Anyone played the 'wrong' guitar for years?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by deejayen, Apr 6, 2020.

  1. deejayen

    deejayen Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    I don't really have the opportunity to try out loads of guitars, and I tend to stick with what I have, and I probably adapt my playing to how my guitar plays and sounds.

    Anyway, I'm just wondering if anyone has spent half a lifetime playing a certain style of guitar, then found out that a completely different type of guitar was a better fit...
  2. Scary Uncle G.

    Scary Uncle G. Member

    Jan 11, 2017
    I’m beginning to think it was wrong of me to play the guitar at all. ;)
  3. JWDubois

    JWDubois Member

    Aug 16, 2009
    East TN
    I just got through putting humbuckers in bridge of all my Strats. After trying it on one as an experiment I realized that was the sound I was never able to get out of a bridge SC.
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  4. 27sauce

    27sauce Member

    Mar 3, 2010
    San Antonio
    Oh yeah, I hear about it all the time.

    Country with a Les Paul or SG
    Rock with a Tele
    Jazz with a Jaguar
    Metal with a Fender amp...
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  5. WordMan

    WordMan Silver Supporting Member

    Dec 18, 2004
    Between Monterey & Money
    Oh sure - absolutely!!

    - Electrics: I grew up in the EVH era. So, moving from heavy 70’s guitars to frankensteins with locking whammy’s, wide-flat necks, no tone control, etc. I didn’t find “my” guitar until I got into Tele’s twenty years in. Couldn’t be more different - big neck, you *must* operate the Volume and Tone controls, no whammy, etc.

    - Acoustics: the first great acoustic I got was a Taylor. The bright, modern tone profile and skinny neck worked based on what I knew. As my playing progressed, I ended trying a mahogany J-45 at some point and never looked back. The plain mahogany thump was so much more in line with my playing and tonal needs.

    So yeah - decades. You learn and grow.
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2020
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  6. Brian N

    Brian N Member

    Dec 13, 2015
    Played a strat for 7 years or so; and a strat with vintage frets at that. I still really like the way a strat plays, but I found the SG plays just as well, and sounds about 100 times better.
  7. HomeInMyShoes

    HomeInMyShoes Member

    Dec 12, 2018
    I would hazard a guess that the yes answer is more probable than the no answer for me. I've had two electrics in my lifetime and the one I'm using has been with me almost twenty-two years. I am pretty certain that I could find a guitar better suited to me. I play. I enjoy the guitar and it serves me well. I sometimes think about a different guitar, but I have other things more important and necessary to spend time and money on.

    I am an exceedingly practical and boring individual many days.
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  8. drew365

    drew365 Member

    Jan 17, 2016
    I find that I'm constantly evolving and what was perfect for me a year ago is suddenly suspect. So I've learned to never say never. My current #1 sat in it's case for a couple of years before I discovered it!
  9. DonaldDemon

    DonaldDemon Member

    Nov 13, 2007
    Fear and Loathing, NJ
    For several years I played a Strat only because my only other guitar was a LP Studio and the Strat was new and different. Looking back, a SSS guitar was not right for the music and band but I still made it work. I should have at least changed the bridge to a humbucker. A SSS Strat through a Dual Rectifier playing heavy rock seems silly now!
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  10. bluejaybill

    bluejaybill Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2008
    I bought a '68 Les Paul Custom and used that for about 12 years professional, then I found a nice old strat and ES345, and they were it for a long time. Now I'm sort of a telecaster type, for the last ten years or so. Still have the strat and a reissue Les Paul for when the mood strikes.

    The Martin acoustics haven't changed for along time however.
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  11. monty

    monty Member

    Mar 2, 2009
    parts unknown
    Yep, I was a Strat guy for 20 years (most of my heroes growing up played them) and was pretty stubborn about it. Found my perfect Strat then started straying around a bit. Years ago after getting fed up with the trem tried a guitar with a Floyd, fell in love with the specs and the deal was done. I may not be a shredder per se, but I love the specs on a fast playing guitar.
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  12. deejayen

    deejayen Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    Thanks. It sounds like I might not be the only one! However, I haven't discovered if there's anything 'better' than what I have.

    My first main electric was a Roland Strat - ash body, maple neck, 7.25" radius, small frets. I think that was really nice, but apparently the neck was twisted in different directions on the bass and treble sides, and when the frets wore out I decided to splash out on...

    A custom Tele. However, I'd not played a Tele, so thought I'd order a Strat was well in case the Tele didn't work out. In the end, neither worked out - they over-ran the quoted delivery time by 5+ years, and in the meantime I'd been given a...

    Yamaha Mike Stern Tele - ash body, maple neck, 7.25" radius, smallish frets, unfinished neck. Seymour Duncan '59 humbucker in the neck, and a Hot Rails in the bridge. I'm still playing this, and it's probably not ideal, but...

    A few years ago I bought a Gibson Music City - pretty much Gibson's take on a Tele, with ash body, maple neck, P90's and a B-bender. The 12" radius, wider string spacing, shorter scale length and larger frets took more getting used to than I'd imagined. It can sound great, but it is raw, and I think it might sound better playing crunchy stuff with attitude.

    I play mainly clean country - old-style pedal-steel bends, and some Chet Atkins melodic stuff. I'm never going to be a 'hot' player!

    Guitars are funny things anyhow - they can sound and feel different from day to day, and they might need a different setup etc. Sometimes they sound great, other times not so much. The Teles can be quite revealing, which I don't mind, but I wonder if there's another guitar out there which would play great and give my playing a little boost! I don't know...something like a Gretsch Billy Bo, or a Reverse Firebird, or a Rickenbacker, or a Strat, or one of those new Lowden electrics, or a Strandberg...or...!
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  13. RRfireblade

    RRfireblade Member

    Oct 2, 2009
    Debary Florida
    Unfortunately no, I've played so many different guitars I don't even know what my type is. :)
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  14. Jazzandmore

    Jazzandmore Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 22, 2011
    That’s what I realize every time I hear my playing.
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  15. 70 Mach 1

    70 Mach 1 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2016
    Oyster Bay NY
    The problem i had is i bought a certain guitar only because its what my heros played.
    Same for amps and pedals

    Aftet reevaluating all my mistakes i am way more selective now with what i want.
  16. fishlog

    fishlog Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Red Sox Nation
    Beginning to think the SG might be "my" guitar 25 years into playing.

    This goes even after owning a couple through the years. But I would also have to say taste and situations do change so it might just be part of who I play evolving.
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  17. Oinkus

    Oinkus Member

    Nov 14, 2014
    Yorktown VA
    Any guitar works for me , don't require a specific type. Only had one guitar for a couple decades and I pretty much keep everything I buy forever. Have a bunch now and I was shredding on my 335 yesterday , played a million notes over a simple loop for about 15 minutes and enjoyed myself a lot.
  18. 3waytie4last

    3waytie4last Unfluencer Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    That’s why I always make sure to own at least one of each.
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  19. fingertip

    fingertip Silver Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2019
    I bought pedals in an effort to get some magic out of my Peavy Backstage Plus. Out of that period I bought a Laney 50 watt tube amp all the while taking lessons from a Berklee guy. Now I have a PRRI and things are making sense and I have time for TGP "playing technique" forum.
    But I did have the right guitar the whole time - Hamer FM Special.
  20. Magnets And Melodies

    Magnets And Melodies Member

    Nov 7, 2016
    Yeah, I always knew I wanted to play a Les Paul, but could never afford one growing up. Took me about 15 years of playing before I got my hands on one, and when I did it felt like coming home. Since then it's all Les Paul.

    In terms of learning and playing, I don't think there's such thing as a "wrong" guitar. Your fingers will adapt pretty well. I absolutely hate playing Strats, but yet I have initially learnt on a Squier Strat for the first 4 years of playing... so it's not like anything will impede your skill. It's more just that when you do find the right fit for you, it can inspire you to play more and spend more time with it - setting a good mood to create new music.
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