The Guitar Thread

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  1. Ike

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    Having searched for new guitars for a while (and settling on one of the new American reissue Jaguars) I've taken a greater interest in guitars that I see on concert videos and music videos. So, whenever I see a guitar that I'm not sure what it is, it intrigues me. I'm also more curious about obscure guitars that are hard to find at your local Mars (I've never even seen a picture of a Travis Bean, I think.)
    I don't know how many people are actively interested in guitars but I thought it might be enough that it could support it's own thread. (For anyone interested, a great site is Guitar Geek. It needs more artists, but it's neat, especially if they have someone you like.)
    So, share your reviews of your guitars, your favorite guitars, what guitars you don't like, who plays what, etc.
     
  2. Brian L

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    OK, so its probably off topic and will be banished to the bit bucket, but I'll bite.

    Guitar Tones I Like (not intended to be a complete list, and in no particular order)

    Slash's Les Paul
    SRV's Strat
    David Gimore's Strat
    Ritchie Blackmore's Strat
    Jimmy Page's Les Paul
    Angus Young's SG
    Malcolm Young's Whatever it is!
    Pat Dinuzio's (Smithereenes) Ric, and later Strat
    Robin Trower's Stat (I would pay real money if someone could tell me how to cop the Day of the Eagle/Bridge of Sighs tone)
    Tony Iommi's SG in C# (he tuned way down way before it was cool)
    Keith Richards (any guitar in open G is automatically a Rolling Stones hit machine)
    Dwayne Allman's Les Paul played with a slide
    John Lennon's Epiphone Casino (Revolution)
    Lowell George's Strat (slide)
    Billy Gibbon's (anything the man touches is a tone monster)

    And a million others I am forgetting.

    BL
     
  3. Jeff Ulmer

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    Malcolm Young uses a Gretsch Duo Jet (he has a signature edition). The trick to Trower's sound is playing Marshalls LOUD through a pair of Leslies (you should check out Twice Removed From Yesterday). Where's my cheque? [​IMG]
    I still love Tom Scholz' guitar sound on the first Boston album, which is power soaked Marshalls if I'm not mistaken.
    I also love Ulrich Roth's (early Scorpions) guitar sound. He makes his strat just scream, and is just plain tasteful while being extremely pyrotechnical. He was also a huge influence on Yngwie Malmsteen.
     
  4. Ike

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    I think for great guitar sounds, it's hard to top the aggressive and jangly opening to Kerosene by Big Black, played by engineer great Steve Albini. I don't know what he played during that period (according to Guitar Geeks, he plays the aforementioned Travis Bean now).

    For acoustic, Jim O'Rourke's Prelude to 110 or 220 Women is absolutely fantastic. In fact the whole production is spectacular (the same could be said for some of the sounds on the new Sonic Youth record. The Empty Page and Rain on Tin both contain very Eureka sounding guitars on them.)

    A question-in the new video for No One Knows by Queens of the Stone Age, what is the white on black guitar Josh Homme is playing? I rather like it, and it looks very familiar, but I can't peg it.
     
  5. Brian L

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  6. Jeff Ulmer

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    Trower's newer rig is listed at guitargeeks, but I am pretty positive the sound he was getting on at least the first solo album was a pair of Leslies driven by Marshalls. These have to be played LOUD to get that distortion. He may have also used a distortion pedal of some kind, but can't say for sure. He's using choruses now for the swirly effect.

    As for the Travis Bean, there's on up on ebay right now, but let me tell you, those alluminum necks are awful. Our bass player had a bass with one of those necks, and in a cold jam space in the middle of winter they would give you arthritis playing them.
     
  7. Philip Hamm

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    Personally I think my brother gets a fantastic sound out of an overdriven tiny Fender 15 watt tube amp. All the tube grit, none of the painful volume of the Marshall stacks.
     
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