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wraub

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Hello all, just like the title says, I am looking for a guitar.

 

Some background:

 

I am primarily a bass player, and have been for nearly forever.

This said,I have owned several guitars over the years, have used them mainly for recording, and have no interest/plans to play out with one. That said, I have always preferred Strats, in looks and sound, to the Les Paul shape.

My neighbor, with whom I have been jamming, recently got a Dean ML X. Nice guitar, one of the newer ones, but too pointy for me to actually consider owning. That's just me.

However, I love the neck on this guitar. More flat than round, fairly shallow front-to-back, with a nice, wide fingerboard. You know, like a bass neck. :D

 

Anyway, what I am looking for is guitars with a similar neck profile, suited for recording. If this means coil taps, PU combos, whatever, I am down. Really, this is all about the neck.

Oh, and it has to be cheap. Really cheap. The used market is an option: no used market concerns here. if it can tune or be made to tune, (within reason), I am all over it.

 

Suggestions, anyone?

 

Thanks.

 

Peace,

 

wraub

 

I'm a lot more like I am now than I was when I got here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Yhup, Geoff's on the money, and on he low-money, as well. Particularly the used Ibanezes- a LOT of them have neck profiles along the lines of what you're looking for, being primarily aimed at the metal/shred/hard rock players market. They also tend to have flat-ish radius fretboards and a bright, somewhat full-range (for a guitar) kind of tone, which I imagine would also suit a long-time bassist.

 

Oh, and they have had many models which are similar enough to a Strat in body shape.

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Jacksons have a compound radius (fretboard), but overall, they're pretty flat, and similar to many of the Ibanez models in design - they're also pretty affordable.

 

Fretboard w/ compound r = Excellent feel and playability all around. :cool:

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One of my first electric guitars (and still one of my favorites) was a Dean Time Capsule Cadillac. Though the TC Caddy is pricey, that model has several trimlines. And in all of it's trimlines, it is kind of a shredder's guitar, even though its a hardtail only, AFAIK.

 

http://www.deanguitars.com/cadillac.htm

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What's your price range?

 

The Ibanez is a great guitar. You should check out the guitars I design and sell. The neck is, for the most part, an Ibanez RG neck. It's spec'd pretty much the same.

 

Either way, let me know what you think. Check them out at www.lumenguitars.com

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I am looking for a guitar....I have always preferred Strats, in looks and sound, to the Les Paul shape.

...Dean Time Capsule Cadillac.

 

______ http://www.deanguitars.com/images/cadillac_select.jpg

 

:confused: Uhmn, I'm sure it's a nice guitar, and I kinda dig it, but... it's largely a Les Paul copy, and a pointy one, at that, and... he said he doesn't like Les Paul types or pointy guitars, but prefers Strat stylees in both "looks and sound"... ?

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I am looking for a guitar....I have always preferred Strats, in looks and sound, to the Les Paul shape.

...Dean Time Capsule Cadillac.

 

______ http://www.deanguitars.com/images/cadillac_select.jpg

 

:confused: Uhmn, I'm sure it's a nice guitar, and I kinda dig it, but... it's largely a Les Paul copy, and a pointy one, at that, and... he said he doesn't like Les Paul types or pointy guitars, but prefers Strat stylees in both "looks and sound"... ?

 

While I agree it doesn't sound like a Strat, I think its resemblance to a LP is from the waist back, personally. And, like him, I'm not exactly a fan of pointy guitars (but I don't know his threshold). I brought it up because he did mention enjoying the Dean ML- particularly its neck- but not liking it's "pointyness"...and the Caddy is waaaaaay less pointy than an ML.

 

FWIW, there are some other Deans with a Strattier shape out there, but AFAIK, nearly all of them will be sporting humbuckers of some kind. One exception I know of is the Avalanche:

http://www.deanguitars.com/img/avlcbk.jpg

 

The Custom 380 is kind of like the superstrats:

http://www.deanguitars.com/img/c380ftab.jpg

 

Similarly, Dean Z's new company, DBZ guitars, will have guitars with the ergonomics he's looking for, but again, will largely be equipped with humbuckers. And as a newer company, there won't be a huge presence of their guitars in the used market.

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I don't know the OP's definition of "cheap", but Carvin's Bolt series are stratty and can be had for $750+.

 

http://www.carvinguitars.com/guitars-in-stock/group.php?cid=SB&dir=R

 

And if he's the handy sort, Carvin's kit version of the Bolts start at just under $400.

 

http://www.carvinguitars.com/kits/

 

And dollar for dollar, those Carvins probably stack up to anything else he could find.

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...if he's the handy sort, Carvin's kit version of the Bolts start at just under $400.

 

http://www.carvinguitars.com/kits/

 

And dollar for dollar, those Carvins probably stack up to anything else he could find.

 

Good call. :cool:

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Thanks to all for posting. Some clarifications, if I may:

 

Definitely not into pointy guitars, i.e. B.C. Rich Warlock type aggro jock axes. However, it's partially my neighbor's Dean ML that is driving this quest. And, FWIW, the Dean Cadillac had already crossed my mind. Definitely open to suggestions.

 

Definitely versatility, like 2 humbuckers with coil taps, or

h-h-s or some such combo, sounds appealing. Primarily for recording.

 

Fingerboard should be wider side-to side than a regular F-type guitar, but not too bat like front-to-back. Prefer rosewood or ebony to maple.

 

Definitely looking at used, lower priced stuff, but looking for quality. My last guitar was an 85 MIJ Squier Strat, with OHSC, bought for $100, FWIW.

I am a bargain shopper. :D

 

Not really into red guitars, but that door is not closed.

 

Thanks again for the assist here...

 

 

Peace,

 

wraub

 

I'm a lot more like I am now than I was when I got here.

 

 

 

 

 

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How about a Godin Freeway? This ad has a pic you can get a huge zoom out of and really go over the guitar.

 

http://www.musiciansbuy.com/godin_freeway_classic_transblue_rw_25800.html

 

These guitars have gone up in price but perhaps they can be found used.

 

They also have the Velocity.

 

http://www.musiciansbuy.com/Godin-Velocity-Natural-Burst-Flame-RN-with-Bag-FREE-Stand-Cable-Tuner-Godin-Velocity-030811KIT.html

 

Whatever you do, try play a bunch of anything you have your sights on. Damn guitars vary so much as far as quality control these days....all manufacturers.

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Was looking into Godin for their Roland-ready Freeway SA model - great build quality for the price point, made in Canada, with Canadian hardwoods. The Godins have a 12-inch fretboard radius, like Gibsons, BTW.

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