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2: Guitars

Michael Pope

23:29 · Electric Guitar

In this lesson, Mike talks through each of his guitars and when they are most applicable. He explains how different pickups and bodies affect tone.

2: Guitars

Michael Pope

Michael runs through his own guitars with you.

Telecaster:
  • Probably the most versatile guitars (according to Michael), he can play anything from jazz to rock.
  • They are a really solid guitar, without frills
  • Mostly associated with country music, but Michael likes the way they sound in rock music and worship
  • They are pretty bright sounding guitars, not a lot of low end, a tight top end, and a lot of sparkle – especially if you use a heavy overdrive. They cut through a mix really well.
  • There are a lot of telecasters out there so it’s really easy to find one and customize it. They are relatively inexpensive.
  • Michael changed the pickups as often cheaper guitars have bad quality electronics in them. He put Lollar 52 pickups in his. He also changed the switch, volume and tone electronics with gear he bought from Emmerson Custom Guitars.
  • You can also change out the bridge saddles. Make sure they are compensated saddles. Michael changed his to brass.
  • Michael stripped the finish off the back of the neck, so it doesn’t get sticky when playing under lights.
Made by Veritas Custom Guitars, Les Paul style, but not a Gibson
  • Hand-built
  • 1956 Gold-top Les Paul imitation
  • Michael had the heel on the back cut out so he can playing higher
  • Stronger re-inforced headstock
  • Made from mahogany
  • Lollar P90’s for the bridge pickups
  • Bigsby break angle
Duesenberg Carl Carlton
  • Hollow body
  • Similar to a Gretsch
  • He changed the pickups to TB Jones Classics
  • He put Emmerson electronics it
Veritas Portlander
  • Curvier and smaller than a tele
  • Lollar Goldfoil pickups
  • This guitar really suits rock n roll, but not always worship
  • The selector is a 3-way
  • This guitar has a thicker neck, and it has more stability, which Michael likes
  • The way your guitar looks on stage is important and this guitar looks great