Five Essential Guitars to Cover Your Bases

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  1. jo2012

    jo2012 Member

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    I gig all night in a cover band covering everything with a hamer special.. thats all I really need...
     
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  4. ieso

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    since when were there 5 bases to cover?
     
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    (both with Floyd's)

    I have several others, but those 2 are the only ones I actually play and need.

    TRJB
     
  6. bard2dbone

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    Five was an arbitrarily chosen number from a throwaway comment by Hwy14 in another thread.

    I guess I would have gone with : a good Strat type, a good Tele type, a good Les Paul type, A Semi-Hollow Thin Body type, A good acoustic 12-string, and a good acoustic 6-string

    Basically getting all the basic tones covered is easily possible with what I already have except for a twin humbucker solidbody. And I can fake that well enough with my Dot. So I'm mostly covered. In fact that's most of why I have the ones I have right now.

    But apparently in my arbitrary world it would have been six in stead of five.

    Now if we go to BASSES , then it gets way more interesting for me. You need a good fretted four, a good fretless four, at least one extended range bass, an electric upright, and an acoustic bass of some kind. There can be overlap. For example your upright can be your acoustic.
     
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    Martin HD28
    Epiphone Casino
    Ric 660/12

    oops that's 6...
    Some of these are in my living room. Some in my dreams.
     
  8. 62Tele

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    To me, bases are covered when you have the instrument(s) you need to express yourself musically. There have been a lot of notable guitar heroes who did that with pretty much one guitar.
     
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    It's much less than what I own, but certainly enough to cover all my tonal needs.
     
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    I only need a good Stratocaster to cover every tone I need .
    But we don't stop there, so I have way more guitars and I really need:facepalm
     
  11. Jess 1971

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    Is playing guitar now some sort of paint by numbers exercise where all we're required to do is lay down some formulaic sounds that ideally complement the music to the liking of the masses? I prefer to think of it as an artistic endeavor where each player strives to create something original and uniquely their's.

    I guess the "essential" guitar tones are important if all you're doing is playing in some cover band and aren't trying to actually create something.
     
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    This is my choice as well, however now I have modified a couple of the guitars to suit my preferences.
    Tele, for sure.
    Vigier Strat
    XOX Audio Tools Handle to replace the LP,
    and of course a 335.
    I added a P-90 Rick Vito to my personal list, just to switch out the flavoring. ;)


    As for acoustics, the field is wide open there, but in the end, a nice D-28, or Gibson are the standards, and for good reason.
     
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    Here are mine:

    1) '63 Gibson ES-330 w/ Bigsby
    2) '83 Gibson ES-335 Dot w/ Shaws
    3) '10 Fender Standard Strat w/ Fat 50's
    4) '09 PRS DGT ( faux tele tones on bridge w/ pickup split)
    5) '78 Gibson Gospel Dred. w/ K&K pickup
     
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    Whatever 'covers all the bases' actually means I do just fine with a couple of Strats. I'm not of the persuasion which demands a Tele for 'country', a Les Paul for rock or an archtop for jazz. Acoustic cork-sniffers are the worst offenders; they 'need' a parlour for blues, an OM/OOO for fingerstyle, a dread for flatpicking and a jumbo for strumming...
    Jazz on a Strat? Unpossible:
     
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    While I understand you statement, when I was doing session work, the basics were in fact covered by having at the ready, the basic tone groups covered by the four stated guitar groups, and then some acoustics. The amps were the basic types as well, including Fender, Vox, and Marshall.

    While today, indeed it is not necessary to have all the groups represented, still some tonalities are indeed needed to differentiate specific tones. For example, at least one humbucking guitar and one tele or strat. A tele with the three pickup sc option would indeed cover the strat territory. As you mentioned, all are not needed, if you are trying to create something special.

    My speciality was pleasing the producer who hired me, so in that vain I needed to be prepared. ;)
     
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    Needing specific guitars for your desired type of work will vary from player to player, so I wouldn't call any type of player a cork-sniffer. They could turn around and some how point a finger at you even if they were wrong. ;)

    And, I'm not pointing the finger at you by "pointing this out". (Sorry, I couldn't resist. :))
     
  18. SackvilleDan

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    In my stable:

    ES-333 - covers all of my current pop/rock Top 40 cover band needs, electrically.
    Larrivee LV-03RE - since I'll need an acoustic, I'll pick the one I gig with the most. It will also cover my campfire needs :D
    MIA Strat - I've got a Tele, and I "like" my Tele more than my Strat, but if I had to choose one to cover my bases it would be the Strat. It's perfect for my reggae band, and has enough twang to pull some country when I need it.
    '70s Ibanez Roadstar Bass - strung with flatwounds, covers all my bass needs!
    Explorer - for my metal moments. I've got a Jackson DXMG as well which has a Floyd, but I am a hundred times more comfortable with my Explorer. Plus, it was a guitar that was on my bucket list since about 2000 and I finally bought it last year!
     
  19. Thwap

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    That does it for me
     
  20. C-4

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    That group should do it for anyone! WOW!
     

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