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The best electric guitar

Post 41

Heyfrey

Ibanez also makes the lower end Cimar. Great lttle guitars. Personally,and I know I'm dating myself,I play a Les Paul into a JCM800 & a 4x12. With the right pedal you can ge any tone you want. Peace!!


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Post 42

Tonsil Revenge (PG)

What sort of Les Paul?
What kind of tubes are you running?
And what sort of pedal are you using?


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Post 43

Twenty-First Century Schizoid Man

yeah, gibson les pauls are the best guitars.


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Post 44

Heyfrey

In response to Tonsil Revenge:A Standard that I picked up at a pawn shop in 1984,Sovtek 6L6's & an Ibanez Tube Screamer for the crunch,also I use a DOD FX65 Stereo Chorus.Sometimes I use others that friends lend me to try.There are so many different pedals nowadays it's hard to choose ,but I still prefer my Tube Screamer. Altough,recently a friend turned me on to a Hot Plate, I think it was the Red but I'm not sure. Peace.


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Post 45

Tonsil Revenge (PG)

Does the JCM800 have a solid state pre-amp or a 12AX7?

Is the Standard the one with the v-type neck or the half-bat?
I can't remember if the Standard has the old full body or the thinner seventies style.

What strings are you using?


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Post 46

Heyfrey

I'll go in order: 12AX7,halfbat,full body,D'Addario XL 10's right now.I try different strings alot. Still have decided which are best. Any suggestions? Peace


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Post 47

Tonsil Revenge (PG)

I like D'Addarios very much. I've used their jazz/rock flatwounds for years.
I use their medium acoustic strings for my daughter's Ibanez folk model, also.
The Gibson brand strings are pretty good.
I used .09 Stay In Tune strings for years, with the .09 replaced with an .13 because I had a G&L Cavalier then and the high E would slip off the neck if it was too thin.

How are you doing with the Tune-a-matic bridge?
The few Gibsons I've played, I had a little problem with the height screws and those little wedge thingies that the string rides over.

I like the old wrap-around Jr. bridge with the intonation ridges cast in the bridge.


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Post 48

Heyfrey

I've never had a problem with the bridge. I don't beat the hell out of the strings like a lot of the young player today. Besides, it seems like all everyone wants to play is power pop. Their guitars have one pickup and a volume knob and they play with no creativity. Sorry, I'm ranting now. It just pisses me off about how music is today. Lack of orginality!Period!Anyway,back to the subject at hand.Have you ever tried Martin Marquis on your daughters acoustic.Very nice strings. And as we have a new shop in town that offers 3 for 1 strings, I think it's time to stock up. Peace.


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Post 49

DrClayForrester

Steinbergers were great guitars when Ned Steinberger still owned the factory in New Jersey, but Gibson has since purchased the company, and they just aren't the same instruments. The originals (with the exception of the M-Series guitars) were all one-piece composite plastic with a snap-on faceplate. The current models use wood for the bodies and the composite for the necks. The sound just isn't like it used to be.

I will say this, though: the Trans-Trem bridge was, and still is, the best innovation to electric guitars since they first came on the market. Not only could you lock down the tremolo bridge in various different keys (I think it dropped down to C# and as high as A). You could also use the bar like a slide. If you struck a chord and pressed down the bar, it dropped in pitch as the whole chord. Anyone who has ever used a Floyd Rose and tried to do the same thing knows exactly how painful it is to hear a chord go out of tune.

All the best,
Derek
(DCF)


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Post 50

DrClayForrester

Les Pauls sound nice, but they weigh a ton. Try standing up for four hours with one of those monsters hanging around your neck...

All the best,
Derek
(DCF)


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Post 51

Tonsil Revenge (PG)

According to some, the Hohner licensed copies of the Steinberger are the nearest thing to an original these days outside of an Ed Roman custom guitar.

I have found weight in a guitar to be relative.
My main complaint with 'Pauls is they are bottom-heavy.
My first homemade electric was considered way too heavy by many people, so I shaved an inch off the back. This was not enough for them, but I didn't care, I was the one playing it.

A properly balanced body design can mitigate weight to some extent.

Sometimes a little density is good for the tone.
My first was made of a slab of mahogany.
It had two single coils.
My second is made of apparently marine grade plywood and has voids all through it from the previous pickups and Floyd Rose.
It has a single humbucker.


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Post 52

Twenty-First Century Schizoid Man

so you make electric guitars? awesome!


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Post 53

DrClayForrester

What I wouldn't give to be competent enough to build my own guitar...


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Post 54

saucytbag

the best has to be the gibson les paul...its sweet smiley - smiley


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Post 55

Tonsil Revenge (PG)

Welll....
every few years I wear the frets down on my last homemade instrument and I start thinking about slapping together another one.

This time I am in the process of gathering parts.
I have a neck and several possibilities for bodies.
I haven't yet decided which pickup or switching possibilities I am going to use, but I have a strong suspicion that it will be as bone stick stupid as possible.


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Post 56

Tonsil Revenge (PG)

Which Les Paul?
The name has been used to describe or label so many items.
The SG was once upon a time called a Les Paul by the Gibsonites.

The Gibson company has had thin, thick, curved, carved, lightened, active, low impedence, solid plank, laminated, capped, painted, stripped, single coiled, double coiled, two pickup, three pickup, single cutaway, original reproduction, vintage copy and plain old flavor of the week Les Pauls. They even had some thing called "The Paul"...

Pleh.


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Post 57

Heyfrey

Well said Tosil!!!!


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Post 58

Dented

You've mentioned some very good guitars in this thread, but still have not discovered the best electric guitar ever made. I am referring of course to the Paul Reed Smith McCarty with soapbar pickups. Many guitar players who share a love of these fine instruments are living with one kidney, having exchanged the other one for the guitar. Try one and you too will have surgury!


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Post 59

Tonsil Revenge (PG)

I would agree with you up to a point.
The newer PRS's have a neck heel like a wedgie shoe.
Many PRS fans prefer the older profile.
Rumour has it that the increasing use of CGI in the PRS process has led to a clunkiness that would have been unthinkable years ago.

The finest guitar I ever owned was the G&L Cavalier.
Lost it to a pawn shop during an unemployed period.


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Post 60

DrClayForrester

Ah... Unemployment. The bane of every "working" musician. I've lost more than my share of instruments and amplifiers to the pawn shops over the years. Fortunately, though, I've managed to keep my hands on a few that meant something special to me.

As for my own personal favorite guitar, I would have to say that the Ernie Ball/Music Man EVH model was the most comfortable, best sounding guitar I've ever played, although the Fender SRV Stratocaster came an EXTREMELY close second, especially for its unique sound. Nothing in the world can sound like a Strat...

DCF


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