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Post The Guitar Thread
Seeing as there's a discussion on the Photo thread, I thought why not make a new one purely for guitar bumming?

I have 8 electrics, but none of them are worth shite, except my new Ibanez S Series Flame Maple. Still far from top of the line but at around 500 quid it's the most I've ever spent on one, and I bloody love it.

Not a fan of Fenders, dunno why but I just don't like them. Never played a decent one tho...

Always wanted a Gibson Les Paul. Have a Samick copy which isn't too bad but you just know it isn't a gibson.

So, what guitars do you have/like/want etc??

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i picked this baby up 2 weeks ago:

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^^only reason i got it is because the price was dropped from 4,000 AU to 2.400, which is a steal for a traditional Gibson.


I've also got an old Kramer and a Yamaha acoustic.

in the future i'll go for a shred guitar, maybe Ibanez or Jackson, and a semi-acoustic.

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I'm all about Strats these days. This thing produces the heaviest and clearest sound I've ever had...
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I've got a Jazzmaster that I tend to use more for bits and bobs while recording these days. I love it and wouldn't swap it for anything...
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I tend not to use my '73 SG that much any more. I prefer the Fender scale length. Still a great guitar and it finds it's way onto recordings...
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I still love my Iceman but haven't gigged it for a long time. It's a bit of a lump. It's got a really nice solid tone, kind of like a Les Paul but without the top end shine...
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I've also got a Firebird, a Watkins Rapier 44, Fender acoustic 12 string and a Fender acoustic 6 string.

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i picked this baby up 2 weeks ago:

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^^only reason i got it is because the price was dropped from 4,000 AU to 2.400, which is a steal for a traditional Gibson.


I've also got an old Kramer and a Yamaha acoustic.

in the future i'll go for a shred guitar, maybe Ibanez or Jackson, and a semi-acoustic.



I'm told modern Gibsons really let down the brand legacy. The quality control is pretty dodgy and they have weight relief holes because the wood they use now is too heavy.

Not necessarily all shit but far from reliably good.


This is all true apart from the fact that the weight relief is purely 'aesthetic' (basically to make them lighter) rather than anything to do with the quality of the wood. The Fender build quality far outstrips Gibson's build quality. If you spend two grand on a Les Paul these days the first thing you want to do is replace the jack socket. They are almost always shit.

Seriously, if you're going to spend stupid money on a guitar try one of these. They knock the shit out of most Gibsons in the same price range.

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Gibsons look a lot better than those, though.


Matter of taste innit. Plus something that you're going to have to constantly tinker with to keep it road worthy or something that just works? I know what I'd go for. Also, sfter years of playing Gibsons the joy of not having to deal with the "Gibson G" is overwhelming. In my opinion Gibson are way overpriced these days.

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Check out First Act, I intend to get one custom built at some point. Having played one I think they are the tits. It would have to be loaded with single coils of some description though.

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My 'Metal' guitar

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My 'Rock' guitar

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Much preferred the Les Paul live - pure chunky sound and fucking indestructible. Much preferred the Jackson in rehearsal and the studio (I's got small hands, innit, so much easier to play for me - thin, smooth neck)

My 'first' guitar (other than the £50 strat copy with the 20 inch action - you all know the type...)

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My 'one that got away' guitar (sold cos I played 'metal' not nice stuff, innit... mistake!) -

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Sooo easy to play; smooth and silky, played like a dream, but when you're young you don't always know what you're doing when you make decisions around these things.


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Re:Gibson build quality. as far as I'm aware, the problems with newer Gibson's mostly relates to the studio models and a few of the new standard and pro editions that have been ' upgraded', so to speak, and are difficult to fix if something goes wrong. you are pretty safe with the traditional Gibson however.

I tried out several fenders and I must say I far prefer the tone of the Gibson; has more body, sounds 'richer', for lack of a better word. almost anyone can send good playing a Les Paul! hehe.

Ibanez guitars are great for metal but that's about it. in my opinion, they are not a particularly versatile guitar.

I am more into fusion playing nowadays, so Gibson suits my needs perfectly.

by the way, the day I picked up my guitar, a friend of mine purchased a custom Gibson for 4,000, reduced from 7. it sounded great, but perhaps not good enough to justify the high price tag.

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I have an Epiphone SG with pickups from a Gibson. It is savage. Although the tuning heads need changing.

I also have a Squier Tele I got second hand for fuck all and it is a monster, even through a small practise amp it will take your head off.

I used to have a Jackson Dinky that I swapped for a bass which was a big mistake. Tried to get it back but the guy I swapped it with had swapped out the pickups and put in coil tap switches, and he made a complete balls of it.

Apart from coveting Enos Iceman, I would love a Richie Kotzen Telecaster.


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Horses for courses innit.

Gibsons are great guitars I just much prefer the feel of Fenders, I also prefer maple. It seems somewhat counter intuitive but I've found that the best sound for me comes from low output pickups and lower wattage amps. All of my guitars are loaded with low output pups (the Strat and Jazzmaster are obvious but the SG and Firebird are loaded with mini-hubuckers and the Iceman is loaded with a Pearly Gates which is a low output humbucker. I've also had a lot of guitars loaded with P90s) and I will always take a 50 watt amp over a higher wattage every time. The idea that you have to have a supped up amp with a fuck-tonne of gain and screaming high output pups to get a heavy sound is, in my opinion, totally wrong. 'Heavy' is in the tone and the EQ, fuck that up and you'll never get a good sound. To my ears there is nothing worse than the sound of a heavily scooped guitar that sounds like a wasp farting in a tin can.

It's important to look at the whole rig and not just the guitar or amp on its own. If you've got a particular sound in mind it's essential to consider every part of the rig including pedals and the sort of tubes your amp's running (if you go for a tube amp). There really is no right or wrong with this, it's a matter of taste and trial and error. I also think it's worth considering how road worthy and practical a rig, including the guitar, is going to be (if you're going to go down that road). In a perfect world I would have two completely separate rigs. One for recording and one for touring.

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My 'one that got away' guitar (sold cos I played 'metal' not nice stuff, innit... mistake!) -

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Nice. 70s, 80s?

Whack a maple neck on that and I'd be all over it.

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Horses for courses innit.

Gibsons are great guitars I just much prefer the feel of Fenders.


exactly, it's difficult to argue when it comes to feel. i hate the feel of most Jacksons i've played but others swear by them.

btw, i think it's interesting that Kramer have gone back to making guitars again. they will never have the rep they had in the 80's though

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Horses for courses innit.

Gibsons are great guitars I just much prefer the feel of Fenders.


exactly, it's difficult to argue when it comes to feel. i hate the feel of most Jacksons i've played but others swear by them.

btw, i think it's interesting that Kramer have gone back to making guitars again. they will never have the rep they had in the 80's though


I loath Jacksons, most Ibenezs and 'metal' guitars in general. I've never got on with Kramers, Charvels etc. I'm not a shredder so that probably has something to do with it. However, I'll always be a fan of BC Rich Mockingbirds (of a certain age). That's as close as I'll ever get to a 'metal' guitar.

But let's be honest. Nothing is as bad as the utter shit Dean are knocking out. Only a complete arse-clown would play an utter turd like this...

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If you think that's cool you are either 12, retarded, a complete dickhead or all three.

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FYI: This is what my Rapier 44 looks like (this isn't my one but it is identical)...

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Enos wrote:
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My 'one that got away' guitar (sold cos I played 'metal' not nice stuff, innit... mistake!) -

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Nice. 70s, 80s?

Whack a maple neck on that and I'd be all over it.


1973, US 'Hendrix' strat... It was beautiful. I haven't gotten round to picking a guitar up in years, but I will do soon, and I wish it was this one.


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Nice. I much prefer the maple fret boards but that is a very nice guitar. The amount of people I know who've turned their noses up at a Strat because they're not metal enough is quite sad. Most of them have regretted it later.

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btw, i think it's interesting that Kramer have gone back to making guitars again. they will never have the rep they had in the 80's though


Its Kramer owned by Gibson and built by Epiphone though (granted they have owned the brand for quite a while) and they offer a limited range of guitars, most of which are pretty cheap looking. I presume Gibson relaunched the brand to compete with Fender now that they own both Jackson and Charvel. Gary Kramer has his own company now, mostly custom shop stuff though I think. The mid - late 80's Kramers are nice, especially the strat and tele shaped customs like the ones Mick Mars had.


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Is it just me or are Jackson's a lot less popular now than they were 15 years ago? it seems that guitarist made the switch to Ibanez some time in the mid-90s or so because before that Ibanez were generally associated with guitar virtuosos, if I'm not mistaken.

I've certainly noticed more metal bands playing Gibson now, that's for sure.

who uses BC Rich nowadays? I barely even see their guitars for sale anymore. they were huge in the 80s but I noticed by the early 90s guitarists dropping them for either Ibanez or Jackson.


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ENOS: Only dimebag could get away with playing deans and not looking like a complete ass!


He didn't.


The shit Dean are producing now under the 'Dimebag' name is genuinely shocking.

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