Jonathan W – Top 4 In Store Riff Guitars - 5 August '22
Take a look at my favourite guitars that you can RIFF on that we have in store this week!
If you love a good hard riff like me then these are our best choices right now to get some fat sounds!
Probably our most classic ‘Riffy’ guitar we have in store at the moment, made famous in the 80’s by Metallica’s James Hetfield.
Prior to that though this guitar was originally released in 1958, used heavily by Alan Collins from Lynyrd Skynyrd during the 70’s!
This guitar feels great to play especially when stood up, it’s one of those guitars where you pick it up and can’t help but start chugging away!
I’d been eager to try one of these for years as aesthetically it just looks amazing.
I find this one to be a bit of a hidden gem in a world of Bass VIs / the other Squier Jazzmasters that are really popular today in the metal/rock scene.
With the 27 inch neck it gives you the ability to tune down to the same range as a standard bass, which as you can imagine through a good amp with some distortion it’ll sound killer!
I absolutely love what these guitars can do and would use this as a main guitar in my rig at home!
Bit more of an obvious one here as this guitar was built for Mark Holcomb of Periphery, very well known for the heavier side of guitar playing!
The Neck on this guitar is incredibly smooth, and really surprised me when I first picked it up as I’m not the biggest fan of PRS guitars.
The Mark Holcomb signature feels great and sounds amazing, with his custom Seymour Duncan alpha and omega pickups to top it all off!
This might seem like a bit of a curveball but running one of these short scale basses through a distorted guitar amp has such a unique sound, the strings are quite easy to bend as well and so if you’re anything like me, chromatic low tuned riffs are my go to!
It doesn’t sound like a bass but it also doesn’t sound anything like a guitar so it’s in a nice in between, lots of chances to get quite creative with it!
In conclusion my top pick out of these 4, has got to be the Squier Baritone Telecaster!
I think it’s incredibly versatile and is probably the one guitar out of the 4 that I’d buy for home use!
Written by Jon Worgan