Afternoon at Guitar Center

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by bilbal, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. bilbal

    bilbal Member

    Feb 8, 2007
    I have been posting a bunch of info seek type threads about different guitars lately. They have gotten a bunch of great replies, thanks all. This afternoon I went to GC with a couple friends and tried out some of the guitars I have been asking about.


    I played a Jaguar exactly like the one pictured this afternoon. I will start by saying it was very well built, balanced, and comfortable. I dug the neck pup a lot. The switching and circuit (lead, rhythm) thing is confusing. My self, two friends, and two GC workers (whom were very cool) could not get the bridge pup working. We finally all agreed that it was broken. That said, none of us knew what the heck we were doing so it could very well have been us that didn't work. I loved the neck, the finish was flawless, and the chrome/black appointments were very cool looking. I would buy this guitar in a second - seriously. Had I not other pieces I am in the process of paying off, I would have walked out with it - considering the bridge pup was working of course. It is on my short list of future purchases.

    This afternoon's trip was to try out some of the guitars I have been asking questions about here lately. In no particular order, LP Traditional, (new) LP Standard, Jazzmaster, Jaguar, E.J. Strat, '57 Reissue Strat, American Standard Strat, and Road Worn 50s Strat...

    They didn't have the E.J. '57, or a Jazzmaster in stock so there will be no mention of them. The American Strat had the worst setup I have ever seen, completely crappy frets that are in desperate need of serious attention. I thought I was going to rip my fingers apart playing it so I hung it back up and didn't look at it again. I doubt I ever will honestly. There were sooooo many things wrong with that poor guitar. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED, the Road Worn 50's Strat. I really don't have an opinion about relics - until now that is!!!! This guitar was killer. The neck felt like something I have been playing for years (familiar) the 2nd and 4th positions were stunning. I spent most of my time between the two settings and working the volume. Oops I guess I should mention I was using a Supersonic combo to demo the guitars. The amp was pretty cool on it's own too. The cleans I was getting from the Road Worn into channel 1 of the Supersonic were sweet. Big, Fat, thick, creamy tones. The saturated tones were equally as cool. Like I mentioned 2nd and 4th position were great for the cleans while the full bridge and neck positions for the gain tones were inspiring. I wish I had more time to spend futzing around but there was a 5 year old molesting a Dean and Shredder Sam doing something to another Dean. Oh well...

    The Les Pauls were exceptional. The standard with it's new appointments was cool but the weight relief just felt weird. Weirder even then my Faded Standard felt when it first arrived. The balance just wasn't right. Sitting with it on my knee helped but it still felt strange. The Neutrik (sp?) input jack was odd but kinda cool. I liked that change/upgrade.

    The Traditional LP knocked me out. I loved everything about it from the first moment. The weight was perfect. Not light but not too, too heavy either. It just felt right. The finish was extraordinary, and it just felt solid. The tones that immediately jumped out of it were stunning. From the cleanest clean to a big biting roar. I loved it!!! As much as I loved the Jaguar, [the Traditional] was the clear winner today. That choice was easily made for me. I prefer the Traditional to the (new) Standard by leaps and bounds - no question!!!!

    More later as I let it absorb a bit and things come to me.

  2. markom89

    markom89 Senior Member

    Jun 7, 2006
    Sweet, man! The other guitarist in my band plays/owns that exact strat and he leaves it here so I've been playing with it every once in a while over the past month or two. Indeed it has a nice feel to it and the pickups sound great, I think. Very bright, punchy and big sounding guitar. Sounds great distorted! Only thing I don't like is that he uses 8's or 9's, which I can't stand.
  3. jazzandmetal?

    jazzandmetal? Supporting Member

    May 14, 2006
    Cool Bill, the Jaguar is a very nice and versatile guitar. Odd about the bridge pup though. There are a lot of switches on that one for sure!:rotflmao

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