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Most versatile model of guitar?

garywright

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BC Rich Mockingbird.

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J T

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I've never tried one, but the Line6 Variax lineup of guitars are designed with versatility in mind.
I have one. I mainly use it for acoustic and alternate tunings I saved in the custom settings. I will use it if I don't have time to set up the multiple mics for my Martin because I always use at least four mics for that. Sounds are there for something I don't already have like twelve string or jumbo, but I will always set this aside and grab the Tele, Strat, or an LP for the genuine sound. I like the Martin and the Jumbo sound.

It requires a TRS balanced cable to the special power supply or battery inside, and can go direct if I need it. It also has Network cable to go to one of the L6 multi boards. There is a connection to a computer for changes, alternate tunings, or updates.

The guitar is rock stable and stays in tune. They were thinking ahead when they came out with it. I have seen people pull the electronics (LR Baggs) and carve up some other guitar to put them in but why bother? Just use the L6 Variax. Done.
 

Billy Porter

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This is my most 'versatile' guitar. Originally an Ibanez Blaser that I modified the body beyond repair (Floyd Rose being the final straw - killed the tone).

I made the body from 2 chopping Ikea boards.

Pickups are 2 Ibanez Super 58 Humbuckers (Tri-sound) and an Ibanez Roadstar single coil

Switching left to right on the picture below:
Tri-sound switch for Bridge Humbucker (Series Humbucking, Parallel Humbucking and single coil)
Tri-sound switch for Neck Humbucker (Series Humbucking, Parallel Humbucking and single coil)
Coil Tap for middle single coil pickup
Switch for neck pickup to by pass five way selector (allows neck to be on with bridge pickup and all pickups on at once)
Standard 5 way switch
500K CTS pots wired 50s style with Orange drop cap.

I haven't counted how many permutations there are but in reality like a washing machine, I only use a few settings.

Most versatile I have for gigging and rehearsals .............................telecaster

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somebodyelseuk

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Les Paul Junior.

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Yeah, I said it. Any guitar is versatile if you put the work in.
I've seen players play multiple different guitars during a set and sound the same on all of them - you wonder why they bother carting them around.

FWIW, I usually answer these questions with 'Gretsch 6120'.
Okay, I came up with a couple of alternate answers.

Telecaster, because you can also use it as a weapon, a paddle or a coaster.
BMG Red Special... well, people often say 'Strat', because they have three pickups. This has 3 pups, plus it has even more sonic options.
 

Greywolf

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of the 36 I own , this one is by far the most versatile . 12 pickup combinations , every tone from Tele to LP
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rialcnis

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My Gretsch Honey Dripper resonator, with an added pickup is surprisingly versatile.
 

RhinestoneStrat

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My 1998.American Standard Stratocaster guitar is very versatile, especially after I installed a neck pickup on switch. So now I can get 7 pickup configurations instead of 5 with the bridge & neck out of phase and all 3 pickups sound very clean & quacky. I also cut out some metal strips and siliconed them to the bottom of each pickup to push the magnetic field more upwards for a brighter sound.

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RhinestoneStrat

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Okay, I came up with a couple of alternate answers.

Telecaster, because you can also use it as a weapon, a paddle or a coaster.
BMG Red Special... well, people often say 'Strat', because they have three pickups. This has 3 pups, plus it has even more sonic options.

Keith agrees with you about the Telecaster...as a defense weapon. ;)

 
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