#1
okay guys, I've got my music GCSE performance concert a fortnight today, and my composition thing is a reggae-rock type thing.

so my question is, which guitar do I use? my Strat or my trusty Epiphone Les Paul.

I'm playing the old 'The Police' style offbeat-rythm guitar and a solo too.

any thoughts, UG?
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#2
I would say strat. It has a more funky and twangy sound to it what is heard in reggae too
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I would say strat. It has a more funky and twangy sound to it what is heard in reggae too


agreed, although make sure the twang isnt too "sharp", maybe use the middle and bridge pickups on your strat
#6
bob marley used a les paul.......
but i do concede it had single coil pick ups so I guess probably the strat...
but ultimately it does not really matter; tonally you can achieve similar sounds through both with a good amp - well similar reggae sounds.
so go with what feels more comfortable
#7
+1 to the Strat, actually what Strat is it. If its anything less than MIM (i.e. Squier!) use the LP.
#9
If you have both, why not play it through on both guitars and see which sounds better to you?

Though personally, I say +1 to the Strat.
#10
Bob Marley played a Les Paul
But I'd recommend a telecaster, they sound great for Reggae
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#11
wasnt the police guitarist andy summers? and if i recall rightly he has a signature tele, so to get closest to the tele sound use ur strat
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#12
Strat imo. More treble, and closer to (probably) the most common ska guitar, the Telecaster.
#13
well, i play an LP custom and its very versatile, could easily do the job, but the strat has that top end, clean twang, so just try them both out and see which sounds best

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not sure really, but marley played a les paul, telecasters have a twangy sound to them so they might work too.

edit: just realized that someone above me a few posts posted basically the same thing, sorry.
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well have a go also and look on what The Police were playing.
I was tempted to say "what Sting was playing" then i thought, uh, he played bass (off topic)


i think andy played strats and teles
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#17
Andy plays a Tele with a PAF in the bridge and a few odd Stratocasters here and there.

Good to see some Police fans though, gotta love em.
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Andy plays a Tele with a PAF in the bridge and a few odd Stratocasters here and there.

Good to see some Police fans though, gotta love em.


i love the police, andy is one of the most underrated guitarists out there. Message in a Bottle is a lot harder than you think it would be to play. In fact, same thing goes for most other police songs.
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Andy plays a Tele with a PAF in the bridge and a few odd Stratocasters here and there.

Good to see some Police fans though, gotta love em.

Andy's humbucker is in the neck position.

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#20
Ah my mistake man, I meant to say neck, my apologies.

It's a Gibby pickup isn't it? I could've sworn Summers and another country artist both had Teles with PAFs in the neck position.
#21
If it's Police-style reggae-influenced new-wave-pop-rock, definitely use the strat. For most reggae it wouldn't matter much. The rhythm is a lot more important than the tone.
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Ah my mistake man, I meant to say neck, my apologies.

It's a Gibby pickup isn't it? I could've sworn Summers and another country artist both had Teles with PAFs in the neck position.

No apology needed.

The story is that Andy bought the guitar, already modified, in the late '60s. Given the young history of the solid-body electric guitar at the time, it may be safe to say the humbucker probably came from a Gibson, which would probably make it a PAF. Consider also that the guitar is a '61 and nobody but a previous owner knows exactly when it was modified.
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If it's Police-style reggae-influenced new-wave-pop-rock, definitely use the strat. For most reggae it wouldn't matter much. The rhythm is a lot more important than the tone.


yeah, think I might go with the strat.

coz when you add some chorus on that sucker (like Andyman does) it sounds pretty orgasmic.

thanks for all your thoughts, guys.
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