Am I facing my Eric Clapton moment?

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.
 

trower

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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!!!
 

jekylmeister

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I've always been a Gibson kind of guy, with various Les Pauls and SGs. Initially it was knock-off Ibanezs and Epiphones, and then as my disposable income grew I got my Gibsons - current a couple of LPs and a SG.

In parallel with this I've tried to get into Strats but I never hung onto them for long. I got my current Strat a few years ago and converted it to HSS (or HS-minihum) in search of the holy grail of a Swiss Army guitar that can do quack and heavy saturated tones. I've always liked those Dave Murray / Mick Mars type of Strats, but I wanted classic Strat tones too. After a few years, I have come to find that it does a pretty good job of straddling the divide, and I've really come to enjoy the feel of the guitar (jumbo frets don't do any harm).

What is concerning these days is that I suspect I play better guitar on my Strat. Thus I find myself wondering if I will go all-Strat.

The difference with Clapton is that (a) I don't have any discernible talent, and (b) no-one will lament about the great tone I had back in my Gibson days. On the other hand, they won't complain about me losing a decade or two with addiction either, so there is that.

On balance, I will probably drive on both sides of the road. But it is interesting to think about.
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.
 

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.
 

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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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.
 

jwguitar

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I've always been a Gibson kind of guy, with various Les Pauls and SGs. Initially it was knock-off Ibanezs and Epiphones, and then as my disposable income grew I got my Gibsons - current a couple of LPs and a SG.

In parallel with this I've tried to get into Strats but I never hung onto them for long. I got my current Strat a few years ago and converted it to HSS (or HS-minihum) in search of the holy grail of a Swiss Army guitar that can do quack and heavy saturated tones. I've always liked those Dave Murray / Mick Mars type of Strats, but I wanted classic Strat tones too. After a few years, I have come to find that it does a pretty good job of straddling the divide, and I've really come to enjoy the feel of the guitar (jumbo frets don't do any harm).

What is concerning these days is that I suspect I play better guitar on my Strat. Thus I find myself wondering if I will go all-Strat.

The difference with Clapton is that (a) I don't have any discernible talent, and (b) no-one will lament about the great tone I had back in my Gibson days. On the other hand, they won't complain about me losing a decade or two with addiction either, so there is that.

On balance, I will probably drive on both sides of the road. But it is interesting to think about.
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!
 

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.
 

Blackmoreguitar

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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
 

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
 

griggsterr

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I've always been a Gibson kind of guy, with various Les Pauls and SGs. Initially it was knock-off Ibanezs and Epiphones, and then as my disposable income grew I got my Gibsons - current a couple of LPs and a SG.

In parallel with this I've tried to get into Strats but I never hung onto them for long. I got my current Strat a few years ago and converted it to HSS (or HS-minihum) in search of the holy grail of a Swiss Army guitar that can do quack and heavy saturated tones. I've always liked those Dave Murray / Mick Mars type of Strats, but I wanted classic Strat tones too. After a few years, I have come to find that it does a pretty good job of straddling the divide, and I've really come to enjoy the feel of the guitar (jumbo frets don't do any harm).

What is concerning these days is that I suspect I play better guitar on my Strat. Thus I find myself wondering if I will go all-Strat.

The difference with Clapton is that (a) I don't have any discernible talent, and (b) no-one will lament about the great tone I had back in my Gibson days. On the other hand, they won't complain about me losing a decade or two with addiction either, so there is that.

On balance, I will probably drive on both sides of the road. But it is interesting to think about.
The problem with this conversation is that it involves strats :) real single coil bolt on neck enjoyment is only found in the lowly Telecaster. :)
 

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.
 

ucnick

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Signs of the impending apocalypse:
1. I started to like Fender guitars.
2. I started to like maple necks.
3. I - gulp - started to like Teles.
Your journey to the dark side has just begun...
I resemble that remark! :hide I had my Roy Buchanan moment in '72... or was it '71...
 

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.
 

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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.
 
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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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