my favorite guitar by far is my MIJ fender '65 mustang reissue. I replaced the stock pickups with two SD SHR-1n pickups and each one has a slider switch above it that goes split/off/series humbucker. the tone circuit is just two simple audio taper 500K pots with an orange drop .047 mF cap for master volume and tone.
that guitar just sounds absolutely amazing no matter what amp I play through. I can get lots of nice vintage clean chimey sounds with the split coils, and the humbuckers depending on the amount of gain I am running can give me everything from a pretty sounding clean chime to moderate output growl to searing overdrive. the tone circuit works really good on it too. sometimes it sounds a little harsh and brittle through some amps but I can roll back the tone and it takes just the right amount of edge off...or I can roll it back all the way with both humbuckers and lots of overdrive to get an awesome stoner rock/sludge sound.
I also really like the small vintage frets, small scale neck, and dynamic vibrato. a lot of people complain about those features but for me they make it an absolute joy to play. it has the best neck out of any guitar I've ever played. I have played and owned lots of great guitars but everytime I play my mustang it just blows me away what an amazing guitar it is. that's why I always go back to it.
that being said, I do also really like strats in general. I have two of them; a stock highway one for clean playing and a MIM with hot rails and one meg pots for overdriven. you just can't go wrong anytime you pick up a strat, so that would be my close second favorite. the mustang is really more of an acquired taste I think.
Well, I have 6 (7 if you count one that's up for sale) guitars, one is a Strat, one is an LP-style axe, two are basically 90s Strats with a twist (rear-routed etc) and the last three are all-out SuperStrats.
Those times I do play my LP-style guitar I find myself wanting to get back to the comfort contours of one of the others.
My faves have smaller and light bodies and slim necks...
Strats, Teles, Dinky/Soloist, V's and Explorers I like. ML's are comfy too.
88-89 fender HM Strat(Dimarzio pickups)
Squier Standard Strat(JB)
Boss SD-1, Boss DD-7, EXH Holy Grail Reverb, Morley Power Wah, Boss Tuner
Vox NightTrain 50 to a Crate gx10 Cab.
I'll happily get into it with V's, Tele shapes, LPs, and others because they're new and different.
But I always come home to the Strat.
There are a few different body styles I liked but the one shape I always fall back on is an SG.
Henry David Thoreau - "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them."
I liked how the strat felt, but it's body always kind of... "stays in place". It's a "safe" guitar, one that's very comfortable but almost too tame in the sense that is it that comfortable.
I liked how tele's are usually thicker, meatier guitars, but didn't like how my strumming arm felt against the edge of the tele body, i didn't find it comfortable at all, it feels more like my arm is scraping against the wood than anything.
I liked that the mustang was so light but after a little while I missed how it didn't pull me around, and the sound was a little "lighter" as well.
The jaguar/jazzmaster shape has the weight and subtantial feeling that the tele has, with the curves the strat has. It almost always weighs more than your standard strat, and it's just overall a bigger guitar, which I like.
Strats and superstrats. Sometimes when I play something else for a while, I think I've moved on...then I pick up a Strat again and it's back to square one.
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Oddly, I find the Tele body to be one of the most comfortable around. I'm probably in the minority there. I mean, it really is just a plain piece of wood with a neck and some basic components bolted to it. It's to do with the balance and how it hangs on a strap, though. I find that Teles naturally sit pretty much exactly where I want the neck to be when I'm playing. The lack of a forearm contour has never bothered me at all and I wear it pretty low, so I don't find that the back edge digs into my ribs or anything.
A very close second would be the SG. I seriously think that, as guitar designs go, it's nigh on perfect. It's ridiculous how effortless it is to play anywhere on that neck. Plus, they sound and look great, and the body's light and slender enough to be extremely comfortable to play all night, regardless of how much you're moving around the stage. I much prefer them when the forward strap button has been moved to the upper horn, though. I find that it makes the neck feel a little less long and it's more comfortable to play with that first fret hanging closer to my body.
My Supersonic combines the best elements of both of the above, even if I am playing it the opposite way of how it was intended. I'd love to get a copy of it made someday, with a hardtail, a different body wood and routed for conventional control placements.
Aesthetically, I think Teles, Jags, Double Cut Les Paul Jrs and Mosrites are my favourites but, apart from the Tele, I've never owned any of them, so I can't really comment in any real way.
Last edited by Kam; 03-25-2012 at 06:30 AM.
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I like the feel of a superstrat body shape, but prefer an angled neck with a TOM type bridge, as I find palm-muting easier to control when my hand is further off the body.
it's been so long since i played an SG or viper, i can't really say. i like the looks though.
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