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    Your go-to guitar

    This is a call to the players out there.

    What with all this talk of "toan" and stuff, I am curious as to what you regard as your chosen axe. By that I mean, if the Band rang up and said "our guitarist has busted a finger flicking the pea, we need you to fill in tonight!", which guitar would you grab? Would be great if you'd post a picture.

    I'm not trying to start some sorta "mine's bigger than yours" kind of bullshit, just curious about your guitars. A little guitar porn never hurt anyone

    To get the ball rolling (assuming it actually does), here is my Godin LG HB. I fully understand that they're not for everyone, however I just cannot get a bad sound out of this thing. It has a 5-way with coil splits and is a bolt-on, which I think helps with retaining harmonics. The body and neck are Honduras mahogany, according to the website. Whatever, it can definitely evoke good Les Paul tones of yore.

    I have Strats too, which I love, but this thing can do no wrong.

    I have attached a picture, including the Ginger Ninja.

    Flame away!

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    I find it's not so much the guitar, but the pickups that we use as tone generators. Strings too, to a lesser extent. Some guitars have useful features, say a whammy bar, and/or 3 pickups with a variety of selections, maybe a bridge with piezo pickups built-in to simulate an acoustic tone. ALL are useful, it just depends what you need or like. The guitar is the carrier for the pickups and some may prefer certain body styles & neck profiles that make it easier to play, so it makes sense to try a lot of git-boxes to find one(s) you prefer.

    Godin makes some fine axes. The only flame you'll get from me is "wow, look at that flame!" considering the top finish.

    If "The Band" demanded me to play, I guess I'd have to stick with the tried & true Telecaster. The musician who was their guitar player for the later years of their existence, Jim Weider, is an old friend of mine. You'll find a nice old Tele in his hands 99.8% of the time, so why mess with success? Could do with a standard Strat too, it was good enough for Robbie Robertson. No bronze-dip necessary thanks.

    But my daily guitar is an oddball, a mid 60's Guild Polara, no whammy, with an original Fender Wide-Range hb in the bridge, and a DeArmond humbucker in the neck. When customers play it to test their amps, they all "love the neck" which is mahogany, all the lacquer removed and wood treated with tung oil.
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    Sorry, I don't have handy pics, but my go to is a Strat with a Floyd, 2 Fender Noiseless, and a Duncan Hot Rails. I have better guitars, but this one is probably the most versatile. I can get just about any tone I need out of it. If someone calls me for a pickup gig, that's what I'm takin'.
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    Dude, Is that the green one?

    I'm done spending money on flamed maple. I'm in sort of a keep-it-simple mode right now. Olympic White Telecaster. Actually an Indonesian ASAT by G&L. It doesn't get any more simple than this:

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    Yep. It's the green one. It's a beater, but it's versatile and plays well. Nothing special about it other than that.

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    My main guitar in the tribute band is a sparkly gold Billy Bo with Gretsch/TV Jones pickups.
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    I'm still fixing it up but I ran across an extremely rare 1978 "The Paul" from Gibson with a walnut body and neck. My friend Felix was going to buy it as a companion to his 1978 all walnut "The SG" which is one of his favorite guitars out of 24.

    The T-Top pickups on it really suck but people are paying $300+ each for them... go figure! The bobbins might have a T on them but it was the earlier ones that sound good, or so I've heard.

    Felix liked the incredible sustain of the guitar while I love the quick response and snap when I play it with or without an amp. The truss rod was WAY loose and the open low E would drop almost a half-tone with a 5 fret bend of the plain strings. Fortunately adjusting the truss rod fixed that problem.

    Pix to be added later

    Steve A.

    P.S. Gibson rebranded this line of entry level guitars as Firebrands around 1980 with the slogan "A real SG for half a G!"

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    those pea pods crack me up. where did you ever find that pickguard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve A. View Post
    ...a 5 fret bend of the plain strings.


    I must be a wimp!
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    The guitar that always seems to work for me is a parts Tele.

    Fender MIM maple neck: tinted lacquer with the fret board wiped back off, vintage tuners thru metal reducing bushings, LSR roller nut, fret ends filed during dry winter months so no fussy weather/ humidity issues.

    Solid ash body: string thru over brass barrels that are the same diameter as the three barrel, but are six adjustable, Shaller straplocks.

    SD Donahue bridge, DeArmond DynaSonic neck, CTS 500k L pots, .056 tone, .002 volume bypass, nk nk/br br w/ no tone, nk-br series hb & br w/ tone. Witch hat knobs, bent switch arm w/ Strat tip, jack on control plate with dedicated 90 degree curly cord.
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    I love my Warmoth strat with a Seymour Duncan JB mini humbucker in the bridge. It's a light weight alder body and a maple neck/fingerboard but is actually a very fat sounding guitar. The whole thing, neck and body are tung oil finished some twenty three years ago (and holding up beautifully). Very custom wiring with series and phase options. I fantasize about adding a locking trem sometimes, but I'm afraid it would change the resonant ptoperties too much. And no backsies once you route it out.
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