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#2462835 - 01/14/13 06:12 PM A revelation
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Had a 2 nighter gig last weekend. Took my LP and my old Strat. I've come to favor the LP sonically, especially while I still had the Mesa. Now that I'm back to my old Gibson 6L6 amp in the Fender cab, I'm more reliant on pedals for sound coloration, as there is no real gain stack in my old PTP amp, nor reverb, nor anything remotely modern. What it does have is massive headroom and bottom end.

Broke a string on the LP and switched to the Strat. Turns out the pedal array and settings were more compatible with the Strat. I'm not usually one to leave the fx on and use the guitar's volume control to clean up the sound for rhythm passages, but no better axe exists for this method than a good Strat. I put Tele knobs on this one long ago, and plan on doing the same with my newer Strat and my V. I fell back in love with this old workhorse all over again, and the LP stayed in the case for most of Friday night and all of Saturday night. I missed the 22nd fret on the LP for a couple of tunes, but not enough to put the Strat away. I've owned this axe for 34 years, and the shiny novelty had worn off long ago, but I seem to have tapped into forgotten nuances of just how great this guitar is. The LP is still safe in the herd, but the Strat's gonna see a lot more stage time for the next good while!

My point: Dig out your old axes and show them some love! It's worth it!
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#2462843 - 01/14/13 07:21 PM Re: A revelation [Re: Bluesape]
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Always good to bring two guitars to the gig just in case you break a string or worse yet, you drop her on the headstock (ouch!)...Having a spare is a good thing, esepecially if it's a Strat. Both LP's and Strats are great guitars and it's great to hear you got reunited...

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#2462854 - 01/14/13 09:54 PM Re: A revelation [Re: Larryz]
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You never know what you'll find when you revisit an old axe.
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#2462895 - 01/15/13 07:29 AM Re: A revelation [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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And strapping on a spare axe is quicker than replacing a broken string. But you'd HAVE to deal with THAT if you break a string on the SPARE!
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#2462898 - 01/15/13 07:34 AM Re: A revelation [Re: whitefang]
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Good story, Bluesape! I try to cycle through my guitars, over time, and it's fun to see & hear how they act differently. I have to ask, did you add the Tele knobs for the Roy Buchanan volume-knob-swell?
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#2462914 - 01/15/13 09:48 AM Re: A revelation [Re: whitefang]
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Originally Posted By: whitefang
And strapping on a spare axe is quicker than replacing a broken string. But you'd HAVE to deal with THAT if you break a string on the SPARE!
Whitefang


I haven't broke a string in so long that I know I'm just a worry wart! If you break a string, you can switch guitars before the song is over and finish out the set. Then at break you can throw a string on the original and let it stretch in a little. I would keep playing the spare the rest of the night as I usually fall back in love with it too...I have hung the spare on the guitar holder with strap, ready to go, many times and never used it. But while I was tuning it up before the gig it would start haunting me, I would keep looking at it all night wanting to use it instead of the one I was playing! crazy

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#2463021 - 01/16/13 04:23 AM Re: A revelation [Re: Winston Psmith]
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Originally Posted By: Winston Psmith
Good story, Bluesape! I try to cycle through my guitars, over time, and it's fun to see & hear how they act differently. I have to ask, did you add the Tele knobs for the Roy Buchanan volume-knob-swell?


I just find Tele knobs to be the easiest to use. Many boutique builders have gone to them as well. Leo got those right the first time.

This particular stage is tiny and too cramped for swapping out guitars during sets, and I typically try to make one axe do for the whole night, but I always bring a spare.
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#2463122 - 01/16/13 10:19 AM Re: A revelation [Re: Bluesape]
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I suppose strapping on ALL your guitars and have them hanging on you like CAMERAS on a tourist is out of the question? I might even PAY to see THAT!
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#2463194 - 01/16/13 04:10 PM Re: A revelation [Re: Bluesape]
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Originally Posted By: Bluesape
Dig out your old axes and show them some love! It's worth it!


Cool story Bluesape. I gotta tell you I play every electric guitar I own once every 5th day. I never let a single one of them rest more than that....... I rotate through my guitars and sets so I am never just used to one guitar against any single set that I do.
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#2463224 - 01/16/13 08:13 PM Re: A revelation [Re: desertbluesman]
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#2463266 - 01/17/13 05:43 AM Re: A revelation [Re: whitefang]
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Originally Posted By: whitefang
I suppose strapping on ALL your guitars and have them hanging on you like CAMERAS on a tourist is out of the question? I might even PAY to see THAT!
Whitefang


You could do like a Neil Peart-esque rotating platform and have all your guitars on stands like Junior Brown uses, and after each song you could rotate the platform and have your axe of choice...
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#2463397 - 01/17/13 03:32 PM Re: A revelation [Re: whitefang]
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Originally Posted By: whitefang
I suppose strapping on ALL your guitars and have them hanging on you like CAMERAS on a tourist is out of the question? I might even PAY to see THAT!
Whitefang


I'm not sure I could even stand with them all strapped on, much less play.... rimshot
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#2466320 - 01/28/13 10:51 AM Re: A revelation [Re: Caevan O'Shite]
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Re: dropping a guitar on its headstock.

I was playing at a church meeting once, and after the meeting this guy knocks my guitar (an acoustic Alvarez) over and smashed the headstock. A very bad break, but I was able to find a great repairman who was able to fix it, and the pastor reimbursed me for the repair....
Had this happened before we played, I would have been SOL without a backup instrument - not that it would have made that big a difference, since there was another guitarist, and we were just mostly strumming chords to hymns anyway. No one's career was on the line, nor did the audience pay $100 for tickets to hear us..... LOL

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#2466403 - 01/28/13 04:31 PM Re: A revelation [Re: Bluesape]
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Originally Posted By: Bluesape
Had a 2 nighter gig last weekend. Took my LP and my old Strat. I've come to favor the LP sonically, especially while I still had the Mesa. Now that I'm back to my old Gibson 6L6 amp in the Fender cab, I'm more reliant on pedals for sound coloration, as there is no real gain stack in my old PTP amp, nor reverb, nor anything remotely modern. What it does have is massive headroom and bottom end.

Broke a string on the LP and switched to the Strat. Turns out the pedal array and settings were more compatible with the Strat. I'm not usually one to leave the fx on and use the guitar's volume control to clean up the sound for rhythm passages, but no better axe exists for this method than a good Strat. I put Tele knobs on this one long ago, and plan on doing the same with my newer Strat and my V. I fell back in love with this old workhorse all over again, and the LP stayed in the case for most of Friday night and all of Saturday night. I missed the 22nd fret on the LP for a couple of tunes, but not enough to put the Strat away. I've owned this axe for 34 years, and the shiny novelty had worn off long ago, but I seem to have tapped into forgotten nuances of just how great this guitar is. The LP is still safe in the herd, but the Strat's gonna see a lot more stage time for the next good while!

My point: Dig out your old axes and show them some love! It's worth it!


i would have to hunt them down to do that..he he
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#2466458 - 01/28/13 09:50 PM Re: A revelation [Re: Bluesape]
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A little while back I noticed that, among my electrics I had one LP style withhout a tremolo bar, and an LP as a backup. Then I had a strat-style rock machine with a tremolo bar, and the Charvel as a backup. Sheer chance but it`s kinda neat.
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#2466734 - 01/29/13 01:29 PM Re: A revelation [Re: skipclone 1]
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different model guitars make you play differently... different pickup configurations sound completely different and fit different kinds of music.

or at least that's what I keep telling the wife and I'm sticking to it.

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#2466758 - 01/29/13 02:56 PM Re: A revelation [Re: p90jr]
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Originally Posted By: p90jr
different model guitars make you play differently... different pickup configurations sound completely different and fit different kinds of music.

or at least that's what I keep telling the wife and I'm sticking to it.


thu rawk
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#2466766 - 01/29/13 03:07 PM Re: A revelation [Re: p90jr]
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Originally Posted By: p90jr
different model guitars make you play differently... different pickup configurations sound completely different and fit different kinds of music.

or at least that's what I keep telling the wife and I'm sticking to it.


I have concrete proof of that, myself.

I have a few guitars tuned to NST, and all handle it well. However, one of them has a body shape that somewhat inhibits access to the uppermost frets on the low end, making certain songs I play in that tuning unplayable on that guitar.
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