Chapin Stratahoula!!

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  1. Tag

    Tag Gold Supporting Member

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    After quite a layoff, I have been slowly starting to play again. I just wanted to say thnk you to Bill Chapin for making the finest sounding Strat I have ever played. You do not even have to plug it in. The entire body and neck resonate like the best acoustics. My buddy who was doing the Bruno Cowtipper/Fender 66 Pro reverb shootout with me was so taken with it, he could not put it down. I had to pretty much pry it out of his hands with Ruffles (My Catahoula leopard dog) growling at his side. No way a Catahoula is going to let a Stratahoula leave this house!
    Thanks Bill. The guitar is everything I was hoping for, and far,far more. What a great guitar!:)

    VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY, GOOD! :AOK
     
  2. Dana Olsen

    Dana Olsen Gold Supporting Member

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    FANTASTIC! Congrats Tag - I totally love Bill's guitars, you're a fortunate lad. I'm sure it will be "VERY VERY VERY GOOD" for you!

    Dana O.
     
  3. hawkeyeinexile

    hawkeyeinexile Silver Supporting Member

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    as the original and continuing owner of the first Strata-houla, i can not but agree ;)

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  4. big mike

    big mike Administrator Staff Member

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    Why weren't you playing?
     
  5. MikeP

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    Congrats on a great guitar!
    On a side note...............I clicked on your sig & listened to your playing.........Wow very very nice ! I Love your style.
     
  6. Tag

    Tag Gold Supporting Member

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    Hey Mike!
    Not ready to talk about that yet. Thanks for asking though! :) Back 100% now. VERY GOOD!
     
  7. Tag

    Tag Gold Supporting Member

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    :) :) :) :) :)
     
  8. scottcw

    scottcw Low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    One thing that Tag and I can agree on - Bill Chapin makes some of the finest guitars on this or any other planet.
     
  9. TaronKeim

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    Is there a particular reason why Bill's Stratahoula's aren't on his site? (I can take a guess, and if that is the reason why, pretend like I didn't ask, haha).

    I really like his takes on organic wood looks and individually spec'ing out each peice of wood to make an instrument that is more than the sum of it's parts, had a dream I played a Chapin last night... maybe it is fate.

    -TJK
     
  10. GAT

    GAT Gold Supporting Member

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    I have a Dakota Red Stratahoula, voiced for a thicker strat sound, It's my #1 strat now. Killer guitar. Yes Tag, very, very good!
     
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    57special Silver Supporting Member

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    Ruffles is a great name for a dog.
     
  12. Marty s Horne

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    Tag, glad you're back playing again and that Chapin looks (and I'm sure sounds) great.
     
  13. Mike

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    There are quite a few on mine. Two sections, one on T-Birds and Houlas, and one on Hawks and other whacky creations....

    Cheers,

    Mike
     
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    TDJMB Gold Supporting Member

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    I've always liked the Strat sound and wanted to play one but, for years, couldn't find one that I liked. Then I got my Chapin ...
     
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    Tag,
    Glad to hear that you are still diggin' it.

    TK- I was thinkin' of dumping the Houla model as I'm focusing in on Hawks and Devil dogs. Instead, I'm making 3-4 of them a year with each one being a particularly cool and unique piece. I love doing them as long as I don't get to where I'm not building anything else.
     
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    Thanks a lot Bill, that clears it up for me! Maybe one day I'll be in that lucky 3 or 4:D

    -TJK
     
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    My bud owns three strats but none of them are as chimey as my Stratohoula. Love the ringing piano tones and different sounds based on pup position.

    Bill does great work.
     
  18. TiEsQue

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    How so? What features make it thicker sounding?
     
  19. big mike

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    Bill's a freakin mad Scientist. Custom pickups and some other electronic wizardry, and he can and does voice and build for what you want, and stuff you didn't KNOW you wanted out of your guitar.

    Guru. I'm telling you. There's not a better S or T Type guitar on the planet, and look at his Hawk's and Devil Dogs...Whoa!!!
     
  20. AaeCee

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    So Stratahoula owners...they have a 24 3/4" scale length, right? How different do they sound vs. a standard strat? Always been interested in them but was unsure about the effect of the shorter scale. Thanks, AC
     

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