Finding a main rock guitar should be easy, but...

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  1. jtwang

    jtwang Member

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    ... it's really not, in my opinion.

    Just for fun, let's pause the old "a xx guitar can do any genre"-argument (because it's true) for a moment and think in terms of genre specific instruments. For jazz/blues I'd go 335. For blues/rock I'd go with a Strat. For country/rock a Tele. Very safe and hyper conventional, but that's ok. But what about rock? Just rock; Springsteen, Ramones, AC/DC, GnR, Stones, Cream, whatever classic bands that comes to mind.

    What's the logical choice? HSS strat? Les Paul? SG? LP jr?
     
  2. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    A Paul and a Strat should cover it.
     
  3. swimrunner

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    a paul reed smith.
     
  4. dave s

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    Nothing wrong with going with TWO 'go-to' guitars. If you're talking about gigging, you should ALWAYS carry a backup. That said, my two go-to guitars that would cover the most ground would be:

    Strat / Superstrat
    LP / Tele

    Take you pick in either category.

    dave
     
  5. Weathered

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    Tele. With a good hot bridge pickup and the right amp, it covers a LOT of tonal ground.
     
  6. wrxplayer

    wrxplayer Supporting Member

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    I think there are lots of choices. I have a framus panthera studio pro that's a heckuva all around rock guitar. High output SD HB's that are splittable as well as a single coil middle pickup in a les paul style body make it tremendously versatile. They don't sell many of these in the states, but if one's looking for a single guitar that can produce a lot of rock sounds, it's a great choice and not very expensive.
     
  7. Bankston

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    Getting a good rock sound is more about the amp than the guitar, imo. Whereas, I wouldn't even think of trying to get a country sound without a Tele.

    Just among the rock artists you listed, there are Teles, Strats, LPs, SGs, etc.

    It might help if you narrowed it down to the genre you're wanting to play: southern rock, hard rock, blues rock, punk rock, etc.
     
  8. PFCG

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    Strat + Marshall has always been the rock setup for everyone for ages!
     
  9. Dumo

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    Tonight your homework is to work out the following formula until your fingers bleed:

    LP + Marshall JCM800=RAWK

    Class dismissed.
     
  10. shredtrash

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    Gotta go with the ol' Les Paul. Does it get any better for rock?
     
  11. twoheadedboy

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    For me, a pair of early 90s Ibanez RGs are doing it.
     
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    For what you said, the first guitar to come to mind to handle those would be either a Tele or SG..

    For me, I carry my 335 clone to jazz gigs, with an HSS strat as backup (very warm single coils..)

    and for rock gigs it's the opposite.
     
  14. MagicNelson

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    For rock, definately a Les Paul. With P-90s. :cool:
     

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