I need a Gigging guitar I can beat the hell out of!

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by Russ73, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. Russ73

    Russ73 New Member

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    I have my 3 S2s and a Core, all 22 fret models and Im looking for a guitar I can carry in and out of the clubs around NY and occasionally on a plane to Vegas, used is probably the best bet...any suggestions on what and where to grab what Im looking for....Ive recently bought and returned a Squier HSS strat and Im not a strat guy and I checked out the new 2020 Epis today they felt cheap to me....all recommendations welcome! Budget 450!
     
  2. elvis

    elvis Hamfisted String Banger

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    Why not gig one of your S2? Or get an SE you like. I gigged an SE Navarro for a while. The Meyers and Bernies are great SE models as well.
     
  3. Malloc

    Malloc New Member

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    And here I am considering buying an S2 for just such a purpose...
     
  4. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    I would love a used SE Paul’s Guitar for that purpose myself!
     
  5. bodia

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

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    I’m with Elvis, Bernie’s rule!
     
  6. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    There's tons of used SE's around in that price point...I'd go with a Bernie or an SE Custom 22...
     
  7. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    I gigged the crap out of every one of my PRSi...Core, S2, and SEs. The Custom 24 suffered the most damage but survived, and the others barely received a scratch. If you’re never throwing it in a trailer or checked luggage at the airport, grab your fav, use a great gig bag, and don’t look back. My DGT, SE245, SE One, and Cu24 got the most use and all served well.
     
  8. Outlier22

    Outlier22 New Member

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    I only have one PRS (CE) and I just gig with that. I think if I were you, I would just gig one of the S2s.
     
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  9. garrett

    garrett knows just enough to be dangerous

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    Sounds like you're already rolling four deep, my man.
     
  10. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    I've gigged an Artist package Cu24. No one says she can't get in a bar fight just because she's wearing pearls.
     
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  11. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    How about a used SE Zach Myers? Semi-hollow, so a bit lighter. Shortest scale, 22 frets means minimum total length. Put covers on the stock pups to tame the edge if that is more your style.
     
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  12. RickP

    RickP One Guitar Short...

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    I am all in with @Boogie here. Your guitar is your voice, don’t go cheap. Take your best sounding, best playing guitar and go kick some ass with it.
     
  13. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    I usually travel with my SAS or 25th HB piezo.
    Both have good range and I gave up on playing a ‘lesser’ guitar for fear of hurting it. They are tougher than I am.
     
  14. Tim S

    Tim S King of the barre chord

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    Or you could pick up an off-the-shelf Fender, play it for years while beating the hell out of it. Then sell it as an authentic relic and make a profit. :p
     
  15. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    I’m getting every dollars worth of depreciation out of my nicest guitars by gigging and living with them. I don’t wanna play a sh!ttier guitar out of fear anymore (not that I ever really did), my fanciest guitar lives in a gig bag and gets used and abused the most.

    Life is short.
     
  16. Tim S

    Tim S King of the barre chord

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    As was once pointed out to me, if you’re not playing your best guitar, you’re just saving it for the next guy.
     
  17. GADonis

    GADonis New Member

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    I try to keep the mindset that guitars are tools. So, use the best tool for the job. In my opinion looking at a guitar as an "investment" that must have its value protected isn't really viable for "everyday" guitars. And yes, I consider most PRSi as "everyday" guitars. Very expensive ones in some instances but still they were made to do a job. Maybe this doesn't apply to WL or PS guitars and other high end guitars.

    I've gigged my 594 in the past and I hope to do so in the future. It's a great guitar, why wouldn't I want to use it when a great guitar will be the most benefit for me (and hopefully the audience)?

    I don't have an S2 but I would expect that absent purposeful abuse and neglect they should hold up very well to "normal" wear and tear with proper maintenance. I think that was the whole purpose of the S2 line in the first place? Reasonably priced, quality instruments for working musicians.

    Of course I most definitely do not have a collector's mindset when it comes to "stuff." Play that expensive guitar, drive that expensive car. That is why they were created.
     
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  18. xjbebop

    xjbebop Yippy ki yay!

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    $450 limits your options.... search the used market for something you like...
     
  19. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    thought this was going to be about needing less than 22 frets.
     
  20. markd21

    markd21 New Member

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    Among the others here, I have gigged my Artist Package, Wood Library, 10-top, Core, S2, and SE guitars joyfully. Whatever is going to the gig gets plopped into an S2 gig bag, tossed on the backseat, and used for the night. I do rotate guitars, and rarely play the same one two shows in a row unless I am traveling. Play what you have, enjoy them and don't fear.
     

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