Best Guitar For A Cover Band

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  1. Scary Uncle G.

    Scary Uncle G. Member

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    Stop worrying about which guitar/tone to use and put the effort into copping the right feel and attitude for the song you're playing.

    FWIW, I’ve covered SRV with a Les Paul or a 335 and not one person has ever taken issue that I was using the “wrong” guitar for the song.
     
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  2. mangoman

    mangoman Silver Supporting Member

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    Seriously, the PRS DGT or an HSS style strat.

    Covers most of what you need (assuming no alternate tunings, etc). Anything more specific then grab a les paul or a strat and you have just about all the bases covered. Except for the semi/hollow tones....just get a Gretsch for that!!!

    Good luck. But seriously - An HSS strat will do whatever you need. If you have some $ get the DGT.
     
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  3. mangoman

    mangoman Silver Supporting Member

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    Man, I miss my ASAT special. Should’ve never sold that one.....ugh
     
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  4. Funky54

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    You just invited every member of TGP to list their main guitar....
     
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  5. Someotherguy

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    PRS CE22/24? Quality, comfort, reasonable weight, splittable humbuckers, good trem, stable tuning. They cover a lot of territory.
     
  6. orourke

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    PRS Studio


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  7. 59Bassman

    59Bassman Plank Cranker Silver Supporting Member

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    Good answer!


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  8. xrcdan

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    i got your back!
     
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  9. GtrGeorge!

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    HSS Strat..
    the proof of this as a succesful formula? See Tim Pierce playing in the pit orchestra for the Grammy awards, He is playing a HSS Strat. I use a HSS Strat every gig.
     
  10. shredtrash

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    I'm an HSS Strat guy.
     
  11. Wee Jock

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    The HH guitar of your choice fitted with SD P-Rails. The only pickups I’ve ever heard that give convincing split tones: full humbucker, P90 and thin single coil.
     
  12. Jeff_G

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    That’s what I do. Cover band I’m in does everything from Bruno Mars to Ozzy and I play my 339 for most of the night. Tele is brought for backup but I usually end up playing it for at least a handful of song if not a whole set.
     
  13. caledoneus

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    for the type of situation you are describing? HSS Strat would probably be your best all-around option.
     
  14. JSmick

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    I bought a DGT for my cover band a couple of years ago and could not be happier!! Can get a passable strat neck and tele bridge tone with the coil tap and a nice HB tones too. My backup is a Baja tele that I have tuned to open G for Stones type stuff.
     
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  15. burningyen

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    Right answer, no buts.
     
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    I bought a Music Man Majesty specifically for this. It has versatile humbuckers that can cover just about anything, decent split-coil tones with little-if-any volume drop and a good piezo. The boost circuit also helps.

    I went from bringing 5 guitars to a gig to playing the MM all night.
     
  17. MatchFive

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    HSS type guitar with a bridge humbucker that can do rock and metal, and the single coils that are geared toward blues and jazz..
     
  18. Steve_Blaine

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    I agree, and can I just add that the Tele is just rock solid. They are dependable and solid. Gigging with one is easy, you never have to worry about it getting squirrelly on you. Most dependable guitar I ever played, and of course, just my opinion.
     
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  19. C-4

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    This!^^^
    I don't mean to be offensive sounding to anyone here, but think about it for a second.
    With so much difference in taste and what one person can do with a guitar compared to what another person may need to be as versatile as the first, for example, anything goes.

    I can use any guitar I have and any amp and do an entire night playing in our band, which does commercial music. I bought the guitars, amps and other gear I have to accomplish this, since this is now all I play.
     
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