This Guitar PLAYS Awesome, But That Guitar SOUNDS Awesome...?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by SolidSteak, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I'd suggest getting the 339 set up better and ask the tech to make sure the bridge matches the board radius.
    I bought an Epi 335 Pro and looked at the 339s, but was surprised to find that the bridges had a smaller radius than the board, so the middle strings are higher than the high and low E strings.
    A proper setup usually has a slightly flatter radius at the bridge to allow a little higher action on the low E and A, which need more clearance.

    WRT those Epi pickups, you could try a used set off ebay in your HH Strat but they won't make a Strat sound like a semi hollow.
    Lots of used HBs for sale, buy & try till your happy!
     
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  2. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

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    A good setup and a few tweaks will make any guitar sound better and play better.

    Some guitars will never sound right to you or play right to you, you have to figure out which ones are which by experiencing them. Some of the problems can be fixed, but other problems will never match you.
     
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  3. supersoldier71

    supersoldier71 Tele-Holic

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    Sort of: my PRS S2 plays awesome, stays in tune, light weight and the satin finish feels good in the hands. I’ve owned it since September of last year and finally coaxed some sounds out of it that I really liked just last night. The guitar is too freakin’ good to get rid of, but even after finding some lovely sounds, a pickup change may be in the future.

    My current Main guitar is a Charvel San Dimas—in NEON YELLOW! Plays great, sounds GREAT; JB/‘59 humbucker set is amazingly versatile. And I’ve never loved a guitar neck profile more than this one, plus it’s also got a satin finish and a compound radius. I’m no jazz player, but this guitar has got me experimenting with chord voicings and inversions that just aren’t comfortable on my other guitars.

    And it weighs at least nine pounds. After playing it for a while, my retired Soldier’s back is killing me.

    So yeah: great player that doesn’t sound great; great sounding guitar with one annoying element.


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  4. radiocaster

    radiocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    The only guitar I've had with a nut too high had a nut done by somebody, it wasn't stock but came with the guitar.

    Is yours stock?
     
  5. Tonetele

    Tonetele Poster Extraordinaire

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    Sounds like the 339 is the one you like. A nut job and a good setup by a luthier and you should be happy.
    Be very specific how you want it set up as I'd hate to see you disappointed.
     
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  6. SolidSteak

    SolidSteak Friend of Leo's

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    I'm not sure... I bought it used from Music Go Round. It likely is stock - just looks like a cheap plastic nut. I'm tempted to hack at it myself, but I don't have any nut slot files or anything like that to use. I've also considered taking the nut off and sanding down the bottom to bring it down. Eh, I'll probably take it to a guy who's worked on my tele before and ask for his opinion.
     
  7. Tommy Biggs

    Tommy Biggs Friend of Leo's

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    I'm a fan of using a good pro, how do you like the way he set up your Tele? Did he set up your Strat?
    I am also a proponent of having a HB guitar, and SC guitar, and having a whammy around too, so I'd make both work. Lot's of great Strat pickup options out there...
     
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  8. SolidSteak

    SolidSteak Friend of Leo's

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    He actually didn't do a setup on the tele; he put in new pickups and widened the nut slots to accomodate a larger string gauge I was using. Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever payed for a professional setup before, but I would definitely trust this guy to do it.

    I'm definitely going to take the Epiphone to him. As for the strat, somehow it played awesome right out of the box!
     
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  9. Mark the Moose

    Mark the Moose Tele-Meister

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    Unless a guitar is really jacked up, like a warped or twisted neck...a good setup should make almost anything play well. If it doesn't sound good, you can maybe fix it with an electronics upgrade and the right strings but it may be a crap shoot.
     
  10. rad1

    rad1 Tele-Afflicted

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    Sometimes ya gotta just cut your losses. The absolutely most wonderful playing guitar I ever owned was one that I could not get a tone out of I liked. I still miss playing it but could not justify keeping a $3,000 guitar that only got used as an unplugged couch guitar.

    It was a Taylor T5z, pictured with my Tele



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    Then there was a guitar where I loved the tone but could never bond with the neck, Gibson es-335, hanging with my Tele again

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