Something with humbuckers..............

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  1. major-minor

    major-minor Member

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    I'm a strat/tele guy. Always have been. Lately thinking I'd like to have something with humbuckers-----just for a different flavor.

    Would an SG be a good choice for someone used to Fender guitars? Found a nice used 61 reissue (Les Paul) that I like. It seems to have a slightly "brighter" humbucker sound.

    Does that make sense? Opinions appreciated.
     
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    I think so. In the midst of a tele binge, I fell in love with a white 2013 SG standard. Love em
     
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  3. 1973Marshall

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    Surprisingly I would say a 335 is the best choice for a Fender guy. The airy quality and versatile tone gives you the classic humbucker tone but with just enough twang and funk to help you relate to your Fenderness.
     
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    I certainly like the looks of a 335 better than the SG.
     
  5. GCDEF

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    SGs and Fenders have a very different feel to them. SGs are great guitars, but if you're used to Fenders, you may want to look at one of the Fender or G&L HH style Telecasters.
     
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    I'd play some before choosing. I'd probably also suggest a Les Paul or something very Gibson - jump in with both feet. If you were going the other direction (used to playing LPs and wanting to get into Fenders) - I wouldn't be suggesting that you get a set neck mahogany Tele with humbuckers to "ease into it" - you want to experience whats great about the difference. I'd be advising you to get an ash body, maple board and classic single coil guitar.
     
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    As someone whos played Fenders for years, the "best" humbucker guitar for a Fender guy is the PRS DGT. The neck and trem make you feel right at home, but the tone is oh so sweet. Big, fat, and twangy.
     
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    It's really worth spending some time with an LP. I ultimately didn't get along with that style of guitar, but I learned a lot about what a guitar can be in the non Fender vein, good and bad.
     
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    I think I can adjust to the feel. Ironically-----I just do not care for the way a Les Paul feels. The SG's thinner body appeals to me more. I also like the PRS feel , and have not ruled one of those out.

    Humbuckers just always seem alittle "muddy" to me. I suppose I'm just used to single coils. I'd like a bucker guitar that I'm able to get a brighter sound out of----yet still maintaining that humbucker tone.

    I need tone controls that will give me a nice sweep so that I'm able to bring in some highs when I want.
     
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    As far as mud goes, the pickups are the more important variable. Go with a low wind PAF type humbucker and you'll be impressed with the treble clarity available. Nothing wrong with SGs at all, I personally don't find them as comfortable or to have the sounds I like as reliably as with Les Pauls. Make sure you get one with 500K (or higher) pots to get all the available treble on tap.
     
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    This one has Classic 57's. Not sure about the pots.

    There is also a very nice Gibson Midtown Classic with Burstbuckers that I'm tempted to explore some more. Any thoughts on the Midtown?
     
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    Good choice. Another would be a PRS 'Paul's Guitar' (if you're willing to spend a bit more), which comes with their version of mini-hums. And don't forget that SG's also come with P-90's, which bridge the humbucker/single coil gap to a degree.
     
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    I've always been a Fender guy, but recently I picked up a new Gretsch Electromatic Pro Jet and it has been a very smooth transition. It is quickly becoming one of my main players; I can only imagine how good the Duo Jet is. The Gretsch Filtertrons have great brightness and a lot of snap.
     
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    Buy this before i do something very bad.

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    Don't rule out a S or T style with 'buckers. Different than short-scale guitars. Best of both worlds, IMO. The 25.5" scale length makes a significant difference in note clarity and separation.
     
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    Danocaster Mongrel. Been wanting one myself a long time. Bridge humbucker/ P90 neck in a telecaster! :drink
     
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    How about a used Toronado? It's like Fender's version of the SG, more or less. There were various iterations, and the one pictured looks like a 2004.

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    Just go full throttle: having a strat, a tele, and a les paul are what it's all about!
     
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    There's the physical feel of the body & neck. Then there's the tone. If you like the Tele feel, then get a Tele-shape with humbuckers. My Chapin Hawk has the humbucker sound but with some snap. There's also the foil humbucker.
     

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