Originally Posted 15/2/14
This list will explain each guitar model I use and how each one will specify differently in each track, explaining their specs and effectiveness to a style I may choose to influence a track in the final product.
The first electric guitar I have possessed is an Ibanez RG1451 Prestige model made in Japan. It has a bolt on neck construction, meaning that the neck and body of the guitar are as separate as can be, with 4 bolts holding them together. A benefit of the bolt on neck is that it brings a more twangy sound to it, complemented by the passive single coil pickups, giving that jazz tone it was made for. I use this guitar to play more acoustic and electric oriented songs between the tunings of E Standard and Drop B. What make this guitar different from the others are its passive pickups, meaning they are not battery powered like the other guitars and have a more smoother, linguistic tone. This guitar also has the option to split the coils inside on the neck (top two) and bridge (bottom two) pickups with its 5-way pickup selector switch. This allows a more Fender style sound like their iconic Stratocaster or Telecaster guitars. This guitar stays in tune most efficiently without the help of any strings locking systems. This is my only guitar to feature a tight end bridge that holds the strings in a constant state of tension thus holding better tuning, very beneficial for chords. I personally adore the simplicity of this guitars tone, it will definitely be used to track the chords of any song within the specified tunings, delivering the clarity I want in most likely a jazz/funk/indie-rock inspired piece.
The second electric guitar I own is an ESP MKII with a Floyd Rose Tremelo Bridge, meaning that there is a manual arm attached to the bridge, altering the tuning and distorting the original sound of chords and notes. This guitar has 2 battery powered active pickups with a 3-way selector that brings a fuzzy, rich tone to clean chords for styles like jazz, funk and strong lead solos and chords for overdriven tone. Likewise, this guitar was also made in Japan, with the highest quality amongst all my guitars, having a neck-through structure which is widely seen as the most efficient way of constructing a guitar for smooth playing and no sparing of tonality and clarity. I will use this guitar most likely tuned to E Standard to Eb Standard and to track the solos and leads through the neck pickup (top one).
My third electric guitar is an LTD EC-1000 Model which was manufactured in Korea but is claimed to be one of the best in the LTD guitar range. I use this guitar mostly for heavy tunings such as Drop A# all the way down to Drop G, but I mostly use Drop A and Drop G# through a thicker gauge of strings to keep the tone tight at such a low tuning. This will undoubtedly be used in a track where I’ll chose to make a more modern heavy song in either Drop A or G#. This guitar has a set-neck construction, meaning that neck has been glued onto the body, this gives a more rounded tone to resonate between the body and neck, as opposed to the bolt on Ibanez guitar that would present more twang. With the same active pickups as the ESP, I can make a tone that sounds more full, specifically through palm mutes in the low tunings. A common feature marketed on this guitar is the fact that it is made for heavy music.
For my acoustic guitar I am using a Takamine EF341SC which is Jon Bon Jovi’s signature acoustic as well. This is crafted well with a small in-built compartment on the side to activate the battery to plug into DI’s or amps and also manipulate the volume, bass, mid and treble directly. I will be using this in at least 2 tracks to directly plug into whatever sound audio box I find and also through my amp to the box for added effects into whichever DAW I end up using. With my experience this guitar does great doing open chords and and open tunings like drop D, being beneficial to my intended purpose for the guitar in tracking.
Lastly I am using a Phoenix “P” styled bass guitar, borrowed of fellow Stage 2 MiS classmate Jordan Gibbs. This bass will be tuned to each tuning I use throughout each track. The bass also has a tone selector that differentiates between a thinner tone that can suit funk well and a rounded tone that sounds muffled. I will be tracking this through my line 6 amp to help manipulate the settings of each style I chose in the bass guitar’s tone such as the twang setting with a slight phaser effect for example.