Evolution of your main gigging guitars

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MattNovakMattNovak Frets: 639
Was just having a think about the different guitars I've had as 'number 1's' over the years - the musical styles have changed across the bands I've been in, and I've got older (and hopefully a bit better).

Early / mid 20's - played in a rock act, and a typical covers band. Played Ibanezes, predominantly a PGM500 but also a JS model. Still have the Paul Gilbert.

Later 20's - pro covers band in Europe, used the PGM500 a bit but mainly a Blackmore strat (was in another band at the same time that did some Deep Purple, UFO etc). Used a 90's RG505 for the floyd too.

Early 30's - Belfast for a couple of years this time, function band. Went back to the PGM but bought a Zemaitis for les paul-y type stuff.

Mid 30's - back to England, joined a Cavern-era Beatles band. Bought a 335, played it for a year or so before realising it was too big. This was my third 335 I have got rid of for the same reason! Bought a non-reverse Firebird which has been my number 1 since 2010. Still use the Zemaitis for 5 string stuff.

I'm 40 this year, I wonder what the next decade will bring? 
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 4259
    Telecaster!
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 15117
    edited January 27
    Uni open mics, cheap Aria acoustic, which was the only acoustic I had. 

    Serious Originals band - Gibson CS-336 with Paisley Tele and MIJ Jazzmaster as second guitar depending on setlist.

    Regular Covers band a few years later - Gibson CS-33 for nice venues, SG Standard for rowdier ones. Paisley Tele in support

    Now I'm not in a band, but honestly if I was I'd be using... that same CS-336 and SG and an MJT Jazzmaster for almost everything, most likely.
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  • First band I was in did a mixture of rock covers & originals, main guitars were a Charvel Spectrum, a Mockingbird or a Jackson King V. Joined a metal band, got a couple of RGs and the Spectrum went, everything was humbuckers.

    Won an LTD EC1000 from Guitarist magazine, that became my main guitar, and I liked it so much that I bought another one. The RGs went and I had no Strat-shaped guitars at all. Added to my ECs with a couple of Jackson Kellys (including the Custom Shop one I've posted about on here before).

    Moved away, stopped gigging and sold all my guitars, now I have two superstrats and a PRS SE. If & when I start gigging again, these will be fine 
    Too much gain... is just about enough \m/

    I'm probably only member of this forum mentioned by name in Whiskey in the Jar

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  • impmannimpmann Frets: 9052
    In the beginning - Les Paul a-likes. Then realised the sound I was trying to make with it was actually the territory of Fender...

    Since then... Strats and Teles for the originals band.
    Early 2000s discovered the SG and gigged that almost exclusively for the punk/new wave covers stuff. 
    Recent times - discovered PRS guitars and most recent gig used one of them to cover a huge amount of sonic ground from the 1960s to the 2000s. 

    Not gigging currently - and have a room full of guitars!
    Never Ever Bloody Anything Ever.

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  • MoltisantiMoltisanti Frets: 1107
    It's true all roads eventually lead to Telecaster...

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  • StevepageStevepage Frets: 1382
    Not had as many gigs as I would've liked over the years but there were some main gigging guitars.

    2002 - 2006
    Started using a Jackson RR3 as my main guitar for a couple of years in my first band.

    Then we changed over to 7 strings and my main guitar was a custom/mutt made by Feline. An Ibanez Universe neck with a custom 1 humbucker body. That got a lot of 'oohh and aahhs' at gigs.

    2017 - 2019
    My Jackson Soloist to start with then changed to an Ibanez UV7SBK 7 string. 

    Not sure if I'll get back into a band again any time soon but I'd like to use my Les Paul for gigs in future.
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  • MattNovakMattNovak Frets: 639
    It's true all roads eventually lead to Telecaster...
    Ha, I'm in the process of (re)building one... played it at my last gig, sounded..... great. Really cut through!
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  • P Bass-> J Bass

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  • Fenix strat thing was my first and only guitar I gigged with from early 90’s-2000 from metal to rock to functions.
    Replaced by my carvin h1 (why did I sell you!) then a Bravewood strat and then prs ce24 for about 10 years. Played mainly the strat for another 10 years, until late last year when I bought two Hondo copies of the fender lead series who are my new faves and I just gig them. 
    If anyone has a carvin Holdsworth (the h not the Fatboy) I'd love another one again.
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  • grungebobgrungebob Frets: 1839
    Let’s see in the 94-97 it was my strat copy then 97-2000 it was an epiphone firebird then a fender cyclone till about 2005. Then I switched to a PRS EG4 for a bit then a telecaster then my musicman Sub 1. 
    I don’t gig now and still have the strat copy (unplayable), the musicman, a Carvin hss Tele plus a rivolta combinata. 
     
    I couldn’t even tell you what amps as I was never that bothered about them as long as I had my Rat and Marshall jackhammer pedal lol. 
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  • Got an early 90s Gibson Les Paul Studio around 2000, 2-3 years after I'd started learning. Still got it now and still use it regularly.

    My main gigging guitar in my most serious of bands was a white Epiphone LP single P90 Junior. I played it again recently after not touching it for about 10 years and the neck feels horrible but it sounds terrific, even with those old strings still on it!

    I do loads of weddings now and rotate between Les Paul Studio, Japanese Epi Riviera and a USA Strat with the Fat-50s pups. Oh, and my 76 Starcaster has been out a few times, too.

    I occasionally take my vintage 65 Jag out if I know the venue is going to be a hotel not a tent in someone's garden, though you can never be sure some moron isn't going to smash into your mic stand and set off the domino effect ending up with a mic-shaped dent on the front of your now beer-soaked vintage guitar...
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 4384
    20s. Hofner President. I liked fingerstyle jazz, and couldn’t afford a Gibson.
    30s. nothing. Family and career got on the way of playing.
    40s. Les Paul. Rock and blues covers. I liked the warmth of a humbucker, and the feel of the neck.
    50s. Parker Fly. One guitar for both Jazz and pop covers. Easy to play.
    60s. Telecaster. Covers band. It’s flexible. It cuts through the mix. I can make and modify my own.
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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 5555
    I've gone through a few

    Epiphone LP
    Ibanez Destroyer
    Ibanez JS2000
    Brian Moore iGuitar
    Gibson LP traditional
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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 5555
    I till have all of them except the epi LP too
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  • edenfield99edenfield99 Frets: 258
    First was a MIM Strat, then a Epiphone Joe Pass, then a MIM 72 Telecaster Custom, Les Paul standard then a Gretsch Duo Jet and now it's an Ibanez 2635 or Gretsch Country gent depending on which band it is....but I've been thinking I might go back to strat or tele again. 

    Although I've never really stuck to just one, when the tele was my "main" guitar I'd still do gigs with the strat for a change.
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  • MonkeyboneMonkeybone Frets: 240
    First band - Yamaha RGX 121
    Second band - Ibanez JEM 555
    Third band (reformation of first band) - Schecter 006 and C1 followed by PRS Singlecut SE and Tremonti SE
    Fourth band - PRS Tremonti USA and Fender Jap Strat 50's reissue, followed by just the Tremonti, followed by PRS P22

    Acoustic wise - Crafter SA 6 and 12 string, followed by Taylor GS Mini and Crafter 12, followed by Faith Venus Naked and Crafter 12

    My band - Crimson on Silver  For sale - Blackstar HT-5S

    Gear - Guitars, amps, effects and shizz. Edited for Phil_aka_Pip, who is allergic to big long lists.

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  • First band I use my Fender squier strat would you believe (which has since been upgraded) for a few shows. This was back in 2005.

    Next band used my Telecaster in 2006.

    First real pop punk band in 2009 I used a Les Paul Junior.

    Next band in 2010 I used a Gibson Les Paul studio and have pretty much stuck with that til now...which makes it a decade.
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  • davrosdavros Frets: 111
    Hohner Rockwood LP copy -> Epiphone LP Custom -> Edwards LP Custom -> Gibson LP Standard.

    An R9 has to be the logical next step!!!
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  • JotaJota Frets: 253
    - Washburn MG340 (my first electric guitar) while I had only one guitar! Sold it to buy a
    - Les Paul and played it for two years before buying a
    - Strat that was my main guitar for probably 5 or 6 years.
    - Tele, for the last 8 or 9 years, has been my main gigging guitar.
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  • jeztone2jeztone2 Frets: 1374
    edited January 27
    Interesting. Here’s mine 

    Early to mid 20’s: Played in a totally unfashionable Duran Duran/INXS influenced Pop band. Had to do a mix of funky Nile Rodgers type rhythms, with esoteric ambient bits and the odd big solo. We gigged an awful lot, so I used a pair of Ibanez RG560 superstrats into various pedals and a Marshall 2 x 12 combo. The Ibanez’ were great guitars. Super roadworthy and consistent. Later I buy a Digitech RP1. This is used with a wah wah and a Marshall Drivemaster. 

    Early 30’s: After a near 8 year gap from gigging. I went out and got a Les Paul and an SG. These were run into a Marshall tsl 100 with just a wah & drive pedal in the front and a couple of delays on the FX loop. The two bands I played in here were kinda Smashing Pumpkins/Placebo influenced. Lots of guitar and as I was the only guitarist lots of space. 

    Mid 30’s: I join Heroes Of Switzerland and immediately realise I have to change my sound in order to cut through another guitar player and I go out and buy a Telecaster. Then I de-gain my amps and start using more midrange. Then I discover the Marshall TSL60 has a better FX loop than the 100. So gig that instead. 

    Post Heroes I’m in a couple of awful indie bands. Here I go over to using pedals in a clean amp either a Vox AC15/30 or Orange Tiny Terror 1and the Kotzen Tele remains my main guitar for about 11 years.

    Mid 40’s: I join Playroom, a Classic Rock 4 piece with an acoustic edge. I end up using my PRS Custom 22/ 24 and a Sigma Electro or a borrowed Taylor 110 acoustic. Pedals stay the same but I settle on a Blackstar Artisan 30 as my main amp. I’m the only guitar player and the PRS seems to suit this.

    Last three years: I rejoin Heroes of Switzerland. The other guitarist has gone over to playing an Ibanez RG and using a Headrush modeller, which improves his tone no end. This time I find my Yamaha SG1000 is a good mainstay. After some loop switcher issues and a false start with a Line 6 Helix. I decide to go back to pedals. As an interim, I buy a used TC Nova System & find its mix of useable drive sounds and very crystalline delays work wonders in the context of a very busy instrumental lineup. I keep my Kotzen Telecaster as a backup. I keep the Nova for Heroes and decide to rebuild another board for my own pleasure. 
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  • PhilKingPhilKing Frets: 742
    Started gigging out of school in working men's clubs and toured the US bases in Germany.  My main guitar was a Fender Musicman with a Columbus LP copy as backup.  Came back and joined an originals band and traded the Musicman  for a 67 Strat, which I really didn't get on with too much.  Traded that in for a brand new 72 55 Les Paul Special, which I really liked but got offered a 72 LP Custom for a good price, so I traded up to that.  I used that for a few years and then the trading bug got me again, so I got an Aria Dragon Strat and a SG LP Junior.  That was my last reall gigging set for several years.

    When I did my next gig, I was using a 52 LP Standard converted to 58 specs and a PRS Standard, both of which I still have.

    I then was a bass player for a few years, and used a Modulus 5 string and a 72 Rickenbacker 4001.  The next band I used the Modulus with a @WezV fretless EB DC Copy. 

    I also had a covers band where I would cycle through my 6 string electric guitars.

    Currently I am using my 66 Precision and Bravewood 57 Precision, along with a home built HSS strat and PRS SE Angelus acoustic.  Last gig was Modulus 5 string, Squier Bass VI and Teye La Canestera.  

    That's where I'm at now (though I have a lot of guitars to pick from)  

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  • slackerslacker Frets: 1251
    Fender Precision
    Status 3000
    Warwick Thumb Fretless 
    Fender 57 ri Stratocaster
    Gibson Les Paul Classic 
    Gretsch Sparkle Jet 

    I've got other guitars and play a lot of acoustic in churches, gardens., folk festivals but the Gretsch is the one at the moment. 
     
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 49465
    80s - Aria Strat-type
    90s - Les Paul Deluxe, then Telecaster, then Rickenbacker 360 & Jaguar
    00s - Jaguar, then various PRS
    10s - Rickenbacker 381 then 4001 bass
    20s - Rick bass

    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone." - Walt Kowalski

    "Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson

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  • FezFez Frets: 301
    Late 70s till early 80s strat.
    Then Hss strat through 90s
    2000s bitsa strat and Tele for church music group.
    Formed current group end of 2008 epi Les Paul then added another Hss strat and recently a PRS custom 24 se.
    Still have all of them though the tele hangs behind the bar at a local venue.
    Don't touch that dial.
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  • mudslide73mudslide73 Frets: 2090
    Les Paul forever then Tele for the last 12 months. I played a Jackson Fusion for 4-5 years before I started gigging also. 
    "A city star won’t shine too far"


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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 4947
    edited January 28
    70s - Jedson Tele thing abortion of a guitar - truly dreadful
    Late 70s - Hardtail Strat (first job hence HP)
    Early 80s - Ibanez AS80 (wish I still had it)
    Mid/Late 80s - Hohner Jack headless / Westone Spectrum ST (Matsumoko) / Partsastrat - Alder body & Ibanez low profile neck
    Early 90s - Fender Strat Plus Deluxe / LP Smartwood
    Noughties - Strat+ Deluxe / 335 60 reissue
    2010s - Tom Anderson Hollow Body Drop Top / Morgan LP / Various LPs / PRS Cu24 / various Teles
    2020s - Still the Tom Anserson HBDT / PRS 594 / Tele American Pro / PRS Vela S2 Historic

    Jazz
    Noughties - far eastern 175 copy (was okish) / 335 / Hodson 503 maccaferri
    2010s - Sadowsky Jim Hall Special / John Le Voi 503 14 fret
    2020s - Sadowsky JHS / Fibonnacci Chiquita / Gibson 1961 ES125TD / Le Voi 503

    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

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  • JasonJason Frets: 694
    tFB Trader
    80's:  LP Custom (first job, first credit card :) )
    90's:  Squier Strat (reality of adult bills etc)
    00's:  2 x Epi 335 or 335 and Tele Custom (MIM)
    10's:  LP Gold Top & LP Junior DC
    20's:  Yet to gig, but it will be LP Custom and Lucille

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  • FezFez Frets: 301
    @Jalapeno I remember those Jedson's truly dreadful.
    Don't touch that dial.
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  • DaevidJDaevidJ Frets: 303

    I think I can trace my journey primarily from humbuckers through to single coils over the years... All have seen use on stage in two bands!


    Late 90s: Jim Deacon Candy Apply Strat Copy then a Gibson Les Paul Studio

    00s: Gibson SG Special, Fender Jaguar HH Special

    10s: Gretsch 5120, Gretsch 5420, Fender Baja Telecaster, Fender AV65 Jaguar, PRS Mira, Fender Toronado, Fender Mustang Special

    20s: Novo Miris J

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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 18101
    Teens: 90s Squier Strat

    Late 20s: Ibanez S470

    Early 30s - Washburn N4

    Mid-30s to current - Various Jaden Rose guitars

    I'd call that a reasonable progression :)
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