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Recommend a seriously versatile guitar for around 1000 bucks

BGrizzMayne

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I play in a cover band that plays everything- surf, country twang, 80's hair metal, hard rock, P&W, etc. etc.

Right now I'm playing a USA fat strat and getting a great variety of tones. But I've been really itching for a floyd rose again and have been thinking about making the strat my backup.

Anyone know of anything super versatile (probably SSH) that can literally cover all the basses? The closest thing that I've found to what I want is the Phil Collen jackson signature. But I'm not much of a fan of signature guitars or phil collen, but it's ssh and has a floyd.

What do you guys think? I'm essentially looking for a guitar that has a floyd rose, but I can also play country on it. I don't really want two humbuckers (I already have a dual humbucker equipped guitar anywho)

Just kind of trying to combine my strat's versatile with something a bit shreddier
 

BGrizzMayne

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Eh, I've thought about trying to get another USA strat and route a floyd onto it. I suppose I could warmoth, but putting together a guitar and hoping it plays well isn't that appealing to me.

It seems like every single guitar that has a SSH configuraton never has a floyd rose, hah.
 

brianr0131

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Used Parker Fly 2nd Gen with coil split. Got mine for about $1200 you can do a little better if you're patient
 

dspellman

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Carvin DC-145.
25" scale, 24 frets, neck-through construction superstrat with smooth neck/body transition, straight pull headstock (unless you pick a different headstock), HSH pickup configuration, very balanced guitar (I have several, but the newest is mahogany body and neck with a figured maple top). "Straight body sides." Standard fretboard is ebony.

Control configuration is a five-way, master volume and tone, plus a pair of coil tap miniswitches and a bridge pickup add-in switch. Extremely versatile, very fast. Can run equivalent of three single coils like a strat, or humbuckers like an LP (with the middle position of an LP duplicated by the neck-only selection on the five-way plus the bridge pickup add-in switch.
 

Waxhead

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I play in a cover band that plays everything- surf, country twang, 80's hair metal, hard rock, P&W, etc. etc.

Right now I'm playing a USA fat strat and getting a great variety of tones. But I've been really itching for a floyd rose again and have been thinking about making the strat my backup.

Anyone know of anything super versatile (probably SSH) that can literally cover all the basses? The closest thing that I've found to what I want is the Phil Collen jackson signature. But I'm not much of a fan of signature guitars or phil collen, but it's ssh and has a floyd.

What do you guys think? I'm essentially looking for a guitar that has a floyd rose, but I can also play country on it. I don't really want two humbuckers (I already have a dual humbucker equipped guitar anywho)

Just kind of trying to combine my strat's versatile with something a bit shreddier

By far THe most versatile guitar I've ever seen or heard is a Gretsch Jet with Filtertrons & bigsby. Has no Floyd Rose but everything else. Far more versatile than any Strat or Tele or an ES-335 - it covers every base fantastic.


http://www.gretschguitars.com/products/index.php?partno=2400400806
 

Gandalf5150

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I'm in a similar position to yourself. I've just got a 90s Ibanez RG550 (£220 incl moulded hard case) I'll be fitting low output PAF style HBs which I'm gonna wire so I can split em. And of course it's got the floyd.
 

bob-i

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You're not gonna get more versitle that a fat strat. If it's the Floyd you want, either add a Floyd or get one with a Floyd but tonally the fat strat is the most copied design ever for good reason.
 

Fro68

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For $1000 you can find a new/used American Deluxe Strat HSS with the roller nut. It's not a Floyd but with the locking tuners and roller nut you can dive bomb away.
 

ultradust

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Save up the bucks and work with the workhorse you've got, says me. Might as well mention that routing an MIA Standard for a Floyd Rose brings tears to my eyes.

Since easily-reversible mods can be a plus for a guitar with decent resale value, I'd simply suggest adding an SD or Kent Armstrong (a great value) Hot Rail to your Am Standard in bridge position plus a good ol' push-pull 500k pot. A well-setup Strat trem can hold it's own quite well for most of the genre's you've mentioned, and you'd have a monster in your hands.

If you've really got to have a Floyd, then I'll gladly shut up. :rockin
 

Pietro

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you can't play country on a guitar with a Floyd Rose. It is against International Law.

If you don't HAVE to have a Floyd, and play in a cover band, I think the Variax JTV 69 is the ultimate cover band guitar in that range.
 

GCDEF

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You could get a Blacktop Strat with a Floyd for $500. It comes with H-H, but you could swap the pickguard and put any configuration you want in it and come in well under $1,000.
 

IPLAYLOUD

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Killer humbuckers, phase switch, BCC control. Reverend Reeves Gabrels II. He just joined The Cure.

 






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