What if there were only five guitars left on the planet, what you want them to be?
Sort of like a ‘if you survived the apocalypse, who would you want to restart the human race with?’ scenario. But just for fun, we’re throwing in zombies. So it’s a zombie apocalypse but the zombies feed on guitars for some reason, and you can only save five guitars. Don’t ask us why, it’s just the rules.
The only way to save the planet is to form the greatest band the world has ever seen and build a legion of zombie fans, then you put on one giant gig, and blast them all to smithereens with your five guitars... and around 1000 Marshall stacks.
You have to ensure you have a versatile recording axe or two, guitars you don’t mind gigging with, and you’re allowed one vanity guitar.
The only rule is that all of these guitars are available off the shelf, at relatively affordable prices, otherwise this just becomes a list of the most expensive guitars ever!
Here’s what I would choose:
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The Fender ‘72 Tele is like the James Dean of guitars, it looks like it should be wearing a pair of sunglasses and have cigarette packet rolled up in its sleeve.
The Custom is my favourite in the series by far, it’s a great gigging guitar and you can get a relatively high gain output out of it considering it’s a Telecaster.
I’ve recently seen them being used by indie bands, hardcore bands, and even some metal bands. They aren’t the most versatile guitars in terms of tone and playability, but the option of a humbucker and a single coil is good. As long as you’re not looking to do Vai-esque dive-bombs then you should be fine with the fixed bridge.
Anyway, we have other guitars in this list for that very purpose! But you’ll have to wait and see what they are.
The Tele ‘72 Custom is an iconic option for any guitarist, it has one of the clearest clean sounds you will ever hear, sparkling with presence in the high mids, it’s one of the best recording options for cutting through and sitting pretty in a mix.
When used with an amplifier such as the Fender Deville you can use the bucker to drive a creamy crunch sound that's perfect for blues and rock and roll.
But what if you want do some shredding? You’re probably better off with the guitar on the next page.
Graham Coxon (Blur), that guy who used in be Paramore, Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters), Keith Richards