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DG_Griffin
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#1
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
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#2
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.
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Skynyrd890
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#3
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.
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#4
this one:


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#5
ugh, upper fret access is just a memory with that...
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#6
I prefer a Tele for church gigs, since most of my playing is clean.
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Charlie4
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#8
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. =)
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#10
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.
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#11
I'd suggest a Tele or an ES175 as ideal but really anything can do it ('cept mine of course)
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DG_Griffin
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#12
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.
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#14
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.
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#15
Quote by Charlie4
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. =)

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#16
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.
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#17
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)
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#18
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.
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#19
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
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#20
It definately depends on what you play and what your preferences are. Honestly I really don't think it matters all that much.
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#21
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.
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#22
Well, you can use an Ibanez, a Les Paul, a Telecaster, an SG, a Stratocaster, a semi-hollowbody, or anything else not ridiculous looking.
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#24
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.
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#25
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!
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Brian Krashpad
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#26
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:







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#27
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.
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#28
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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:



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.

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#29
Quote by Natrone
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.
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#31
my guitar teacher used a peavey strat when he plays at church soo that fender should be fine
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#32
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.
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#33
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.
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#34
What guitar do you like? Amp settings can take you anywhere! Enjoy!
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#37
does it matter? its just church, no church goers are gonna be like "omg, too much bass on his amp, noob"
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#39
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.
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#40
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.
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