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Ok so, I don't really know anything about electric guitars, and I have only played on an acoustic (and only for 3 years now) but for my college graduation in a week my dad (who is a guitar geek) wants to give me one of his many electric guitars so that I continue playing music.

 

Anyway like I said I don't know anything about guitars, but if I remember off the top of my head these are some of the guitars he has:

 

Parker Fly

Fender Stratocaster

Fender Telecastor

Country Gentleman

Gibson Les Paul

Rickenbacher 12 string?

 

He is a beatles nut so if applicable, these are the models that george or john used. I don't know. But I'd like advice with what would be the most fun for someone who knows how to play but is new to electrics.

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other than the answers you'll get from die hard fans of one model or another (for years I was narrow minded and only wanted to play fenders), in order to get a good answer to that question, let us know what style you're looking to play.

 

A Telecaster is a fairly versatile guitar and get get a wide range of sounds. I haven't played any Parkers. The atkins country gentleman will get you some of the nice big hollow-body tones that you hear Jeff sometimes throw out, but it's less versatile for covering a broad range of tunes. while lots of players have lived and died by les pauls, I've always found them a bit awkward feeling. If you're only going to have 1 electric, I'd hold off on the 12 string.

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I'm probably looking most for versatility, since im probably going to be taking lessons very soon and id like to be able to do a wide variety of things well. I'm not in a band or anything, and will only have this one electric, so whatever sounds/feels the best for the widest variety of things, be it rhythym or soloing. I like rock and roll, and my favorite bands are Wilco, the Beatles, and Radiohead.

 

Also a tiny part of me also wants to have a guitar that people are like "ooh thats a cool guitar". But thats just a tiny part :stunned

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I'd go with the Tele as well, it's an all around good guitar, and everybody uses them, from straight up country players...to uh well Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead. Sure, it's not the most impressive visually, but you'll regret not taking it later.

 

I have a strat, it's a solid guitar, but in retrospect the choice between the strat/tele I'd probably take the Tele now. My next guitar will probably be a hollow body or a Jazzmaster, we'll see.

 

Hollow bodies are beautiful for jazz, but I'd take a solid body for the durability and versatility factors. It's a good choice. Rickenbackers are stellar guitars, I would love to own one, but way too expensive, but a 12 string is just a little too niche to be a good starter guitar.

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let us know what style you're looking to play.

That's the key right there. All depends on what style/sound your into.

 

I'll reiterate what was said above: Stay away from the Rickenbacker. If you plan on playing it around at all it can be a handful keeping it set up and in tune. I love 'em, have owned them and think it's safe to say everything else listed above are much more versatile instruments. A Rick 12 has a very individualistic sound.

 

The Country Gentleman sounds very tempting; ( 6120-6122?) and contrary to what a lot of folks will tell you you can use it in a wide range of applications. You can look to guys like Neil Young and Pete Townsend as examples who both used similar, but not exactly the same models, on some of their most seminal recordings.

 

This, coming from a dyed in the wool Les Paul guy.

 

Oh, and PS:

Your dad is a very cool guy to give you one of his own.

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I have a Tele and a Casino, so I'd probably take the Les Paul or the Gretsch. I had a Les Paul once and loved it. The Tele is probably the most versatile guitar on that list.

 

I was Tele-crazy for a few years. They're great guitars. Pretty much everybody has used one at one time or another.

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Well thanks to you guys, im leaning towards the Telecaster. It does sound like what I want. Here are some other guitars he has:

 

Rickenbacker 6 string 360 v64 ( the 12 string is 360-12 v64)

Gibson L5S

Gibson ES-355 thinline cherry

 

Random Facts:

-His Country Gentleman was made in 1964

-the Les Paul has a synthasizer pick up.

-the parker fly is the only one with a whammy bar. (and it has 24 frets not that that matters)

-the strat is the "Jeff Beck signature model"

-Telecastor is "American Deluxe"

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Random Facts:

-His Country Gentleman was made in 1964

-the Les Paul has a synthasizer pick up.

 

 

Based on this new info, I would take the Les Paul out of consideration, and grab the Country Gentleman before your dad changes his mind. You can get a decent Tele any day of the week for fairly cheap. You're not going to be able to get a '64 Country Gentleman very easily. Now, if the Tele is also from the '60s that would probably sway me back towards the Tele.

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Well thanks to you guys, im leaning towards the Telecaster. It does sound like what I want. Here are some other guitars he has:

 

Rickenbacker 6 string 360 v64 ( the 12 string is 360-12 v64)

Gibson L5S

Gibson ES-355 thinline cherry

 

Random Facts:

-His Country Gentleman was made in 1964

-the Les Paul has a synthasizer pick up.

-the parker fly is the only one with a whammy bar. (and it has 24 frets not that that matters)

-the strat is the "Jeff Beck signature model"

-Telecastor is "American Deluxe"

Yeah, umm if it was me I would take the Rick 6-string, but that's cause it's such a unique sounds. The tele is still an overall great guitar, but given a free guitar choice the ES-355 or the Country Gentleman are going to be guitars you probably can't easily afford...so I'd take that into consideration too.

 

 

Any chance he'd want to get rid of any more of his guitars for free :lol :shifty

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Any chance he'd want to get rid of any more of his guitars for free :lol :shifty

 

:lol Somehow I doubt it....

 

Thanks again everyone for your help. I don't have to make the decision for another couple weeks, but you've all given me lots to consider...And the more opinions the better!

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Lots of good recommendations here, the good news is that you can't make a wrong decision. My advice would be to take the Rickenbacker. Although a Telecaster may be more useful, you can buy one for less than the Ricky. I see that the Tele in question is an "American Deluxe" which is a great guitar. But, you can buy an American Standard or even a Made in Mexico version and you won't hear a noticeable difference.

 

The V64 version of the Ricky is more costly and you can wait up to a year for one to be delivered. Standard Rickys can be ordered relatively quickly on Musician's Friend, but colors of the year and vintage reissue's (like your dad's) take a long time. Go to the forum page on www.rickenbacker.com to read all the moaning and groaning over how long it takes to get a guitar.

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Is it really the best choice for someone without any other guitars though? I'm assuming its more fragile than the other ones.

 

Theres also the fact that I'm leaning towards picking a guitar that my dad isn't too emotionally attached to and im assuming the '64 Gentleman is pretty special...but he did offer all of them so thats not a hard and fast rule.

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Theres also the fact that I'm leaning towards picking a guitar that my dad isn't too emotionally attached to and im assuming the '64 Gentleman is pretty special.

Yea, that was my first thought. If I were you I'm not sure I could bring myself to pick that one. Just sit down with them and see which one feels right.

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answer=tele

 

Why?

 

Because the fact that you can probably borrow any guitar at any time.The tele will fit every need you have right now,easy to play,sounds great,and easy to tote around.Another reason being that when the time comes and your father has passed,you'll probably get his whole collection.I wish I was in your shoes.

 

I own a tele,so my choice would be the rick 12...........most amazing rythem tones,and rythem is all I'm good for!

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