...what are the top 3 favorite guitars that you own?

Discussion in 'Guitar & Gear Reviews' started by peterjcb, Aug 3, 2018.

  1. musicman100

    musicman100 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2008
    Ok if I’ve got to say just thre I’ll go with these.

    Jim English esquire
    Collings OM
    Gibson county gentleman
  2. speedicut

    speedicut Country Gent

    Jun 5, 2012
    6121-1959, 6128-FSRTDS, 6120DSW
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  3. JHall55

    JHall55 Country Gent

    Dec 18, 2012
    1) Gibson Dave Grohl DG 335
    2) Duesenberg Mike Campbell Starplayer
    3) Gretsch White Falcon

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  4. mbkri

    mbkri Synchromatic

    Sep 22, 2012
    Can i have a different three today?
  5. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Ignoring stuff like ‘versatility’ or sentimental gifts, I’d grab these ‘deserted island’ guitars. My answer will change day-to-day (except one of these). They are all my favorites or I wouldn’t own them ;)

    Fender AV 65 Thinskin Jazzmaster
    Gretsch 53 VS Duo Jet
    ‘Apache’ Telecaster build
  6. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Do you have a picture of the Apache tele? I would love to see it! Thanks!
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  7. Highroller

    Highroller Gretschie

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    One and Two are easy...

    #1 - Gretsch 6120-60 Nashville (the one in my avatar)
    #2 - Gretsch 5022CE Rancher Jumbo (for a sub $500 guitar, I can't believe how much I play this thing!)

    Number Three's more difficult, because I'm still in the honeymoon phase with the Guild 12-String I bought last spring. Then there's my trusty ol' Tele I've had forever, a Silver Jet 6129T-57 (DeArmonds!), a Reverend Club King 290, a Guild Starfire III, and maybe a few others. How do you choose?!?!


    #3 - I guess I'll go with the Tele. You can't argue with something you've owned for 30 years. I can't imagine it NOT being part of my collection.
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  8. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    There are probably 10-15 that would be fairly traumatic to have to get rid of for me regardless of how much I've been playing them recently. Knowing me I'd be right back to replacing them immediately, and I'd probably wind up w/ 20-25 taking their place.

    So for my three I think I'll go w/ the three I'd take w/ me if I were going on a 6 month trip somewhere tomorrow. Not necessarily representative of my all time favorites, but more what I've been playing the most the past few months

    1) 2002 Fender Cyclone HH in daphne blue
    2) 2018 G&L Doheny in monkeypod
    3) 2016 Gretsch G6134-CDG
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2018
  9. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    I like the top 3 ......
    but then again I like the bottom 3

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  10. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    Sorry, but yep, this is exactly where I am on getting it down to a top 3. I could give you the top 3 acoustics (that's easy), but the top 3 electrics would be impossible, because the top 3 would depend on my mood. Case in point: I have been working on downsizing the number of guitars, and I've gone through playing them and deciding which one I want to set aside to sell. Then I play them again to make sure I have made an accurate determination, and suddenly the "expendable" guitar list changes. The problem is that I selected my guitars because of feel and their own unique sound. For instance, I have 4 Strats, and not one sounds like the others.

    To quote T Bone: "3? Nope. Not gonna happen."

    And audept: "That ain't going to happen........:eek:"
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2018
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  11. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Impulsively....3 Teles....but for variety’s sake, my Squier CV ‘50s Tele, Squier CV ‘60 Strat(heavily modded), Epiphone Emperor.
  12. not_man_davo

    not_man_davo Gretschie

    Feb 13, 2015
    I don't have a ton, so the top two are super easy for me.

    1. Gretsch 6120EC
    2. Fender 60s Jazzmaster lacquer in surf green

    #3 is a bit more of a challenge, but I will go with one with an explanation

    3. Brown Bear Billy Bo custom

    #3 would be my #1 without question except that I had some pretty severe trauma to my left hand when I was in my 20s, and nowadays, after about 15-20 minutes, the thick neck starts to hurt my hand. It's such an amazing guitar that I still play it as often as I can for as long as I can, but it's just a bit too much after a little while.
  13. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Sure thing man. I guess either one, but especially the black Custom:

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  14. Sarah93003

    Sarah93003 Friend of Fred

    If the place was on fire and I could only grab three, it would be.

    1. 1965 Mosrite Celebrity prototype (1 of 4 made)

    2. 2005 Gibson Les Paul Standard Plus

    3. Gretsch G3155 that I heavily modded.

    I would be very sad to leave the others behind.
  15. Lizardkinged

    Lizardkinged Friend of Fred

    Oct 5, 2009
    2017 PRS CE24
    2015 Gibson LP Special DC, heavily heavily modified.
    2016 Jackson Pro Soloist

    I've got a couple runner ups but whatever.
  16. wilblee

    wilblee Synchromatic

    May 23, 2013
    TX Hill Country
    Not that I'm ever gonna do it, but, looking back over the last 5 years, if I sold every electric I own except these three I wouldn't alter my playing practice by more than a few percentage points.

    First and foremost, the PRS DGT. Sound, playability, the best trem I've ever used - this guitar gets out of the way better than anything I've ever played. I wanna scream, it screams. I wanna growl, it growls. I wanna croon - you get the idea.[​IMG]

    Second (by a slim margin) is the 6121-FTW. This is the guitar that most commonly accompanies the DGT to gigs (by probably a 20-1 margin). It came to me with TV Jones Classics. I swapped in the pg and the wire arm and had everything I want in a Jet.

    Finally the Duffy Falcon. Man, I love this guitar. It's more of a pain to take to gigs that any other guitar I own, yet it's been to more gigs since I got it than any guitar except the Jet and the DGT.
  17. Stencil

    Stencil Gretschie

    Oct 19, 2009
    Gif-sur-Yvette, or the AF lounge
    Playing by the rules, my three favourite guitars (not the most collectible nor the most expensive, just the three go-to-guitars):
    • Home built Cabronita Telecaster, with single Powertron pick-up;
    • G5135 G-Love Corvette; and
    • Highway One Telecaster with Bill Laurence Keystone pick-ups.
    I guess I just figured out that I could really simplify my life, and bring in some cash, but I'd miss all the other less favoured guitars.

  18. Byron

    Byron Synchromatic

    Sep 4, 2009
    It would have been Gretsch at the top once, but not anymore. I learned to love these;
    1.Eastwood Twin Tone (gfs surf 90 pickups
    2. Epiphone Firebird, old korean model with through neck and mini pups
    3. Danelectro U2
  19. toddfan

    toddfan Synchromatic

    Mar 12, 2012
    That is a real tough question...
    Collings I-35LC
    Fender American Deluxe Strat
    Gibson J-45

    "Edit"--WAIT!!!! I've already changed my mind.... :rolleyes:
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  20. Andrew Griffin

    Andrew Griffin Synchromatic

    Oct 22, 2015
    As I get older possessions matter less, it's true. For example, I don't care about much of anything in the furniture department- it might as well be firewood-or clothes, or dishes, but my guitars? Ha! I love all 20 of them and they're not going anywhere.
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