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Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by rockinforJesus, Mar 17, 2017.

How to cover the most territory if G5420T is one guitar... which other guitar?

  1. Telecaster with single coils

    22 vote(s)
    66.7%
  2. Les Paul with P90's

    11 vote(s)
    33.3%
  1. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Country Gent

    Age:
    51
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    That would be a no-brainer for me.
    If the 5420 is top-seeded it has to be a Tele. You can cover a lot of sonic gound with that combination. I am always surprised how good a Tele works for nearly every kind of style.
     
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  2. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    I would agree with the Tele, and as has been already stated, I'd make it a Nashville Tele (maybe that's just because I'm so close to Nashville :)).
     
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  3. MikeyUK

    MikeyUK Gretschie

    292
    Dec 15, 2016
    Rochdale, GB
    I don't have much personal experience of your options, but having been on Gretsch- Talk for 4 months my instincts say a Telecaster is the most popular non-Gretsch guitar that people talk about. "Everyone should have one", "versatile", "workhorse" are common phrases associated with these guitars. I like the idea of a standard USA telecaster. Good luck with your sales and acquisitions! Looking forward to the pictures. BTW I did test 3 Tele's before Christmas a Tokai (£350), a Chinese Fender (£550) and a USA Fender (used £750). The USA is the one to have, if you don't have the funds I liked the Tokai - I'd avoid the overpriced Chinese one.
     
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  4. Lizardkinged

    Lizardkinged Friend of Fred

    Age:
    30
    Oct 5, 2009
    Michigan
    I'm at 12. Do I get rid of a Tele, or a Strat? LOL.
     
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  5. englishman

    englishman Friend of Fred

    Age:
    60
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    I wish to protest the exclusionary nature of this thread. Many of us have no idea of the nature of the 5420.
     
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  6. luvdablues

    luvdablues Electromatic

    64
    Mar 5, 2017
    ottawa, canada
    I hope you've asked the only One from whom you can expect a taylor made answer just for you. Bless ya bro
     
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  7. rcboals

    rcboals Country Gent

    Nov 21, 2008
    Springfield Oregon
    If you have no need or desire for an accoustic and you are down to two electrics. The Telecaster and the 5420T will cover most everything you do with the right effects that may be needed from time to time. If I were down to two electrics and no accoustic it would be these 62 reissue Tele with bigsby, and my Gibson ES335.
     

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  8. rockinforJesus

    rockinforJesus Gretschie

    350
    Nov 7, 2014
    Upstate New York
    Mmmm, yeah, about that...
    Dave, I really enjoy watching your posts and value your opinion as well as the other folks here
     
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  9. rockinforJesus

    rockinforJesus Gretschie

    350
    Nov 7, 2014
    Upstate New York
    Thanks pal, almost overlooked the obvious
     
  10. MikeyUK

    MikeyUK Gretschie

    292
    Dec 15, 2016
    Rochdale, GB
    I also recommend buying with heart not head. After all, these are guitars!
     
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  11. BuddyHollywood

    BuddyHollywood Gretschie

    125
    Sep 11, 2009
    Venice, CA
    If you're playing more rhythm guitar than lead guitar I would go with the P90 Les Paul or even better a Guild Aristocrat or a really good Epiphone Casino. I love P90s with a hollow body. If you're playing more lead guitar a Telecaster cuts through the mix really well.

    Another option is a sort of hybrid. Musician's Friend just showcased on their Stupid Deal of the Day the G&L ASAT Special with their P90-ish MFD pickups that sound really great.

     
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  12. wilblee

    wilblee Synchromatic

    613
    May 23, 2013
    TX Hill Country
    I voted Tele. There's just not a gig or genre where I can't make a Tele work to my satisfaction.
     
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  13. GuitarJunkie

    GuitarJunkie Gretschie

    312
    Feb 22, 2016
    Georgia
    GT turned me into a Tele lover...
     
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  14. dreamingGretsch

    dreamingGretsch Gretschie

    165
    Oct 12, 2010
    Philippines
    I've lived with a G5420T and a tele for quite a while. I never thought or felt that Im lacking in any area that I play. plus its easier to maintain two guitars, and being the tele built to last, its basically maintenance free. lol.

    I can cover a lot more area tonally with just those two guitars, other than metal. but I can easily get in the ball park with pedals and amps. But I dont play hard metal.
     
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  15. BuddyHollywood

    BuddyHollywood Gretschie

    125
    Sep 11, 2009
    Venice, CA
    Here is another thing I thought about. The Telecaster bridge pickup is one of the best bridge pickup sounds ever but the Telecaster neck pickup is one of the weakest sounding neck pickups to me. They sound good combined together though. Whenever I played my old Tele I always wanted to hear more of a Strat or Jazzmaster sounding neck pickup. A Les Paul with P90s sounds great in every position. I finally ended up voting for the Les Paul with P90s in your poll.