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#1
When you become rich after selling millions of records, you get the privaledge to buy an expensive guitar for better performance.
But some people stay with the cheap ones.

Examples off the top of my head are Avril Lavigne, who uses a SQUIER Telecaster, Josh Homme who some times uses an Epiphone Dot (abou 500 dollars), and Kurt Cobain who sometimes used Mexican Fender guitars.

Why is this?

Some people like Santana show their wealth by using a friggin PRS 3000 dollar guitar.
#2
Crispin Gray (Queenadreena) uses cheapo guitars exclusively- a couple of Epiphone firebirds, an Epi flying V, an Eastwood Airline and some other stuff- all modded. His guitar collection pwns.

Craig Nicholls from The Vines uses MIM Fenders, as far as I know.
#4
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Cobain always broke his guitars though


not all the time, but I guess Pete Tonshend used Fender Mexican guitars because I wouldn't destroy an american strat even if I was a millionare
#5
most people cant distinguish between the tones of say an epiphone les paul and a gibson, also many cheaper models feel good to play and if they are modded enough can be great. also many musicians are too wasted to care..and nowadays musicans make so little they cant afford expensive guitars if they dont have a sponsership deal. also many guitarists are snobs..i had this pupil who wouldnt buy a epiphone because it 'didnt say gibson'

noel gallagher used epiphones for a while.
#6
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Cobain always broke his guitars though


Hence why he bought them... though if i'm not mistaken he also used a lot of japanese strat knockoffs. Normally he'd use a mustang/jaguar/jagstang and switch to a cheap guitar on the last song so that he could smash that one.

Also there's a lot of artists that use Epiphone Les Pauls.
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Dan from the Black Keys uses lawsuit guitars and old cheap 70's guitars like teisco del rays and such i think
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Hence why he bought them... though if i'm not mistaken he also used a lot of japanese strat knockoffs. Normally he'd use a mustang/jaguar/jagstang and switch to a cheap guitar on the last song so that he could smash that one.

Also there's a lot of artists that use Epiphone Les Pauls.


Yeah I noticed that.
He was destroying a black strat, not a jagstang.

I guess some artists like the low quality sound, especially for grunge.
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When you become rich after selling millions of records, you get the privaledge to buy an expensive guitar for better performance.
But some people stay with the cheap ones.

Examples off the top of my head are Avril Lavigne, who uses a SQUIER Telecaster, Josh Homme who some times uses an Epiphone Dot (abou 500 dollars), and Kurt Cobain who sometimes used Mexican Fender guitars.

Why is this?

Some people like Santana show their wealth by using a friggin PRS 3000 dollar guitar.

Mexican Fender's aren't that bad ... right? xD
#12
Not at all imo, but you'd rather smash that than an American made instrument that's been carefully crafted.

IIRC those goons in My Chemical Romance used Epiphone Les Pauls at one point.
#13
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Mexican Fender's aren't that bad ... right? xD


I think they're great, almost good as American ones.

I love that Fender doesn't show "Fender Mexico" boldly on the headstock and it just says small on the back on the neck "made in mexico" to avoid the player from looking cheap.
It's hard to see a single difference.
#14
dude from sleepytime gorilla museum uses an epiphone hollow 12 string. but they're not all that famous.
as for the fender mexicans, i'd agree. they're nice. the main difference between a mexi and a highway one is the pickups and the finish. not worth the extra couple hundred in my book. but when you get into the high end american ones, there's no comparison. if i could afford it, the chambered mahogany tele would be mine.
#16
That fella from Nine inch Nails used a load of budget 60's / 70' guitars if memory serves.
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#17
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That fella from Nine inch Nails used a load of budget 60's / 70' guitars if memory serves.

Aaron north you mean ?
#18
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Aaron north you mean ?


Im not sure, he was interviewed in one of the UK guitar mags in the past year or so.
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#19
tom morellos guitars are real cheap too, its something like he likes their little quirks or something.
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Well, as anything else it just depends on your personal likings.

Some people are tied to use just one brand because of a contract and they say it's ok because they are good guitars and others just like the tone and feeling of cheaper guitars.
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#21
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tom morellos guitars are real cheap too, its something like he likes their little quirks or something.


Clapton made his "Blackie" strat from 10 different 500 dollar strat copies.
Which is expensive in a way.
#23
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Paul McCartney still uses his Epiphone Casino.


Casinos are actually expensive high quality guitars that Epiphone still makes since they were bought by Gibson.
Last time I looked they were 1200 dollars, cheap for a hollow body but still pretty expensive.
#24
Yeah, Epiphones have been used by quite a lot of people. Probably most famously, Noel Gallagher used four or five diffferent Epiphones in Oasis' boom period (I don't know if he still does), and he always used to swear by them, saying they played better, sounded as good and were better value than Gibsons.

My Chemical Romance also use Epiphone Elitist Les Paul Customs more than their Gibson guitars.

Avril Lavigne only uses her Squier signature for one song per show, for licensing reasons. That's it. The rest of the time she uses mostly Japanese-made Fenders, and her backing band use American-made instruments (mostly Fenders).

Paramore mostly use American Fenders, but have a few Japanese and Mexican-made ones too.

Other people using cheap Epis are:
Bob Marley - used various kinds of Epiphones
Dixie Chicks - their backing often uses Epiphone instruments
Twisted Sister - use Epi Les Pauls
John Lee Hooker - uses a couple of Epi hollowbodies
Chad Kroeger - as well as his Gibsons, uses some Epi ELitist LPs, an Elitist SG and one regular Epi LP
Ace Frehley from KISS - had an Epi signature LP that he used for most shows until the last couple of years where he's gone back to Gibsons.
John Lennon - used a couple of Epi hollowbodies
Rickey Medlocke from Lynyrd Skynyrd - used Epiphone Les Pauls
Les Paul - his original guitars and his current main axe are made with mostly Epi parts.


I'm not including the many people who use the older Epi archtop guitars or Epi acoustics, because it's a long-standing conclusion that Epi's old archtops and acoustics are better than anything Gibson themselves put out, and they're certainly not cheap.
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#25
A lot of people just don't get it that sometimes these supposedly cheap guitar sound better and are better than guitars in the 1000s of dollar range. I have played many Epis that blow the parent companies guitars away. I have played no name guitars I would pick over a brand name and have. Paying more for a guitar does not mean your getting a better guitar your just paying for the name it just means you fell for the hype. Anyone who goes out to music shops and is open to try every guitar they can get their hands on like me will tell you not all expensive guitars are good.

Also some big bands are sponsored by the big companies and don't have to buy their guitars no matter how much money they have they sign an endorsement contract with a guitar manufacturer and have to play their guitars.

This is why I always tell these people here that ask for recomendations go try some guitars and see what you like and not what everyone tells you to buy. It's all on how a guitar feels and sound to the person buying it.


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#26
The Mastodon guitarists have First Act signature models, im not sure if they actually use them or not, ive only ever seen them use thier Gibsons. But i guess they must have used them at some point.
#27
I live in Boston and stop at the First Act store when ever I am in the area thier custom shop guitars are amazing. When I first saw the store I laughed my a** off but curiosity got the best of me so I went in. The guitars they have on the wall were nothing I ever seen before and after I emerged about 1hr and a half later from the store I had a new respect for First Act. They do sell other First Act guitars in the store now and they are not the ones you see in the big department stores.

John
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Yeah, but those aren't bad.

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I live in Boston and stop at the First Act store when ever I am in the area thier custom shop guitars are amazing. When I first saw the store I laughed my a** off but curiosity got the best of me so I went in. The guitars they have on the wall were nothing I ever seen before and after I emerged about 1hr and a half later from the store I had a new respect for First Act. They do sell other First Act guitars in the store now and they are not the ones you see in the big department stores.

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I like the one that's a cross between an LP and an SG (you know, beveled LP flat top shape body with a sharp cutaway).
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#29
Jack White of The White Stripes guitars are pieces of ****, apart from his Gretschs.
As said before, Dan from The Black Keys uses some cheap guitars, but the Ibanez lawsuit series were good.
I could rattle of some names, but it's easier to say that people in garage rock bands use cheap ****ty guitars.
#31
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Casinos are actually expensive high quality guitars that Epiphone still makes since they were bought by Gibson.
Last time I looked they were 1200 dollars, cheap for a hollow body but still pretty expensive.

Well yeah, but it's still an understudy to Gibson, so it could be seen as 'cheap' even though it's not.
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#33
Quote by radomu
When you become rich after selling millions of records, you get the privaledge to buy an expensive guitar for better performance.
But some people stay with the cheap ones.

Examples off the top of my head are Avril Lavigne, who uses a SQUIER Telecaster, Josh Homme who some times uses an Epiphone Dot (abou 500 dollars), and Kurt Cobain who sometimes used Mexican Fender guitars.

Why is this?

Some people like Santana show their wealth by using a friggin PRS 3000 dollar guitar.


Santana gets paid for that o.o believe or not he gets paid for using an 3000$ dollar guitar
#34
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when kurt was around mustangs and jaguars were cheap, now after he played them they make them a bit better and sell them for much more.

that may be true, i heard mustangs were especially unpopular for not staying in tune that well
#35
james hetfield's favorite white flying v is actually a chinese knockoff of a gibson
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#37
Doesnt the bassist from the bassist from Green Day use a squier?
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#38
EDIT: ^

Nope, it's the same situation as Avril below, only this time with 12 year old boys.


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Gary Moore uses stock guitars, with heavier strings

He used a 1959 Les Paul, then a Gary Moore sig model, and now I think he'll be using his new sig model.

Not exactly cheap.

And the TS, Avril Lavinge uses Fenders, she just has a Squier Tele because teenage girls can afford it, and it (doesn't) make them look like Avril.



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#39
the guitars that cobain smashed weren't cheap. they were CIJ strats...except for back in the bleach days, most of his gear was cheap then.

What do you consider cheap gear...anything under 1,000?

if so...Lars Fredrickson (rancid/lars fredrickson & the bastards) played Epi LP's for quite a while.
#40
I love how no one has mentioned an artist with really good tone.

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