Does your guitar dictate your style?

rpavich

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Hi,
I just noticed something...

I played last week and took my Ibanez 335 and didn't give it any thought...

I just set up to practice today with my strat...same amp/effects rig...and I noticed that I was playing more "scratchy/funky" than with my 'bucker equipped guitar...choosing that style more...it just seemed "right"..

Do you find that some things just "work" better on some guitars? Do you tend to play a certain way according to what guitar you're wearing?

bob
 

JingleJungle

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Personally I'll put it this way.
Each guittie gives me some kind of "input" - different in each case.
For example, the last entry, a Grosh Retro Classic "S" style guitar just speaks to me in a modern, fusion kinda way - even though I purchased it on a hendrixian whim....

But, YMMV, etc - as usual...

JJ Paul
 

Dave Orban

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I typically gig with a '53 ES-175 with P90s... it's strung with 13s, so it does dictate the style of play -- fewer bends, less sustain, etc.

I will also usually bring along a Lentz Tele, strung with 11s or 12s for when I want to rick out a bit differently...
 

Scott Peterson

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Really for me, the style dictates the guitar... but the sentiment is truly the same thing as you put it.

Tis the reason to have more than one guitar!!!
 
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Derelict

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I think it does. Ask yourself this: Would you feel right playing some soulfull blues on a pointy BC Rich? I think the conection works both ways.
 

KRosser

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Yes, I think it's only natural that certain guitars lend themselves very easily to certain types of playing or even certain techniques.

Sometimes, though, I think it's cool to try deliberate odd or "mis-matched" juxtapositions, like playing twangy bluegrass licks on a hollowbody, bebop on an electric 12-string, detune a Danelectro and put on as much gain as you can, or yes, even play Curtis Mayfield licks on a BC Rich...this can sometimes lead to some very fresh sounds & perspectives
 

Antero

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I think the resonance and feel of different guitars leads one to different techniques - some things resonate more, sound/feel better, and so forth. There's a feedback loop going on - what you're hearing and feeling changes what you do in reaction. Same sort of thing happens when you change the amount of echo/reverb on a singer, or raise/lower their monitor mix - it can completely screw up their singing.

My Carvin makes me go for lots of big, complex, ringing chords or jazzy chords, driving interval-based lines, funk riffs. My Danelectro makes me play as hard as possible, either incredibly ratty, punked-out stuff or fuzzed pseudo-synth single-note lines.
 
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i've always associated it more with tonality which i guess i directly related to guitar/amp settings. when i am playing with a lot of distortion i tend to play more metally licks, when i'm playing clean, i tend to play more beatle-y licks and when i have the wah on, i tend to play more porno licks. that kind of thing.:D anyhow, yeah, i know whatcha mean.
 

Mr.Hanky

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Yup, I definitly play differently on a Strat then a LP, and a LOT differently on an Acoustic.
A different guiatr can bring forward different aspects of your style and that can be really kool.

However, recently, having gone through this for a while, I have come to the conclusion that I am a Les Paul guy.
Always was, it is fun to slut around a bit but it is always nice to come home.
 

KoaFreak

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Definitely changes my mood. On a very fast/shred worthy guitar such as my Carvin or Charvel, I have to force myself to not go overboard :)p ), whereas with a LP or similar guitar, I find myself playing more bluesy bends, etc. But I still always sound like myself, regardless of the guitar.
 

Pedal Dan

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I don't think so...

I play Metal on a 50's spec Tele partscaster, and Blues on a Jackson WR1 Warrior.
 

Jazzandmore

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For me I get different guitars specifically to play different ways on them. I have hollowbody jazz guitars for that style of playing, and an S type, for example that I choose to play very differently.
 

lamenlovinit

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I used to regularly notice bass players talking about that in Guitar Player. Like I remember Geddy Lee saying he preferred Alex Lifeson's playing on his white 335. This was obviously a long time ago.

Certainly I play my ASAT Classic setup high with 11s and the big "classic C" neck differently than my ASAT Bluesboy which has a normal setup, 10s, and a "slim C" neck. I play everything on everything I own, but I don't see how anybody wouldn't play those two differently.
 

Salsg

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I never thought about it, I suppose I do play a little differently based on the guitar. Thinking about it I even play my bucket equipped strat differently than my SSS strat
Now I'm probably gonna be more aware of it next time I pick up different guitars.
 

eigentone

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The instrument influences, yes. It helps to choose the right instrument for the part.
 




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