What established acts use(d) budget or starter guitars?

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  1. rand z

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    Elmore James and Howlin Wolf used Kay Guitars.

    Wolf also played Harmony guitars.
     
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    Kurt Rosenwinkel played a Sheraton for a long time
     
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    Nancy Wilson uses Epiphone LPs. A few people use Epiphone Sheratons. Buddy Guy and Jimmie Vaughan have their MIM signature models (not sure if those fit the OP's criteria) in their stage rigs.



    Jeff Healey:

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    Troy Van Leeuwen:

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    Check out what SRV is playing in this clip:

     
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    Don't forget he played Hi-Fliers.
     
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    Randy's guitars were made by Karl Sandoval.
    (Charvel, BC Rich luthier)

    He used to live a few miles from my house and i would
    go and visit him at his house where he had his workshop
    in the early days.

    He also built guitars for George Lynch and Eddie Van Halen.

    Check this out:

    http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/the-guitars-of-randy-rhoads-1
     
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    He personally pushed up the price on a lot of that stuff. Five to ten years ago it cost half as much for old silver tones and such.
     
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    Ray Beadle plays a classic vibe
     
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    Considering that Brian and his Dad spent 2 years hand building the guitar I don't think it would fall in the cheap guitar category.
     
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    Since Jimmie Vaughan Strats now sell for $849 I would say they have far exceeded the "budget, starter" categories.
     
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    Buddy Miller said he got his first plastic Italian Wandre guitar at a pawn shop for fifty bucks. I've read that some Wandres go for up to $40K.
     
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    No one , I mean , NO ONE , can make the best of nothing better than Seasick Steve.
     
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    Junior Watson plays what I think they are guitars that were sold at Sears and Montgomery Wards. As well as Joel Paterson.
     
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    Actually, he was pushed a wad of cash in his hands by the producer who begged him to get a better guitar and what he bought was NOT a Jaguar.

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    He owned at least three Jazzmasters, all fitted with that top 20 pickup in the middle. You can also say that Smith invented the Buzz stop.
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    Pete Shelley of The Buzzcocks used a Teisco with part of the body broken off.
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    Which he later replaced with a Gibson marauder.

    Stef Kamil Carlens of dEUS used a cheap plywood Washburn bass as his main instrument.
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    To give you guys an idea on how well he regarded that instrument, his back up was a Pedulla five string.

    dEUS live in London, Carlens playing his Pedulla.
     
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    Kurt cobain used a harmony acoustic guitar on some nirvana songs... it might have been a 12 string, I think.
     
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    Lots of punk, hardcore, metal, and indie rock bands use epiphones.
     
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    Milton McDonald sessions guy plays Squiers occasionally
     
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    That is for sure. A lot of his gear makes budget stuff look boutique. Here's an example:
     

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    Cale's "Casio Strat" was anything but a budget or starter guitar. It's a Casio PG-380 made by Fuji Gen Gakki (later/currently FujiGen) at the same time that company was making Fenders. The PG-380 includes a built-in pitch to MIDI converter as well as a General MIDI tone generator, and it listed for US$1500 circa 1990, with a street price of ~$1200. Other users included Bob Weir, Stanley Jordan, and I still own mine.

    In addition to its hyper-popular toy instruments, Casio offered an entire line of professional grade synthesizers and controllers. The synthesizer technology was similar to, and in many respects superior to, the tech used by Yamaha in the DX7. But Casio's marketing people failed to make players aware of the potential of the pro gear. The kindest word I can think of is "inept." :cry:

    I agree that Pearson's Squier Bullet and Affinity Strats sound splendid in his hands, but in the YouTube clips where his amps were IDed, they were either his signature VVT ($2400) or Blues Junior ($530). Can you point me to any clips in which he's definitely using a small solid state amp?

    This is an early MIJ Squier Tele, and IMO one of the greatest examples of guitar playing ever caught on video.



    Don't try to tell me you didn't look for the horn section, too...

    In the NRBQ days, Big Al Anderson was best known as a Tele player, but in the early '90s he became an early MIJ Squier adopter. I recall a magazine interview in which he bragged about recording an entire album with "a $150 rig" including a Squier Strat and a solid state amplifier. Couldn't find a clip of him playing through a small amp, but here he is with the Strat.



    Of course you caught Joey Spampinato's Danelectro bass, too.

    Though most often seen with a Tele or Les Paul, Joanne Shaw Taylor has been known to gig with an original Squier '51.



    I read in an interview that Taylor replaced the '51's stock bridge pickup with a Duncan Pearly Gates, so I'm not sure whether the axe still qualifies as a budget guitar.
     
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    Im not famous yet, but when I am...you'll see my Squiers onstage!
     
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