I'm a Fender guy, and every guitar I've ever owned has been a Fender or Fender-knockoff (except for my acoustic, but that was a gift). This is because as a teenager, I was obsessed with Sonic Youth. Gibsons, to me, stood for dick-head frat boy jock metal/grunge crap. Bands show their influences by the guitars they choose, almost as much as notes they play. I hate to divide the world into two camps based on gear, because it's more complicated than that... but if you can find me a decent band that includes a guy playing a Les Paul through a digital multi-effects processor into a Mesa Boogie full stack, I'll buy you a beer. Hell, I'll buy you a case.
|I only had time to grab one pic for this article and this is it. Scrawny punk, Mustang, Hendrix hands. Deal.|
There are clubs/DIY spots in this city where the sound is so bad, it actually makes more sense to judge a band buy it's gear. At least you'll know where they came from.
I asked a bunch of local guitarists what they're playing, and what their three dream guitars would be. I'll start it off:
Stephen from The Planes
Current Guitar: White Fender Mustang, Japanese made from 1997. Bridge pickup switched out for a 90's stock American standard Strat pickup. Pickup switching rigged up like a Les Paul.
#1. Jazzmaster with a stock neck pickup and a super high output humbucker in the bridge.
#2. Squire Strat from the 80's with the giant headstock (surf green or sonic blue).
#3. Mustang with Jmaster style tremolo; an actual Fender version of this.
Micah from The Teen Age
Current Guitar: Sunburst and cherry red Mexican Telecasters.
#1. Gretsch G5810 (note. that's the rectangular Bo Diddley guitar)
#2. Music Man Albert Lee HH
#3. Fender Pawn Shop Jaguarillo
Marisa from Big Quiet
Current Guitar: Rickenbacker 330 in fireglo.
#1. Rickenbacker 360 12 string in montezuma brown
#2. 1958 Gretsch 6125 in smoke green -Cadillac anniversary edition
#3. Phantom mando guitar in Salmon
Mark from Summer Saints
Current Guitar: Thinline Tele
#1. Black Rickenbacker 330
#2. 60s Strat with the big headstock
#3. Bob Mould's Flying V
Josh from Old Monk
Current Guitar: Gibson faded SG special - worn brown.
#1. Gibson SG vintage (early 60s) with 2 P-90s, and a bigsby - red
#2. Gibson SG Custom with 3 PAF humbuckers, gold hardware, and a bigsby - white
#3. Gibson SG Custom with 2 coil-tapped PAFs, and a bigsby (duh) - black
Amanda from Crazy Pills
Current Guitar: Offset Fender build Jazzmaster assembled by Totally Wired Guitars
#1. '59 Gibson es335
#2. '67 Fender Telecaster
#3. '30s Martin D28
Jeff from Dead Stars
Current Guitar: 2008 Mexican Classic Player Jazzmaster (black)
#1. 70's Fender Mustang (light blue)
#2. 60's Fender Jazzmaster (sunburst)
#3. 60's Guild Jetstar (red)
Stephanie from GHOSTESS
Current Guitar: American standard Strat, champagne
#1. Gibson Les Paul.. faded tobacco, ice tea or black i'm not good with decisions...
#2. Telecaster, all black
#3. Gibson Memphis
Jessica from Heliotropes
Current Guitar: Mexican made Strat with Seymour Duncan humbuckers.
#1. American standard strat, with red silver and white lace sensor pickups: I want the cream color.
#2. A Mustang, because I'm 5'4 and sometimes get sad when I am dwarfed by my instrument.
#3. I want one of those semi-hollow Teles too. They sound incredible.
Jon from The Black Black
Current Guitar: Black Gibson Les Paul Studio -> Black Gibson Les Paul Special
#1. Black/Maple Fender Telecaster Standard
#2. Telecaster Deluxe
#3. Fender Jaguar or Mustang I guess...
Leslie from Haybaby
Current Guitar: Ibanez artist series
#1-3. I dont have any specifics. I dig Danelectros and Silvertones, but practically every guitar I've ever had has been an Ibanez. I like their metal sustain and wide necks because I learned to play punk guitar on a classical acoustic.
Gavin from Libel
Current Guitar: Gibson Les Paul Special, Fender Jaguar (MIJ)
#1. Fender American Standard Telecaster (preferably vintage)
#2. Gretsch Hollow Body (not sure which - vintage preferred)
#3. Vintage Gibson Acoustic (50s preferably)
Christian from The Meaning of Life
Current Guitar: 2 Fender Stratos that I got on craigslist very cheap. And a 90's Korean Squier Strato that I got with my first paycheck EVER back in Santiago de Chile.
#1. John Lennon's guitars. Should I go to visit Yoko @ Dakota and talk to her? Guild Starfire.
#2. Rickenbacker 355...
#3. or that blue-ish Fender Strato.
Somer from Clinical Trials
Current Guitar: Mid 90s Fender Mustang
#1. Another mustang- older vintage, maybe from the 60s.
#2. Another mid 90s one (mustang), and mod it with something fun like a P90. Yeah, I know, it seems like a Cobain obsession. The thing is, both those guitars are super light, perfect for a scrawny punk like me. An the neck of a Mustang makes my hands feel fast and huge like Hendrix.
#3. Univox Hi Flier
Tarra from Sharkmuffin
Current Guitar: Fender Jaguar and a Danelectro 12 string.
#1. Fender Mustang
#2. That Silvertone guitar that has the amp built into its case.
#3. Eastwood blue shiny baritone guitar
Jeff from Orca Age
Current Guitar: Thurston Moore Jazzmaster
#1. An all orignal 59 Jazzmaster!
#2. Neil Young's Old Black (given that in this alternate reality he can keep playing at as well)
#3. My own custom Jeffmaster - Natural vintage tinted amberish color - reddish but still brown tort pickguard, regular JM pickups, maybe a tele in the bridge. vol tone knobs but bypassable (direct to output) no rhythm circuit. 7.5 radius but med jumbo frets.
Michael from Low Fat Getting High
Current Guitar: Currently I rotate between a Fender custom shop Strat, it's daphne blue with the middle pickup removed. The pickup selector is a dial with a tone mod in the circuit. I also use a Mexican Fender Jazzmaster with swapped out pickups. The neck is a custom gold JM pickup made by Curtis Novak, and the bridge is a Seymour Duncan JM standard pickup.
#1. Seafoam green Italia Mondial
#2. Distressed white Fano alt de facto sp6. (had my eye on this before Fred Armisen popped up on the Seth Meyers show with this thing too....)
#3. Gibson SG standard. Walnut.
Robin from Slang King
Current Guitar: Two SGs, one is a silverburst, the other is black, a reissue of the '61 that I got in 1997.
#1. SG GT in muscle green even though I've heard it's a terrible guitar.
#2. Fender '59 Strat (American Vintage), in Sherwood green metallic
#3. The last one I'm not sure. Maybe a bass. SG or something better...I'd have to try some out or get recs from bass playing friends... Though just for ridiculous kicks, what about a flying V, hahahahaha!!!!
Steve from Clouder
Current Guitar: Gretsch Electromatic
#1. Any Rickenbacker
#2. An old ass Fender Jazzmaster
#3. A coral electric sitar
And there you have it! Les Pauls rank pretty low on the list here. Strats make a stronger showing that I would have thought. Seems like Fender would be wise to make more giant headstocks. Rickenbackers are popular among this set, despite their relatively small market share in the outside world.
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