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Which guitar for Sting/Sade type music?

g335

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Hello

I have been listening to lots of old Police songs( Driven to Tears, World running dry, etc) and Sade songs. Watched Sting's 60th Birthday Concert and Sade's Live concert from about 2 years ago and I want that Jazzy type sound both had.

Which guitars would be good for getting that type of sound?

I actually want to play that adult pop, jazzy type stuff now ha ha.
I have a Jazzmaster and a old Squier 51 with original hardware.
 

Dale

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Older Police is a variation of a tele with a humbucker neck for much of it.
 
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Anything really... Stuart Matthewman (Sade/Sweetback) and Andy played a pretty wide variety of guitars.
I'm pretty sure a staple for both of them was/is 50's something Goldtop Les Paul's with P90's. I remember seeing pictures of Summers using one while recording (Ghost in the Machine?) in Montserrat and when my wife dragged me to see Sade a few years ago Matthewman played one for most if not all of the show.
 

cratz2

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I think a Tele or a strat with an HB or P90 would get pretty close to everything but I'd probably just go with a strat with good single coils. For stock offerings for pretty cheap, either the 50s Classic Player Strat or if you don't need the trem, maybe the ~$400 Chinese Fender Thinline Tele with P90s.
 

xrleroyx

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I'd say you could really only get those tones with Fender or Gibson guitars that are at least 40 years old, and you need an amp that costs $3,000+


All joking aside, use your guitars with a really nice compressor and a great reverb pedal through a clean amp.
 

Rick51

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I'd say you could really only get those tones with Fender or Gibson guitars that are at least 40 years old, and you need an amp that costs $3,000+


All joking aside, use your guitars with a really nice compressor and a great reverb pedal through a clean amp.
Plus:

EMG pickups, parametric EQ
 

E.Z.

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I saw Sade live in Europe (Prague) about three summers ago-both guitarists mainly used les Paul's with humbuckers the whole time-such a great band, performance, sound and vibe. Also, her bass player is super cool.
 

Lucidology

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A P-90 equipped guitar would be way too RAW sounding IMO with this kind of music …
Need a guaranteed 'clean' tone with at least the Sade type of tunes.
Good split coils or single coil hi-fi type of hum-buckers if you're going to use 'em …
However, a high headroom amp like a twin or a JC-120 can actually clean up hums nicely …
 

neoprimitive

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B.C. Rich Warlock, or Washburn Dimebag model are the only guitars to fill these needs. Nothing else will work properly, everything else would sound like garbled noise. And they must be played through a Gonkulator or Grunge pedal to sound authentic.
In all seriousness, a Les Paul, or a Tele would probably do the job just fine..
I would think you could do it with almost any decent guitar thought the right sounding amp/effects.
But I doubt you could go too wrong with a Les Paul, Strat, Tele, 335, or a PRS and dozen others I'm not mentioning..
 






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