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

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  1. Fearnot

    Fearnot Friend of Leo's

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    One of the selling points in playing a budget guitar - for me - is the freedom to modify at will, without tampering with something 'precious'. And adding a $100 pickup to a $150 guitar gives you... a budget guitar.
     
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    Budget in name, but First Act custom shop is nothing to scoff at. Jason Isbell/Drive By Truckers played a Delia Firebird shaped thing.
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    And Cooley also plays an Epi V, although here he's playing on odd Gibson. Love these guys.


    Just discovered Nick Curran & his love for Rondo SJM's & Squier 51's. Too cool.
     
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    Bill Wyman had (maybe still has) a cheap homemade fretless bass.
     
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    Just goes to show us the magic is in the hands not the guitar
     
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    It's that thing on the headstock that says "Fender" or "Squier".
     
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    John Hiatt's owned & played quite a few cheap "perfectly good" guitars.
     
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    you've got to remember that back in the day we could all pickup Gibsons and Fenders for pennies on todays dollars , my beater SG i got for 100.00 it plays beautifully a pawn shop prize even then.
     

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    Glenn Frey has always been a big fan of Takamines. His main go-to six-string is a Takamine laminate.
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    Yep, Rock In Peace Nick Curran
     
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    Ryan Adams' use of a Harmony Buck Owens American guitar has driven up the price if not necessarily popularized
    that model. Of course, Buck himself used one (as well as a red/White/Blue custom Mosrite) on the old Hee Haw show...
     
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    Ry Cooder loves oddball guitars.
     
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    Buddy Miller plays old Wandre's. They were pawn shop buys but not cheap now.
     
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    I've used Taks as my live acoustics for years. The thing to remember is, these are not cheap or off brand guitars. The G series Chinese or Indonesian, or wherever they're made models are cheap guitars. The pro series stuff is absolutely not.

    Some of it is laminate, but built that way for purpose, not to save money. Glenn's models all had solid tops. Some solid backs as well.

    Bruce's are all solid topped.

    Do they sound like vintage Martins? Not unplugged. Because they aren't supposed to. They're specifically designed as loud stage guitars. They are phenomenally well designed and built instruments, that sound fairly lame unplugged in a lot of cases. I know mine do. Where they make up for it, is in stage performance.

    My ESN10C dread can be played live at blistering volumes, on a loud stage with kick drum, bass, steel, and keys all booming, and I have never once had a feedback issue with it. No notches, or excessive EQ, or marathon sound checks needed. Just plug it in and roar. What makes that possible, is that fact that it doesn't act like a vintage style acoustic. It's a trade off. Guys like Glenn and Bruce totally get that. It's why they play them.

    You get a guitar that's every bit as well built (or better) than anything made by anybody, Playability and intonation that most acoustic makers can't touch, and zero issues or headaches with live performance in big stage situations.

    They ain't cheap, either. My ESN10C is discontinued now, but retailed for well over a thousand bucks. The model that replaced it has an MSRP of around $1600 if I remember correctly.

    Pro series Taks can top out at $5k retail.

    The G series is for kids. Real Taks are no joke. I don't care if they're a little outdated and "80's", I'll never stop using them. They're not cheap to buy new, but they're tough as nails. I've never seen an acoustic take a tour beating like a Tak can. And they sound soooo great plugged in. Not to mention, not many people realize what it is they really do, so resale is fairly low. You can get a used pro series Tak for what you'd pay for a crappy Chinese plywood acoustic in a lot of cases. I routinely see them for $500-$700. Extreme value.

    I have a custom Martin 000, and a few other pieces I use for writing and recording. When Unplugged sound really counts. But I can't see ever touring without a pro series Tak.
     
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    Thanks for that update, Jakedog. They've never been on my radar, but they will be now
     
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    Duane Eddy used a Dano on Peter Gunn, Tiger Love and Turnip Greens among others Duane Dano.jpg s a


    Ike Turner used a Longhorn
     
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    Another guy famous for using the Harmony Buck Owens is Pat Smear.
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    And Pat Smear has always had an affinity with el-cheap-o mostly Japanese made guitars. And actually preferred the cheap Mexican made strats Fender provided him to smash over the USA made ones.
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    One of the Fenders Pat used during Nirvana's "In utero tour", I mean come on, only somebody like Pat Smear would decorate a guitar like that.
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    "Flopsy"

    But say "Pat Smear" and what brand comes to mind?
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    Hagstroms back then were dirt cheap and Smear stuck with them throughout the years.
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    Tom Petty sometimes uses a Kay Telecaster.
     
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