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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. rockinforJesus

    rockinforJesus Gretschie

    328
    Nov 7, 2014
    Upstate New York
    So I am thrilled at the participation I saw last week in my post https://www.gretsch-talk.com/threads/reduced-to-2-guitars-which-ones-and-why.159677/

    There was a reason behind this post... I am trying to narrow down "my sound", and wanted to see what people would choose if they could only have 2 guitars, and more importantly WHY.

    Looking for opinions on how to cover the most ground with only 2 nice middle to pro grade guitars. I am targeting a light rock sound, love good overdriven lead tones, and cleans as well.

    Most likely changing my guitars... planning on getting a G5420T, and one other guitar, and get rid of the others... I may keep my Les Paul with P90's, or I may just get a real nice Tele/USA G&L ASAT with single coils.

    I am planning on selling my G&L ASAT Tribute, and listed my Pro Jet on Reverb for sale https://reverb.com/item/4550217-gretsch-g5235-pro-jet-125th-anniversary-2008 . I never had a hollow body, but absolutely love the sound of the current Electromatic Hollowbody guitars, namely the G5420T. Can't really afford a 6120 at the moment, I'm a family man with other responsibilities, so the budget is limited.

    I play mostly at church on the worship team. I do lead guitar, shared with another lead guitarist. We do contemporary worship music (light rock style of music). Our band is made up of singers, keys, drums, acoustic guitars, bass, and electric guitars. Also, I play rhythm guitar in a band... Still here? Thanks for staying with me :)
     
  2. ronbo

    ronbo Gretschie

    Age:
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    243
    Feb 28, 2012
    Broomfield, Colorado
    I voted for the Tele...been a Tele fan since I first heard Roy Buchannan and Tele pickups are very versatile and perfect for the kind of things I like to play - blues, country and classic rock. I love P90's also, but they aren't as versatile for me. A Tele and a Gretsch would seem to cover most anything...but I'd probably still keep a guitar with P90's ;)
     
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  3. rockinforJesus

    rockinforJesus Gretschie

    328
    Nov 7, 2014
    Upstate New York
    P90's or single coils, what to do, what to do?
     
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  5. wabash slim

    wabash slim Country Gent

    Age:
    67
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Tell with P-90s.

    Do I have to come up with all of the answers?
     
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  6. Rob Williams

    Rob Williams Country Gent

    Jul 5, 2014
    SE QLD
    Les Paul with P90's. Exhibit A) Carl Perkins. Exhibit B) Mike Ness. Two completely diverse sounds and the same guitar- finding middle ground should be easy.
     
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  7. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Everyone needs a Tele.
     
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  8. Rob Williams

    Rob Williams Country Gent

    Jul 5, 2014
    SE QLD
    ...don't you mean everyone has a tele? ;)
     
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  9. Gretschmen65

    Gretschmen65 Gretschie

    334
    May 20, 2016
    Australia
    I did not comment in the 2 guitars thread. Too hard to imagine.
    I'm with ronbo on the tele and for me P90's have always been a bit dark.
    Since I got my G6128 TDS I must admit the tele is not so secure. Dyna's do a lot of the things I love my tele for with perhaps a bit more oomph.
    I'll keep all three.:)
     
  10. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013
    Atlanta
    Tele! Especially good for worship tones and is a workhorse that can do just about anything. :)
     
  11. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    Voted tele...to my ears nothing sounds better clean than a Fender single coil.
    All the frequencies are there for you to shape with pedals or your amp.
    P-90's have a very characteristic sound that may be fantastic but isn't as versatile.
     
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  12. LongJohn

    LongJohn Gretschie

    156
    Apr 22, 2016
    Queens, NY
    Nashville tele, 3rd pup brings a few strat tones to the table and the 2nd and 4th switch positions add more single coil goodness.
     
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  13. Rob Williams

    Rob Williams Country Gent

    Jul 5, 2014
    SE QLD
    Should I bring up the option of keeping the Les paul....and putting Filters in it? ^.^
     
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  14. dlew919

    dlew919 Gretschie

    222
    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    I only have two: a Nashville Tele and a gretsch electromatic. Both do everything.


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  15. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Country Gent

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    Tele with Filtertrons. One guitar!
     
  16. Aymara

    Aymara Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2013
    Germany
    I hate single coil hum, so my choice IS already a Les Paul with Gibson 57 Classics ... best LP pickups for my taste, which also sound quite nice with coil splitting ... not as nice as P90s, but noise free.
     
  17. mschafft

    mschafft Gretschie

    151
    Jan 19, 2017
    Switzerland
    I'm not into narrowing things down or thinning herds.
    Once had a 60s tribute LP and it sounded amazing. Regular teles are a bit more common which is why I voted P90 Les Paul. But I'm not parting with MY teles...
     
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  18. Dennison

    Dennison Country Gent

    Jul 17, 2011
    Kent, UK
    A three-pickup Tele and either an es335 or an es330 (or Casino -- but make it a good one). They would cover just about all bases other than metal. A Gretsch would be third on the list -- sorry.
     
  19. Aymara

    Aymara Country Gent

    Jul 6, 2013
    Germany
    For me personally only three guitars are needed to cover every tonal ground from Jazz to Metal in highest possible sound quality and great playing comfort: Les Paul, Gretsch Panther, Mayones Regius.

    But the keyword is "personally" ;)
     
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  20. Joey L

    Joey L Gretschie

    340
    Jun 24, 2016
    White Plains, NY
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    My custom Tele build with TV Jones Classics. Very versatile guitar and have used it for worship.
     
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  21. blc45

    blc45 Country Gent

    Age:
    65
    Aug 23, 2011
    nc
    Although I personably just love Tele's I voted Les Paul w/P90's to add other tones. the
    Gretsch covers a lot of the Tele twang range.
     
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