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Old March 25th, 2013, 07:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Help me decide on my next guitar

I feel ready to pull the trigger on my next purchase, but I just can't figure out what to go for.

I think I'm sorted for a dual humbucker guitar, so am looking at a different configuration.

I have a tele which I've never really bonded with (am I allowed to say that here?). Just too bright and spiky for me I guess (but let's not make this another 'how to mellow the tele' thread). Likewise the jaguar I tried the other day. And likewise many other teles I've played. I don't really like strats. I'm not sold on any of the humbucker teles like the 72 custom - the wide range humbucker doesn't do it for me.

I don't generally like p90s - they seem to sound a bit bland and sterile usually, maybe because p90s don't generally feature in the music I listen to (basically jangly indie rocky stuff).

I've been interested in the Eastwood reissues of the Harmony Stratotone. Gold foil single coils that sound a bit crunchy and nasty. I like that it's a bit unusual, but then I think that I'm going for novelty value and it might not cover much ground.

Given that I seem to be rubbishing the majority of major guitar models - any suggestions?

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Old March 25th, 2013, 07:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Check out Gretsch guitars?
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Old March 25th, 2013, 07:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Check out Gretsch guitars?
I forgot to mention Gretsches. The ones I've tried (the affordable electromatics) didn't do it for me. I was expecting something jangly but they just sound kinda flat and thuddy to me. Though they do a lot different pickups so maybe I should keep looking at them...
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Old March 25th, 2013, 08:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hmm, Firebird?
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Old March 25th, 2013, 08:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hmm, Firebird?
Mini humbuckers?
Interesting.
I've yet to find a mini-humbucker guitar that has character, but I'm willing to give it a go!
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Old March 25th, 2013, 09:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Reverend guitar

They have bass rolloff
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Old March 25th, 2013, 11:53 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Reverend guitar

They have bass rolloff
I'll second that! Great guitars at a reasonable price.

Several pickup variations available within the model range.
The Bass Contour Control is very handy.

I have a Flatroc with the Revtrons, love that guitar.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 12:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old March 25th, 2013, 12:46 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I forgot to mention Gretsches. The ones I've tried (the affordable electromatics) didn't do it for me. I was expecting something jangly but they just sound kinda flat and thuddy to me. Though they do a lot different pickups so maybe I should keep looking at them...
ime flat and thuddy could be a setup issue, i.e. pickup height. try playing more of them
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Old March 25th, 2013, 12:50 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I forgot to mention Gretsches. The ones I've tried (the affordable electromatics) didn't do it for me. I was expecting something jangly but they just sound kinda flat and thuddy to me. Though they do a lot different pickups so maybe I should keep looking at them...
Those electromatics are way over priced.. alot of snake oil myth in that brand of guitar..

Just my opinion
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Old March 25th, 2013, 12:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
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You just can't go wrong with an American made G&L. It's built to your specs, alot of pickup options too. At a price that makes you happy.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 01:08 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Looking for jangley, maybe the Casino. Some nice tones come out of it.

When I was on a search for solid body with double hums, I came across a guitar that I instantly fell in love with (like no other guitar ever), but just was not the classic double humbucker sound that I was after at the time. It is the Vox SDC55 and the SCC55. The coil tap arrangement is such that you get three settings per pup and then all sorts of combos. Just a tad brighter than a Les Paul and I must of sat there playing it for three hours. I have bought 2 guitars since then to fill in my "perceived" needs, but those 2 guitars almost haunt me.

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Old March 25th, 2013, 04:08 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm going crazy trying to remember where this is from. Austin Powers maybe?

OP - I Never really considered P-90s bland or sterile. Must be my set up.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 07:58 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Well, I like Teles, P90s and Gretches, so I should probably recommend something I don't like. How about this?


(BC Rich Avenge SOB).

(More seriously, used Hamers can be a nice bargain, at least in the US, and tend to be extremely well made. But I like them, so maybe not).
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Old March 25th, 2013, 08:33 PM   #16 (permalink)
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epiphone riviera with dual mini-humbuckers. if your dual-HB is a solidbody, it'll sound plenty different enough. I'm talking about the USA made 60s version, to be specific -- all bets are off on the japan / korea models.

but jeez, man, you don't like fender and you don't like gretsch and you've got the gibson thing already -- you're a tough person to please. The two that I've had / played and loved that aren't in these general families are the Guild Starfire (gibsonish, depending on pickups) and the Jerry Jones Singlecut.
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Jangly indy pop stuff?

Ric 330 might be worth considering if you don't already have one.
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