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  1. William Pugh

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    This. Unless the variation brings you joy.
     
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    If it were me:
    Starcaster: is sentimental, so take it out of the equation: Keep
    Squire: Keep
    Bullet: Take off the pickguard and check out the routing, it may be able to take a humbucker.
    If it can, then look for a HB to replace the singles. If it is only routed for singles, then take a look at humbucker pickups that fit into a single coil cavity. There are many of them out there, DImarzio Cruisers are an example of that type of pickup.
    This would help you get a better sound out of the bullet for $100 or less.
    Amps: Sell all the guitar amps and one bass amp. Get a more versatile amp or a modeler with a FRFR. The Boss Katana 50 MKII is a great low cost amp at $229. It'll give you good sounds and has a large amount of effects built-in. A decent entry-level modeler with speaker will cost you more than double that.

    On another note, the Laney cabinet isn't hard to rewire. If you take a picture of all the speakers, I can tell you how to wire it. The total cost of re-wiring should be under $10.
     
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    I would simplify and, reduce to two decent guitars, one with single coils, one with humbuckers. One decent amp, doesn't have to be tube, solid state, there are a lot of Great amps out there for a decent price. All new is not necessary, good used gear is way more affordable and, some great deals can be made. Keep any pedals at a minimum, don't overdo it. Good pedals can be had for a very economical price. Get the gear you want and, play it. You'll be a happier and, more content and, that will make you play more and, you'll become a better musician.
    In my over 50yrs of playing if something didn't sound or play right or if I to diddle with controls it was an GONE!
     
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    Get you a Vox MV AC head(50 watts?!?). It’s ridiculously fantastic. Squier Classic vibes are a great axe for the $$. Might be able to get both used for that $$. I just picked up a Peavey 6505 mini head and I’ll take the little Vox all day. Lower end Gretch’s are phenomenal right now.
     
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    Not what you want to hear, but I wound't buy ANYTHING else right now. You're all over the map. I'd sell everything but the acoustic and the bass and while you're doing that, think about what you want. If you don't know if you want a tele, a strat, an LP, a Gretsch or a Danelectro, you're not ready to buy. Those are really, really different animals.

    The best advice you'll ever get - don't "settle" for what you can afford; save your money and buy what you want. You probably have more money in all those cheap guitars than it would cost for a really nice guitar. Just my 2 cents.
     
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    buy 2 (used) of this reactive load box:

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    now, I can play and record my tube amps, whenever I want without:

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    Bought 5F1 kit, which I have yet to build.
     
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    great question :) if i was you i would take the laney in for a tune up....thats 250.........then buy a used ev12l 12" speaker n build a home made 1x12 cab :) definitly get ur tube head tuned up by a pro....... get the foundation solid :) well tuned tube amp and pro level speakers will change up your rig in a good way..... the rest is up to ur fingers and your attitude..... can't buy those
     
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    Freakin Monoprice!

    Who ever woulda thought....... I just gotta love the hokey factor of it!

    I have the Monoprice five watter and unplugged the NFB loop and put in a hot NOS Bugleboy 12ax7 and an RCA 6L6GC Blackplate, I crank the Volume and the Tone to #10 and run it thru a Marshall 1960 B Loaded with four Alnico Creambacks.
    It does the Funk 49 and also the Paul Kossoff -All Right Now types of tone very well!
     
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    +1 . I was going to suggest this too , I have one with the p90s I bought a couple years ago , really nice for the price ! Pair it with a 5 watt amp like the Valve Jr , or a Bugera V5 or similar and you could get some nice , manageable sound in a home environment without bothering your neighbors too much .
     
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    Get a Squier Classic Vibe Strat. You might upgrade something in the future, maybe by selling some stuff of your own (the Starcaster?). But probably you won't NEED to do It. They're pretty good as they are, and in your budget.
     
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    Get a new tuner for the Starcaster, it sounds like you should keep it to stay in touch with the memories. That's not much money compared to getting another guitar. If you want humbucker sound get an Epiphone SG or LP, they aren't that much worse than the Gibson versions. It can actually be hard to tell the difference. Or, you can get humbuckers in a Strat or get a Telecaster with a humbucker at the neck.

    You have a guitar and an amp you don't like much, why do you still have them? Trade or sell and fatten your wallet, then you can look for something you do like.
     
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    Here's what I would do with $400:

    1. Buy a good low-wattage tube amp playing/recording at home. That Bassbreaker is a great option.

    2. Get a loaded pick guard for the Strat under $50 because you like the way it plays but not the way it sounds:

    https://www.guitarfetish.com/search.asp?keyword=wired+pickguard

    3. Spend the last few dollars on a wall hanger for the Starcaster because you're only keeping it for sentimental reasons:

    https://www.guitarfetish.com/Oak-Wall-Mount-guitar-Hanger-with-mounting-hardware_p_40004.html
     
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    Squier bass VI is my next.
     
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    Agree with a lot of the contributors here in that the first thing I would suggest is to get rid of the things that (for whatever reason) you are not happy with... the Bullet strat, starcaster... and do you really need so many amps? Take time out to find a good humbucker strat (or a Squier mustang?)... tone-wise what seems to be missing is a good P90 guitar... 400 plus the sale of some of your other stuff could bag a decent second hand Squier Tele custom II, a Gibson SG or DC junior or special... just a thought, and happy hunting!
     
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    make an extra car payment?
     
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    First of all, sell off some gear that you arent using/don't want. This will help you to define your budget and figure out what you can afford. Second, find the weak spot in your rig. Is there a sound you are looking for that you cannot get right now? Or is there something that is holding you back from being inspired to play something? Third, DO YOUR RESEARCH!!! I cannot stress enough that you need to do your research to know about what you are buying and if it´ś right for you. Fourth, play what inspires you. At the end of the day, gear is just gear and you can make music with whatever you get, so make the most of that piece of gear and use it to its fullest potential.
     
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    You basically have kind of explained my end goal. At least I think that's a wise way to go.


    I really appreciate all the comments. Please understand that I'm not going to be doing anything right this second and seems like maybe I didn't make it clear in my original post. I'm not totally dismayed with the stuff I'm using right now. I'm not in LOVE with them and I'd like better but they are working and doing a decent job. Probably some of my comments may have seemed otherwise.

    But I do want to get better stuff. If the budget will allow.


    I do have some amp specific questions... If anyone feels like helping me understand. I don't know a LOT about amps other than what I had back in the 90's. And even then I don't think I knew a lot about them. My go to gear that was probably best combo I had was a Peavey Classic 50 and the Mexican Tele. I had other guitars and amps but that was where I thought was the best. My main amp before that was a peavey 100 watt head and 4x12 cabinet. Maybe I said that. To me it just lacked warmth. Sounded kind of dry and... and it was overkill for our venues and practice.

    The classic 50 was a much nicer sounding amp. However, I'm not sure I remember totally loving the clean sound. I liked the distortion / gain sound though.

    So now my two amp questions are this:

    First.. if someone can kind of break down amps in general for me... Like what is a "Class A" amp and is there b, c and d or what? Does that even apply to me at my budget? I don't have enough money to talk high end stuff. So that might not even matter.

    Secondly, I know there are like categories of amps that I don't quite have a handle on... Like the difference between this type of tube amp and that type. I watched a Rhet Shull video where he goes amp shopping and I think they were saying you got like low output and high output. High being like Marshalls and then there are smaller names that go with that. Low output being Vox.

    I feel like I'd probably like a good tube amp. But the main goal for me is to not play loud, but to record. However, the smaller the amps are a lot of times the less eq'ing they have and that can be difficult when trying to get different sounds. Like if you're going to do a, what is it a blues junior, or the amps that have a single circuit and like no eq'ing ability at all. Or just a "tone" knob.... I mean then it seems like you would want several guitars for different sounds. Or one guitar that has a lot of options like a 2 humbuckers that coil split type thing.


    Anyways.. like so many things in life in the year 2020, there a crap ton of choices, not a lot of time to try them all, not enough money and I gotta somehow narrow down my search. But for sure I like smaller amps that are gonna sound good at lower volumes. I don't need it to rattle the windows or play in large venues. Although it would be a bonus if they had a line out or ability to plug into that laney cabinet for when I do play with my drummer. Even just one of the 12" speakers moves a lot more air than the 8" speaker in my Vox. And for practice I don't necessarily need perfection in tone.

    As far as guitars go... I will keep taking opportunities to play stuff. I actually played several yesterday at my music go round. And I don't really feel like I'm all over the place. I like and do well with Tele's. That's a given. I like the feel of strats but have a hard time finding sounds I like. I also know that 335's tend to feel decent to me. I played one last night and I liked it a lot. Although I felt like 5th and 6th string felt squishy and not a lot of bottom end, but the first 4 strings sounded really nice (wasn't playing anything through an amp)

    I played a Classic Vibe Jazzmaster, Fender Duo Sonic, Epiphone Les Paul, Yamaha Pacifica, another yamaha... A Reverend of some sort (2 P-90's kind of a Tele shape but had the arm relief), A squire Thinline Tele, and a few more that I don't even remember.

    I think I liked the "Feel" of the jazzmaster the best but I'm skeptical about getting sounds from one of them I like. They always seem to me to be a lot like a Strat but a bit different. But in the same category of thin and tinny sounding to me. Probably not the HH ones but the white p90 ish ones and the single coil jaguars... The Duo Sonic felt good. I was kind of surprised but to me I didn't really notice the difference in scale while playing.... And there again, was a mexican. I think I just like those mexicans. Generally speaking. My P Bass is a Mexican and I love it.

    The thinline felt really good. I think it was an Affinity... Actually I don't remember what level it was. They might not make an affinity thinline. I don't really like the extra twang the thinlines seem to produce....


    I think in the end I want a Mexican Tele and a good amp. But I'm not sure what a "good" amp is in my budget and needs. I like the idea of a 3 band eq, but not sure it's necessary. My goal would be to get a really good creamy clean sound, one that is good for strumming chords and bar chords. And then be able to have a good gain / distortion sound. I think I need a delay pedal. I've never owned one. Or one that has it in the amp.

    Is a Boss Katana NOT a modeler amp or what? I thought it was.
     
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    Epiphone , got some new es335 with the new headstock . Only 450 i think . There is even a special edition in olive green . Also the Casino with worn finish.
     
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