I'll repost here what I posted over on relaxedmachinery...Guitars
Posted by John Koch-Northrup on April 26, 2010 at 2:05pm in General - Creative Discussion (Change)
I'm continuing my search for a guitar. I've ruled out hollow electric and the bigger semi-hollows. Has to be easier for me to get my hands around - and preferably lighter.
For some odd reason I've become very intrigued by a Fender Jaguar... I think it's the switches... example: http://www.fender.com/products/search.php?partno=0259200306
The semi-hollow tele also looks interesting.
There are also a couple of Gretsch's I like the looks of.
These are all me researching on the internet - not playing any yet.
[edit: please read about 4 posts down for my explanation of what I'm kind of looking for... thanks!]Reply by John Koch-Northrup 16 hours ago
Note for anyone new to my "quest for a guitar"...
My wonderful and lovely wife, Heidi, has decided that she wants to buy me a guitar for my 40th birthday coming up in August. I have an upper limit of $800. I have hand/wrist probs (kind of like carpal tunnel meets tendonitis but not totally either of those... neuroligist has told me "medical science doesn't always have the answers, etc..." - I'm not whining (not today at least) just letting you know why I want a smaller lighter guitar.
I "really" play piano (and synths, etc..)... and have for 35 years. I've played bass for the last 20 years - I love my G&L L1000 - and I also have a Gibson Grabber.
I won't be playing wailing guitar solos - heck - I won't really even be playing with a pick (can't hold one very long). Easy to hold, light, good tone, stays in tune... those are my keys.
I'm looking to do more ethereal ambient guitar... like Cocteau Twins or Kranky artists... or some good old thick dirty fuzzy shoegazer type guitar sounds... that's what I'm looking for.Reply by John Koch-Northrup 16 hours ago
I've always wanted a semi-hollow like a Gibson ES-335 (could be getting the model # wrong - the thinner one - not the 175 fatter one)... or a Gretsch. But now that I'm actually buying a guitar - I want something smaller that I can easily hold and play (due the hand/wrist/forearm probs I have). The Jaguar has recently caught my eye more seriously.
Heidi has an Alvarez acoustic from the 70's that I play now and then.
And I still have my really old Gretsch solid body (very small - kinda SG-ish) from around 1959 or 1960. Have to decide if I'm selling that off. It's in "rough" condition - but could be fixed up by the right person.
I'm amazed that video is even appearing at work today - normally everything youtube is 100% blocked. I still won't click play though... ;-)Reply by John Koch-Northrup 18 minutes ago
Thanks for everyone's thoughts. Truly appreciated.
Obviously, I won't *really* know until I spend a couple afternoons trying out guitars... but I love chatting about it and hearing what other people use and how they use them... so keep at it! I've love to read more.