Do you play your favorite guitarist's guitar?

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  1. P90s

    P90s New Member

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    You're a David Gilmour fan, but you play a 594? Love Jerry Garcia but you play a Telecaster? If you DO play a different guitar from your #1 guitar hero....why?
     
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  2. BrianC

    BrianC more toys than talent

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    Pat Travers plays an SCT for most of his shows - I love mine!
     
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  3. goat-n-gitter

    goat-n-gitter Dismembered

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    I am a huge Alex Lifeson fan, and I used to own a 1980 Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion like Alex used on the Moving Pictures tour, but I sold it. It played great, but its' tone was rather dark, and it wasn't very versatile. I still have a 1983 Fender Strat Elite like Ty Tabor used on the early King's X records, but lately it just hangs on the wall until I need "that" sound for a recording.
    I love the tones my heroes get, but my PRS/Mesa rig makes the sounds I hear in my head.
     
  4. matonanjin

    matonanjin New Member

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    Two of my favorite guitarists (behind Santana) are SRV and Clapton. I have a Strat but just can't bond with it. It makes no sense. And I have two PRS guitars but not a Santana. I suspect in a year or so I will be looking at a Santana.
     
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  5. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    I haven’t consciously bought a guitar because someone else plays that model.







    Well, except for Markie. :oops:
     
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  6. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc I like to party, mmm hmm, everybody does.

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    No. I kinda went with PRS back in the early 90’s because I felt like I could forge my own identity with them, nobody I liked played them... and that’s still kinda true now. I mean, Carlos, John, Al, and Donna are cool but...

    If I wanted a guitar like my hero, it’d probably be a Strat, and I hate those.
     
  7. markd21

    markd21 New Member

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    No. The closest I ever came to that was playing Ibanez in the late 80s early 90s because ALL my favorite players used them. These days it's just about having the BEST tool for the job. For me, the quality and tone of PRS makes it the best tool.

    I'm sitting here wonder WHO my favorite guitarist is these days...hmmm, I can't say. I tend to dig songs more than players over the last couple of years.
     
  8. RaySachs

    RaySachs New Member

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    Well, most of my very favorite players (Clapton, Knopfler, Hendrix, Garcia, for starters) are / were primarily strat players and I have and play a strat. But I also have a 594 and a tele-shaped guitar (but it's 2 P90s, so not a real tele per se) and play those too. So, yeah, I play my strat a LOT, but far from exclusively. But if I had to name a favorite or pick just one to keep (God forbid!), it would be the strat - I've been playing one since I started playing and I still love 'em...

    -Ray
     
  9. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    I have so many favorite players. Seems like it's usually a Les Paul, Strat, Tele, 335, or maybe an Ibanez. But PRS makes some of the best guitars out there and they work great for me, so I figure why not play a PRS instead?
     
  10. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    I'm guilty. Eddie Lang is my favorite guitar player of all time. I have a Loar L-500, made in Korea. It's serial number 105, and is a copy of the Gibson L5 that Eddie played. If I'm playing 20's-30's music, it's this guitar or go home. All my solid bodies are PRS. Period.
     
  11. Steve's addiction

    Steve's addiction New Member

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    My favorite players are me myself and I and I have a model of each one of theirs:)
     
  12. Cbouty

    Cbouty New Member

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    My favorite guitar player is Alex Leifson. I’ve had a Rush patch on every one of my guitar cases and all my straps have Rush logos on them... but Ive only owned strats until last years when I sold them all and now have a core and SE custom 24
     
  13. merciful-evans

    merciful-evans Portsmouth uk

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    No.

    Since you mention it, Jerry Garcia was my favourite player, but Doug Irwin guitars are not available.

    My favourite players now and past never influenced me to buy their sort of guitar. I always loved the (classic) strat sound and used a 70s strat exclusively for 23 years. I hated its handling though.

    My favourite player now (my favourite players have to be alive to qualify) is Jimmy Herring. I would never buy a Tele though. The E strings are too close to the edge. I'm too clumsy to use something like that.

    Though Peter Green was a favourite of mine, I never craved a Les Paul. Its not my sound. When I did acquire a Les Paul and started to use it, I felt like an imposter. I was using someone else's sound. It felt weird.

    There is no perfect guitar for me. Though I have several that I use and enjoy.
     
  14. P90s

    P90s New Member

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    Have you been able to collect all 3 signature models....or is that out of budget? :)
     
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    BWV548 Custom Title

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    I’m probably most keen on John Scofield these days. He’s an Ibanez guy. I’ve not owned an Ibanez in about 35 years. Which is in no way a dig at their guitars
     
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  16. RaySachs

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    He played a strat in the early days (not REALLY early days, but early '70s, pre-Irwin) and it seemed like he mostly had his Irwin's set up for a very strat-like tone. Maybe with a few more options and a synth built into later ones, but still basically a strat tone. For me, about '70-74 was peak Dead and he was mostly playing strats during that stretch, so I still consider him a strat player. And to the extent I can come even remotely close to his sound (which I can't), I get closest with a strat...

    And, if you have any boutique guitar money left over after buying all the PRS's you want, Doug Irwin isn't still making guitars, but Tom Leiber is. He was Irwin's right hand man and is making a couple of models that STRONGLY resemble the stuff Irwin was making. Really nice work too. At prices you might expect... I don't know if it's kosher to post a link here to another maker, but you can search for Lieber guitars. I'll never buy one but it's fun to look...

    -Ray
     
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  17. Lister

    Lister Playing guitar badly since the 70's...

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    Nope. While I own a Strat and a LP, I didn't buy them because my favorites played them, I bought them because they were easily available pre-internet, and were the tools everyone used to make music back in the day. Besides, I'm never gonna sound like SRV, or Hendrix or Rhoads, or... regardless if I'm using the same tools they did. For better or worse(it's worse, oh god, it's worse) I sound like me.
     
  18. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    Nope. I try a lot of gear and am often surprised at what sticks. I recently had a HBII with the intent of getting old Rush tone, but it didn't click for me.

    I do use favorite players' tones as a guide, but I have a LOT of those.

    My one exception would be my JEM, but I play anything but Vai on it.
     
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  19. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I bought a Santana because you're my hero. :D
     
  20. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I've owned lots of different models over the years. I don't think I ever bought one just because one of my influences played one. Not purely, anyway. Besides, I don't own a 150 year old red oak mantle that I could turn into a guitar neck. Plus, I'm not all that keen on pressboard.
     

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