Playing solo- can I play electric?

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  1. buzzp

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    I am first and foremost a song writer, but I love playing in a band. Since my band, Still Penny, has disbanded though, I've tried getting it going with other musicians and no one really made any sense so I'm going to try going solo. Obviously, I won't be able to just wreak havoc playing fuzzy electric, but I'm thinking about playing my hollow body solo instead of acoustic with a looper, delay, reverb, etc.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Madsen

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    i won't stop you.
     
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    Go for it.

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    Worked for Jeff Buckley: check out any of the live at Sin-é recordings, just Jeff and a Tele.
     
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    Billy Bragg too, IIRC
     
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    John Mayer did a lot of solo electric stuff when he was transitioning into his early pop stuff.
     
  7. buzzp

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    Thanks for the input guys, didn't know if it was "wrong/bad" to do it. I don't MIND playing acoustic... my fingers just work better on electrics (I should probably get a good acoustic that is properly set up)
     
  8. GovernorSilver

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    Sure, it's been done - by jazzers, folkers, etc.



     
  9. SPROING!

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    I do it all the time. I've never been satisfied with the amplified sounds of acoustic guitars, plus I just like the attitude of an electric.
     
  10. 335guy

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    I use both, an electric ( a 335 ) and an acoustic Martin. It sort of depends on the songs you're doing though.
     
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    I gigged weekly for 5+ years with solo electric. Semi hollow and hollow bodies.

    I say do it. The cool thing about solo is, you are totally exposed. No band to bail you out. It is a freeing feeling, imo. I missed the interplay between musicians when I didn't have a band gig, but no rehearsals, coordinating schedules, bandmate girlfriend drama, etc.
     
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    I think it would work, especially since you're using a hollow body.
     
  13. buzzp

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    Yeah I don't think I'd be using the strat very often on the solo gigs.
     
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    We can't all be Bob Mould ;)
     
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    IN!!!! That would be Amazeballz.
     
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    Yes, playing electric solo is totally fine, as long as you aren't going to play your electric guitar like you would an acoustic guitar. Actually, for solo gigs, I prefer to play electric, because most acoustic/electric guitars sound terrible when amplified.
     
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    There's a local and very successful guitarist who is great on guitar. He often does solo performances with a PRS and plays to back tracks.
    It only depends on the music that you are playing.
     
  18. buzzp

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    How do you mean play my electric like an acoustic? Like, just playing first position chords and such? If anything, I try to play my acoustic (live) like my electric and it just doesn't come across.
     
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    Here's how my buddy Frank does it. :)

     
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    True dat!
     

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