Guitars that keep you honest

Dan German

Doctor of Teleocity
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Who else has one? I have a tendency to be ham-fisted, so longer scale necks, reasonable-sized frets, and nothing less than .10s keep my left hand in line, but no one guitar makes me face up to my death-grip and my tendency to pound when I should strum like my Takamine 12 string. Aside from the extra strings, it has the volume and sustain of a piano. Things get messy fast. I played it today for the first time in a while, and I think it’s time to make it my #1 for a while. My touch will be all the better for it when I switch back to my usuals.
 

jays0n

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I wear the cowboy chord frets out way too fast and so recently started looking at why. I am pretty sure now that it is me the term “ham-fisted” was created for.

I put 8s on my Tele to learn to play lighter and that thing keeps me honest. Any ham-bone slapped on that neck pushes the strings all out of whack.
 

tanplastic

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Who else has one? I have a tendency to be ham-fisted, so longer scale necks, reasonable-sized frets, and nothing less than .10s keep my left hand in line, but no one guitar makes me face up to my death-grip and my tendency to pound when I should strum like my Takamine 12 string. Aside from the extra strings, it has the volume and sustain of a piano. Things get messy fast. I played it today for the first time in a while, and I think it’s time to make it my #1 for a while. My touch will be all the better for it when I switch back to my usuals.
You'll have a fretting arm like Popeye's.
Since recently revisiting my love for acoustics, my electric sound has improved I think.
Make a racket!
 

jaxjaxon

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If you want one that will force you to play better and with a light touch get one with a scalloped fret board or use super jumbo frets. I am a little Ham handed so I like smaller vintage type frets, I like to feel the fret board under my fingers.
 

tanplastic

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This is the most 'revealing' guitar I own, and I have a Gatton Telecaster with the original Bardens.
Notes are really dry and present, every miffed note and hesitation is amplified, playing with authority is rewarded with solid fundamental tone.
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Festofish

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I too prefer a 25.5” scale neck. I can get the articulation with my hammer fist as well. Sometimes I’ll notice how tightly I’m grabbing the neck. I’ve worked on it a lot but still tend to go sharp on a 24.75 scale. My Tacoma sounds beautiful but doesn’t hide much.
 




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