Are my strat days over?

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  1. Wiz-ski

    Wiz-ski Member

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    I used to play nothing but a stratocaster....for a good 15 years.

    I realized today, since I've been playing with my band - about 10 months now - I haven't picked up the strat once. No desire to.

    Are my strat days over? Has anybody gone through this as well?
     
  2. Nada

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    probably not. what are you turning to these days?
     
  3. Wiz-ski

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    Yep. You're through, Wiz-ski. No more strat for you. NEXT!!

    No seriously, I've never been one to collect bunches of guitars personally and don't have much turnover when it comes to gear; I keep one Strat and one Les Paul at home, so between the two guitars I can get pretty much whatever toanz I want for my straight-ahead rock and roll, praise and worship, guitar boy goodness. lol

    I've used this analogy on TGP before with limited success: I consider the strat my CAT, and the les paul is my DOG. If I need it to bark, the les paul will do it; but if I'm patient with the cat, spend a lot of time with it and get past all the frustrations of how finicky it can be, then I think I have a friend for life. Maybe a little cheesy to anyone who doesn't have pets, and still cheesy even then.

    edit - Nothing wrong with a good tele or casino.
     
  5. weshunter

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    i was a strat guy for a long time and switched to tele's -- i still have my strat (although it's currently on the emporium), and even though I really like the way it sounds, I just always end up reaching for the tele.
     
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    I just came to the same conclusion. I have 2 Strats now and hardly ever play them. I play the HSS one every so often but never touch the SSS.
    I've been playing 37 years and my first good guitar was a Strat (a 1963!). I've always had at least one around and have always tried to get along with the single coils but I always end up ripping them out in favor of humbuckers.
    I'm going to sell off the SSS Strat I have now and not look back. It's a great guitar but it's going to waste.

    It's PRS's and LP's from here on out for me.
     
  7. Iceman63

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    I was the opposite....played nothing but humbucker guitars for many years. But I think this was because of the style of music I was always playing. Once I started playing at church, I started picking up single coil guitars and have really grown to like strats. But again, it just depends on what style of music I'm playing at the time. I still play humbuckers a lot as well. We play so many styles of music. I've had a couple of Tele's too. Now I'm down to two strats, and a Reverend Buckshot for my single coil guitars, oh and my McCarty soapbar. But that's more in between of course.
     
  8. stratotastic

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    I did the same thing. Turned out it pretty much depended on the amp I was using at the time. Ended up with a string of bright amps (mostly Fenders and Mesas) that resulted in my switching over to mainly SGs and Les Pauls for a few years after about 20 yrs with nothing but Strat. Now I have a Marshall again (4104) and I'm back to my trusty old Strat as well as my Tele. In fact, I'm thinking about upgrading to a better Strat. I just like the single coils through the Marshall better than humbuckers, but when my Mesa (Mark V) comes out, it's always a Les Paul.
     
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    I've been going back and forth between Strats and 335's for almost 40 years. It's nice to change to every once in a while. My last run with a Strat was 15 years. I actually been playing a 339 for last 4 years. I always take a Strat as a back up though.
     
  10. Shiny McShine

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    Yep, you're done. Here's the normal progression from beginner to expert:


    1. Pointy humbucker guitar with a cheezy modeler amp and a multi-FX.
    2. LP type humbucker guitar into pedals with a Marshall like amp and some pedals.
    3. Strat into Marshall or Big Fender with lots of pedals.
    4. Same but the modulationi pedals start to disappear (phasers, flangers, univibes, etc.)
    5. Tele into a Deluxe with lots of pedals.
    6. Same but just an echo now.
    7. Tele into Deluxe without any pedals.
    8. Acoustic guitar or mandolin bluegrass.
     
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    I'm crushed.....
     
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    I think every guitar player that plays a strat for extended periods never really walks away. A good strat is a helluva good weapon, and its nice to break up monotonous streaks. I do have one that I'm selling, because it doesn't ever get play time, but I'll never get rid of my Am Deluxe.
     
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    My cat loves the hell out of me, she will cry and open doors just to sit on my neck while i type. My strat feels the same way.
     
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    I've seen myself go through a similar progression, except I'm not expert, I still suck.
     
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    Have sort of gone through the same evolution though I still love my Tele tho...recently picked up a Schecter C-1 Plus and cant put it down. Best neck on a guitar I've played though it needed a pickup upgrade which I'm about to do.
     
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    If it's been 10 months and you haven't touched it, it's time to let it go. I had five Strats at one point, and then said to myself, "This is ridiculous. Who needs five of these things? Not me." I sold four of them and kept my favorite, which is now my open G 5-string guitar. No regrets about getting rid of them. I realized I'm much happier playing anything else but Strats. I'm kind of anti-Strat at this point, and have been for years, because there are just too many of them around. I much prefer my Jazzmaster and Telecaster on the Fender side, and Les Pauls, SGs and my Flying V on the Gibson end.

    Dump the Strat.
     
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    I've been playing a Strat as my primary guitar for years. Recently bought an LP, though I usually have a humbucker equipped guitar around. Will always go back and forth with different guitars depending on what the mood is.

    Steve
     
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    I played a Strat exclusively for many years from the mid 80's until the late 90's. I've now gone back to my Les Paul and have discovered the Telecaster. Yes, my Strat days are done. I wouldn't be surprised if it is happening to you as well.
     
  19. Scott57

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    Same here and I'm at Step 7.
     
  20. Shiny McShine

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    Me too. I'm into a Gemini with a couple of pedals and often play the blues jams with just my Strat and a Gemini. I own a Tele and I'm starting to use it more and more.
     

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