Question for people who play guitar in church

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  1. JedimasterPaul

    JedimasterPaul Supporting Member

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    I play guitar a few times a month at my church, electric or acoustic.

    Right now I'm playing my Les Paul, because my Strat is in the shop. When I get it back, I'll be using the Strat (its a good 2 lbs lighter than my LP).

    In the past I've played Telecasters, and an SG (with p-90s) for a good year. I play whatever I want.

    I say go for the hollowbody, I used to own an ES-175, is at the very top of the list of guitars I've sold, but wish I had not.
     
  2. jrjones

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    I'll get a 330 one of these days. A buddy of mine had a limited edition something for a while. Incredible sounding guitar. Really weird feeling neck. Not a very practical guitar, but it's on my list. NOTHING sounds like a rickenbacker. I recorded a few tracks on it and honesty I think they sound better straight in with no EQ or compression than a lot of stuff on albums.
     
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    My buddy's dad is the worship leader at his church and would play an ES-137 at times. Main guitar was a Strat but he peppered the hollowbody in for a couple songs. Sounded great.
     
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    I ended up getting a different amp before I played at church a few years ago, but for a while it was looking like I was going to be playing a Budda in a Christian church. *gasp*
     
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  5. CharlyG

    CharlyG Play It Forward

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    Can't help, I play bass in church.... The one on the left....
     
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    Now that I think about it, way back, at various times I used a Gretsch Clipper, Rickenbacker 370/12, Rickenbacker 360, an Epiphone Casino, and once or twice a borrowed late-60s ES-330.
     
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    We always have one acoustic and one electric in our church.

    If I'm on electric, I have no restrictions (I've used a Flying V, 335, SG, LP's, Waterslide Gretschbacker, Firebird, and Tele). No one seems to care or even notice.
     
  8. thiscalltoarms

    thiscalltoarms more gadgets than Batman. Gold Supporting Member

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    My Budda is on the stage right now at the church on which I am on staff. ;)

    But yes I am going to cover the logo with electrical tape soon.

    I also play a red SG...
     
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  9. Doodlebum

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    It depends on the style of the songs. I play a McKay 335 about once every 6 weeks and use Teles and Strats most. Like the op above stated, most folks either don't notice or care as long as you don't hit a bad note that is. If you're a good player and come well prepared you will be 98 percent covered no matter what you bring.
     
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  10. Steve Hotra

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    Better than playing a BC Rich Warlock ;)
     
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  11. thiscalltoarms

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    Yup. Totally. I actually have a bright blue metallica PRS Starla core that I have had more complaints about- specifically because the paint job is "distracting"

    I try not to play that one because it does reflect the stage lights like crazy, but I am a SG guy through and through- I am not switching my SG out for anything.
     
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    A 335 works great. I used a DG-335 through a MiniPlex MkII for a while.
     
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    I got a lot of compliments on my color-shifting guitar at my church. Go figure.
     
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  14. Steve Hotra

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    I get comments on my Black Falcon and its "gold bling"
    I just laugh it off.
     
  15. Eagle1

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    What on earth has playing in Church got to do with this question??
    Rooms are all different whatever they are used for. This should be off , out of order!
     
  16. icecreman

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    I'd recommend playing a BC Rich Kerry King sig model while wearing a set of AC/DC Angus Young horns. You'll be the center of attention.
     
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    The whole thing about playing in church is that you are praising the Lord and any attention you get for playing guitar would detract from that. Play any guitar and praise the Lord!

    I love Strats because they can sound like any other guitar, but my P90 loaded LP Tribute '60's adds some girth to a single coil sound. But I'll use my Tele, ES-347, or a jazzbox Ibanez AFJ95 to expand the tonal palette. I always bring 2 guitars in case I break a string, because of the next guitar up rule.

    It's always better to get a sound specifically for each song.
     
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  18. Lewguitar

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    Ever play regularly in a church band?

    Our church is very hip and inclusive.

    Everyone's welcome. Lots of new agers, gay couples and Rasta-mon types.

    But still: you think it's tough to please a bar owner?

    Ain't nothing compared to keeping a church music director and his/her sound person happy.

    It's nice to compare notes with players who are in a similar situation regardless of differences in our spiritual/religious viewpoints.

    Trust me: it's a very different and more controlled environment compared to playing in bars.

    As for guitar choice, we play at such a low volume that my Strat sounds too thin and plinky.

    I feel much more comfortable with the sound of my semi-hollowbody ES-335.

    Warmer, fuller and a more appropriate tone.

    I use a 15 watt Fender Princeton Reverb Amp modified with a 12" Celestion and tilted way and angled off to the side. I never turn it up past 3 and I still get told to turn down.
     
  19. Brian Krashpad

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    Said no one who has ever played in church, ever.

    Church is whole 'nother deal from playing anywhere else.

    The usual rules or lack thereof, very much do not apply in many, if not most, churches.

    Ask any of the guys and gals who play in places that have rules against ever playing any lead guitar. Or prohibiting any and all electric guitars. Both are commonplace. Not the majority, thankfully, but still plentiful.
     
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  20. Brian Krashpad

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    ^This. In spades.
     
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