v was some cheap homemade thing.
I think many, if not most acts have used cheap guitars.
Robert Smith from the Cure used a Woolworth's top 20 guitar in the early days of the band, when it was replaced with a Jaguar he took the pickup from the Top 20 and put it in the new guitar.
In the modern surf world, Laika and the Cosmonauts were highly regarded, and here's Mikko sounding sweet on a Squier Strat.
And Prophet makes that Squier sing like any American Tele ever could...
I hope he knew it was a Squier.
As long as it felt and played right and had a nice sound I bet he didn't care what the decal said.