Playability OR Tone???

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  1. M@tt C

    M@tt C Supporting Member

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    Say you had to chose between two virtually identical guitars, from the hardware right down to the setup (action, relief, etc)...one plays like buttah- bends are effortless, fretwork is perfect, everything just feels RIGHT...the other has amazing sustain and bloom- notes just hang there, dissolving into beautiful overtones, and the punch and clarity are amazing.

    The catch- the superb feeling and playing guitar sounds great, but not as good as the other, while the tone monster is average in playability in feel.

    Which one would you choose, and why?
     
  2. SFW

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    tone... I can tweek a guitar to my liking in terms of playability.
     
  3. cheesey

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    i like the tone , playability can be adapted.
     
  4. atquinn

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    Depends on how virtually identical the guitars are. If they are the same models with the same specs, I'd buy the better-sounding one and get it setup so it played as good as the other one.
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  5. Tonefish

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    I'd trade playability to get tone...to an extent.
     
  6. dspblues

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    How does the guitar sound unplugged? Ring well? If so, you can always upgrade electronics/pickups if it plays very comfortably. Honestly, unless it's a steal I'd look for something that has both. :)
     
  7. derekd

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    Tone first, playability second.
     
  8. buddastrat

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    I beat my hands up with the high action. why? for da tone.
     
  9. Strat58

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    HI tone man I still regretting not bying that other Les Paul, it was a black custom and was identical but only the neck had some finesh off. Stupid me bought the mint one, the other sounded much better but didn't looked some nice. Still after almost 25 years I regret it. Shoot I thought I was over it all :(
    Peace Strat58
     
  10. Help!I'maRock!

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    playability. i can dial in the tone. if it plays like cement, it doesn't matter how it sounds, you're never going to play it.
     
  11. George Johnson

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    I'd definitely go for the tone and dial the feel in.
     
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  13. Frankee

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    Let's make it unanimous..........
     
  14. Laroosco!

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    That amazing tone rarely ever comes from a guitar that I feel uncomfortable playing.
     
  15. novawind

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    ^ This. I'd much rather have a guitar that melted in my hands like butter.
     
  16. socalscott

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    It's much more important to sound mavalous, than to feel mavalous and you want to sound mavalous.

    But what about that feel that inspires you to play seemingly beyond yourself? Use that for playing not performing?

    Ever see a good git player with shyte tone? it's usually their amp and stomp box settings.
     
  17. ugacrow

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    Tone.

    I think it was Miles Davis who said something to the effect of, "It doesn't matter what notes you play. It matters what notes you don't play."
     
  18. MartinC

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    Playability ... then do what can be tone for the tone (pickups+great amp)
     
  19. RvChevron

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    It may not be my number one or live guitar but if a guitar has the tone that I really like, I'd keep it even if it doesn't play much to my likings. I'd still keep it and use it here and there.

    So to answer the question, I would choose tone over playability. If it plays real nice but doesn't have THE tone, I'd probably pass.
     
  20. Dirk Diggler

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    Tone above all! Then playability.
     

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