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Unpopular guitar opinions

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by logankolarick, Jun 24, 2017.

  1. logankolarick

    logankolarick Tele-Meister

    May 23, 2017
    I saw this on another forum website, and it may have been posted here before, but I couldn't find it.

    What is an unpopular opinion you hold related to guitar, that most people would say is crazy? I'm hoping this thread isn't a place to tell people their opinions suck. Here's a few of mine.

    1) Gibson les pauls suck. The headstock design is poor and they are too heavy. I could maybe ride with a Jr however.
    2) I don't think there is a huge difference between Mexican and American Fenders.
    3) I only want an American Fender, I wouldn't wear a Mexican Fender with pride, But i take pride in saying my Fender is made in the USA. (see example 2, I'm a hypocrite.)
    4) I don't think Jimi Hendrix is a good guitar player.

    Let's here some of your opinions that may ruffle some feathers! Remember to be respectful.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2017

  2. TimothyC

    TimothyC Tele-Afflicted

    May 12, 2016
    I disagree with just about everything you posted. Is that respectful enough?

  3. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire

    Leo got it wrong the first time.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2017
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  4. william tele

    william tele Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 7, 2009
    Kansas City, MO
    I don't see anything there worth arguing about.

    I've got one opinion that seems to be unpopular. It's my opinion that people should give their guitars to me for free. Haven't found even one person that shares this opinion...

  5. logankolarick

    logankolarick Tele-Meister

    May 23, 2017
    Yeah that was good. haha. That's the point, people usually don't share these opinions. It's definitely not universal.
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  6. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI

    Wood doesn't matter, even on acoustics. There I said it.

    The 3mm thick top on that fancy acoustic offers very little resistance to the 125lbs of string load, it's the depth of the cross-beam bracing holding them and every builder 'tap tones' the top and carves away the bracing until the spring rate is acceptable to them/their recipe. That's why carbon fiber, bamboo, and other materials can function.

    The actual engineering beam geometric strength changes in the ratio of Base * (Depth^3); so the depth of the beam is a cubic increase in strength. Seems like they should be listing the bracing wood material on their spec sheet.


  7. kuvash

    kuvash Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 13, 2010
    Upper California
    I don't care I have and play what I want.
    Oh and Mr.Wm tele....I'm quite positive I sent you
    a guitar it should be there any day now.
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  8. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 16, 2014
    Auburn, California
    My unpopular opinions:

    1. Rolling Stones are a band of mediocre musicians that wrote some good songs 50 years ago, and have been living off that legacy for the past 40 years. None of the hits they've had since Some Girls have been worthy of radio play.

    2. Relic'ing is another word for ruining a perfectly good instrument.

    3. Paul Simon has always sucked without Art Garfunkel, who was the vocal talent of the duo.

    4. John Mayer sounds like he's straining to take a dump when he sings.

  9. jaybones

    jaybones Tele-Afflicted

    Vintage pickups sound better since the electrons in the coils' metal have aligned over time to the magnetic field.

    There is no difference between nitrocellulose and polyurethane finishes in tone. Poly lasts longer and doesn't show wear which IMO is a good thing.

    Worn guitars look terrible.
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  10. David Barnett

    David Barnett Poster Extraordinaire

    Relics and Road Worn models almost always feel and play better than the equivalent non-distressed models.

  11. Downshift

    Downshift Tele-Holic

    Jan 16, 2006
    The Jazzmaster is the best Fender guitar.
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  12. LooseJack

    LooseJack Tele-Meister

    Feb 4, 2017
    transit lounge
    Torrefied maple is the best fretboard material.

  13. LooseJack

    LooseJack Tele-Meister

    Feb 4, 2017
    transit lounge
    There is enough room on my tele control plate for 2 vol and 2 tone pots.

  14. LooseJack

    LooseJack Tele-Meister

    Feb 4, 2017
    transit lounge
    All amp heads should be rack mount
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  15. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    Yes, but is there room underneath it for the pots and wiring?
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  16. middy

    middy Friend of Leo's

    Apr 28, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    1. There are a lot of blowhards around here who wouldn't know talent if it bit them on the arse.
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  17. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    I'd rather have fewer, better guitars.

    Sustain is overrated.

    Wood is integral to tone, but species don't matter in an electric guitar.

    Nitro is better, but doesn't sound different.

    Handwired amps are better, but don't sound different.
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  18. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

    Feb 19, 2015
    Any blue or green or guitar looks like K-Mart vomit.

    Good playing sparkles, so guitars should not.

    Fuzz boxes/tones ruin otherwise passably good tones. If I want to hear wet cardboard attacking a dead dog I'll look in my basement again.

    A guitarist who doesn't think that drum tones are as important as guitar tones doesn't understand music.

    Shredding and heavy metal: Overdrive and distortion are too important a musical tool and palette to be toyed with to such artless extremes. Hot Sauce Matters.

    Ovation guitars: Should have all been used to blow up Three Rivers Stadium, Riverfront Stadium, and other fake-turf/concrete bowl sins against the human spirit.

    Gibson acoustics can sound awful muddy in their bass and mid-range registers (but nicely sweet in their upper registers), and it boggles me how people can't hear that almost all Martins are so much crisper, all around.

    Bigsbys are cool and expressive, even on Teles.

    SG's are really, really ugly.

    Jazzmasters are even uglier than SG's--wheels on a guitar??--but so, so expressive (partly 'cause of those damn wheels).

    I kind of like those curly/coily guitar cords popular in the '70s, but since the '70s were damnable, I can't admit that to myself.

    Chet Atkins looks so serene that he bores me so badly that I can't form any opinion about his playing.

    I like those over-ambered/clumsily-vintage-toned necks on even cheap guitars.

    I think that using thumb and slipped-on finger picks is kind of cheating (but I'd like to get good at it).
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  19. Scottsgarage

    Scottsgarage TDPRI Member

    Oct 1, 2014
    Santa Cruz
    1. string brand doesn't matter
    2. A whole lot of folks who go on and on about intonation are tone deaf
    3. there should be a category of music where you can not use any pedals at all
    that's a start
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  20. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    The typical crunch sound associated with humbuckers sounds horrible.
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