Getting Rid of a Guitar Because It Just Sounded Bad

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  1. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Well, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade, but sometimes even that doesn't work. Let's share our stories about when we had to let go of a very cool guitar because of its sound not being right.

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    I bought this particular strat last year because I loved the way it looked and it had a neck to die for. Sound wise, she was wonderful, IF I played it by myself, but when the rehearsals for the Nirvana Tribute started I quickly found out that the sound just wasn't there, no really, I couldn't get any sound from it. Within the overall sound of the band, my strat just vanished. It drove me nuts, no matter what I tried: I put in different pickups, tried another amp, nothing worked, the sound just wasn't there.
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    So after having changed the pickups (I put Seymour Duncan Quarterpound Pickups in there) and finding out that it made no difference, I decided to give up, if its sound doesn't improve with high quality and equally high output pickups, NOTHING could make this strat sound good.

    So I decided to let it go, but I do say that I miss it, she was just so beautiful.
     
  2. popthree

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    I got rid of one that smelled bad
     
  3. blowtorch

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    Yeah I struggle with this with some of my guits. It's like "dang, it looks so cool, I gotta find a way to make it sound cool, too"
    It can be a real rabbit hole
     
  4. That Cal Webway

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    Yes
     
  5. WetBandit

    WetBandit Friend of Leo's

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    Got rid of an 03 SG Standard that both sounded bad and played bad... and was worth more to me sold than to keep it around.

    One of the few guitars I've ever sold. Also the first Gibson I ever owned... go figure.
     
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    Care to elaborate? Cigs, urine, fish, B.O.? Gotta be a story there.
     
  7. LOSTVENTURE

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    I bought a new Les Paul Custom around 1982. The pickups just sounded dead from the start. No matter what elevation I set them at they just had no decent tone. I kept it for a couple of years, trying to get something to work, since everybody else kept saying how great those pickups sounded. I eventually traded for a Gretsch Duo Jet.
     
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  8. Obsessed

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    Nope. I guess I have lived a charmed life ... or else I checked to make sure I liked a guitar before I bought it. Duh.
     
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  9. Fiesta Red

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    Yep. I loved the look, it felt pretty good, but couldn’t get along with the tone. It was kinda rare, so rather than modifying it, I sold it
     
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    If it played good but lacked punch, I would try to not only swap out pickups, but I would upgrade the whole harness as well. If a guitar played good and also stayed in tune, I can usually get one to sound decent. The problem could also be with the amp you are playing. Some amps just don't sound good with some guitars I have discovered.
     
  11. popthree

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    Probably all but the fish. It was just awful.
     
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    I sold a 1990 Gibson SG because while it could rock hard, the clean tone sounded like mud. I had enough other guitars (single coils) that sounded good both clean and with overdrive and so I decided it wasn't worth keeping a guitar that sounded only half good. Could have tried other pickups I suppose.
     
  13. Torren61

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    ALL my guitars sound bad until someone else plays them.
     
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    The more I practice the better my guitars sound.
    Weird...
     
  15. thunderbyrd

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    yes, I did indeed sell a guitar because it sounded bad. I learned a valuable lesson on that deal. it was a fine looking Gibson les paul traditional. I bought it in a parking lot. the guy I bought from seemed a respectable older fellow and he "just didn't like having strangers at his house". And yes, when you are screwing someone over on a deal, you probably don't want them to know where you live.

    so I buy the guitar from this codger and get it home and plug her up. bridge pu, fine, neck pu fine both together, absolute trash. if I had played this plugged in, I would have never bought it.

    in those days, I didn't really have a tech. I don't like to work on guitars much cause I don't know what i'm doing. I also, after i'd had it a few days, didn't like the finish much, it looked fakey to me. so I slapped it back up on craigslist again.

    and here's lesson two. I did not say anything in the ad about it sounding bad. what sounds like buzzard guts to me might sound like nirvana (or Nirvana) to you. but when someone responded, I had the guy come to my house. and I had an amp sitting right here for him to sample it. the guy comes, looks it over, hits a few licks and said, "i'll take it". honestly, believe it or not, I said, "Want to plug it in?" he said nope, gave me the cash and split. about a month or two later, I saw it on craislist again.

    don't buy an electric guitar from a stranger unless you plug it in and hear what it really is.
     
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    Had a mid 90's mim strat sounded like garbage even we'll set up. Threw parts (pups, pots etc) at it, no better so gave it to a friend, he ended up using it for parts. RIP
     
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    You bet! I had a Martin DM acoustic, the guitar sounded like it was dead, no jangle. I always wanted a Casino. Bought one new at GC. The guitar sounded sickly, making open chords, or picking for that matter. Brought it back to GC, theier tech looked at, did a truss rod adjustment?? Anyway I hung onto for over a year, finally just got sick of it, traded it back into GC, took a tremendous beating on it. I think with the case (I bought an epi case for it) I got $230. Good Riddance!
     
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    I once had basically this guitar. Mine was an MIJ 68 reissue. I basically had the same experience with it & then did the same thing. It was super cool....... but mostly useless.

    A couple years ago I put together an Ash Strat with maple neck. Again, cool guitar I don't particularly like. I have an Ash Tele I like. I can't explain it. I really really wanna like it but something isn't right.

    I had a 79 Les Paul Firebrand. Loved the basic guitar, hated the original T-Top pickups. I could have swapped the pickups in that one, then loved the whole guitar. I just didn't want to be the one who "ruined" a vintage Gibson. I should have though.
     
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    An 82 Custom likely had T-Top pickups. Though lots of people love them, I hate those. I think there's too much output making them muddy. Only good for KISS style rock..lol. If you want any kind of clarity or definition, they're brutal.
     
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    I can think of 3!

    2006 Gibson SG Classic (P90s)
    2008 Fender American Standard Stratocaster
    2013 Gibson Les paul Standard

    All 3 of them, somehow just did not fit in with the sound of the bands I was in, and for the blues jams I was going to. The SG in particular just could not cut through the mix; the strat sounded too tinny, and the Les Paul was simply mud city.
     
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