Do you play your favorite guitarist's guitar?

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  1. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    Can’t say that I do, directly, but, I did really appreciate David Grissom that much more after playing his guitar and amp. The same thing happened when I played a Satriani high-end model. OTOH, despite ripping off a bunch of Billy Gibbons’ licks, my Les Paul will never sound like his (I hated the Pearly Gates in mine). However, playing the same licks on an SE One does do something magical.
     
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  2. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    marc bolan sang about his les paul (that made him feel small) and his ‘white swan’ strat-o-caster, but i never thought to buy one. i would however buy a les paul recording (with the ‘forest of mini toggles’) because john cale.

    anyone seen the devo les paul that eastwood put out? confusing
     
  3. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I have one of his signature amps.

    “Really, do you sound like him when you play?”

    “Not exactly.”

    “Well, what do you sound like when you play through his signature amp?”

    “I sound like a lousy guitar player in over his head with a very nice amp!”
     
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  4. Fullmoon 1971

    Fullmoon 1971 New Member

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    In my collection I own 16 signature models & a further 13 models that are inspired by certain guitarists with the exception of my Polka Dot Flying V aka "Randy Rhoads" these have usually been impulse buys that SWMBO or the band have then pointed out that such & such plays that model the other one would be my "Red Special" it's slightly smaller than the original & was dirt cheap but housed the correct wiring and burn pickups. my musical tastes and playing styles that go all the way from Robert Johnson through to Zoltan Bathory via Duane Eddy & John Lee Hooker so from time to I'm bound to end with signature models

    @bodia think you might like this.
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    And my self built "Randy Rhoads" V
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  5. bodia

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

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    I do!
     
  6. Dead&Co

    Dead&Co New Member

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  7. Smitty

    Smitty New Member

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    Grew up inspired by Clapton, but I couldn’t bond with the signature strat. The soft V didn’t quite fit my hand. Did get and American Standard Strat instead (which ok, but I prefer the feel and tone of a Suhr throwback)

    Bonamassa got me wanting a Les Paul, but again I never found one that was comfortable (or could stay in tune). Got an SC245 with the 58/15s which i love to play. I did buy a mini Jubilee which I’m really digging the sound of.

    So I guess that’s a long way of saying no:D
     
  8. JohnMayer'sTherapist

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    I want to play my favorite artist's guitar but, I'm having trouble finding one in my budget (which is still outrageous for a guitar). On that note, I watched Dead and Company's kick off show last night, and John's Super Eagle definitely still has the F hole decal. I wonder if the guitar is chambered. Maybe a SE III on the horizon?!?!?!?!?
     
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  9. TroyBaer

    TroyBaer Really knows where his towel is.

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    I do have a Red Special copy (Brian May) and a none-more-black "1984" Explorer with EMGs (James Hetfield). However, both of those are instruments I use only for certain specific sounds. My default go-to guitars are my Bernie (which I bought with no prior knowledge of who Bernie Marsden is) and my McCarty.
     
  10. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    My first useful electric guitar was a Flying V knockoff, because I wanted to be K.K. Downing from Judas Priest.

    My next electric guitar was a Mexi-strat because I wanted those single coil tones of my favorite guitarist, David Gilmour (I had figured out I could play Floyd far more competently than Priest - I have slow, short fingers). I couldn't justify a US-made Strat at the time, and I didn't know or care about the subtleties (or not-so-subtleties) of how that mexi-strat was different from Gilmour's guitar (which had active EMGs at the time, IIRC).

    I picked up a LP Deluxe because I was hankering for a good HB guitar - except it has P90-sized mini-humbuckers, so it still wasn't really what I thought I wanted. But it was similar to the LPs played by a lot of my favorite 70s artists. But I didn't get it because I wanted to look like Jimmy Page, I just wanted a more growly guitar.

    That was about the end of buying a guitar because my favorite guitarist played one or because it was a "classic" played by many artists. Until PRS, that is...

    When Steven Wilson came out on stage in 2001-ish playing an Emerald Green CU22, I suddenly realized I wanted one of "those" guitars - it was beautiful, and sounded a whole lot different (better) than the ESP (I think? Some kind of strat copy) he had been playing up until then. I decided a 24 fret version would be nice, never owned a guitar with 24 frets. So Emerald Green CU24, 10-top, with birds, was what I was going to buy next! I soon realized I couldn't justify the price of a PRS with my mediocre and infrequent guitar playing. i was used to buying $300 and $400 guitars, and that PRS was a whole lot more. So it remained a dream...

    Until I separated from my third wife. Then I finally satisfied that itch.

    Since then, I've bought many PRSi, some signature models, but none because of the associated artists per se: I liked the specs of the Akerfeldt, I liked the look and specs of my Santana, I liked the specs and top of my Spalted Maple top ZM.

    When I get a Silver Sky, it will be because I like the guitar specs and how it plays, not because of JM, although I do like his music, and the Silver Sky is probably a good tool for getting that tone if I am in the mood.
     
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  11. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    john mayer killed frank ocean’s career. #teamtaylor
     
  12. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules On Double Secret Probation

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    I have the perfect amp for that guitar, and its for sale! Vox AC30hw2x. Handwired version with two blues.
     
  13. P90s

    P90s New Member

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  14. merciful-evans

    merciful-evans Portsmouth uk

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    Yes I recall his natural finish Strat and I loved the look. I expected to see it in 1974 at Ally Pally uk, but he was using something I didn't recognise (the 1st Irwin I think).

    Though I never regretted losing my Strat. I missed the sound. After making a few mistakes with bolt-on neck models, I finally found the sound again with a uk custom build copy.

    I checked out the Liebers. I think I'd seen the page before. Even if I could afford it, I cant imagine using one in the cheap dives I play in.
     
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  15. sergiodeblanc

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

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    I got a West St. because you guys are my hero’s.
     
  16. Steve's addiction

    Steve's addiction New Member

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    I almost bought a Myself but it was a fake!
    Chinese have a knack for these things
     
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  17. vchizzle

    vchizzle Zomb!e Nine, DFZ

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    I don't necessarily have a favorite player. I have some favorite bands that I name off quite a bit. Not many of them play PRS. Many play LP's and other various guitars. I'd say early on in my PRS playing days, Jane's Addiction & Rollins Band(Clint from Sevendust, but that was a bit later) were the 2 main ones that stick out in my mind. Present day, Karnivool guys use them. Dean DeLeo(STP) uses hollowbody piezo PRSi on a few tunes live. There are certainly plenty of PRS players that I like plenty, but when I think favorite bands and the players in those bands, there are less of them. Jimmy Herring is one of my faves, I suppose. I love Grissom at the PRS events, I have a lot of his solo instrumental stuff. Too country for me with vocals though.

    edit: I play PRS because they are the best(for me). I've not really chased tones too much. My tone is influenced by some of those players that I like, I'm sure. I've never tried to cop them exactly though.
     
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  18. P90s

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    I NEARLY pulled the trigger on the Gibson Historic "Myself" from the new Custom Shop, but I found out that the plastic cover under the cable jack connection was made by a different company than the original manufacturer in Upstate NY, and if that plastic cover isn't 100% historically accurate then the whole guitar is worthless in my opinion. Also, I found out that the concrete used on the floors of the new Custom Shop came from a different concrete supplier that was used for the Memphis Custom Shop floors, so, anything coming from that factory would also be worthless. I'm going to wait until a REAL "Myself" comes up on Reverb or eBay, and buy one of those. Can't believe Gibson would try to rip us off like that!
     
  19. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    I thought I had a line on a genuine Myself model, but it turned out to be a pretty run of the mill Fender covered with mice dressed as elves. Some flimsy Sly Stone tribute guitar.
     
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  20. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    :rolleyes:

    There needs to be a Groan emoji/smiley. Rolleyes doesn't quite cover it.
     
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