#1
hey,
So When I am onstage I often get the urgh to hit or smash my guitar on the ground or amp or something else. I wouldnt ever want to do that with my current guitar, but I am shopping around for another and was wondering if anyone knew any models that could take a decent smash without being totally unplayable after. I play in two bands, one is a jam band influenced by The Who, The Chili Peppers, Cake, Primus, and Incubus, and the other is an experimental punk band influenced by The Butthole Surfers, Ween, Syd Barrett, Mr Bungle, and The Flaming Lips. I sometimes have the urge to smash in both bands, so the guitar would have to be pretty versatile. I have seen Pete Townsend do this with a Les Paul and it held up fine, and I think Ive seen Kurt Cobain smash a Mustang and play it afterwards. Any suggestions?
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I know its not the best idea, but freud would say it is a worse idea for my mental health to suppress this urge haha
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#5
Go to toys R us, buy the kiddy guitars, and paint it to look like your main axe.

When you're onstage, say "look an elephant" and point to the back, then swap guitars, and smash it. Say uh oh, I'll get my other guitar.
#6
If you want to smash a guitar, smash a cheap one or buy an older Steinberger. One without any wood on it. If an instrument can survive being whacked, it would be that one.
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#7
Strats can actually take a fair amount of abuse. If you've ever seen SRV's cover of 3rd Stone From the Sun you know what I'm talking about. #1 took a beating over the years, but still played great.
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A smashing would make it unplayable, but if you get a guitar with a bolton neck and a cheap one at that, you might just be out a neck and a fingerboard(You could recover the tuners in all probability).
#10
Back before he stopped smashing axes, Pete Townshend went from Rics to Fenders for durability, so I'd definitely say Fenders. Schecters are also durable too apparently; it could be because it was a tele copy, but out of the seven Schecter PT's Pete tried to smash, he successfully smashed two, three if you consider a snapped neck smashed.
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#11
Hard ash (not 'Lite Ash' or swamp ash) Fenders are probably the most durable. Second to that would be solid (not chambered) Les Pauls. I think LPs can take more of a shock, but if you do happen to really damage an LP, it's harder and more expensive to fix than a Fender, so Fender is the better choice to go with overall since even if you do go a bit too far, it's no huge problem.
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#12
Strats can survive atomic explosion however, I prefer not to destroy guitars. Someone had put in time into building that guitar and it's unfair that someone else destroys it. (Yea yeah I know you paid money for it but still)
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#13
Hit your head against the ground/amp instead, that will protect your metal health and wallet. Or smash cheap guitars with decent electronics so you can salvage parts.
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A smashing would make it unplayable, but if you get a guitar with a bolton neck and a cheap one at that, you might just be out a neck and a fingerboard(You could recover the tuners in all probability).


I wouldnt smash the head, and I dont want to totally destry the guitar, just give the guitar body a good hit a-la pete townsend.

you will see what I mean near the end of this vid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3mi-bKtDGA
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Try a telecaster. My friend dropped his off a 2 story and it just knocked a hunk out of the body.

I have no idea WHY he dropped it off a two story, he just did.
#16
Or maybe take up the drums instead of smashing a guitar.
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#18
I would just buy cheap no name guitars at pawn shops for 40 or 50 bucks and smash away! Maybe you should ask for a sledgehammer for christmas. In my opinion it is just plain stupid and silly to smash any guitar. Let alone a nice one. And yes i think its stupid when rich rockstars do it as well.
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Fender Telecaster, those buggers are bulletproof.
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Abusing a guitar on purpose is not a good idea even the best made guitars and get messed up pretty badly. Bolt on neck guitars usually loosen up and the screw holes in the neck strip out, Set neck guitars tend to get stress cracks around the joint and eventually can break, neck thrus can be the worse I have seen bodies that split at the joint. Unless you have an unlimited supply of cash I would skip trashing a guitar. Most guitarists who actually smash a guitar on stage usually smash a low end version of a good guitar and a lot get their guitars to smash for free or dirt cheap for advertizing purposes. IMHO trashing guitars is a waste of money that could be well spent on other stuff.
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#22
Telecaster all the way. Plus, if you break the neck, you can just replace it easily enough.

Someone said Les Paul, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Those things break at the headstock all the freakin time...quite a lot of Gibson models do actually.
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#23
feel i need to clarify for some people. I dont wont to repeatedly smash it over and over again, just every now and again I get so into playing and performing, I feel like giving it one whack, not a full swing and not every show. Just every now and again
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I must say i dont agree with this
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feel i need to clarify for some people. I dont wont to repeatedly smash it over and over again, just every now and again I get so into playing and performing, I feel like giving it one whack, not a full swing and not every show. Just every now and again


Still a Fender I'd say though. If I may provide an example, this is what it took to repair one of Pete Townshend's Les Paul's;

http://www.thewho.net/whotabs/articles/article_20cg_200409.html

Not saying your going to toss it out a window(though you never know. ), but read what it said about the head. More and more often people around here get into a shouting match with the salesman or woman, wanting to return their Gibson because the broke again after a luthier repaired it. The angle Gibson uses puts more pressure on the neck-head joint than a Fender puts onto theirs(string tree, you may tick me off when tuning, but you save my axe's head), plus if you do get terrible luck and break the body or neck, with a Gibson your screwed. With a Fender, take the electronics out, unscrew the neck and replace the broken part.
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do a matt bellamy. stab the guitar through the amp xD
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my 84 peavey patriot has taken hellabeatings. i have even used it as a weapon a few times. still holdin up great.
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A graphite steinberger can be used to club someone to death AND still stay in tune.
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#32
Stratocasters can take a lot of abuse.


I don't know how many times my Strat has fallen on the ground due to faulty straps.


I've bumped this guitar into headstocks, crash symbols, walls... It's still kicking.


My old Les Paul took a bit of a beating before I got rid of it.
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#33
If you HAVE to smash a guitar, smash a Dean or a Gibson LP.


They're both good for wear and tear. Deans for whatever reason can takea beating, and LPs are like, 50 inches thick.
#34
Do not smash a gibson LP, the necks and headstocks are notorious for breaking from just a fall to the floor, so they wont but up with any sort of abuse.

Get a telecaster, they are sturdy as hell and if you really destroy the neck you can get a warmoth neck or some such and just repair that yourself which is a lot cheaper.
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#35
Dean VMNT

ive seen them suckers get abused no end (Dave mustaine is always throwing them in hissy fits) admittedly, he has a tech to fix them all the time, and a pretty much endless supply of free guitars from Dean, but still, a friend of mine had one and it looked like it had been through WWII, and still played great.
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#36
Telecasters. Pete Townshend moved from a Tele to a Strat b/c Tele's were way too hard to smash on stage
#37
fenders have to be the most durable guitars ever.

Les pauls are the least, that neck will pop right off.

Although I don't recommend...smashing your guitar...a fender will take the most abuse. My strat fell off of me twice at one show (and tons of times before and after) and it's just got a few character marks on it. and my jazz bass was dropped onto tile...AND THEN STEPPED ON. (long story) and it only has a small knock on the upper horn...but it broke the tile .
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