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What guitar for Rockabilly

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by vox Phantom, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. menace

    menace Tele-Meister

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    I really wanna a gretsch but my tele gets it all day long all night strong hahahaha
     
  2. tommym1

    tommym1 TDPRI Member

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    Gretsch 6120 & Tele
     
  3. tommym1

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    Sweet !!!
     
  4. Wyzsard

    Wyzsard Friend of Leo's

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  5. Wyzsard

    Wyzsard Friend of Leo's

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    Gretsch is hard to beat for rockabilly. Not a Rockabilly tune, but a great showcase of Gretsch (and Fender amp) tones....

     
  6. drlucky

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    This pretty much sums it up. That being said, I prefer either my Telecaster or 65 Gibson ES-330.

    Then again, I've also gotten a great rockabilly sound out of my Rickenbacker 330 (which also confused the heck outta the "rockabilly police" who thought I was gonna whip out a bunch of R.E.M covers when they saw me onstage with it:lol:) If you listen to some really obscure old rockabilly (like the Proper box set) you'll hear that a lot of it doesn't have delay. It's in the attitude!
     
  7. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Telefied Ad Free Member

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    With flatwounds.

    FLATWOUNDS !

    Trust me.

    What's the most worthless pickup on the face of the planet ?

    Right - your average Strat bridge pickup w/ no tone knob.

    Flatwounds can redeem even this lowly crapmagnet.

    I just did an in-depth listening fest that lasted a solid month.

    All 50's rockabilly.

    Flatwounds.

    I'm tellin' ya...
     
  8. rangercaster

    rangercaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    a Telecaster is great if you can play like this ...
     
  9. tele salivas

    tele salivas Poster Extraordinaire

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    I really like the ES-295. I had a chance at one for a really good price, but the guy at the store wouldn't hold it for me. I told I him I was coming back the next day. I'm sure they get that a lot. But, I did go back the next day and another guy who saw me checking it out the day prior, bought it after I left.
    :mad:

    But it played and sounded fantastic.
    epiphone_es_295-300x300.jpg
     
  10. blowtorch

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    ya the Epi ES295 is a great guit.

    I love it, and my Gretsch puke green 6118, and my three Agile CoolCats, and my Dearmond Starfire Special, and my Douglas WNO, and my teles for rockabilly!
     
  11. Alex W

    Alex W Friend of Leo's

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    I'm in the "any" camp as it's more about the cowboy than the gun. That said, you can't go wrong in terms of sound, not to mention looks, with a big ol' Gretsch like Brian Setzer plays.
     
  12. LaExpatriot

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    For my 3 Rockabilly bands I use:
    Guitars-
    Telecaster - Stock Pickups
    Duo Jet - Filtertrons
    Epi Zephyr Blues - Stock P-90's
    - all are strung with 11 gauge flat wounds. -
    Amps:
    '61 Blonde Bassman 6G6
    DRRI
    Polytone 103 - Closest to Grady Martin sound I have found
    '61 Gibson GA-30

    These all give different sounds but are all very good at getting you a Rockabilly sound. All depends on the sub-genre of Rockabilly you are playing and the sound you are going for. (Rev Horton Heat, Stray Cats, Johnny Horton/Cash/Burnette, Carl Perkins, etc, etc, etc. Most anything can get you there. Just gotta know how to use it.
    RT
     
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  13. Beachbum

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    For Rockabilly?

    GOOD
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    BETTER
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    BEST
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  14. twangjeff

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    Well put. I may be a bit of a fuddy duddy for saying this, but if people spent the time worrying about their chops that they spend worry about their gear we'd have a lot better players out there. I've seen Carl Perkins playing a Les Paul, a Tele, a Strat, an ASAT, so what does that tell you? Any good guitar will work! But heck you could say that about any style of music! ;-)
     
  15. Lee Harvey

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    Somebody gets it... somebody gets it....

    This should be plastered on every players wall...
     
  16. sixstringbastard

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    Single Coils, slapback delay and a low powered tube amp!
     
  17. Old Has Been

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    For me, it's either the tele or the LP.
     
  18. Mike Eskimo

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    Plus flatwounds !:lol:
     
  19. Dwills94

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    That may be true but it sure helps if you're packin a peacemaker. The guitar equivalent to that would be a Gretsch. I don't really play rockabilly but I can fake it pretty well with my little vox, a touch of reverb, and my buddy's gretsch.

    Plus it just looks cool:cool:
     
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    I prefer an 1858 converted to .45 LC.:lol:
     
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