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a guitar you love but doesnt work for you

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by thumbpick, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. thumbpick

    thumbpick Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 22, 2012
    SG...i like what angus does with it, and trucks etc. but for me those wierd little devil horns, bodys too thin and shape doesnt fit me..not to mention the neck joint feels like i could snap it off, but in the right hands they sound cool
  2. idjster

    idjster Friend of Leo's

    I've always like the Ibanez 'S' series of guitars, but I just can't play them well and they don't suit the style of music I like. But there's some nice guitars in the series...
  3. Shango66

    Shango66 Friend of Leo's

    Aug 15, 2012
    I agree on the SG, although a keeper.i was sent a photo of me playing it and ....... It looks plain weird on me
    Something's not right re balancing from the strap...sure they are neck heavy.
    Angus has his kinda high, hhhhmmm.
    I use it for teaching, flipped onto my lap they make a great desk.
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  5. TheGoodTexan

    TheGoodTexan Doctor of Teleocity

    Apr 28, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    Anything with P90s - I really love what other people do with them, and for years I tried it too. I had a Les Paul "Gem" in tobacco burst with P90s and just couldn't make it work. I even pulled the stock Gibson P90s out of it at one point and had ordered a custom set of P90s from Seymour Duncan, before he was making the Antiquity stuff. Still - I can't make them sound good.

    I got an Epiphone Casino with P90s at one point too and couldn't make it do a thing for me.

    I tried a P90 in the neck spot of my Tele for a while too. Nope.
  6. dannew02

    dannew02 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 2, 2010
    Erin Prarie, WI
    LP's. My first guitar was a copy of one, ever since then I just can't deal with the shape or the weight. Others make them sound awesome but I just can't deal with them.

  7. Colo Springs E

    Colo Springs E Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 4, 2003
    Colorado Springs
    I dig SGs, but that is one complaint I have about them... nearly always get that neck dive thing going, and it drives me crazy.
  8. dburns

    dburns Friend of Leo's

    I dig the SG look and sound too, but have never been able to get a feel for them. I'm not a big guy at all, but an SG feels like a toy in my hands. Maybe I just need to spend more time with one, but they feel totally awkward.

    Les Pauls don't feel like a toy, but they feel just as awkward.
  9. jhundt

    jhundt Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 23, 2003
    I bought a beautiful cherry-red Gibson LP Special 1976 reissue of a '54 Special. I bought it new, it is one of the first 'reissue' models by a major manufacturer. It is a beautiful guitar, I love to play it.

    But it has no character, sonically. It's just another plain old guitar. It has 2 "P-90s", though who knows what Gibson was putting on there in the 70s. They certainly don't have any of the thrill that makes guys rave about P90s.

    So that beautiful guitar just hangs around, and never gets to go to the gig.
  10. DonMI6

    DonMI6 Tele-Holic

    Jan 5, 2012
    Maitland, Australia
    SG again. Lots of my favorite players have used one (Angus, Tony Iommi, Pete Townshend etc) but I've never played one that did it for me.
  11. CountryVoodoo

    CountryVoodoo Tele-Meister

    Oct 27, 2012
    Can I have it?
  12. Daddy Hojo

    Daddy Hojo Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 25, 2011
    Jaguars and jazzmasters look awesome but sound terrible in my hands. Sad thing is, I think the looks of these guitars look just like what I need, but they never fail to sound like toys to me.
  13. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity

    Feb 12, 2011
    I have a 55 LP 77 Reissue....

    Just don't take out much anymore, since, I get more refined stuff
    out of other guitars I use....plays so excellent, though, I hate not taking it out.
  14. sir humphrey

    sir humphrey Friend of Leo's

    May 3, 2011
    MusicMan Silhouette - very well put together guitar that sounds great but I just didn't get along with mine
  15. McGlamRock

    McGlamRock Friend of Leo's

    I have a Taylor 314-CE that just isn't passing muster. I imagine I'll probably sell it eventually and save up for a really nice dreadnought.
  16. sir humphrey

    sir humphrey Friend of Leo's

    May 3, 2011
    I don't think it's just you - there's a reason such cool looking guitars never really took off.
  17. Dan R

    Dan R Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Charleston, SC
    I am going to have to say the Stratocaster. I love these guitars, but I was so disappointed with my brand new Am. Std. I bought in the mid 90's, I have not owned one since. It was all I could ever want as far as playability, but the sound just didn't make it. I thought of changing pickups, but I just went back to the tele. I really love Fenders and this is one my favorite models. I'll try one again someday, I think.

    Dan R
  18. Agitator

    Agitator Friend of Leo's

    Nov 22, 2010
    In transit
    Ironically, for me, it's my Tele. It was the first "good" guitar I bought, and I love it to pieces (a friend offered to trade me an ES-335 for it and I turned him down) but I hardly ever pick it up these days. Maybe I'll bring it to my gig tomorrow and see if it's got any hidden mojo that I've been neglecting.
  19. william tele

    william tele Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 7, 2009
    Kansas City, MO
    SG...many reasons but mostly this particular SG wouldn't stay tuned for a whole song. Looking back it was probably an easy fix but I put that thing down and ran away from it.
  20. dngrsdave

    dngrsdave Tele-Meister

    Jul 5, 2011
    Also my Stratocaster. It was the first guitar I bought when I got back into playing a few years ago, but I just can't bond with it. I'd rather play my Tele if I need a single coil sound.
  21. Justinvs

    Justinvs Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 31, 2008
    Wise River, Montana
    Me too. Matter of fact I spent an afternoon a couple weeks ago setting th eold LP copy up, restringing it, etc. Sounds just fine but doesn't feel right in my hands. Even on a real LP the scale and width doesn't seem to fit my hands like Fenders do. Maybe I spent too many years playing bass?
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