Someone recently asked me about what kind of guitar I play. I get this a lot, and I never really delved deep into the dynamics of this question. I've never bothered with guitars on any level other than making sure it sounds loud and doesn't look too douche-y. So why do I play what I play? And what the hell do I play, anyway?
I'm the kind of guy who doesn't care about the technical stuff. I seriously have zero interest in what's shoved inside an amp or what those weird wires and metal-y things are wrapped up in a guitar. I'd rather play the damn thing than study it, ya know? It's a mixture of laziness and a controlled ignorance. If I even bothered with any of that shit for a second, I'd save so much dough on hefty repair bills and overpriced tune ups. Oh well.
Now, recently, the two guitars I've been playing for ten long years were stolen. It was always a black, Gibson Studio and a Les Paul Jr. So yeah, I would have answered this question way differently if it was two months ago. But since then, I've had the task of replacing them, which has brought me to this here subject. I immediately wanted to get the same gear, but thought to myself...should I?
Neither guitars were THAT expensive, but it would make sense to avoid the same route and to start fresh. Because now I'm a new man. Now that I'm in the position to start from scratch, I've decided to keep it cheap. SUPER cheap. I've taken years of inexperience and incompetence, thrown it out the window and have decided to construct together decent guitars for minimal amounts of cash. I think it's better this way. I think it's better for rock and roll.
I know I know nothing about anything, but my only requirement is that the guitar has to be black. Or white. I'll even settle for that aged-looking "cream" color. Maybe a "tobacco burst," too. Chicks dig that.
I ended up with this:
I bought it off a buddy looking for extra dough, and here we are. Thank God for that, because we immediately had shows after the Great New York Guitar Heist, and I would have been totally screwed. It's a Mexican made Telecaster with the pickups switched out with I-have-no-idea-what-these-pickups-are. But it sounds like a monster, and although I've been rocking a Gibson for a full decade, Teles really do have a great feel to 'em. At least to me, anyhow. And a solid pair of pickups really do make a difference. I've been playing around with a few variations for a while now, mixing and matching and testing and cranking, coming up on some gnarly tones I wouldn't have imagined coming from a used Mexican Tele (but what do I know? Nothing!) Yeah, I actually went in to my guitar and did some science/welding/crazy shit. I feel like a champion!
So, yeah. The answer to the question, "What kind of guitar do you play?"
Anything cheap, loud and bitchin'.
And not, like, colored green or something lame.