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I know these guitars vary greatly, but in terms of quality, reliability and ease of modding:

 

Epiphone Lucille

Epiphone Casino (599 version)

Fender Mexican Standard Stratocaster

Fender Highway One Stratocaster

 

I think most would pick the highway one because it is made in america, but I am sure sometime ago I read something bad about the Highway One Series, right here.

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Epi Casino....

 

But keep in mind upper fret access is a bit limited.

 

yea I know, that's one of the reason's I don't like it as much as the gibson es 330 with the joint at the 19th fret compared to the 15th.

but I'm not a big fan of the finishes except the red however I don't want two red guitars.

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Come on.... just get an SG

 

Oh I am, sooner or later, but if you remember a while ago, I was focused on getting a tube amp. Due to new circumstances, it doesn't make sense for me to buy a new amp now. So I have switched to a guitar. But this project is planned to be, a modding project.

 

If I decide on the Lucille, I am changin everything except the body. wire, pots, switches, pickups etc.

If I decide with either of the strats, I am going to make a Eric Clapton Tribute Stratocaster.

 

I'm leaning to the Highway one because it is an american made, for the same price as the Asian Made epi lucille. Also the price of the mods for the strat will be less than those for the Lucille.

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Don't take this the wrong way but it sounds like you have no clue what you want. You're all over the place. Guess that's one of the problems with the internet. You see everything and want everything but at least get an idea of what YOU WANT before you start asking the entire world for opinions. Guaranteed you'll be talking about buying some other guitar or some other amp within three weeks.

 

Take some pointers from me and follow my posts. First I mention a certain guitar, then I mention I like it, then I say I'm GASing for it, then WHAM I buy it. [biggrin]

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yeah....see you have to stay focused ..........get an epi SG and mod that

 

Hey' date=' at least I've stayed focused on the SG with maestro [biggrin

 

But what Tim said is right, it took me a while and a lot of back and forth to even settle on the SG. And even so, I still am not 100% decided.

 

The strat was always more a secondary choice, I really do prefer Gibson.

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The Mexican made Strats are great guitars' date=' but Fender's quality has gone downhill lately. Try it before you buy it.[/quote']

 

I wish I could try it... but I can't.

Can't try any guitar, Gibson, Fender, PRS, Martin Taylor Gretsch, can't try any.

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Just bite the bullet and get yourself a nice used guitar and save yourself a few bucks and with the money you save you should be able to get a nicer guitar.

 

Not much of a used guitar market here. I could order from ebay but I rather not risk it.

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i used to own a HW1 Strat. i picked it up on a blow out sale for like $475. i played it and a few American Std Strats to compare' date=' and i honestly preferred the HW1. they are nice guitars. i am a gibson guy thru and thru, but i am very wary of non-Japanese Epis. ymmv.[/quote']

 

Yea, and its the same price as the Korean made Epi Lucille.

I'll play a strat next week and see. They have the mexican one here, so if I like that one chances are the american one will be nice.

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Threads like this makes my head hurt. Bottom line is, you will get very different answers to your "opinion" generated questions depending on which forum you ask it on. I guarantee if you copy and paste this same question on the Fender forum, it would lean toward Mexican made, but if you do the same on the ESP forum, it would be the other way around.

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I know these guitars vary greatly' date=' but in terms of quality, reliability and ease of modding:

 

Epiphone Lucille

Epiphone Casino (599 version)

Fender Mexican Standard Stratocaster

Fender Highway One Stratocaster

 

I think most would pick the highway one because it is made in america, but I am sure sometime ago I read something bad about the Highway One Series, right here.[/quote']

 

These are all COMPLETELY different beasts. What kind of sound are you going for? If you already have an LP (I think you do) then personally, I would go for a Strat, to have Hums and Singles. Nice complements, but you also might want to look into Teles too, just to add fuel to the fire [cool]

 

If you are looking for a Semi-Hollow sound, go with the epi, if you want single coils, go with the Strat. It is your sound man, and I believe that the Strats would be much easier to mod if you wanted

 

Hopefully that answered your question :-s because I am a little confused myself

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I own 2 "Highway 1 guitars...a Strat (small headstock version), and the "Texas Telecaster!"

They're both great guitars. Very resonant bodies (unplugged), and nice necks! I did change

the pickups, in both...for my own purposes, not because they "needed" changing, at all.

I have played, several times, the Epiphone "Lucille," and I own a Gibson "Lucille." The

Epi was a great guitar, especially for the price! But, of course, it's a totally different sound,

than the Fenders. With the Varitone, it's quite versatile, though. From 335 tones, to somewhat

"Fender like," as you dial back the Varitone. It's also bigger and heavier, than the Fenders...if

that's any consideration? Great looking, though!

 

Good luck, on your decision!

 

CB

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These are all COMPLETELY different beasts. What kind of sound are you going for? If you already have an LP (I think you do) then personally' date=' I would go for a Strat, to have Hums and Singles. Nice complements, but you also might want to look into Teles too, just to add fuel to the fire [blink']

 

If you are looking for a Semi-Hollow sound, go with the epi, if you want single coils, go with the Strat. It is your sound man, and I believe that the Strats would be much easier to mod if you wanted

 

Hopefully that answered your question :-s because I am a little confused myself

 

Well, in actuality, I think I am going for both. Being a huge Clapton fan, I can't help gassing for a black strat with a maple neck, or one close to his grey strat.

 

And then, he uses semi's as well. So its more of a which to get first?

I think the strat is better, because American made guitars are generally better than Asian, and the Highway one strat is the same price as the epi lucille.

 

The cost of modding the strat would be less as well, since I don't think the pots etc will need to change, as I think they will need to be on the epi, also I would not have to ream the strat to make parts fit as I would have to with the Epi to fit in USA parts.....

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Well' date=' in actuality, I think I am going for both. Being a huge Clapton fan, I can't help gassing for a black strat with a maple neck, or one close to his grey strat.

 

And then, he uses semi's as well. So its more of a which to get first?

I think the strat is better, because American made guitars are generally better than Asian, and the Highway one strat is the same price as the epi lucille.

 

The cost of modding the strat would be less as well, since I don't think the pots etc will need to change, as I think they will need to be on the epi, also I would not have to ream the strat to make parts fit as I would have to with the Epi to fit in USA parts.....[/quote']

 

I am also a huge fan of Clapton, SRV, and John Mayer and I am modding my Strat to single coils because it currently has a humbucker in the bridge. I really want the John Mayer sig, I like the feel and the pickups in it and personally, I am not going to buy any guitars other than the ones I really really want, my own way to control GAS :^o

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I have a first series HW1 HSS with the oversized 70s headstock. (In fact I watched Jools Holland on Friday and was surprised to see J Zee's guitarist playing the exact same model.)

 

I digress.

 

I love the HW1 to bits. I'm rehearsing for a gig next week and will use the strat for the electric stuff, over my 335.(sorry)

 

Just to repeat, wonderful neck, resonance, build quality and the HSS gives you a huge tonal palette at your disposal.

 

Can't comment on the later quality issues but mine is a real class act. (Shame about the player)

 

Tough call though with a Casino in the mix.

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I have a first series HW1 HSS with the oversized 70s headstock. (In fact I watched Jools Holland on Friday and was surprised to see J Zee's guitarist playing the exact same model.)

 

I digress.

 

I love the HW1 to bits. I'm rehearsing for a gig next week and will use the strat for the electric stuff' date=' over my 335.(sorry)

 

Just to repeat, wonderful neck, resonance, build quality and the HSS gives you a huge tonal palette at your disposal.

 

Can't comment on the later quality issues but mine is a real class act. (Shame about the player)

 

Tough call though with a Casino in the mix.[/quote']

Really? I thought it was tough to choose between the Lucille and the Strat, the Casino wasn't too much of a serious option that i was considering.

 

I really like the lucille, but then if I am getting a semi-hollow, no matter what the majority says about the quality of epiphones or that theirs reached fine with no problems, (such as the post above you), i prefer to get a semi hollow from Gibson, thats the only reason thats keeping me from deciding on the Lucille.

 

The strat is cool too, or I may just save the cash and put it towards an SG, which was a more long term guitar that I was saving for, ( when I say long term I mean I wouldn'tbe buying it anytime soon.)

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