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Zeppelinguy

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any guitar that's set up correctly.....

over my 37+ yrs playing, i've had the following guitars

cheap, expensive, single cut, dbl cut, hardtail, whammytail, singlecoil, P-90, P-180, toaster, mini-hums, humbuckers, pole & staple buckers, and every neck shape/dimension/FB wood/FB radius/FB width and scale length imaginable.

 

a few minutes warm up to get used to an individual guitar is all it takes, as long as it's set up right.

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Currently my ES 137 Classic...for me a guitar of many facets and drool-worthy aesthetics...

 

The great thing about guitars, electric and acoustic, IMO is their diversity and ability to inspire different styles of music...

 

Also agreed...any well set-up guitar, provided it has quality and character, can 'work best' on any given day...

 

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The ones I own, A 2007 SG faded. and a 2001 LPJR.

and to reiterate, if a guitar is set up properly, it is just a matter of getting use to the idiosyncrasy of the specific guitar.

I have over the years found one or two in the herd that no matter how well set up they are they still don't do "It" for me.

But that is a a shy handful compared to the entire lot.

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not that i have alot but there are some things one will do better than another ! kinda like you can't expect a screwdriver to do what pliers do! but if i HAD to only have 1 it would be a es335 or an epi dot.

 

In 2006,a fellow guitar player friend of mine and myself stopped at a guitar shop we were driving by. I went in picked out a Epi Dot in Natural finish - built in Korea and it is my favorite guitar after a setup. To this day I still bang away on this thing,best semi-hollow body I have ever played-I love the sound of this guitar! With hard shell case it was $465 with polyurethane finish and all-awesome sounding guitar

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In 2006,a fellow guitar player friend of mine and myself stopped at a guitar shop we were driving by. I went in picked out a Epi Dot in Natural finish - built in Korea and it is my favorite guitar after a setup. To this day I still bang away on this thing,best semi-hollow body I have ever played-I love the sound of this guitar! With hard shell case it was $465 with polyurethane finish and all-awesome sounding guitar

if you get time, you tube steve marriott and packet of 3 at camden palace live! a blonde 335 at its best! only a 3 pc band you can really hear that 335 growl! \:D/

aint no better stuff to be had!

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Well, I use multiple tools for multiple tones but my new number one is my Carvin TL60T.

 

Humbuckers that split, in and out of phase, and an acoustic fishman piezo in the wilkinson bridge.

 

The walnut makes a little darker sound, but in a good way, like the KOA on my CS6 does.

 

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My easiest playing guitar is my Epi Casino but the guitar that really allows me to cut loose to my full potential is the Strat with a whammy.The Strat's whammy allows me to do much more with my playing and is indispensable for doing Hendrix stuff,using controlled feedback and doing above the nut bends.

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Well, I use multiple tools for multiple tones but my new number one is my Carvin TL60T.

 

Humbuckers that split, in and out of phase, and an acoustic fishman piezo in the wilkinson bridge.

 

The walnut makes a little darker sound, but in a good way, like the KOA on my CS6 does.

 

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WOW! [drool] awesome pc. of wood! [woot] ive got a couple of carvin amps and love em! [smile]

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I play better with my Explorer,

 

The things with guitars is that there are always compromises,

 

I love the customized neck on my Les Paul but the Explorer has better lower fret access,

 

The Explorer though has a flat neck that plays fast but not a great feel for playing slow with a lot of bends.

 

That's why I own 7 electrics.

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WOW! [drool] awesome pc. of wood! [woot] ive got a couple of carvin amps and love em! [smile]

 

Thanks!

 

But like I said, my guitars are tools and I use them all for different purposes. If I had to choose ONE though, this guitar is "almost" a les paul, "almost" a strat, "almost" a tele, and a very nice acoustic for a hard body. Plus you can mix a little to a lot of acoustic in with either the HBs or the HBs split, in or out of phase. So, not knowing what we were going to play, I'd grab this one every time. Used to be my Carvin CS6 was my goto which is close functionally but no acoustic capability and is only a 22 fretter. The TL60T has 24. Hard to beat a custom made to your specs guitar.

 

Now, if I know what specifically we'll be playing, all bets are off. I'll grab a Gibby or a Fender or one of the Carvins. Just depends.

 

I'm anxious to get my new AM Deluxe V-neck Strat tomorrow though. It should be a great guitar. Wanted one for years and my AM Standard has a bunch of miles on her.

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Poland nails it:

 

No way to play Flamenco on any electric or steel-string AE I've ever touched.

 

No way really to do a proper feel/pick technique a la Bluegrass or old time really on anything but a steel string acoustic or AE set up for it. (Yes, you can use an archtop with appropriate strings - but I think not if it's done "electric" very well.)

 

For an all-around guitar that can do more than anything else I own, there's a 175 with 9-42. Second place is a dot with the same strings, third place (was first or second place for over 35 years) the S100c Guild SG type with 8-38s. OTOH, I've always had a nylon string because for some things steel strings just don't make it any more than for some things nylon strings can work.

 

I think if you play what amounts to one style of pickin/playing, one guitar you're comfortable with works exceptionally well, viz. Roy Buchanan. Yeah, country, rock, blues... even jazz, but the physical technique was the same and he could make that tele sing.

 

Skilled as Doc Watson was, basically everything he played really worked on his flattop. Chet Atkins, OTOH, worked with different tools for different sounds. A Leo Kottke can switch from 6 to 12 flattops for his "stuff."

 

I'm sure any "good" picker can make almost any other "good" guitar work for at least some of his/her material, as I'm sure Segovia or a top flamenco player could make a nice steel string or electric sing.

 

Django played an electric at least after, if not during "the war." But...

 

I can do my limited Bach or whatever on one of the light-string steel strings, but if a piece requires certain types of strumming, as in a Flamenco sort of "thing," it only really works on a nylon string guitar. I think you can argue type of nylon guitar, but the bottom line is that there's a somewhat different technique involved, even for such as Willie Nelson who flatpicks his... it still ain't quite the same instrument.

 

<grin> I've always wondered why nobody made a guitar-shape five string banjo. I'm sure they have, but then... why?

 

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I may take some heat for this. I love all my guitars, but this is the one I find I play the most (PRS 25th Anniversary Custom 24):

 

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Why in the world would you take heat for this? Gorgeous guitar. [drool]

 

PRS necks don't work well with my long skinny hands for some reason which is the ONLY reason I don't own one [several?] but they are outstanding guitars.

 

Oh, not a Gibby, I get it.

 

People ask me why I talk up Carvins on the Gibson forum? Well, it's hard to be a Carvin Troll when I own 4 Gibsons. [confused]

 

But, my "goto" is a Carvin.

 

Of course if I could get Gibson to make me a guitar with custom neck material, shape, size, radius, fretboard material, color, and finish [tung oil rules!], fret number, size and type, Inlay material, shape, size, and color, Nut type, material, and color, Body material, shape, size, color, and finish, Top material, shape, size, color, and finish, Headstock material, shape, size, color, and finish, Bridge and Tail type, Hardware type and color, Pups and electronics of my choice etc. ~ like that will ever happen. :unsure: :-k

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Typically I don't have the luxery of changing guitars during a set, usually no extra room on the stage. I have been playing my Les Paul Studio 50's tribute with the P-90's. Seems to work well over-all for me.

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