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The essence of the Strat

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by RoscoeElegante, Nov 21, 2020.

  1. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

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    Yes, it's great at many things. And the player's skills and tastes are of course crucial.

    But, to me, this clip, like Knopfler's best moments (especially the gloriously long outro of "Tunnel of Love"), really show what a Strat's great qualities are. What's built into it. Those sproingy, sweet, bell-like chimes and ghost whispers. I love almost all kinds of and tones from guitars. But when only a Strat's pure Strattiness will do, this is it. Mesmerizing stuff.


    This gent is a wizard, generally. His YouTube clips are well worth getting hooked on.
     
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    That guy can stretch his fingers out as far as I've seen anybody do. Sweet strat playing and tones
     
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    I’ll have to check out the clip later - but I totally agree with your sentiments about Knopfler’s brilliant live outro solos for Tunnel. Absolutely some of the best guitar playing you’ll ever hear! ;)
     
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    That guy might have the most amazing hands I have ever seen
     
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    Mark's tone on Down to the Waterline is how I usually hear a Strat in my head. That and the huge, round, syrupy tone of the neck pickup.

     
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    When I think of pure, crystalline, clean Strat tone...this is what I hear

     
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    I know I’ve watched that video before, but I’ve never noticed that his strap isn’t clipped to the upper horn. Does he have a button on one of the neck plate screws?
     
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    Yep.
     
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    I know wicked GTR (RIP) was a member here for a while but this is what I always think of when I think of Strat tones
     
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    +1
     
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    For me, three guys sum up what covers many moods of the Strat: Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knopfler, and Rory Gallagher.

    That said, there are more!
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    That didn't sound like a neck pickup to me, and if you look at the closeup at 2:16, you can see that Mark is on the middle pickup there, not the neck. Maybe I misunderstood your post, since you said when you think of a Strat, you think of this AND the Strat neck pickup tone.
     
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  14. DougM

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    I used to watch The Chris Isaak show on Showtime, because it was funny, and also to see the band and Herschel. He's a very under-rated player.
     
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    I love the sound of the neck pickup on a Strat, so my reference tone for a Strat would be the clean neck pickup tones on SRV's Tin Pan Alley and Eric Johnson's Trademark.
     
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