Best Electric Guitar For "Church Music"


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DG_Griffin
10-13-2009, 01:42 PM
Hey everyone, this is my first post here on the UG forums, but I have been reading them and using tabs from here for quite a while.

I was wondering if there were any fellow Christian musicians and or people whom play at church/in a christian band? I have been looking for a new electric guitar and right now im leaning towards a Fender Strat, but I was wondering what kind of guitar other people who play alot of worship oriented music use. Thanks for any help you can throw my direction.

biga29
10-13-2009, 01:45 PM
One of the guys in my band has a strat. Another guy I know uses a Les paul. I use my Ibanez S5470 sometimes. And another guy I know plays his Yngwie Strat through his Lynch Box. It's all preference.

Skynyrd890
10-13-2009, 01:46 PM
Anything from Dean or BC Rich, and with EMG's...

depends on what "worship oriented" music is at your church... is there any gain used, do you want a warmer or brighter sound, are looks important, etc.

SPBY
10-13-2009, 01:47 PM
this one:

http://www.musicgadgets.net/images/guitar8_small.jpg

Skynyrd890
10-13-2009, 01:49 PM
ugh, upper fret access is just a memory with that...

Dirk Gently
10-13-2009, 01:52 PM
I prefer a Tele for church gigs, since most of my playing is clean.

Xeus
10-13-2009, 01:53 PM
wang caster

Charlie4
10-13-2009, 01:55 PM
BC Rich Draco V - that thing screams Metal.

Ok, in all seriousness, I would recommend a Fender cause the cleans are primarily what you would use for in church music (reverb is great) and it also has a really nice but subtle overdrive.
The guy in my church uses a Tele and that works quite well - nice cleans and a twangy crunch.

Remember then, that a Fender with a Valve amp will sound A LOT better than through a purely SS Amp.

Hope this helps. =)

GuitarLGND
10-13-2009, 01:55 PM
Those are quite comfy to play

Skynyrd890
10-13-2009, 01:58 PM
I know of one church band that actually has some gain, a few solos here or there... mny friend plays in it and has played some of the stuff.

Lurcher
10-13-2009, 01:59 PM
I'd suggest a Tele or an ES175 as ideal but really anything can do it ('cept mine of course)

DG_Griffin
10-13-2009, 02:01 PM
Well we play alot of Hillsong/Hillsong United and Desperation Band stuff. So most of it is pretty clean. And then of course we play alot of Choral/Choir oriented stuff too, so alot of "older" stuff made popular by guys like Kurt Carr/Kirk Franklin/Isreal Houghton.

ibanezgod1973
10-13-2009, 02:06 PM
this topic has been covered loads, try using the searchbar :rolleyes:

jt51
10-13-2009, 02:16 PM
I misread your amp as a Vox AC15 and was wondering how you didn't have an applicable guitar already. I'd suggest a fender strat like you're already leaning towards or possibly some kind of semi-hollow bodied guitar.

darkcheef
10-13-2009, 02:21 PM
BC Rich Draco V - that thing screams Metal.

Ok, in all seriousness, I would recommend a Fender cause the cleans are primarily what you would use for in church music (reverb is great) and it also has a really nice but subtle overdrive.
The guy in my church uses a Tele and that works quite well - nice cleans and a twangy crunch.

Remember then, that a Fender with a Valve amp will sound A LOT better than through a purely SS Amp.

Hope this helps. =)
Not always.

RR787
10-13-2009, 02:40 PM
I've used from Strat to Les Paul to a 7String Flying V with EMG. Use what you feel comfortable with and the sound can be all so different on what you play vs what I play.

stratman7
10-13-2009, 03:09 PM
Strat or Tele, or maybe a semi-hollow.

Especially if it's mostly clean tones, definitely a SSS Strat or Standard Tele (not a fan of the HH teles, just not my cup of tea)

CptRevell
10-13-2009, 03:09 PM
The guitarists in our bands mostly use guitars with humbuckers (PRS Custom 22, Some Peaveys), but the lead normally has a Fender as a backup. He has a 80's Elite Strat and 70's Tele Deluxe. Decent tones.

minchew
10-13-2009, 05:58 PM
It depends. If it's mostly clean stuff I would say go Fender. But I've seen a lot of contemporary christian bands using Les Pauls. I for.t all depends what sound you are looking

Natrone
10-13-2009, 06:11 PM
It definately depends on what you play and what your preferences are. Honestly I really don't think it matters all that much.

dannyalcatraz
10-13-2009, 07:13 PM
Even if the guitar is tricked out for extreme metal, you can still dial it back a notch and get a relatively tame clean sound.

Really, as hinted at by previous posters, the only real issue is going to be whether its looks detract/distract from the observance of the ceremony.

Alex Vik
10-13-2009, 08:17 PM
Well, you can use an Ibanez, a Les Paul, a Telecaster, an SG, a Stratocaster, a semi-hollowbody, or anything else not ridiculous looking.

Bling Dogg
10-13-2009, 10:32 PM
Strat or a semi-hollow or hollow-bodied.

ethan_hanus
10-13-2009, 10:37 PM
Well, is it a normal service or a youth service? But either way it dosent matter, you can basicaly use any guitar for church, I use my Custom Metal Squier, I just have to watch how much gain I use. But I would go with a HSS strat, it will have the best sound for Christian service.

dannyalcatraz
10-14-2009, 12:13 AM
I was just thinking...

You know what would REALLY kill at a Church service? A 12-string Rickenbacker.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navigation?q=rickenbacker+12+string&src=3WWRWXGB&ZYXSEM=0

Or maybe a Phantom Hollowbody Teardrop 12.
http://www.phantomguitars.com/teardrop.html

Just imagine those 12 chiming strings, amplified and bouncing off of all those hard wood, stone, glass and metal surfaces!

Brian Krashpad
10-14-2009, 12:27 AM
I've played in church very regularly for the last dozen years or so.

There's no one best guitar for church music, because church music involves more than one style. So long as you don't get something with active EMG's or a a super-pointy or otherwise crazy body style or finish, you should be fine. I've played Strats, Teles, even flying V's.

Last Sunday here's what I played:

http://static.flickr.com/34/64187961_55ebafd407.jpg

http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v2401/177/82/512618878/n512618878_1385793_1330.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3290/3141374077_74b1b0f4a0.jpg

Buy whatever you like, within reason, and you'll be fine.

Good onya.

Natrone
10-14-2009, 12:29 AM
Actually, I saw a guy play at church one time with an Ibanez that had EMG's. That was a while back though. I don't exactly remember how it sounded to be honest.

Brian Krashpad
10-14-2009, 12:35 AM
I was just thinking...

You know what would REALLY kill at a Church service? A 12-string Rickenbacker.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navigation?q=rickenbacker+12+string&src=3WWRWXGB&ZYXSEM=0

Or maybe a Phantom Hollowbody Teardrop 12.
http://www.phantomguitars.com/teardrop.html

Just imagine those 12 chiming strings, amplified and bouncing off of all those hard wood, stone, glass and metal surfaces!

Here's my cheapie I use to try for that effect:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3322/3447427971_d16a35558e.jpg

Yep, it's a Daisy Rock. Bought from an acquaintance over on Harmony-Central for under 3 bills. He'd yanked the stock hot mini HB's in favor of single coil toasters from a Brownsville, and since I happened to already have a Brownsville with the same toasters, I knew they'd sound great on a 12 (low-output single coil alnicos).

I've also played my Ric 620 at church. Since I favor the "Vox" setting on my Super Champ XD as my distortion channel, it sounded great.

http://static.flickr.com/34/64187964_178d5e6b9c.jpg

Brian Krashpad
10-14-2009, 12:36 AM
Actually, I saw a guy play at church one time with an Ibanez that had EMG's. That was a while back though. I don't exactly remember how it sounded to be honest.

Frankly the parishioners would never notice. I'm sure it wouldn't be horrible, just that there are a lot of less-hot pickups out there that'd sound better.

Oujou
10-14-2009, 01:19 AM
http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/4/9/8/269498.jpg

That.

iamawsomeguitar
10-14-2009, 02:37 AM
my guitar teacher used a peavey strat when he plays at church soo that fender should be fine

Richmanofaction
10-14-2009, 11:08 AM
You should def. get a Jackson Rhoads!!!!


Hmm, but seriously, I don't think the guitar would detract from the mass... you should be able to bring any axe into the building as long as you play what you are supposed to play.

Lovecannon
10-14-2009, 11:39 AM
Lol I second the devil guitar up above. I'd play that just to piss people off. I guess I'm an asshole like that.

Rattlemuse
12-21-2010, 09:44 AM
What guitar do you like? Amp settings can take you anywhere! Enjoy!

shecter guy
12-21-2010, 09:44 PM
I actually prefer Les Pauls for clean tones but thats me

distortion896
12-21-2010, 10:17 PM
What guitar do you like? Amp settings can take you anywhere! Enjoy!

so to sum up today's lesson kiddies, dont post in threads that were created 15 months ago (wink wink, nudge nudge, elbow elbow, say no more)

Arterial
12-21-2010, 10:19 PM
does it matter? its just church, no church goers are gonna be like "omg, too much bass on his amp, noob"

DisasterMatt
12-21-2010, 10:29 PM
strat or tele

Crohny
12-21-2010, 11:02 PM
obviously you need something with a lot of satanic shit on. blood of sacraficed goats and all that. stay heavy bro.

other than that, go and try a bunch of guitars and see which one the divine spirit thinks sucks less. i dont know if hell talk to you though since hes not real and all.

AlexAngus
12-22-2010, 12:07 AM
Just like there is no such thing as a "Metal Guitar" there is no such thing as a "Church Guitar" - Play whatever feels and sounds good to you.

djentman
12-22-2010, 12:53 AM
you needs guitar made from the wood of Christ's cross.

Dr.Tong
12-22-2010, 02:01 AM
just wondering, what do you write about when writing a "christian genre" song?
obviously about christianity but i mean more specifically

Jyrgen
12-22-2010, 07:09 AM
A traditional looking guitar with a boring traditional tone would be the best option.

thelax
12-22-2010, 11:15 AM
http://www.espguitars.ru/images/customshop/esp_heart_angel.jpg
http://cdn.mos.musicradar.com/images/features/frankfurt-musikmesse-2010/from-the-basement/esp-natural-angel-guitar-530-85.jpg

ESP angel guitars are pretty "christian"... good luck paying for em though.

Also there was a "jesus" guitar from Fender Japan... which was a limited run (file attached)

But I think you should get EBMM John Petrucci signature... Petrucci always reminds me of Jesus...

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but seriously, anything will do unless your church is really on the conservative side, in which case you'll probably have to choose like a black les paul or something

shecter guy
12-22-2010, 10:58 PM
wow...totally didnt notice the date on this :/

DSOTM80
12-23-2010, 01:35 AM
This would go over well

http://www.weirdgizmos.com/images/teenar_48.jpg

orkboy13
12-23-2010, 08:04 PM
Anything you like to play. I usually play my Parker in a morning service or my strat, depends how I feel. The other guitarist uses a strat aswell, they tend to be the favourite. I did see a guy playing a Gibson Firebird for worship and it sounded great.

So whatever suits you.