If you were a session player what would be your #1 for cleans?

james...

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Hypothetically let's say you're a high paid session guitarist for any number of genres. What would be your go-to axe for clean tone?
 

JDandCoke

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Depends what the session requires surely?

I suppose the go-to would be a strat (despite not being my favourite)
 

Sean French

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Tele or Strat into a BF/SF Fender.
Strats are cool for me until they need to be on a strap. Then the balance is weird.
So, for studio use when sitting they are fine.
Tele is fine ant time. :cool:
 

Flyin' Brian

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Totally depends on what the contractor wants.

I've heard guys say "Bring ANYTHING but a fckuing STRAT!"
 

scott520

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I gotta go with an es-335. You can get big, fat, thick neck tone if needed but it can also thin out some in the middle position and give you a bit more of a fragile tone if necessary.
 

84superchamp

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I gotta go with an es-335. You can get big, fat, thick neck tone if needed but it can also thin out some in the middle position and give you a bit more of a fragile tone if necessary.
on a similar note; a casino with P90's. just watch the feedback.
 

Phletch

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If they didn't specify it would be a 335, the one guitar that does it all. Carlton got his because, with up to three different sessions a day, he was tired of lugging around different guitars.
 

Stratburst70

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Totally depends on what the contractor wants.

I've heard guys say "Bring ANYTHING but a fckuing STRAT!"
Pretty much this.

Let's say the contractor does want a Strat sound. Is it a 50's Strat sound with a maple neck, a 60's tone with a rosewood board or a super-glassy sound from EMG's? That's why all the big session guys have cartage services; they need to bring their entire collection to a session.

For instance, you'd think a Tele would be de rigeur in Nashville. But apparently a lot of guys are going Gretsch these days because it splits the difference between a Tele and a Les Paul.
 




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