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Hardtail Strats

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by AaeCee, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. AaeCee

    AaeCee Member

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    I rarely see them, and have never heard or played one. Anyone with experience with one? What are the differences in tone, feel? Which HT bridge (vintage/modern) is preferred, etc. Think I wanna have one. Thanks! AC
     
  2. matte

    matte Senior Member

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    I had a "54. It had a lil bit of Tele to the bridge PU. If you don't use/require a whammy, it's one H E double hockeystick of a guitfiddle.

    Check out the FCS Robert Crays. I've played several and they all rocked.
     
  3. SgtThump

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    I really prefer hardtail Strats over the tremolo version. They sound more "solid" and don't have that springy "reverb like" sound that trem Strats have. I don't know how to describe it really, but I definitely like the tone more.
     
  4. playon

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    I've owned a couple of hardtails, a '57 and a '63, and I used to swear by them, the '57 being my main guitar for about ten years. But after a while I decided it isn't the real strat tone... you need that big steel block. The HTs can sound a bit doinky (for lack of a better word) and bright. But, they stay in tune great, and cut through the mix a little better. And, they go for cheaper because most guys don't want them.
     
  5. Heliman

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    I have an Agile Swamp Ash hardtail:
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    I have since replaced the Korean HSS pups with Fender Vintage Noiseless SSS and a new pickguard and electronics.

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    The control knobs have to go!

    It has it's own sound due to not having the springs, levers, and other associated hardware of the tremolo. The sound is more focused, brighter, and has considerably more sustain.

    Unfortunately the guitar is no longer available from Agile.
    Personally, I like the sound and it is definitely one of my "keepers".
     
  6. 1959burst

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] not a reissue not a recreation..........the real deal.........sorry not forsale
     
  7. TheArchitect

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    The maroon strat on the left is a killer 98 hardtail with Fat 50's pickups
     
  8. slipperyfingers

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    I owned this one for 25 years...I think they have a more biting sound. I wish I still had it. Would a hardtail have been a custom order?

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  9. matte

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    I had a "63 Strat in that exact same colour. Was that originally LPB? What colour is the guitar under the pickguard?
     
  10. blackburncustom

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    Hi,
    I've made a ton of Hardtail strats, as I actually prefer them. I don't care for trems, and I know I'm opening my self up here, but I believe the hardtails actually sound better. More wood? Fewer intonation problems? Less compromising of the body? Don't know, but they sure sound great with a nice set of Chubtones or Van Zandts.
    Peace,
    Dave
     
  11. 1959burst

    1959burst boogieman

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    matte it is sherwood green metallic.
     
  12. avalonpb

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    Have several of both -much prefer the hardtails. better tone and sustain.
     
  13. arriba

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    Well, I have a Lentz-S Hardtail, a very, very serious guitar!!!!!


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  14. AaeCee

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    Arriba, that's incredible! Let me know if you ever tire of it. SWEEEET!! AC
     
  15. playon

    playon Supporting Member

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    Sherwood Green, exactly like the first strat I ever bought, but mine was a tremelo model. I paid $125 for it and then stripped off the finish and painted it white. That ugly metallic khaki-green color didn't go with any of my outfits... :eek:
     
  16. TattooedCarrot

    TattooedCarrot Supporting Member

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    I prefer hardtails too, I never use the trem anyway. I've owned a few, but mostly I just block the trem with a piece of wood and make a hardtail out of it.
     
  17. blind radish

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    I bought a 54 MIJ 80s strat on the bay last year not realizing it was a hardtail, when I got it I was pleasantly suprised. The model also has a 3-way switch and a NICE soft V neck.

    It strings through the back via ferrules .... I think the tone is superior. Overall ... feel and sound are fabulous .... ( and all for $375 ... which, at the time, I thought was a tad high)

    Unplugged, it just seems to resonate better than my trem-bodied strats ... all of which I have blocked with wood.
     

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