Guitars besides a Rickenbacker to get The Smiths type tones

JimmyR

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I believe JM never did play Rickies so much. It's more Teles (This Charming Man) and 335s. Try a 335 on both pickups through a clean Twin. Very Johnny Marr.
 

Frankee

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^...and strats. The Ric's were used here and there. Definitely on the first album, also live and later in stints with the Talking Heads, Pretenders & The The.
 

DANOCASTER

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when I think SMITHS , I think 335 and tele - thru clean Fender amps ( and an occasional vox )

Johnny Marr also used a strat alot and a bigsby'd LP ( and a Ric ) - and more recently Jags and Jazmasters w/ Modest Mouse

But SMITHS - tele / 335 / clean Fender reverb model amps
 

re-animator

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doesn't really matter.

most guitars can do it through the right amp. fender, vox, roland.... anything chimey and jangly. if you aren't satisfied, use a compressor and you'll be there.
 

wingwalker

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Classic Smiths is the 335 and a Twin Reverb, not exact but I can get close with even a Les Paul and a Twin Reverb...
 

Digitalman

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Funny this should come up today - I just recorded a cover of 'Never had no one ever' from The Queen is Dead last night.

I did it on my 335 into a Mesa Maverick, sounded great. I recently saw a live version on YouTube and he used a Les Paul. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHyYs-CBEWM

Johnny played a bunch of different guitars, but the 335 and Tele come up often. I used to have a Ric 330 and that absolutely nailed 'The Headmaster Ritual'. But I can get that jangley sound out of my Tele or Epi Casino.
 




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