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I played a Strat exclusively for many years, mainly because it was the only decent guitar I had. When I started adding Gibson style guitars to my collection, it took a while to get used to the different neck shapes. Now I can switch back and forth with little trouble. I wouldn't sell my Strat or Tele over a Les Paul or SG, simply because they all have their unique sounds and like tools in a toolbox, their own specific uses. [thumbup]

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That is absolutely a keeper. Just beautiful. [drool]


My new 2012 LP Studio Deluxe 50's, and my first LP. I like the neck profile alot, its the most comfortable to play of all my guitars, and I love the sound.


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I've been howling for years that Gibbie should have its guitars with that master volume. To me it's the one weakness in a majority of electric guitars regardless of brand or style if there's not a master volume where one's playing hand can easily access it without moving from playing position... Even if it's away from playing position it has great value - but best where one's playing hand "pinkie" finger can wrap onto it to change attack and decay as well as a lift for solos.




Now that I'm used to this, I find a master volume next to my pinkie finger essential for live performance. It is important for every instrument to blend with each other and for the soloist to be slightly above the mix when soloing. On sax this is done with breath control or proximity to the microphone. On guitar the most logical way is with a master volume near the picking hand.


I understand the sonic flexibility of having separate vol/tone controls for each pickup. Theoretically it should give you a wider range of tone by blending both controls when in the center position. But in reality, it doesn't work for me on the gig. Every song has it's own volume and tone requirements, and different parts of most song also require a change. When singing and playing the guitar at the same time "quick and easy" changes are best.


At one time I wanted one of those 60's guitars with dozens of switches and knobs on them. I thought it would look cool and give me great flexibility of tone, and it probably would. But now I realize that price paid for the flexibility in tone is an awkward interface. I never got one of those guitars, and now I realize the simplicity of the controls works best for me.


Like you, I've never bonded with a Les Paul. They just don't feel right to me. Entirely personal, I like hearing other people play the LP. I have a faux-LP (ESP/LTD) that has a contoured body that helps a lot, and I modded it to have a single volume control near my pinky, and I can tolerate that guitar - but I never fell in love with it.


I like the feel of the SG's I've tried, but the neck dive doesn't work for me. During a performance I might take my hands off the guitar and play a little wind synthesizer solo. Picked up a Jazz Master in a GC store once, I like the looks of that guitar, but it had that short radius neck and weighed a ton. I play sax, wind synth, guitar, flute, percussion controller and sometimes keyboard on stage, and switching instruments is much better when the guitar weighs 5 pounds.


I like my ES-330 and Casino a lot. They are a little neck heavy but a wide guitar strap is enough to keep them in control. They are light weight, have great P90 tone, and were my absolute favorite guitars before I got the Parker. Now they have rusting strings. Without the master volume near my pinkie, they are awkward on stage, especially when using both pickups.


Fortunately we have so many choices. What is absolutely wrong for me may be absolutely perfect for another player. All the guitars posted so far in this thread are beautiful, and everybody loves them. I think that is grand!


Hey Notes, just a thought for you. My MIM Strat (the Sonic Blue Custom Shop designed Classic 60s Player) has a rather flat (for Fender) 12" neck radius. That plus the 25.5 inch scale length get it in the ball park for a few of your requirements. Might want to try and see one in person some day, a truly awesome guitar at a bargain price.


I could get along with a 12" neck, but I'm so happy with the light weight, hardened stainless steel frets, piezo under the bridge, incredible tuning stability, and great tone of my Parker, it has completely eliminated my GAS for another guitar.


When the price of collectible guitars goes back up, I plan on selling my 1970 Gibson ES-330 and getting a couple more Parker DF guitars, one with 2 sc/hb pickups and one with P90s. Then I'll have any electric guitar sound I could ever want.


After all these years of GAS, it's great to find something that actually cured it.


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Well... now that this thread has arisen from the dead...


Glennc suggested the 175 although he suggested also that it's not all that versatile.


I'd disagree with the latter part of the statement.


I don't think that for an electric, any guitar is even as versatile as the 175.


It works well for me for everything from country fingerpicking to cowboy to jazz fingerstyle variations to blues of various sorts - and if you consider working a bit so you don't have 8,000 watts and 198 decibels behind you, it likely will do about anything you want for rock.


But then ... I'm prejudiced both on the guitar itself and its geometry - and the concept that "we" get too much into too much amp power and not enough into PA power so we blast all of the audience equally and appropriately as opposed to deafening ourselves and sounding muddy and horrid to audiences.


Oh - and the SG can be a marvelous jazz guitar too!



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Great idea for a thread Nate. I really don't have a favorite but if I had to sell them all off and keep only one it would be this one. And here's where it ties into your sentimental item thread. My dear father bought this guitar for me when it was very difficult for him to do so. He made this sacrifice to help his son chase a dream he didn't really believe in. And this gal traveled a large part of the planet with me back in the 70's (yeah I know, you don't remember the 70's. lol). I have had many guitars since this, my first "real" guitar, that have come and gone. But for it's sentimental value this one will never leave me. I instead will one day leave it. But don't get your hopes up. She's going to dem00n! B)



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I've had a few over the year's and the one's I have now are my current favorite guitar's Epiphone Texan (2011) and a Ibanez SA120 (2005). If you mean favorite guitar's whether I own them or not.... Ummmm, I'd like to have a nice Gibson J200 with Rosewood back Mahogany side's and a Spruce top, I'd be happy with the Epiphone equivalent EJ200. A Custom made Ibanez would be nice to, of coarse a sweet Les Paul Standard would be nice as well.

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