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    Default What are the "must have" guitars for any collection?

    After playing for a number of years I'm starting to realize that there are a few inconic sounds that represent the best of what electric guitars have to offer. My playing tastes have changed slightly over the years so I'm becoming more aware of the tones that I didn't need before, and added these to my list of "gotta have it" tones.

    The one guitar that made me painfully aware of this list of "must have" tones is my Line6 Variax. This guitar was supposed to solve all of my GAS for new guitars, and not fuel them, but I'm finding that this guitar has taught me about those guitars that I've been missing from my collection that I should have some day.

    So with that. Here's my list of must-have guitars. These are the tones that I keep using on the Variax, time and again:

    - Fender Strat
    - Fender Tele
    - Gibson ES-335
    - Gretch 6120
    - Rickenbacher 360

    With these, you can cover just about every guitar tone that's ever been recorded in the past 40 years. Sadly, I don't own a real Tele, or 335, or Gretch or Ric. I find myself using the Tele sounds for so many things. I'm thinking that I may need to buy a real one someday, but then again, I don't own a real Gibson ES-335, or Gretch either, so I have some gaping holes in my "must-have" collection :-) More GAS, dang!!

    --Jim
    Electrics: Hamer Newport, Fender Clapton Strat, Ibanez AF86, Line6 Variax 700
    Acoustic Guitars: Taylor 514CE, Martin J40-M
    Dobro: Regal "Black Lightning Dobro"
    Mandolin: Morgan Monroe Mandolin
    Amps: Egnater Rebel 30, Vox AD120VTX, Roland Cube 60
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    60 era 335 or an Inspired by artist series 335 from GCS
    any ES 330, 345, etc.( hollow body)
    at least 1 Gretsh
    any pre 1970 Fender
    and pre 1965 Gibson acoustic j45,j50,LOO,Country Westerm,SJ
    any pre 1970 Martin
    Fender from 1989 to 1999
    Les paul from 1980 to 1999
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    Strat
    some humbucker guitar, either Lp or Semi
    Tele
    Hollowbody

    Those are the 4 points on my compass rose of tone. You can fill in with variation from there.
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    There's been a post on this before, but I can't find it.

    My worthless opinion:
    Strat
    Tele
    Les Paul
    Hollow or Semi-hollow
    Guitars: Epiphone Les Paul Ultra; pretty red Squier Acoustic;
    Amps: Vox VT30;
    Pedals: Dunlop Fuzz Face; Dunlop Crybaby Wah
    My kids have: Squier Affinity Stratocaster MII; Fender G-DEC; Squire Acoustic; Jay Turser Strat-copy, Roland Cube amp

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    Les Paul
    Les Paul
    Les Paul
    Marshall

    ...oops. I wasn't supposed to do that, was I?
    Quote Originally Posted by Spudman
    Does anyone read the original post?
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    Good lists so far, even if I can't afford classics like Greg lists.

    I'll add only one guitar type/pickup, of which there are many models available...
    Something with P-90's. Heck, you can get them on all kinds of semi-hollows, LP's, Tele's, and on and on.
    Humbucker lovers who don't like single coils like Strat's and Tele's should give them a test run.

    "I was used to playing humbuckers, but after putting in a pair of custom Seymour Duncan P-90's into one of my '70 Deluxes, the resulting tone was a bit brighter, a little warmer, and more transparent than the humbuckers.
    But what I really like about them was there solid midrange, distorted creaminess, and their ability to still hold definition when put through an over-driven tube amp. I'll put with the hum any day to have my current tone." -Mike Ness

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    I'm with you on the P-90 suggestion.
    I have a P-90 equippped hollowbody and it covers some great sounds. These pickups sound very warm when they're turned down and then they have a fantastic bite when you turn them up. With distortion they just sound incredible. I'm a big P90 fan now.

    --Jim
    Electrics: Hamer Newport, Fender Clapton Strat, Ibanez AF86, Line6 Variax 700
    Acoustic Guitars: Taylor 514CE, Martin J40-M
    Dobro: Regal "Black Lightning Dobro"
    Mandolin: Morgan Monroe Mandolin
    Amps: Egnater Rebel 30, Vox AD120VTX, Roland Cube 60
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    How 'bout this idea...










    A bass!!:-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post
    Les Paul
    Les Paul
    Les Paul
    Marshall

    ...oops. I wasn't supposed to do that, was I?
    Mmmmm, LP and Marshall. Sweetness.

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    Simple: Any guitar that you actually play.

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    All of these are "type" guitars, since there are different brands that can get close to each model:

    Les Paul
    Strat
    Tele
    335
    6120 (Gretsch)
    Firebird (NOT the X... but one with mini-hums)
    Reverend Club King (for the P90s)
    Ibanez/ESP/Jackson shredder

    With that list of guitars, and a Fender and a Marshall amph, you can cover just about all sonic territory.
    Guitars:
    Fender 2006 MIM Fender Stratocaster HSS in 3TS
    Ibanez RG 570 with a bridge Invader
    ESP M II Deluxe with a Tune-o-Matic bridge
    Eleanor, the magical, mystical Road Worn wonder Tele
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    This is probably a ridiculously naive question, but what are the differences between a 335 and a 6120? Besides the brand of course.
    Guitars: Epiphone Les Paul Ultra; pretty red Squier Acoustic;
    Amps: Vox VT30;
    Pedals: Dunlop Fuzz Face; Dunlop Crybaby Wah
    My kids have: Squier Affinity Stratocaster MII; Fender G-DEC; Squire Acoustic; Jay Turser Strat-copy, Roland Cube amp

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    Telecastor
    Stratocastor
    P-90 (any)
    Humbucker (any)
    TV Jones Gretsch and a Richenbacher for those songs that need them!
    Guitars: '06 Les Paul Classic Goldtop, '07 SG classic, '79 ES335TD Blond, '88 Telecaster, '08 Custom Shop Strat 57 NOS, Framus '69 Goucho Acoustic, '72 Framus Caravelle hollow body, '09 Hagstrom Swede, '10 Ibanez AG95 and '69 Heit

    Amps: Fender Blues Deluxe Tweed, Marshall JCM 900 50W full stack, Roland Cube 20XL and '69 Checkmate!

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    A full hollow
    A semi-hollow
    A Strat
    A metal/shred machine
    A vintage guitar of some flavor
    A two-humbucker guitar
    An acoustic
    A tele
    And a claasical guitar

    I need more room for guitars!!
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    Amps: Fender Princeton 65, Marshall AVT50
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    It's not so much different guitars that count.....it's different pups that are good at different things.
    Strats
    Teles
    P-90s
    Buckers
    CC Rider

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    Yamaha SA2200....

    Oh wait I already have one! bwahahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Hound View Post
    This is probably a ridiculously naive question, but what are the differences between a 335 and a 6120? Besides the brand of course.
    335s tend to sound more mellow, and are great for jazz and blues, at least to my ears. A 6120 is all about the rebel rockabilly twang. For the difference, look up Larry Carlton for 335 tones, and Brian Setzer for 6120 tones.

    "That Great Gretsch Sound" is unique, and is a different type of twang as compared to what you get from a Tele or from a P90 equipped guitar.
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    Ibanez SR and SR Prestige Bass

    Strat SSS and HSS
    Tele thineline P90's and HS
    LP HH
    Nighthawk HSH
    semi-hollow dream axe would be Gibson Cs-336
    Taylor T-3 & T-5
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    Everyone needs a Musicman in their stable. It will turn into a horse that gets ridden a lot.

    "No Tele For you." - The Tele Nazi

    Ha! Tele-ish now inbound.

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