Does your guitar dictate your style?

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  1. rpavich

    rpavich Member

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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
     
  2. 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
     
  3. beNsteR

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    Yes, definately. And vice versa, too.
     
  4. 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...
     
  5. 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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  6. 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.
     
  7. 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
     
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  8. 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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  9. bobbystroker

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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.
     
  10. 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.
     
  11. 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.
     
  12. Pedal Dan

    Pedal Dan The Island of Misfit Pedals Gold Supporting Member

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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.
     
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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.
     
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    You don't drive a truck the same way you do a 911.
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
  17. Jon C

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    Dictate? Not really.

    Influence? Yes, moreso.
     
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    The instrument influences, yes. It helps to choose the right instrument for the part.
     
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    Influence not tell. Encourage.
     

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