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post Aug 21 2007, 09:47 AM
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This is a list of guitars and amps organized by music style to give beginner guitarists or those of use branching out into new sounds some ideas of what it being used in each respective style. The list is compiled based on what professionals play/played, recommendations from GMC'ers, and respectable instrument reviews on the web.

If you have any advice, suggestions, or corrections please post them here so I can keep this list up to date. When suggesting a guitar or amp please try to cite other famous musicians that use it (if there is one) and some reasons why. No need to get carried away since we have a good Gear Review section growing at a healthy rate elsewhere.

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JAZZ
Guitars
Gibson Les Paul (Les Paul himself)
Gibson L5 CES (Players Choice)
Gibson Byrdland (Players Choice)
Gibson Series (Players Choice)

Amps
Fender Vibrolux (Players Choice)
Fender Twin (Players Choice)
Roland Jazz Chorus (Players Choice)
Polytone Minibrute (Players Choice)

COUNTRY
Guitars
Fender Telecaster (Players Choice)

Amps
Fender Blues Deville (Players Choice)
Fender Twin Reverb (Players Choice)


BLUES & BLUES/ROCK

Guitars
Gibson Les Paul (Early Eric Clapton)
Gibson ES355 & ES335 (BB & Freddie King respectively)
Fender Stratocaster (Jimmy Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Later Eric Clapton, John Mayer)

Amps
Fender Twin Reverb (Early Hendrix, Eric Clapton, John Mayer)
Marshall 100 watt stack (Later Hendrix)
Fender ’65 Twin Reverb Reissue (Players Choice)
Fender Blues Junior (Players Choice)
Peavey Classic 30 (Players Choice)
Vox AC30 (Beatles, Bono U2, Rolling Stones, The Who, etc.)
vox AC15 (Players Choice)


METAL

Guitars
Ibanez Guitars (Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani)
Fender Stratocaster (Yngwie Malmsteen)
Gibson Les Paul (John Shaffer, Zakk Wylde)
Charvel (Warren Demartini - Ratt, Jake E Lee - Ozzy, George Lynch, Jason Becker)
Jackson (Phil Collen - Def Leppard, Slayer, Matthew Tuck, Buckethead)
Schecter (Jeff Loomis, Nevermore, a7x)
ESP Guitars (Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Alexi Laiho, Gus G)
Dean (Dimebag)

Amps
Laney Amps (Early Paul Gilbert)
Marshall Vintage Modern 2266c (Later Paul Gilbert)
Rocktron Prophesy Preamp into Marshall Tube Power Amp (Megadeth)
Marshall JCM800 (Too many to list)
Peavey 5150 (Buckethead)
Peavey 6505 (Matthew Tuck - Bullet for my Valentine)
Mesa Boogie (Metallica, Nightwish, Lamb of God)
Krank Amplifiers (Dimebag Darrel, Gus G)

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post Aug 21 2007, 10:02 AM
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Thanks Hardtail - this is awesome.

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post Aug 21 2007, 10:13 AM
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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Aug 21 2007, 05:02 AM) *
Thanks Hardtail - this is awesome.

No problem! It was my pleasure. You can see I know a bit about Fender products, where they work, and who uses them but I need the rest of the GMC community to help fill this guide out. Get posting friends! biggrin.gif

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Amps: Fender Blues Junior Special Edition & Fender Studio 85 (Simultaneous... yummy)
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post Aug 21 2007, 10:14 AM
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nice
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post Aug 21 2007, 05:09 PM
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Jazz - Guitar: For Jazz arguably you really need a semi-acoustic archtop to nail the tone. Charlie Christian, Tal Farlow, Wes Montgomery, Ted Greene, Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, Jim Hall, Howard Roberts, Pat Metheny, Johnny Smith, George Van Eps - the list of archtop users goes on and on. Choice tends to be between the big more traditional and more jazzy 16''ers+ or the somewhat more modern sounding thinlines.

Gibson L5 CES - probably this and the Byrdland are what most think of as the jazz guitar
Gibson Byrdland - beautiful
Gibson 175 - wonderful and less expensive then an L5 or Byrdland
Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion (thin line Jazz guitar) - great tones and action (I have and use one). Very versatile goes from a Les Paul, through 335 to Jazz territory.
Gibson ES335 (thin line) - As with the Fusion but perhaps strays more towards blues.
De Angelico New Yorker - beautiful tone. Byrdland territory but maybe for half the price.
Sadowsky Jim Hall - tone, tone, tone - wonderful custom
Amp: you really need an amp that can handle a very wide frequency range with an good clean channel.
Polytone minibrute - famous in Jazz for its clarity and bass end. Does clean really well.
Fender Twin or Vibrolux
Roland Jazz Chorus (I use a JC) - clean is icy, crystal clear clean (distortion is woeful though).
Lab Series L5 - proves that a transistor can do a good clean channel. Don't think these are in production anymore though.

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post Aug 21 2007, 05:28 PM
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Great work Hardtail.

Though I'd like to see Charvel and Jackson among the Metal guitars laugh.gif Gibson LP is also a popular choise for the metal head.

And, Marshall JCM800 should really be there, it's a classic.


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post Aug 21 2007, 08:07 PM
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I'd like to add Schecter guitars to at least the metal section.
Jeff Loomis, Nevermore and a7x amongst others use them, and in a different style The Cure use different Schecter's.

Maybe out of context/scope for this FAQ, but I think it fits here, is examples of pickup's for each style. That's a question that popups every now and then.


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Schecter C1 Hellraiser EMG 81/85, replaced with JB/Jazz (SH4/SH2n) w. coilsplit
Schecter Revenger HB-105, replaced with EMG 81/85
Stratocaster Deluxe Players Noiseless
Ibanez 2550z
Blackstar HT5H, Blackheart BH5H w. BH112, Laney LX35D, Line6 Pod XT, Marshall MS-2
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post Aug 21 2007, 10:50 PM
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QUOTE (MickeM @ Aug 21 2007, 12:28 PM) *
Great work Hardtail.

Though I'd like to see Charvel and Jackson among the Metal guitars laugh.gif Gibson LP is also a popular choise for the metal head.

And, Marshall JCM800 should really be there, it's a classic.


Any notables that play Charvels or Jacksons? Also, I never knew Gibson LP was a favorite amongst Metalheads. Any name drops that might be recongnizable that plays these would be helpful to beginners looking for their sound. Thanks!

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post Aug 22 2007, 12:28 AM
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Maybe esp/ltd should get a place in the metal section ? James and Kirk from Metallica plays with esp and metallica was a great inspiration for me to start with guitar, and many other famous bands uses esp aswell such as Lamb of god , In flames etc

as a ltd player i kinda missed esp on the list ^^
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post Aug 22 2007, 12:57 AM
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QUOTE (Bjoerne @ Aug 22 2007, 01:28 AM) *
as a ltd player i kinda missed esp on the list ^^

Yeah, those are a must guess. biggrin.gif


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Blackstar HT5H, Blackheart BH5H w. BH112, Laney LX35D, Line6 Pod XT, Marshall MS-2
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post Aug 22 2007, 01:02 AM
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Charvel - Jason Becker deserves a place here, EVH, Warren DeMartini (ratt), Jake E Lee(Ozzy), George Lynch(Dokken)
old stuff...

Phis Collen/Def Leppard: Jackson

Jeff Hanemann/Slayer: Jackson and Marshall JCM800
Kerry King/Slayer: JCM800

Matthew tuck/Bullet for my Valentine: Jackson (+Peavey 6505)

Buckethead has jackson + Peavey 5150

Mark Morton/Lamb of God: Jackson

*puh* I hope that's right everything. Correct if not since I'm not 100% sure myself. Sine many guitarists use several guitars what I said may not be their main brand choise. But as I said, if I'm wrong just say so.


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post Aug 22 2007, 05:03 AM
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I will add these tonight when I have more time MickeM.

Bjoerne: ESP definately needs to be up here... I will also add them tonight.


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post Aug 22 2007, 05:15 AM
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mesa boogie amps (metallica, nightwish, lamb of god)


dean guitars (metal master above all dimebag)


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amps- mesa boogie triple recto 150w tube head with mesa 4x12 cab (celestion speakers), vox ad30vt combo

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post Nov 4 2007, 06:22 PM
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Hey Hardtail

At metalamps you wrote "Mesa Boogie". This is not correct, because have you ever seen someone playing metal with a "Lonestar"? smile.gif
I guess you meant the Rectifier but don't forget Mesa has got a lot of other models.

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post Nov 4 2007, 07:38 PM
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For the metal amps/guitars: Gibson Les Paul (Jon Schaffer - Iced Earth) and Engl (Jon Schaffer)

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I cant figure out why the great es-335 isnt in the blues section.
BB and Freddie King play this guitar, its a classic.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gib...itar?sku=517751
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Agree Rob about the 335

but a minor correction - BB King plays a ES355 not a ES335 (his is called Lucille and is a variation on the 355). One difference between the 335 and the 355 is that the latter has block inlays and a bound headstock whilst a 335 generally is a dot neck. A couple of differences between 355s and 'Lucille', she has no 'f' holes and she also sports a large rotary switch.

Freddie King's is a 335 though.

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Great list smile.gif ive got a couple to add.

Metal
ESP is also used by Alexi Laiho, and Gus G

Under Amps
Krank amplifiers used by Dimebag Darrel and Gus G


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Ibanez Xiphos 707 + Krank Revolution 100
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QUOTE (Davidian @ Nov 4 2007, 07:38 PM) *
For the metal amps/guitars: Gibson Les Paul (Jon Schaffer - Iced Earth) and Engl (Jon Schaffer)


Might aswell add Zakk Wylde to the metal Gibson Les Paul


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Fender Squier '51

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Blackstar Series One 45
Line6 POD Studio UX1
Marshall MG15CDR

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post Nov 9 2007, 06:15 AM
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QUOTE (Constie @ Nov 4 2007, 01:22 PM) *
Hey Hardtail

At metalamps you wrote "Mesa Boogie". This is not correct, because have you ever seen someone playing metal with a "Lonestar"? smile.gif
I guess you meant the Rectifier but don't forget Mesa has got a lot of other models.


Actually that would be the other extreme of the idea. Mesa Boogie makes much more than the Triple Rectifier and much of them see play. Listing "Mesa Boogie" alone in this case points the general listener of those artists to the wide range of products which are generally inspired by the "rectifier" sound.

QUOTE (Davidian @ Nov 4 2007, 02:38 PM) *
For the metal amps/guitars: Gibson Les Paul (Jon Schaffer - Iced Earth) and Engl (Jon Schaffer)


Added the LP. I chose not to add the ENGL though since this is a beginner gear guide and the ENGL will be priced out of 99.9% of beginner's budgets. (I know other things on the list are expensive too, but boutiques just aren't starting grounds for beginners IMO).

QUOTE (Rob_g @ Nov 5 2007, 02:43 AM) *
I cant figure out why the great es-335 isnt in the blues section.
BB and Freddie King play this guitar, its a classic.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gib...itar?sku=517751


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QUOTE (Smikey2006 @ Nov 5 2007, 03:22 AM) *
Great list smile.gif ive got a couple to add.

Metal
ESP is also used by Alexi Laiho, and Gus G

Under Amps
Krank amplifiers used by Dimebag Darrel and Gus G


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QUOTE (Skewlbuzz @ Nov 5 2007, 11:07 AM) *
Might aswell add Zakk Wylde to the metal Gibson Les Paul


Added.


Thanks guys for the input. Remember, this is a beginner guide so my goal is to point people in the general direction of certain brands depending on the beginners tastes. If a specific model is listed I did so because I felt it warranted special attention because it has a unique sound from the generic brand sound. A good example of this is the Fender Vibrolux listed under Jazz amps. This amp produces a very distinct sound from the typical Fender.

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