80's cover/tribute band: what guitar would you use: PRS, LP, or Superstrat?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by sparkle**, Sep 7, 2006.

What would you use for an 80's cover/tribute band

  1. PRS

  2. Gibson Les Paul

  3. SuperStrat H/S/S

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  1. sparkle**

    sparkle** Member

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    80's cover/tribute band: what guitar would you use:
    PRS, LP, or Superstrat?

    I have a LP and A prs CU22... but I think the SuperStrat H/S/S may work better....

    Ideas?
     
  2. John Hurtt

    John Hurtt Supporting Member

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    Superstrat, hopefully it has a Floyd...:RoCkIn
     
  3. Scumback Speakers

    Scumback Speakers Gold Supporting Member

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    What he said...If you'd said 70's cover band, then I'd say an LP, but the 80's was all SuperStrat, baby!
     
  4. jumpskirt

    jumpskirt Silver Supporting Member

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    Yes, unfortunately, you need to cover those icepicky rhythms, so it's Strat time. Ask me how I know....
     
  5. EunosFD

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    Well, what kind of 80's music are we talking about? Hair metal? New Wave? Pop? A super-Strat would probably cover most of the bases, but so would a guitar like a PRS SAS.
     
  6. Laroosco!

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    I would use a shotgun, on myself.




















    Just Kidding,
    I'd use the Super Strat
     
  7. sparkle**

    sparkle** Member

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    Acually a little of everything....
    We are covering: new wave, and hair metal, along with anything else...



     
  8. Motorhed

    Motorhed Member

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    I think you need something like this :dude

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  9. Thor

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    +1 on the Superstrat. You could probably avoid the authentic 80's graphics, but there is no denying the versitility, and the fact that it was frequently the weapon of choice during the 80's.

    congrats on the new gig- now your next post should be "hair products... gel or hairspray" or "pants- spandex or leather":jo

    Cheers,

    Edward
     
  10. Grap

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    I voted Superstrat, but to be strictly accurate I'd use this:

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    'Cos it's what I used through most of the 80's ;)

    Although this:

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    or this:

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    Would do the job as well...
     
  11. WordMan

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    Well, it depends - are you a Super Strat kinda guy? I am not - can't stand/handle the locking trems and the tuning/string change hassles, let alone the tone.

    I have an 80's cover band and I primarily use a Les Paul with P-90's - actually a '54 Custom Reissue with a P-90 in the bridge and an Alnico 5 in the neck. Perfect - I get great gain tones on the heavier stuff - be it punk or hair band stuff - and the Alnico gives me a clear, rich tone for clean, even twangy stuff. Nothing better to my ears...
     
  12. Phil M

    Phil M Member

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    I think you could use your PRS.
     
  13. dave s

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    Hmmm ... that was an easy choice!

    Just a note on doing the 80s thing ...

    A buddy of mine is in an 80s only band. They do the costuming and everything. VERY successful band. So much so that they keep raising their price to play fewer dates and just keep getting MORE gigs!

    The formula they use is to play one set of the british new wave 80s like The Cure, Duran Duran, Culture Club, etc. Second set is 80s hair-band pop metal stuff. Third set is 80s hits of all kinds.

    Not surprising the 'appeal' of redoing 80s music. My kids are teenagers and will listen to 80s all day long.

    Go for it!

    dave
     
  14. StratTone

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    No brainer. Super strat. It will cover so much ground.
     
  15. Robert1950

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    The 80s lost me as far as guitar playing went. But I assume it was the decade of the Superstrat.
     
  16. Clorenzo

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    If I had all three and liked the playability equally I'd probably use the Superstrat, but if I already had an LP and a CU22 like you do, I'd use the PRS. I have a CE22 and the tremolo takes all the abuse you want to throw at it and then goes back to pitch dead on, plus you have the split positions for the Stratty sounds (I know, not real Strat, but neither is a Superstrat).

    OTOH, I tend to use anything to justify getting a new guitar, and this sounds like a pretty darn good excuse...
     

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