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 late™
Joined: 2/1/2010
Msg: 12
Best Guitar Still...or the one that got away.Page 3 of 3    (1, 2, 3)
What kind of amp should I get when I have to give my borrowed one back?


A tube amp, something about 5 - 22 watts should do the trick, ...unless you plan on doing arena gigs. Don't think that 5 watts "isn't enough", a 5 watt amp is half the perceived loudness of a 50 watt amp, which would be way too loud if you dimed it in most small to medium sized clubs.

The great thing about a low watt tube amp is what happens in the back-end of the circuit when you run it wide open (true with any tube amp, ...but you can do this with a low-power amp without making your ears bleed), the amp distorts when it "clips", and the load transfers between the output tube(s), the output transformer and the speaker, ...just by "touch", you can go from sparkling clean to nasty crunch tones.

On a budget, the epiphone "valve jr" (5 watts) and a 1X12" cabinet is probably the best bang for buck. You might be able to throw this together for around $200 for both if you look around. A good starting point.

Don't let anybody fool you with a modeling amp, they don't "scale" or have any of the interactive qualities of a real tube amp.

There's a "Guitar Gear" thread in this forum that has plenty of info about amps from experienced pros, the thread's thousands of posts long but it's a good one and has been going for over 5 years.
 late™
Joined: 2/1/2010
Msg: 13
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Posted: 3/21/2010 9:57:28 PM

There's a "Guitar Gear" thread in this forum that has plenty of info about amps from experienced pros, the thread's thousands of posts long but it's a good one and has been going for over 5 years.


The above mentioned thread --->

http://forums.plentyoffish.com/223561datingPostpage101.aspx
 late™
Joined: 2/1/2010
Msg: 17
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Posted: 3/24/2010 4:58:29 PM
no reason they can't ad some nice inlay...

Except for the fact that it doesn't add anything to how the guitar plays or sounds, ...further, loading a flat-top with inlay can create dead spots ...and most often it's just icing on a turd...


No, offence, but other than the really pricey ones

None taken, ...the D18 I'm looking for is pricey, even used it's a bargain to find at under $2K.

But, for casual or hobby use, by all means ...go for cheap, it's likely the difference will never be noticed outside the studio or a critical audience. But a quality flat-top, like a quality tube amp; have interactive properties that can't be modeled or copied without using the same materials and craftsmanship, ...niether of which come cheap.

anyone can tear one apart and copy it for much less...

...if a cheap knock off could do this, ...I would have found one in the last 3+ decades of trying to find one, ...I've always been frugal, ...but I temper this with being a realist.

No offense, but it's physics, ...not the brand name that decides this.
 late™
Joined: 2/1/2010
Msg: 19
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Posted: 3/24/2010 8:23:52 PM

as the wood ages many times the sound inproves

Good point, ...do you think those who build knock offs have the same stock of aged adirondack spruce that a company in existence since 1833 does? Most of the differences in old and new(er) Martins is in the bracing, they make them in the old style now, if you can find a "V" model, they aren't easy to find and they don't last long when they pop up used.

The newer "V" Martins are so close to the old holy grails that you can even see it on a scope.

Ive played some martins that sound great, others, no better than a 400.oo guitar

Show me a model of ANY guitar where this is not the case. Honestly, ...I've played $40,000 Manzers (fortunately I did a session for her girlfriend, Peggy White ...Linda supplied the instruments for the session) ...they were stunning, ...but not one of them could touch the D18 I covet, ...I used a D18 that I borrowed from Stephen Fearing, ...and it still wasn't as nice as my aunt's '59, ...but it was up to the task and then some.

I'm not talking out of my butt here, if you want name dropping, ...this is a luthier whose waiting list is now closed, ...you couldn't buy one if you had the scratch. You would like the way they look though, lotsa' inlay.


Just my opinion, nothing against them, just overblown to me....

"To you"

Like I said dude, ..if you're just a casual player there's probably no difference between a $400 guitar and a $40,000 one, ....but trust me, ...the pros on the stand and in the studio really don't care what name is on the headstock, ...they care about quality, ...and they (and any recording engineer worth his salt) can tell the difference even if you can't.

If you spend any time in studios, ...you WILL see a lot of Martins, ...and when they come out of the case, you will see the engineer smile, then you'll see them break out a Neumann and a couple of B&Ks and not a bunch of 57s.

There's a reason for this, ...and it ain't brand recognition.


Now, that was a bargin.

To you... but a pro might grab it for less than a minute and drop it like a rock because it can't keep up with him. Check out what the top-drawer players use, ...if it ain't a hand made custom, ...it's a Martin. Do you really think they use them because of the "name"?

For your average Joe, ...it's a waste, ...agreed, ...I'll go one further, when I see a fist-pickin' strummer assault a fine instrument, ...I throw up a little in my mouth.
 late™
Joined: 2/1/2010
Msg: 22
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Posted: 4/24/2010 2:55:03 AM
Have any of you seen the movie, "The Red Violin"?

It's all fake.

just sayin'
 late™
Joined: 2/1/2010
Msg: 25
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Posted: 4/27/2010 3:50:37 PM
Other than Buddy Hollie, I can't think of any rocker who played one in the Fifties...

Considering that guitar "rock" was in its nascency even in the mid-50s, and the strat did not come out until '54, this is understandable. But, what about Ritchie Valens, Dick Dale, The Ventures... Hank Marvin?

almost the same in the sixties

Whoa! Rory Gallagher, Robin Trower, Robbie Robertson,Randy California, Randy Bachman, Richie Blackmore, Ry Cooder, , ...man, I could go on... That's just some "Rs".


I think Leo came up with them to fit somewhere between the cheap foriegn crap that came in those days and real guitars that cost a lot.

Actually, most of the design was from Fender employee Freddie Tavares (according to George Fullerton), from requests made from a country player named Bill Carson.

What "cheap foreign crap" came in prior to '53, when the design of the strat started?


Bolt on necks, fake dots on the fretboard, no binding, and cheap single coil pick ups..spell cheap, cheap, cheap...

?? Seth Lover didn't even invent the humbucker until 1959, the reason for bolt-on necks and Fender, wasn't to be "cheap" it was to facility modular repair (instead of refretting = replace the neck), this started with the Broadcaster in the late '40s, the reason for "no binding" was the patented "comfort contour" ..."a guitar ought to fit you like a good shirt does" ~ Bill Carson.

As far as "cost a lot", the price of a '54 Les Paul and '54 Strat was about the same, +/- $250 -$300

They really weren't copied till much later on...

Design-wise, it's the most copied electric guitar, ...ever.
 late™
Joined: 2/1/2010
Msg: 26
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Posted: 4/27/2010 7:25:54 PM
Dude!!!!!!

My very first guitar was a Hagstrom III ! (1965, my brother had it new, I inherited it in '69 when I was 7), it was a cross between an SG and a Strat. They had fantastic necks, very stable due to a "T-bar" truss rod design. Mine was like this one, except "sunburst".

http://vintageguitars.org.uk/graphics/hagstromIII_1.jpg

I used it on my first professional recording session when I was 12 y/o, it was radio commercial for a waterbed store in Winnipeg called "Floating Ecstasy".

I traded it in the mid '70s for a Vox AC-30 that needed a LOT of work.

There's two pieces of gear I miss.
 late™
Joined: 2/1/2010
Msg: 30
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Posted: 4/27/2010 7:56:20 PM
Hey, if people like the strat, fine, we should all have our preferences...I love the way they look, and for certain things, but they are over rated...to me.

To most pros, it is the "desert island" electric guitar.


I bought a Garnet Amp with the stinger function...wow! what a sound that thing had

I used to hang out at Gar Gillies shop back when he was making those!! I last spoke to him in 2001 while passing through the 'Peg. Sadly he passed away in '06. He really over-built those amps, like Pete Traynor in Toronto.


there were the silvertones and all that in the '50's
Hey Lucky! I had a backup acoustic, and it was a black and white silvertone...archtop! Very nice sound for a cheapy!

That would have likely been made by Harmony, National or Kay. Silvertones were also made by Nat Daniels.

Jimi Hendrix's first electric guitar was a Silvertone.

BTW, they were also used by Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, Pete Townsend, J.J. Cale, John Fogerty, Jimmy Page, Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, Chris Isaak, Melissa Ethridge, Dave Navarro, Jesse Colin Young, Link Wray, Beck, Jack Bruce (Cream), John Entwistle. Even Elvis Presley.....

They are fantastic for slide, I use a '54 Silvertone for slide, ...killer tone.


I think the Ventures used the Mosrite's.

Nope, Semi Mosley got them to endorse them, but they never used them.

BTW, one of the reasons that the early Asian electric guitars sounded bad has more to do with differences in how timbre is perceived by Asians.

Regardless, "cheap" is pretty much meaningless as far as how electric guitars sound (compared to acoustics), the amp does all the work.
 late™
Joined: 2/1/2010
Msg: 32
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Posted: 4/29/2010 5:39:39 AM
True, but when they became something and could afford it...they bought something better...

Dude, I think you need to check out what many of those guys were playing after they had money...

As far as the amp doing all the work in an electric...not necessarily...

Unplug it then, ...see what you get. Yes, you can take the amp (tube amp- modeling doesn't "scale") in and out of its sweet spot by varying attack, but again, ...unplug the amp if you want to really see which is "doing all the work".

Again, a true story as it happened....I'm sure, it was just time for the amp to go...

Failed bias circuit or a failed filter capacitor, nothing to do with the front end; even a guitar with active p'ups can't harm an amp's finals. That's not how they work. You can't "up" the output SPL that much from the front-end, hell, you can only "up" it by a max of 3db by doubling the output (50 - 100 watts).

Impedance difference on passive p'ups has a lot to do with tone though, "more" output doesn't mean better tone, most often less impedance means more bandwidth per db. One of the biggest differences in tone between single and double coil p'ups is phase cancellation, which makes a big difference in articulation in the signal, ...you can hear it and see it on a scope. This is one of the reasons that pros consider strats the "desert island" electric, they're just that much more versatile. Even before the 5-way switch was introduced, savvy players were "notching" the 3-way switches and modding the middle p'up to be able to have two humbucking settings.

There's nothing better than having a variety of guitars to give you a more varied palette of timbres, BUT, if you only have room for one, ...and you need to be versatile, better yet, you're being paid to be versatile, ...you're going to grab a strat. Want it to sound like a Les Paul? ...just drop a preamp into the signal path.
 late™
Joined: 2/1/2010
Msg: 33
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Posted: 4/30/2010 11:06:29 AM

different outputs from the factory maybe?

I doubt it's different pots/caps, though 250k ohms is the norm for Fenders, if it has a HB in it it could be 500k, this has a lot more to do with how much of the high-end is attenuated when you roll back the volume.

Fact is, uncle Seymore makes pickups in a lot of different output configurations, even though the bobbins are identical. A Duncan JB and PAF are going to have different outputs/same bobbins for example.

There are even different impedances between neck/bridge models of the same p'up (for obvious reasons, the closer to the bridge you get, the less the string vibrates and the less overtones there are -> needs more output).


guitars need to be played... there's a lot of "expensive" guitars tucked away in cases doing diddly squat for music..... worthless in one sense, for what they were made to do...


I feel the same way when I see a 'weekend' hack with an L5


paint worn off,chipped, scratched,burnt


http://homepage.mac.com/ewald/.Pictures/frank.jpg

The amp is a '52 Fender Champ, it ain't shiny either...
 chrisrz1012
Joined: 1/22/2011
Msg: 36
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Posted: 7/15/2011 5:11:30 PM
I would say for ones getting away . I would say my early 90's Tom Anderson Pro-am or my first San Dimas Charvel. I had a 63 Strat and 68 Les Paul custom that I don't miss either.
As for new ones : Charvels are pretty good right now ( bought a San Dimas Charvel very impressed) or a Buddy Blaze . There is a guy making American made Kramer styles that is very good as well. I would say the shocking would be PRS -I had a few from the 90's don't miss them either but the new ones are very poor. I see why price drops very bad on the used market.
 RSwindol
Joined: 8/25/2005
Msg: 37
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Posted: 7/16/2011 6:10:41 AM
1966 Epiphone Opympic double pickup
 Tayfire
Joined: 2/29/2008
Msg: 40
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Posted: 9/27/2011 8:06:48 AM
Ive still got an early 80's Westone Thunder 1 Active Bass which has now become a collecter's item. It's natural wood with rosewood fretboard and has brass bridge and controls and tuning pegs on the headstock.
 unYOUsual
Joined: 8/11/2011
Msg: 41
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Posted: 9/29/2011 7:17:16 AM
The best guitar is one that is free...lol I got a 2006 Ovation FKOA collectors edition acoustic electric, it was given to a friend who didn't want it so she gave it to me..I am now in the process of learning to play...
 tonemaster1986
Joined: 11/11/2011
Msg: 43
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Posted: 11/17/2011 9:27:03 PM
I will be buried with my Gibson Les Paul Axcess. It also has a Fernandes Sustainer installed too.
 Hozo
Joined: 8/1/2006
Msg: 45
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Posted: 11/29/2011 5:45:11 PM
The one I've owned for over 35 years, & still the best today - my 1974 Fender Telecaster Deluxe, with super low action, fat Les Paul-type frets & those 2 huge oversized Seth Lover-designed humbuckers....on the short list of being one of the best humbuckers ever made.
 Dessi67
Joined: 3/7/2010
Msg: 46
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Posted: 11/29/2011 9:52:41 PM
Zager accoustics are some of the best-playing guitars made. Beautiful, and have an amazing sound. Made by Denny Zager. Try one...you will never go back.
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