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Old 03-17-2012, 10:57 PM   #61 (permalink)
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Its funny how ****ty SOns Of Kyuss are. I really think Wretch is a god awful album. Idk what kind of musical crack they smoked after that album but they sure as hell got better.



edit: Another big part of your tone is how you eq the amp. Not only that but how you position it. My 15 watt tuber was feelinglonely on the crate so I bought an amp stand. When its on the amp stand it sounds like utter trash. The speaker cone sounds brittle and super crappy when bring thrown right at my ears. Now I always put it on the ground or flat instead of tilted towards my ears.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:22 PM   #62 (permalink)
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I've been shopping around for a new guitar and wondered if any of you have any suggestions on good quality guitars. I've been looking at a few PRS, ESP and Gibson's. I'm looking for a clean sound and easy action. I've also been looking around for guitar lessons. Any suggestions for that too??


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Step 1 - With a few exceptions, stop thinking that the brand of your guitar makes a difference. Until you're paying for a model from the upper echelons, you will not get any benefit from it. Sometimes even then. As an example, Ibanez guitars are made by any one of about 4 companies depending on when and where. Indonesian models are made by Cort's Indonesian factory. Chinese models, which includes most of their hollowbodies, are made by Samick. Korean models were made by Cort too. The Japanese models are made either by Fujigen, or Sugiwara.

None of that means those guitars are any better or worse than they are supposed to be.

2 - It doesn't matter where your guitar was made. I own five Korean, two Indonesian, one chinese, and one Japanese guitar. I've bought and returned two American guitars. The best guitar of the lot is the Chinese one. That's not because its Chinese. It's not even the most expensive. It's just the guitar that got put together right on the day by happy chance.

3 - Don't assume the specification tells the whole story. If you're buying a guitar, go to a shop and play the thing. There are plenty of guitars out there with fantastic looking specifications. I own a few. They're decent guitars. But once again, my best guitar isn't the one with the best specs on paper. The build quality makes way more difference.

4 - a guitar will not make you play better. I repeat. A GUITAR WILL NOT MAKE YOU PLAY BETTER. I have guitars with all sorts of specs and feels. I have a hollowbody, a strat, some superstrats, some with thin necks some with thick necks. I can play pretty much as well on any of them.

Some of them are obviously more suited to certain things. I'm not going to track a metal solo with the hollowbody, because the upper frets are hard to reach. I'm not going to record jazz licks with a superstrat either, because it doesn't sound right. But don't start thinking that the guitar makes you play better. The real reason someone will play better with a more comfortable guitar is because they're not fighting the guitar to make it do things.

The reason is NOT that the guitar allows them to do things better. If you're well practiced enough to consider yourself really truly capable of playing any given song, it should be second nature. It should be so easy that a different guitar won't hinder you at all. If it does, then there should only ever be two reasons. One is that the guitar is just so massively unsuitable nobody would do it on that guitar. The other would be that you're just not good enough.




With all of that said, go down to a shop, and try as many guitars as you can. Don't focus on the details, just run some guitars through your hands, even ones you don't think you'll like, and focus on which feels best. There's no reason to start being picky before youve got the guitars there to compare. Just go ****ing play some.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:55 PM   #63 (permalink)
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I think its a good setup that allows you to play better. A poorly setup Prs Custom 24 is going to feel like crap. A well set up squier will outplay it everytime.

Intonation/Action/GoodNut-Tuners is really imo what matters.

Like you said price and brand isnt the issue. I sold my 800 Thinline tele to upgrade a 120 dollar Chinese guitar that had great wood. Everything else can be changed.
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:48 AM   #64 (permalink)
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Can I get a review/opinion on this guitar?

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Old 04-18-2012, 12:58 PM   #65 (permalink)
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I fantastic... I mean its a fender fat strat, probably the most versital guitar ever made.

My problem with them is I LOVE the single coil bridge pickup. I really feel like unless you need to play metal often go with sss. I use 2 p90s in my strat as a compromise, because the humbcker just throws away all note clarity and strat vibe. I would consider a Stacked single or blade humbucker that would fit in a sss strat pickgaurd. That way if you ever want to change you dont have to go buying a new pickguard.
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I fantastic... I mean its a fender fat strat, probably the most versital guitar ever made.

My problem with them is I LOVE the single coil bridge pickup. I really feel like unless you need to play metal often go with sss. I use 2 p90s in my strat as a compromise, because the humbcker just throws away all note clarity and strat vibe. I would consider a Stacked single or blade humbucker that would fit in a sss strat pickgaurd. That way if you ever want to change you dont have to go buying a new pickguard.
I'm the exact opposite. I think a bridge singlecoil is ALWAYS too bright. I like em in the neck for bluesy stuff but in the bridge, nope, not happening.
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I'm the exact opposite. I think a bridge singlecoil is ALWAYS too bright. I like em in the neck for bluesy stuff but in the bridge, nope, not happening.
I know what you mean sometimes it can get out of control, but if if you plan on using it alot you must eq a bit differently. So much of the honk and twang in blues music especially hendrix is from that bridge pickup alone though. Also when your using something like a Big Muff thats super heavy fuzz the bridge pickup is your best friend. To me its like a Les Paul into a Marshall, A fender into a fender using a fuzz on bridge. Its just a magical sound.

So many hendrix/trower/stevie songs are played on the bridge alone. As long as your signal is boosted so it doesnt sound weak.


Most of this song is on the bridge through a fender twin. Gotta love that tone.
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My new guitar choices are coming down to that strat or an epiphone dot semi hollow or ibanez artcore semi hollow. I'm leaning towards the strat. What do you think?
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My new guitar choices are coming down to that strat or an epiphone dot semi hollow or ibanez artcore semi hollow. I'm leaning towards the strat. What do you think?
Strat is the best instrument ever created.
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Is this an acceptable place to ask about acoustic guitars? I don't feel like starting a whole new thread.
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