#1
What guitar has the best clean sound? I don't play jazz or blues I just love the cleanest clean sounds.

I'm thinking about getting this one so what do you think about it? Its a semi-hollow tele with a ash body in 3 tone sunburst. Its only $700.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-69-Telecaster-Thinline-Electric-Guitar?sku=510123
Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline

I already know the Fender Twin Reverb and Roland Jazz Chorus are the best clean amps.

fender twin etc
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#2
Rickenbacker 360. I played one a while ago, Beautiful clean guitar.
That or a Strat, I love strat clean sounds.
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#3
It's personal preference, but all around, in my opinion, a nice Tele will ALWAYS have the best clean tone.
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try some PRS. i love the clean tone you get from them
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^ ditto. obviously it's personal preference...
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#7
Pretty much anything with single coils.
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#8
Strats and Rickenbackers are the best for cleans IMO.
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#9
I'd say pretty much anything with single coils. Even Les Pauls with P90s.

They sound godly.
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#10
As much as single coils seem to be the favourite, humbuckers still have their clean sounds!
Hollowbody neck pickups (Ala Wes Montgomery) can sound incredible.
#11
well those teles are beautiful, and have great tone, but i would say strats have better cleans
EDIT: I have a question for the TS...why is your username Buttman?
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#12
The clean sounds I want are from the Fender Twin video I posted and this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPLXJAWUnwI
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In their amazing video for Dreams it showed a quick shot of a Rickenbacker headstock.

I want that smooth clean that is bright but not thin and sort of thick but not bassy or too big sounding. I don't think a Strat would have that, too much treble.
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#13
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Rickenbacker 360. I played one a while ago, Beautiful clean guitar.
That or a Strat, I love strat clean sounds.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rickenbacker#Current_reissue_models
Known for their distinctive jangle and chime, Rickenbacker guitars in general were equipped with lower-output "Toaster" pickups until they were phased out circa 1969-70. Hereafter, most Rickenbacker guitars were equipped with the newer design "Hi-Gain" pickups. In most cases, these pickups had twice the output of their illustrious predecessors. This change was almost certainly due to the trend toward the louder "Rock" sounds of the 1970s.


Their website says hi gain and I don't want that.
#14
An LP with a good clean humbucker (A Seymour Duncan Sh-1 '59, Jazz, Dimarzio PAF and some others), or a P-90 is pretty good
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An LP with a good clean humbucker (A Seymour Duncan Sh-1 '59, Jazz, Dimarzio PAF and some others), or a P-90 is pretty good


I'm going to get a Les Paul with two '59s later but not really for cleans. They will be good but not the best because of the thick body and all that mahogany.

Here's one cut in half:

www.mylespaul.com/forums/historic-reissues/15722-cut-half-r7-warning-disturbing-content.html
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rickenbacker#Current_reissue_models
Known for their distinctive jangle and chime, Rickenbacker guitars in general were equipped with lower-output "Toaster" pickups until they were phased out circa 1969-70. Hereafter, most Rickenbacker guitars were equipped with the newer design "Hi-Gain" pickups. In most cases, these pickups had twice the output of their illustrious predecessors. This change was almost certainly due to the trend toward the louder "Rock" sounds of the 1970s.


Their website says hi gain and I don't want that.

They're not high gain guitars, trust me. That means that the pickups might break up a little bit earlier, which won't matter if you've got a great clean amp.
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#18
Jazz guitar? cleans, hollowbody? Personal taste really, depends what kinda clean tone you're after. For me it would be a Strat + neck pickup + tube amp and a compression pedal
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#19
The nicest clean tone I have heard came from a Fender Telecaster with this nice Fender tube amp. All personal perference of course though. A lot of people love the sound of a MIA Strat or I've heard a nice PRS from a friend too.
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Pretty much anything with single coils.

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Humbuckers sound good for cleans too, it just depends on the amp and the model of pups
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#21
id say a Les Paul Custom with the stock pups it comes with....
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#23
Wouldn't the amp have a greater impact on the clean sound?

In which case, many Fender amps seem to be the choice for such a sound?
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Wouldn't the amp have a greater impact on the clean sound?

In which case, many Fender amps seem to be the choice for such a sound?

I agree with Hakael, a lot of guitars sound great clean - I would have said an elec/acoustic of some sort for a guitar. But a sparkly fender tube amp can "clean up" a lot of guitars.
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#26
Iv been looking to get a Telecaster for a while now. They have a lovely clean sound for the price.
#27
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An acoustic guitar..?

For a clean sound, yes an Electric Acoustic. But the amp has more to do with "cleans" than the guitar is my point. (and Haks).

With these sort of controls, yea...
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Wouldn't the amp have a greater impact on the clean sound?

In which case, many Fender amps seem to be the choice for such a sound?


i'm not sure. you generally want really low output pickups for cleans too. you'd ideally want both an amp with a good clean tone, and at least one pickup which is pretty low/vintage output.
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