Am I facing my Eric Clapton moment?

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  1. Custom50

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    You're a guitar player. Eventually you will get bored and want to try something new. It's one of the unwritten rules of the universe.
     
  2. Davepitt11

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    I've always felt like strats are just easy and comfortable to play. I remember picking up a PRS after hearing how everything about them was designed for players, and I played it for a couple minutes and was like "Nope, still like the feel of a standard strat better (it was a cheaper model PRS and I'm not talking about sound, only feel/playability).

    I like LPs and teles and someday I want a 335, but I'll always keep a strat around too.
     
  3. trower

    trower Silver Supporting Member

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    I say more power to ya!

    ...just please don't follow that honking, muffled, fuzz with a dying battery, tone knob on zero sound!!!
     
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    This sounds an awful lot like me, too. I found consolation, however, in a PRS Custom 24. Has the great humbucker sound and you can split coils, even though that doesn't deliver the quack of a Strat. I think it was Gilmour that said he thought that a Strat allowed a player to create a recognizable style and sound like no other guitar. I'm inclined to believe that, but I do love humbuckers singing through a good tube amp. I think there's a place for both configurations in all of our stables. Some tunes require the Strat, others maybe not. Your post made me chuckle. Thanks.
     
  5. epauley

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    I own Gibsons, PRSs and Fenders. If I was forced to choose only one to keep, it would be one of my Strats.
     
  6. shane8

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    I prefer the ergos of S types & don't play anything that's not close to that.

    with so many pickup options why not pick a platform that works for you & alter it if you must with different pickups? ....... close enough for r&r :D
     
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  7. BADHAK

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    I mostly play my two Les Pauls these days but have been a vintage style Strat player in the past. I recently got a 73 Strat with Tonerider Pure Vintage pickups that sounds amazing. ......can do sweet cleans AND killer rock tones to rival a SG. But, it desperately needs a refret to make it playable for me and I hate 60 cycle hum at gigs. So I'll keep it around for when I want the Blackmore tones but for the time being I'm very happy rockin my LP's.
     
  8. ned7flat5

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    As Jimmy Bruno says “they invented modal jazz so junkies could improvise...”
     
  9. jwguitar

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    I cannot say I ever went though that phase with my guitars. I always used Humbucker LP style guitars or ES-335 style guitars (mostly from Japan) But I get the fact of having a revelation of something working better for you. For me I realized a few years ago I like active pickups. Who would have thought they would be a great jazz guitar pickup!
     
  10. BlueRiff

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    Les Paul from the beginning. Strats and Teles always seem to bounce off of me. Though I really love their sounds - in the hands of other guitar players.
     
  11. Blooby

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    Now that's a provocative band title. Even works with the emojis.

    Not to derail the thread, but have you guys heard his tone in this? Great version.

     
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    Blackmoreguitar Silver Supporting Member

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    I played strats for years, and started playing a hum bucker guitar to fill out the sound a bit in a 3 piece band. Nowadays I have a Les Paul, Strat, Tele and PRS guitars. I really want an HSS Strat, and have been looking at Suhrs, cos I've wanted a Suhr for ages now. However I have a second strat which is hanging up on the wall behind me; it is routed for a bridge humbucker, and little does it know that I am plotting to convert it to HSS. MWAHAHAHAHA
     
  13. LeicaBossNJ

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    I understand the feeling. When I picked up a PRS Custom 24, I couldn't believe how easy it was to play.

    Ruined me.

    I play other stuff for variety, etc. but should probably just stick to the PRS
     
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    The problem with this conversation is that it involves strats :) real single coil bolt on neck enjoyment is only found in the lowly Telecaster. :)
     
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  15. Yooper

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    Strats are great, love their sound, but don't fit me as a primary guitar. Strat necks never felt right. Always preferred LP and Semi styles. Then in the '90s I had my "Danny Gatton Moment" and fell in love with a Tele. The Strat rarely saw daylight after that.
     
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    I resemble that remark! :hide I had my Roy Buchanan moment in '72... or was it '71...
     
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    I also wrote an album to try and steal another man's wife... lol
     
  18. Stratburst70

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    My first good guitar was a 1977 Tele back when no one would touch them with a barge pole. I loved everything about that guitar except that it weighed approximately 12 pounds.

    I eventually traded it for a player-grade 1959 Les Paul Junior, which I played long enough to realize that perhaps bringing it to club gigs was probably not a good idea if I wanted to keep it. By that point, I had enough money to buy an LP Standard and keep the Junior.

    Despite multiple hassles with the LP (lousy plastic nut, 300k pots, etc), I gigged that guitar until 2005, when I found a used Strat loaded with Kinman Woodstock pickups. As soon as I began gigging that Strat, everyone said, “That’s your sound!”

    I have other guitars but I gig with a Strat about 90% of the time.
     
  19. douglennon

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    I started as a strat guy (because of SRV of cource), did a lot of research and tried to find the best strat for myself. One day I played a Gibson LP reissue and all of sudden became and LP guy, then did lots of research again and ended up with couple reissues and even a replica.

    After all,

    I am broke.
     
  20. The Interceptor

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    Water under the bridge update.

    Much has passed: in a moment of madness, I sold my HS(mini)H Strat to get a Tele. Nothing wrong with a Tele, everyone needs one, but I immediately missed my Strat. So I acquired a Player SSS Strat. The Player Strat was ripper, great value for money, but I missed the wider nut, jumbo frets and humblaster in the bridge. So back to a US HSS Strat (now an American Performer). This time around, the pickups make more sense - its like Fender designed/selected them for a Strat (who would have thought!).

    Anyway, I'm back to a rock solid US HSS Strat. I am convinced I play this guitar "better" than my Gibsons, and the compromise in higher gain tones is acceptable to me. The Strat lacks a bit of chunk offered by the Gibsons under high gain, and the Strat can't cop a flutely high gain neck humburgler tone, but again, the compromise works for me. I can still get great Strat 3/4/5 tones (2 is not as pure with the split humpotato).

    Thus it appears I am increasing becoming a Strat fan.
     
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