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    this one seems to cover a lot of sonic territory. that said,, and I may get flogged for this.. but I believe that any guitar can be the Right Tool if it's in the right hands.
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    Hello. It's my '78 Recording. It can mimic so many guitars. Bence.
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    Thanks to those who gave me the right advice. I managed to track down a Gibson Firebird V in the UK and the seller took my a Epiphone Firebird III and Fenix by Young Chang Stratocaster ( which I go great trade values for) the bird is a 2009 model and it surpasses my expectations ( I played a Gibson 2016 LP standard that left me disappointed - too many little QC issues ) and it’s flawless. but I’m inclined to agree with the general consensus about the pickups- I would not say they’re horrible - after adjustment they sound ok. But they’re too compressed snd have a harsh clanky sound too them especially clean. They break up well though. the Bill Lawrence designed OBL (made under license in Korea) pickups in the Epiphone are much better and do sound more like proper Firebird pickups. I have some Firebird themed pickups ( on the outside look like Firebird pickups on the inside there twin rail mini humbuckers with a magnet in the base like the older Gibson 70s tribute Firebird pickups) which measure between 7k and 8k which are nicely made in all other respects- I’ll pull out the blades and magnets and put alnico 2 Firebird magnets in the bobbins and a steel plate on the bottom and report back. I’ve done this before on a Telebird using artec mini humbuckers as a base - they are 6.k alnico 5 and sound authentic- certainly better than the 495s in my Gibson. edit - added more pictures
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    Congratulations on your guitar. I have a couple of Goldtops with P90's as well. 2017 Tribute and 2018 Classic. They're heavy but such nice guitars. They sound great clean, volume turned down, one or another or both pickups on or full volume, gain and boost. The "new" Standards with the P90's are so tempting!
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    As much as I love my Les Pauls and Flying V's, probably my most versatile guitar is my Ibanez Jiva, the Nita Strauss signature guitar. The three pickups, Humbucker, single, Humbucker with 5 way switch allows me to split the humbuckers and get a nice Strat style quack. The pickups aren't as hot as what you'd think they are and backing off the volume gets a fairly clean/crunch kind of tone. Combine that with 24 frets and a Floyd Rose style whammy, there's not much that guitar can't do. This is my guitar she's playing in this picture. She (Nita Strauss) couldn't get to her guitar so I offered up mine for her to play. My favorite live guitars, however, are my Les Paul Goldtop with P90's and my Les Paul Traditional. I simply know what they're going to give me and what I can get out of them and we play a wide variety of music from classic rock, hard rock, metal, blues, country and whatever else my band wants to do. One of those are usually on the stage with me. I recently got a Schecter CR-6 and it's pretty versatile as well.
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    I have to agree. The word "versatile" has to have limits of some kind. I think a guitar that does the things I need it to do is "versatile" enough for me, because I'll make it do what I want. If you ask me to do the banjo in Theme From Deliverance well, I don't have a guitar for that so no, I'm not very versatile. I guess I don't ask my guitars and amps and pedals to do anything I don't do, so in lots of eyes I'm "limited". I'm not. I get paid for this, not that, that's why I can't/don't do that, I do this. yeesh that took too many words. rct
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    I got me one of these brand new babies a couple months ago. Just wondering what you think of it ? Honestly, I'm on the fence about it. I expected a lot more from the "ProBucker" P-90s. Even though there are current concert videos of George using her, I have to think the guitar had to have undergone an electronic makeover for George. My amps are a VibroVerb, Super Reverb, Twin and 100W Marshall ... none of which give me the tones I'd like to capture. AND, no, it's got nothing to do with George's finger work. Aside from that, the instrument is a beautiful piece of architecture. One more thing ... I also own an Epi John Lee Hooker Zephyr. Those Mini ProHumbuckers ROCK!!No need to sub them for Gibson minis!
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    Parker DF522NN (NN for Notes Norton). Parker P-Rail pickups with Triple Shot Rings give me the following sounds: 1) P90s 2) Rails 3) Series Humbuckers 4) Parallel Humbuckers Plus the Piezo under the bridge gives me Acoustic tones that I can play alone or blend with the Magnetic pickups It's the "Swiss Army Knife" pf guitars.
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    Congrats man super cool looking bird you got there!
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    Absolutely. Those 9 piece necks are a work of art. Now you can feel confident you have a proper bird. Congrats!
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    Damn. That is a beauty.
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    He's coming by me. I am gonna try to go. I saw him at that Grand Ole Opry last year. Damn good.
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    This got me thinking. All things considered, it has to be the Ric 650C (Recently got a 650D too which I posted up here). most importantly: the tonal range is very versatile. These simple mini humbuckers (same ones used in the 4000 series basses) sound very like single coils. I get great woody cleans from the neck, and biting highs from the bridge which cut through nicely. With a little gain, it retains detail and clarity. Its easy to find a jazz voice, or a country voice with it. But I play soul, ska and rock live, and awkward venue acoustics are never struggle using it. next is playability: I get unfettered access to the 24th fret. It's a wide 1.75" neck, (much like a classical guitar) at the nut. That means its easier to fingerpick amongst other things. So I can employ a wider range of technique than some other guitars. The string spacing adjustment at the bridge allows me to keep both E strings away from the edge of the fingerboard. That's important to me. Lastly it's tough: Much tougher than it looks. The maple neck is chunky and robust. In fact, the whole guitar is maple. It entirely lacquered too. so although it doesnt look as nice as the oiled 650D, its protected and resilient from dirt and lighter impacts. This means I can use it with confidence under pretty much most conditions. The pic is from my laptop screen.
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    ES 335, whatever you play on it, it always feels right.
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    My Blueshawk pretty much does everything for me from clean to scream. I upgraded to Grover machine heads (Kluson style) with threaded bushings. Reworked the nut. Rebuilt the bridge so the strings could pass through to the tremolo, installed hex screws for the saddle intonation adjustment and moved the bridge 1/8" farther back from stock position. Installed a permanent mounted Duesenberg Tremola Short. The Vari-Tone and 3 way switch provide 18 posible tone ranges not counting the tone pot. Unplugged it doesn't sound bad either.
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    My most versatile guitar is my 2019 American Professional Series Butterscotch Blonde Telecaster. It has great clean tones, it can get twangy, and it can get real crunchy. And I can crack pecans with it. Ash makes a great pounding material.
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    Beautiful stated. But no one cares what these rich do or say as long as it doesn't interfere with a forum members ability to buy another J-45. That is when the pitchforks and burning stakes will come out.
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    Happy 2020 all! Hope all is well in your worlds! Been off with other things of late......haven't even been playing lately. But yesterday I managed to find at the guitar in the closet and thought I'd give dropped D a try.......... Down a half step in drop D, capo at 2 for vocal accommodation.........
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