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  • Power Pop Band - follow up and gear suggestions

    A couple of months ago, I posted on here looking for suggestions for power pop songs for a cover band project I'm working on.  Well, it has come to fruitiion - we're terrible and a lot of power pop songs are much more complicated and challengin to play than you'd think (try playing "Go All The Way" . . . !), but I'm having a blast, playing a lot and really enjoying music fo rthe first time in a while.

    Which is now leading me to want another guitar - I'm currently playing a Rickenbacker 620 - I really like it and it fits most of the music quite well, but . . . well, you know, I'm a  gear head, so I want more stuff! I think I'm set with my pedalboard and amp, so another guitar is the next logical step  :-)

    So sticking with the power pop theme, I'm thinking an SG might be the right addition to my line up.  P-90 or Humbuckers?  Any other guitar I should be looking at?  Strat? Tele? another Ric (like maybe a 360?) 

    I've never really liked Les Pauls, so I'm not planning on looking at those, but tell me if that's a terrible mistake.  and 335's just feel huge to me - maybe a 339?

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    • mlabbee
      mlabbee commented
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      That's kind of where I'm leaning - P-90s or humbuckers?  And can anyone decipher Gibson's line-up these days?  Between all the tributes, FSRs and other variations, I can't figure out what's actually available tehse days . . . 

      Anyone try the mini e-tune?  Gimic or worth it?


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    An SG with P90s would be a pretty good choice. You don't like 335 sized guitars or otherwise I


    would suggest a Casino...


     


    Think of it this way - if the Beatles ever used one, it's probaby a decent to excellent choice for power pop. That means Strats, Telecasters, various Ric and Gretsch models, Casinos, SG's - George Harrison played a Maestro equipped model in the mid 60s / Rubber Soul  Revolver era (and later gave it to Pete Ham of Badfinger - the guitarist of another seminal powerpop band), but it had humbuckers... so pretty much ANY "regular" SG is probably acceptable. Goth models with EMG pickups, and other non-traditionalist atrocities obviously not included...


     

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    • jw10
      jw10 commented
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      Phil O'Keefe wrote:

      An SG with P90s would be a pretty good choice. You don't like 335 sized guitars or otherwise I

      would suggest a Casino...

       

      Think of it this way - if the Beatles ever used one, it's probaby a decent to excellent choice for power pop. That means Strats, Telecasters, various Ric and Gretsch models, Casinos, SG's (Harrison played a Maestro equipped model in the mid 60s / Rubber Soul  Revolver era, and later gave it to Pete Ham of Badfinger - the guitarist of another seminal powerpop band), but it had humbuckers... so pretty much ANY "regular" SG is probably acceptable. Goth models with EMG pickups, and other non-traditionalist atrocities obviously not included...

       


      In summary, anything low output.


    • mlabbee
      mlabbee commented
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      I'm kind of leaning SG at the moment.  Would P-90s be too close to the Ric Hi Gains?  Unless I decide to go with a 360, I want what I get to complement my 620 - overlap is okay, but I want it to be able to be different.  I used to have a Casino and it was very difernt from the Ric, but I assumed that was the hollowbody and metal covers on teh pickups. I liked my Casino, but the neck dive and feedback drove me nuts . . . 



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