#3
Fender Jag, Mustang or Strat
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#4
Grunge is about just playing with whatever you have on hand.
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#5
Any guitar will work. I'm into that kind of music, and I prefer a little more trebly guitars, so Fender comes to mind.
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#6
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Grunge is about just playing with whatever you have on hand.


that'd be punk :p

a lot of people will say go for fender and that kind of sound, but thurston moore and kurt cobain of sonic youth and nirvana respectively both favoured humbucked guitars. a thicker sound is nice to have in grunge, i've found.
#7
Fender guitars in general (a tele can do anything in my eyes), PRS (i believe soul asylum used them), and G&L.
#8
there's no a perfect guitar for each rock sub-genre, just play the one you got, just look at Deryck Whibley, he played the super hard sum 41's chuck songs with a telecaster, a guitar that usually shows up into a softest music...
#9
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there's no a perfect guitar for each rock sub-genre, just play the one you got, just look at Deryck Whibley, he played the super hard sum 41's chuck songs with a telecaster, a guitar that usually shows up into a softest music...

But he used a humbucker. So you're right, guitars don't matter much. Pickup types do.
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that'd be punk :p

a lot of people will say go for fender and that kind of sound, but thurston moore and kurt cobain of sonic youth and nirvana respectively both favoured humbucked guitars. a thicker sound is nice to have in grunge, i've found.

Grunge developed almost directly out of hardcore punk, so the "any guitar you can find" thing kind of applies to both.
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that'd be punk :p

a lot of people will say go for fender and that kind of sound, but thurston moore and kurt cobain of sonic youth and nirvana respectively both favoured humbucked guitars. a thicker sound is nice to have in grunge, i've found.

The concept of punk and grunge are very similar

cobain played a beaten modified strat for awhile
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#12
grunge isn't really a sound, its more like an era. its almost like the mainstream rock of the early 90's. i'd say just your mainstream rock guitars then, maybe a strat, tele, les paul, or SG. Look at pearl jam, one of their guitarists uses a strat, the other a les paul. just go play all of those models and see which one you like best.
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#13
For grunge I would recommend the cheapest piece of crap you can find. Maybe it will keep you form playing grunge.
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#15
Coming from a Dragonforce fan...
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I play an Ibanez GAX30 and it sounds just find with Nirvana and Audioslave (post-grunge, but whatever) songs, but like other people said, I would get something with at least a humbucker.
#16
I play a Les Paul and i play 99% grunge music. It sounds gread, but a lot of the popular original grunge guitarists used Fenders:

Kurt cobain
Mike McCready (also used a LP though)

etc.

Use what you like, grunge sounds good on everything (with lots of distortion and loose playing)


* good to see posts about anything other than shredding or death metal
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#17
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grunge isn't really a sound, its more like an era. its almost like the mainstream rock of the early 90's. i'd say just your mainstream rock guitars then, maybe a strat, tele, les paul, or SG. Look at pearl jam, one of their guitarists uses a strat, the other a les paul. just go play all of those models and see which one you like best.


Except grunge is actually the slowed down, heavy, metal influenced, nilhilistic hardcore punk/indie rock sound of the late 80s American west coast underground. Nirvana, despite being 'the' grunge band, aren't really a good representative of the sound. If it weren't for Nevermind/Smells Like Teen Spirit grunge would have died even sooner then it did, without the mainstream success.

Anyways, that aside, you're spot of for the guitars that would work. Grunge, like all punk, is less reliant on equipment then on emotion and 'feel'. If you wanna play heavy punk, use equipment like a metal band, if you wanna play lighter sounding punk, use equipment like mellower rock bands use.

A Jaguar with at least a bridge humbucker is a good start for making 'grunge' like noises.
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grunge isn't really a sound, its more like an era. its almost like the mainstream rock of the early 90's. i'd say just your mainstream rock guitars then, maybe a strat, tele, les paul, or SG. Look at pearl jam, one of their guitarists uses a strat, the other a les paul. just go play all of those models and see which one you like best.

I agree. I do think though, in order to achieve some of these tones, I'd recommend a humbucker.
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#20
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Except grunge is actually the slowed down, heavy, metal influenced, nilhilistic hardcore punk/indie rock sound of the late 80s American west coast underground. Nirvana, despite being 'the' grunge band, aren't really a good representative of the sound. If it weren't for Nevermind/Smells Like Teen Spirit grunge would have died even sooner then it did, without the mainstream success.

Anyways, that aside, you're spot of for the guitars that would work. Grunge, like all punk, is less reliant on equipment then on emotion and 'feel'. If you wanna play heavy punk, use equipment like a metal band, if you wanna play lighter sounding punk, use equipment like mellower rock bands use.

A Jaguar with at least a bridge humbucker is a good start for making 'grunge' like noises.

I disagree on your definition of Grunge. Alice in Chains does not fit into the Punk aspect you try to insist grunge consists of. Grunge has more to do with being from Seattle during the late 80's/early 90's.


But, people say you need a humbucker, but, I really find you can get by with single coils. I do.
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I disagree on your definition of Grunge. Alice in Chains does not fit into the Punk aspect you try to insist grunge consists of. Grunge has more to do with being from Seattle during the late 80's/early 90's.


But, people say you need a humbucker, but, I really find you can get by with single coils. I do.


sure, single coils would WORK, but humbuckers have that high gain quality to them which always suits better. in my opinion anyway.
#22
A Jaguar will suit grunge. I have a stock AV jag and it's really versatile. even with stock pickups. They're good btw. don't wanna swap out my pickups. They're pretty hot for single coils, when i compare them with my strat pickups. especially the bridge pickup.
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#23
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I disagree on your definition of Grunge. Alice in Chains does not fit into the Punk aspect you try to insist grunge consists of. Grunge has more to do with being from Seattle during the late 80's/early 90's.


I always thought of Alice In Chains as a metal band that didn't fit with current metal trends, who happened to get lumped with grunge. "Oh, heavy and from Seattle? Grunge."

Anyways, you could get good tones for 'grunge' out of almost any pick-up, the bands that got labelled grunge weren't all that cohesive in terms of sound.
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#24
use a mustang,jaguar,strat, or just use kurts personilized guitar the jag-stang. or even try some univoxs. just be sure to get some double humbuckers on it. ds1 or 2 wouldnt hurt either. the main pedal of grunge. pretty cheap pedal too.
#25
Grunge is just the term used to coin the Seattle bands of the late 80's early 90's. That's why bands that sound similar (Bush, Smashing Pumpkins) aren't considered grunge. That's also why bands as diverse as Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains get lumped into the same music category. It only tells about location and not sound.

So ANYWAYS... threadstarter, go into a shop and just play everything. You'll will then find that any guitar can be distorted.
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