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Guitar: Stratocaster

Postby Benny on Tue Feb 13, 2007 1:38 pm

So, it´s turn for the strat, probably in this moment the most passé guitar in the world. but it´s damn versatile - if your guitar fuxored, and they give you a strat you will do great anyways. and some great music was played in those... television, bob mould, doug marsch, jimi..
but they are boring too.. all those cheap copies - everybody starts with a strat.


so, crap or not crap?

(note: this poll doesn´t include 80s superstrat abominatinos)
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Postby rocker654 on Tue Feb 13, 2007 1:56 pm

While I love the Les Paul, strats have had more of an impact on me as a musician. I've always seemed to have one. It has excellent balance, and stays in tune--no matter how cheap. I think they have clearer tone. But for dirty rocking sounds, I'd look for a Paul.
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Postby Adam CR on Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:48 pm

I've spent years trying to persuade myself that I prefer teles (to play), but in fact I don't. I love my strat. Had it for 12 years or so now.

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Postby Adam CR on Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:49 pm

Who's crapping the strat? Explain yourselves!
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Postby Benny on Tue Feb 13, 2007 3:02 pm

i have some aesthetics problem with them. i only like them when they are all white or all black.
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Postby Redline on Tue Feb 13, 2007 3:27 pm

I've had a few nice Strats, but I always wind up selling them. The Strat I have now is maybe the one I'll keep, at this point the only item made by Fender on it is the knobs and pickgaurd. I'd rather play it than a Paul Reed Smith.
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Re: Guitar: Stratocaster

Postby garble on Tue Feb 13, 2007 3:35 pm

Jose Luis Perales wrote:...if your guitar fuxored, and they give you a strat you will do great anyways.


No. A strat doesn't even feel like a guitar to me. It feels like one chunk of wood bolted to the top of another chunk of wood. Why is the neck so far away? Why is it parallel to the body?

Everytime I play one I want to take it off and throw it.

They are versatile, they are economically and smartly constructed. I just don't like them.

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Postby ben on Tue Feb 13, 2007 4:36 pm

i think they sounds kinda rubbery in a not good way.
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Postby Heliotropic on Tue Feb 13, 2007 4:43 pm

They're pretty boring, but they get the job done.

Not crap, but nothing special.
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Postby ubercat on Tue Feb 13, 2007 5:20 pm

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Zzzzz. Crap. Too slick - can't really hack at the strings if you like. Body contour is all off - it's uncomfortable. Kinda blah all around.

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Postby hogrot on Tue Feb 13, 2007 5:28 pm

they sound too thin. everyone has one.

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Postby Brett Eugene Ralph on Tue Feb 13, 2007 5:35 pm

hogrot wrote:they sound too thin. everyone has one.

crap


They sound thin if you're chording. They can sound amazing if you're soloing. I think they've fallen out of favor directly in proportion to guitar solos having become verboten, to some extent, in underground music circles.
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Postby Minotaur029 on Tue Feb 13, 2007 5:40 pm

I was writing music on a Squier Strat (my brother's first guitar) when I was in the 'burbs this weekend...cheap as hell, old as hell...still, I was amazed by what a fine guitar it is (for what it is).

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Postby Marsupialized on Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:16 pm

hate the strat, hate everything about the strat
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Postby Antero on Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:22 pm

hogrot wrote:they sound too thin.
The word you're looking for is "funky."
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Postby garble on Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:32 pm

Antero wrote:
hogrot wrote:they sound too thin.
The word you're looking for is "funky."


D. Boon, Andy Gill?
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Postby a. james on Tue Feb 13, 2007 7:46 pm

garble wrote:
Antero wrote:
hogrot wrote:they sound too thin.
The word you're looking for is "funky."


D. Boon, Andy Gill?


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Postby mr.arrison on Tue Feb 13, 2007 7:50 pm

garble wrote:
Antero wrote:
hogrot wrote:they sound too thin.
The word you're looking for is "funky."


D. Boon, Andy Gill?


Didn't D. Boon mostly play a Tele and a Gibson Melody Maker?

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And Andy Gill a Yamaha SG2000 during the early years (you know- the ones before Return this Gift?)

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I know he had a Strat copy that he'd beat up for Anthrax. Either way when he played that SG2000, it was waaay nice.

Strats are common, boring and usually only sound good in one position. Play 35 of them and you might find a really nice one. Plus there has to be a median between Hendrix and thin-wispiness. I haven't found it on a Strat.

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Postby Angus Jung on Tue Feb 13, 2007 7:55 pm

garble wrote:D. Boon, Andy Gill?

D. Boon was a Tele man. I could be wrong but I don't think he ever played a Strat.

On the footage from "The Tour," he is playing a Les Paul, which I think he was borrowing from Curt Kirkwood.

And anyway, I don't think D. Boon's guitar tone should really be held up as any kind of a model. He went for that severe treble because the Minutemen wanted exaggeratedly clear delineations between guitar and bass.

It worked for him and his band.

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Postby scott on Tue Feb 13, 2007 8:03 pm

I'm pretty sure I've seen Andy Cohen play both Strats and Les Pauls. I don't think I've ever heard him sound anything other than very, very good.

I have a strat copy that has been severly modified. I played it for years. It worked. I'm a fan of the single-coil neck pickup sound, which strats can do. To try and say that a strat with the neck pickup on sounds thin, that suggests not knowing what a strat with just the neck pickup on sounds like.
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