What do you obsess about with guitars? What’s your guitar quirk?

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  1. klobasa

    klobasa Tele-Holic

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    I obsess about having the most minimalistic gear possible, but every single detail setup to perfection. I have only two hands, so one guitar and one amp should be enough. Currenty, I have two amps, so I failed. I don't like having any unused gear laying around, if it's not used pretty much all the time, it goes for sale.

    I also obsess about not having anything other than one cable between my guitar and my amp.

    I am open to own (=play everyday) whatever style of guitar, as long as the guitar is a vintage style telecaster without body contours.
     
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  2. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity

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    I obsess over the resonance and response, where the guitar feels alive. Nothing is harder to play than a dead unresponsive guitar for me. They can have no rattling hardware etc, and the neck joint must be air tight as possible. Next is a versatile guitar. Set-up needs to be in the ballpark, but less important to me. I don't care about how it looks at all (obviously).
     
  3. RollingBender

    RollingBender Tele-Afflicted Vendor Member

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    New strings
     
  4. jamesepowell

    jamesepowell Tele-Holic

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    Clarity. I need double stops & chords to be clear, not muddy.
     
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  5. Doomguy

    Doomguy Tele-Meister

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    Necks. Big, thick ones are my favorite. I can go for medium ones but don't prefer it. If you hand me one of the modern, shreddy Ibanezes I'll hand it right back to you. But weirdly enough I can get along with most Jacksons. I've only ever played/owned one LTD but I absolutely love the neck on it.
     
  6. Gardo

    Gardo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Pickup adjustment. If I sit down to play and decide that something doesn’t sound quite right I’m in danger. If I pick up a screwdriver to tweak the pickups a little that’s the end of playing. Half an hour later perfection is still one adjustment away.
     
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  7. Chipss36

    Chipss36 Tele-Holic

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    With vintage clone stuff, getting it right.

    ocd style. Like a capacitor that looks the part. Or styrene parts on a 54 strat, or slotted screws on a blackguard, a 50s les Pual with the correct 1950s shape pick guard, and single ring single/line tuners,

    little things most sane people would never fuss over.
     

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  8. regularslinky

    regularslinky Tele-Afflicted

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    I like big necks, and I cannot lie
    You other brothers can’t deny
    I like 'em round, and big
    And when I'm throwin' a gig
    I just can't help myself, I'm actin' like an animal
    Now here's my scandal: D7810E62-7E16-4043-BAC7-753CE9587CB6.jpeg
     

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  9. Cesspit

    Cesspit Tele-Holic

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    I learnt to play on some really awful guitars back in the day so anything goes with guitars for me.
    However, I don't like glossy (sticky) necks so I sand down the back of all my guitar necks to a smooth, matt and slippery finish.
     
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    kbold Friend of Leo's

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    Agree .... glossy necks shouldn't be.
    But, frets I like shiny. The shinier the better.
     
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  11. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

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    I'm with the thick neck brigade, love necks that are 1" at the first fret.
    Profile is not that important, and neither is width (as long as it is at least 1-11/16").

    Oh, and light guitars, anything over 8lbs is not for me!
     
  12. Stanford Guitar

    Stanford Guitar Friend of Leo's

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    I intonate my guitars a bit differently than most players. That's pretty much the only thing I'm obsessive about.
     
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  13. Nick Fanis

    Nick Fanis Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    1.Relief.
    Even a hint of it makes me crazy.
    I want dead straight necks.
    Everything else neck wise ,fret size,width, profile etc,is fine by me I get used to it in a few minutes.

    2.new strings.
    I religiously change strings after 8-10 hours of actual playing.
    A guitar with dead and twangless wound strings is my worst nightmare.
     
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  14. Fretting out

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    Yes! Dan, that’s what I’m talkin about!

    Like a few others I can tell you are a man of comprehension (coming from someone with no comprehension..) based on the poll I thought I was surrounded by geniuses...;)
     
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    I LOVE a well crafted neck, don't care how fat/thin it is.

    And I HATE WITH AN UNDYING PASSION any sunburst finish that contains black. Those guitars are dead to me.

    Edit: I also hate sticky poly necks. Sandpaper time . . .
     
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    I understand completely and am exactly the same way, if I start making an adjustment I’ll be there for an hour because even if it’s fine I can make it better (especially with action)

    Sometimes I’ll finally give up and put the guitar away and when I pick it up again I’ll play it and go “well dang! That’s fine and forget there was even an issue” I think time away helps
     
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    Fretting out Poster Extraordinaire

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    WHAT! Who doesn’t like a mid to late 60’s “target burst”
    I bet from the I.Q thread you are definitely either a genius or insane, stark raving mad!
     
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  18. Old Deaf Roadie

    Old Deaf Roadie Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    It's got to stay in tune. I despise having to retune after almost every song. It is the #1 reason I avoid whammy bars.
     
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    Tell me about these strings? Wound-G?
     
  20. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    It’s the D’Addario XL Heavy set, 12,16,20(unwound),32,42,54.
    They’re bright sounding, and I usually get 3-4 gigs out of them before I kill the wound strings, and they sound dull, and I have to change them.
    I use them on my main gigging guitars, my avatar, B bender Cabronita and Chet.
    My recreational guitars get D’Addario Medium, 11-49.
    I play those guitars at home.
     
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