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New guitar!

Postposted on Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:22 pm

I just got me an American Strat (white with a maple neck). W00t. Being the cheapskate that I am, it took me years of playing a cheap knockoff before finally deciding to get something good. It's used, but it sure feels good to play, almost playing itself.
Anyone else like Strats? Or are you one of those funny types who likes Les Pauls?
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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:33 pm

I could never get into the feel of strats. I dunno why... they just don't feel good in my hands.

Now as for Les Pauls... heck yes. :wink:

But these days I'm rocking this archtop http://www.godinguitars.com/godin5thavenuekingpinp.htm
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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:23 pm

I've never played a guitar; it's just not something my nervous system was designed to do.

That said, I've spent enough time as a roadie to know that if the guitarist is hell-bent on playing out of their own amp instead of into a DI box, I'd much rather see Strats than any Gibson. A small system in a small room with an overloaded guitar amp just sets off the trademark Gibson eterna-sustain. While the crowd loved it, I had no way to get the vocals out over that din. Strats can do that (sustain), but prefer not to, and I could manage them and balance them against the vocals unlike the Gibsons. Truth be told, if I ever had to do a roadie gig again, I'd be happiest if everyone was slinging a Telecaster. Dealing with the highs is so much easier than a room sustain you just can't stop because the idiots who are paying you won't turn down the guitar amps. I kept a mike at the desk patched into the monitor feed to tell them just that but they never listened. At the very least the best campus band had a keyboard player with a real Leslie speaker so that covered up many sins.
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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:36 pm

Grats on the new strat..... we need pics.

Personally, unless you go money to laying around, used guitars in good condition are usually the better choice.
I have a old Kramer F-3000 from the mid 80's that I really enjoy. It is more playable than the fender american strat that my friend bought a few years back, but I think that is mostly due to the fact that his fretboard had that glossy veneer coating on it. it made it really a lot more difficult to move up and down the fretboard. It felt sticky to me. If it did not have that gloss coating I think it would have been much better. the sound and tone were great though. I tried out another friend's Les Paul with a rosewood fretboard ( no gloss finish) and it felt better but still not as good as mine. I am sure part of this is cause I am used to my guitar and maybe partly due to all the years of finger grease that has soaked into my fretboard making it a bit slicker.
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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:15 am

Congrats. If thats what you like, who's to "knock" it?

Never really got into the usual icons (Strat, Les Paul, Flying V, etc.) Seemed to have stuck with mostly Ibanez's, with the exception of an ESP/LTD F-200 ( http://www.chorder.com/electric-guitars ... f200-3010/ ), which I found used for ~$200, and an old Jackson.

They've come and gone, but I've still held onto the F-200 and, personally the best 'gitter' I've ever owned, an Ibanez MTM1 ( http://ibanez.wikia.com/wiki/MTM1 ), the 2006-2007 model, which also was found used for ~$700. At the time, was half what they were going for new.
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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:59 am

I love my natural 1975 Strat hardtail. I can't play it anymore but I keep it around for sentimental reasons. I went from Gibsons to Fenders about 10 years ago, my first guitar was a Les Paul copy, then a 1996 ES-335 Dot Reissue. Fenders record better IMHO, the tone is thinner and sits on top of the bass without so much EQ.
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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:08 am

Congratz on your "new" guitar. I know you are gonna have some fun with it.
I've been playing a Roadhouse Strat that I picked up used for $300.00
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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:12 am

SnowboardingTobi wrote:But these days I'm rocking this archtop http://www.godinguitars.com/godin5thavenuekingpinp.htm

Those are sweet guitars. Very affordable as I recall.
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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:29 am

Congrats on the new guitar! How about some pics?

My sole electric is a Jackson with the really thin neck. Love that guitar, but I'd like to add a Gibson or Strat for a fatter neck and richer sound.
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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:41 am

Pics man! I love the look and feel of a good ol' American strat, especially with a maple neck. You can mod and model all you want, you'll never get that same lovely bright tone that you get from the real thing.

Around July of last year I got myself a used Schecter V-7 (it's a strat shape, not a v) 7 string with a licensed Floyd Rose that was posted on craigslist for $300. It could use some new pickups and probably a fresh bridge, but it was a steal for how well it plays. Oh and no, I didn't just get it to "djent" on the bottom strings. There's some cool stuff you can do on a 7 when it comes to blues and jazz that kinda blends guitar work with bass lines. It's a lot of fun if you ever want to venture forth into extra strings.

Anyway enjoy your new strat! What kind of amp are you playing it through btw?
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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:38 pm

No photo(s)?

I wouldn't mind having a Strat. Maybe single-coily. Nothing wrong with LP either.
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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:22 pm

IAmGhostDog, I love that sunburst finish. No humbucker at the bridge though?

And I love Strats. I have a MIM standard HSS Strat and a MIM standard Telecaster. They're both pretty splendid.
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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:01 am

I let my 14 year old take my camera on his last school tip, several months ago, and haven't seen it since. And he's got my iPhone. :lol: So, no photos yet. BTW, the Strat has all single pickups. I'm really loving it. It came with heavier strings than I prefer, but the intonation is absolutely dead on, so I just can't bring myself to change them.
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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:57 am

I'm still a beginner, but recently picked up a Strat style HSS Yamaha Pacifica 112v so that I would have something to play Rocksmith with that didn't totally suck as an instrument. Again, I'm no expert, but these Yamaha's seem to be good value. Maple neck, rosewood fretboard, solid wood body, decent build quality. One of the deciding factors was that I got a bit of a deal (paid just under $250).

I've had a Yamaha acoustic for a few years and liked it. So far the electric seems pretty nice too for the money, but I haven't put much time in with it yet. The coil tap function (which I think effectively mutes one of the pickups in the humbucker), together with the HSS setup brings quite a bit of flexibility in sound out of the box.
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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:18 pm

I have a Yamaha acoustic as well, and I really like it too. They seem to make really nice instruments.
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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:56 pm

cynan, technically removing one coil from a humbucker is coil splitting, though I don't know what's done in practice in that Yamaha. Coil tap is tapping a coil in the middle, to effectively have less windings.
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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:57 pm

I'm more of a Les Paul guy. Les Paul Custom Black Beauty is my dream guitar.... one day... one day.

My stuffs:
- Early 90's (1992?) Gibson Les Paul Studio with a Seymour Duncan SH-6 Duncan Distortion in the bridge.
- ESP Viper 30th Anniversary Edition with EMG 81 brige 85 neck
- Yamaha acoustic from when I started playing in 1996

Mid 90's Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier with Oversized 4x12 speaker cabinet.

Some pedals that aren't impressive enough to mention.

Guitar is fun, wish I played more these days. Was in a band when I was younger but lost a lot of motivation after we stopped.

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I'd happily pick both of those guitars up because he can get them at cost! :)
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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:23 pm

meerkt wrote:cynan, technically removing one coil from a humbucker is coil splitting, though I don't know what's done in practice in that Yamaha. Coil tap is tapping a coil in the middle, to effectively have less windings.


Yeah. I think you're right. It is a coil split function. However, reading on the internet, I've come across many people referring to this as coil tap... However, this writeup of the 112V definitely refers to it as coil splitting. But then Yamaha's own website lists coil tap in the specs... hmm. Oh well, either way, it adds a bit of extra flexibility to the sound...
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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:18 am

derFunkenstein wrote:IAmGhostDog, I love that sunburst finish. No humbucker at the bridge though?


To tell you the truth, in all the years I've been playing, I have very rarely used the bridge pickup.
I was looking for a good balance with this set. And to be able to play in something other than position 4.
I really like position 3 (middle) for all around tone. And position 5.
It suits my style of playing. Blues, R & B, roots rock types of things. Think Jimmie Vaughan, Ronnie Earl.

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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:20 pm

cynan, yeah I guess you're right. It's not used consistently.
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Re: New guitar!

Postposted on Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:08 pm

Great to see a Guitar thread here! I don't practice much because I have ADD or something, but I do have a cheapo Squire Strat. Yes, I know its not a "real" strat. I did drop a SD into mine as well. Its a Hot Rails pickup in the bridge so I could be even more metal.
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