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    For the Musicians here on JI, both professional, part-time pro, hobbyist or bedroom strummer......

    What is your favorite Guitar? Brand, body shape, pickups, anything?

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    i have a hammer but ive never played it !!!!

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    I have a crappy old Hohner Strat copy.
    The best looking guitar out there is a black Jackson V.

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    Good topic...

    I have a black Ibanez Electric with sharks tooth inlays collecting dust somewhere. That was from the Metal days of the 80's. But now I have a Martin acoustic which I pick up once in a while.

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    I own a few....

    I own a USA-made Gibson SG-X (a single pickup (Hot 500T) SG) as well as Japan-made 70's Fender "Antigua" Stratocaster Special Edition Reissue. I also onw a Schecter S-1 and a Martin All-Mohogany acoustic.

    And I suck playing them all, LOL!

    My favorite guitars ahave always been the custom build guitars played by Jerry Garcia. I really loved that shape, the psudo-SG but pointier horns very "woody" looking guitars. Sadly, getting a copy costs about $5K, well beyond my "bedroom guitarist" budget.

    Right now I'm torn between SG's and Strats. I like both, but have issue with both too.....

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    Originally posted by Warfish@Feb 4 2005, 11:30 AM
    For the Musicians here on JI, both professional, part-time pro, hobbyist or bedroom strummer......

    What is your favorite Guitar? Brand, body shape, pickups, anything?
    I had a 71 Gison Les Paul Deluxe, everything original. Loved everything about it except the sound was just a tad bit bright. The Standard or Custom would have been right up my alley but too much $$$ I really like the sound of the old Kalamazoo built Les Pauls. Sweet sounding.

    Fender Strat is definitely the ultimate do all guitar. I like the Paul Reed Smiths in certain situations, but they don't have nads for rock and roll.

    For acoustics, I like Martins but tthey're not worth the money. I'd look for an older Guild.

    Now I just like my classical guitar. Leaning toward non-amplified these days.
    Although certainly appreciate a Les Paul Marshall combo sound.

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    In the past, I've also owned a 71' Gibson SG Deluxe (I liked it, but it sounded like crap and it felt wrong to replace the original 30+ year old pickups). I also once owned a 96' Gibson GS Special, traded in on my Martin.

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    I also appreciate the looks of a guitar, color etc. I like the looks of the new Gretschs, but reproductions never seem to cut it. Gretschs usually have more of a twangy sound, although Malcolm Young plays one.

    From what I understand, Gibsons don't record well, its hard to catch that bit of top sweetness that seperates it from the other ballsy guitars. A subtle diffence can be all the difference in the world.

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    Personally I prefer a PRS hollow body. And they do have the balls for rock and roll, as evidenced by the fact that Carlos Santana plays one exclusively. Acoustically, I prefer Martin.

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    Originally posted by Boozer76@Feb 4 2005, 11:57 AM
    Personally I prefer a PRS hollow body. And they do have the balls for rock and roll, as evidenced by the fact that Carlos Santana plays one exclusively. Acoustically, I prefer Martin.
    Yeah a few rock artists use PRS's. I'm talking more power chord. Santanna more of the searing single notes. They are without a doubt the prettiest guitars out there.



    I picked up one of the PRS hollowbodies but didn't plug it in. It felt so delicate and looked so pretty that I'd freak out if I bumped it.

    Great necks too.

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    I had a 91' Guild Stuart X500 a few years ago, sold it 2 summers ago Thing was so nice! I needed the money then but really upset I parted with it

    Here is a picture of a newer model


    I now basically just play acoustic and am very happy with my Taylor 614ce

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    The love of my life 1972 Gibson Les Paul that was stolen from me in 83. The guitar has unique markings and if I ever see it I'll shoot first and ask questions later.

    The Ernie Ball Music Man 'Steve Morse' model guitar is a sweetheart. 4 pickups and a very wide variety of tone combinations. It's next on my list.

    Otherwise I'm making do with a Peavey Strat and a Gibson acoustic.

    "You can never have too many guitars"

    Doug S.

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    Originally posted by vandoug@Feb 4 2005, 12:08 PM

    "You can never have too many guitars"

    Aint that the truth

    I currently have a Tele Thinline, A piece o crap Ibanez acoustic, A Guild D 30 acoustic (great sounding guitar, but just TOO BIG) in additon to the Taylor I play mostly. I am going to get another electric one of these days.

    BTW Go to Mandolin Bros in staten Isalnd if you like Acoustics. The place is friggin amazing

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    Originally posted by Lawyers, Guns and Money@Feb 4 2005, 12:07 PM
    Thing was so nice! I needed the money then but really upset I parted with it

    Been there bro. Once needed money so I sold my Fender Combo amp. It sounded so sweet that if I farted in it , it came out sounding like Clapton.

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    Fender mexican strat.
    Ibanez acoustic.

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    Originally posted by Warfish@Feb 4 2005, 11:30 AM
    For the Musicians here on JI, both professional, part-time pro, hobbyist or bedroom strummer......

    What is your favorite Guitar? Brand, body shape, pickups, anything?
    To answer teh original questions

    I was partical to guild when they were made in RI. I learned to place a little senior year in school (Providence) and the first guitar I played was a guild (factory was in RI.) But they have since been bought out by Fender and moved to arizona......so i only will buy a RI Guild

    I love a hollow body

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    Originally posted by Lawyers@ Guns and Money,Feb 4 2005, 12:16 PM
    But they have since been bought out by Fender and moved to arizona......so i only will buy a RI Guild

    That is exactly what I was talking about when I said OLDER Guilds. I love Martins.,Gibsons etc, but those RI Guilds are a steal for the money.

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    I'm a very casual player since becoming a mommy, but I do own a few, although nothing too fancy.

    In electric, I have a Gibson Epiphone, and an Ibanez. I had a really nice Kramer years ago, but I sold it.

    For acoustic, I have a Sigma six-string, an Ovation electric acoustic, but my absolute baby, my favorite is my Seagull 12-string.

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    I play acoustic and have three:

    1) A Martin made of Rosewood (my baby)

    Just a great guitar and I recently had a Fishman pickup installed so it is "gig ready." I paid WAY too much for this guitar....

    2) An Ovation acoustic/electric

    This one isn't that great. It's got a thin neck and plays like an electric cause the action is really low and all, but the fiberglass back gives it a tinny sound. It sounds way, way better plugged in than it does unplugged. But even still, ever since I got my Martin four years ago, this one just collects dust. I wouldn't recoomend buying an Ovation.

    3) An old Fender acoustic. I have no idea what model or make it is. It's basically a plain-looking guitar with the word Fender on it's head. The inside is unreadable. My brother and I were at a NJ Transit train station in Convent Station, NJ a few years back and a hobo was playing and asking for money. He gave us a song and dance about needing a bus or train ticket to NC for some reason. I told him I'd buy his guitar from him and that should be enough for the ticket. He said he had a bunch of guitars "back home" and so we negotiated and I bought it for $60. Still don't know if I mande out on the deal...but I've had it ever since and it does sound pretty good. It's my "drunk" guitar...I play it when I am wasted cause I don't worry about being too rough or tripping or something and smashing it apart in my stupor.


    Years ago I had an Alvarez 12-string, but got bored with it and sold it.

    I also have two bass guitars, both of which are Fenders, one is a Fender Jazz bass (US) and the other a Precision (mexico).

    I recently bought a banjo amd am trying to learn that. It's a 5-string, but I forget what the make is....

    My brother has a Washburn acoustic guitar and he loves it.

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    Love my Alvarez acoustic the most. Dreadnought body style, pearl rosette, rosewood fingerboard and bridge.

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