Poll: Which guitar for indie rock?
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SG with P94's and Bigsby tremelo
18 67%
PRS Starla
9 33%
Voters: 27.
#1
I have a Gibson SG Standard and I would like to either add a bigsby and some P94s to the thing or just buy a PRS Starla. This will serve as my main guitar for gigging/recording for a pretty long time.

I love the guitar tone on the first two Strokes albums, Jack White's on De Stijl and his Raconteurs stuff, and the rhythm tone on the classic Stones records. Also, good cleans for stuff like Modest Mouse and Band of Horses are important, but not as much as that semi dry Strokes-ish tone.


I could get a really nice used Starla for $1450 from my local shop, which would mean selling my SG for around a grand and spending the 450 that would go to the Bigsby/pups on the PRS.


http://backstage.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/bigsby-b5-vibrato-kit--flat-top-solid-body-guitars/300203000375000
http://backstage.musiciansfriend.com/search/search.jsp?question=gibson+p-94
http://backstage.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/prs-starla-electric-guitar

Any questions, just ask.
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#2
I don't think the PRS is quite right for what you're looking for. Really you should look for something with HSS pickups and a Fender tube amp to get what you're looking for, especially Modest Mouse and Strokes.
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#3
I'm using a Fender Deville and I'm buying a Fulltone Mosfet or a Jekyll and Hyde this week. I have a Sovtek Muff too for when I play Jack White. I would really prefer it be one of these two guitars though
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#4
SG with P94s and bigsby, no question...
Guitars:
Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


Amps:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#5
If you're going to do humbucker sized P-90s, get some Rio Grande Fat Bastards, Duncan Fat Cats or P-rails. The P-rails were too hot for my tastes but did sound good in my SG. They're dark for P-90s, and get really big and warm sounding in the humbucker mode. Any of those will serve you better than the P-94s, though.

As for adding the bigsby, make sure you use a Vibramate so you don't have to drill into your guitar or pay someone to do it.

Between the upgrade and the PRS is a tough choice though. The Starla is a good guitar but it's not as great overdriven to me as a P-90 SG. The PRS has a lovely jangly clean but it gets a little ragged with anything past 'crunchy'. The SG is darker and a little rounder sounding, and has a bit less character on the bridge pickup, but will hold together better through overdrive.
#6
Quote by Roc8995
The PRS has a lovely jangly clean but it gets a little ragged with anything past 'crunchy'.


Looks to me like that's what the TS wants.
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#8
I think it will come down to me just spending a lot of time playing the PRS and then deciding really. More opinions are definitely appreciated though, thanks to everybody who's posted so far.
"We're not really interested in the individual instruments sounds. We just like the way they dance together in the air." - Fabrizio Moretti

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#10
Well, would the Starla sound terrible doing Jack White-ish stuff? Because I don't really get any heavier than that.
"We're not really interested in the individual instruments sounds. We just like the way they dance together in the air." - Fabrizio Moretti

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