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Unread 04-28-2007, 03:05 PM   #1
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Looking for new electric guitar

-Experience just over 2 years
-Guitar # Second electric guitar
-Why you want a new guitar, if this is not your first i rekon its time for a change...I've been playing the same yamaha pac 012 for 2 years, and the frets are wearing down and the electronics are going...
-Price range I live in the UK, so i'd hazard a guess at about $200-400
-Guitars you've looked at I like the feel of fender strats..
-Musical style Funk, blues, P&W, rock
-If you're willing to buy used gear Yes
-Situations you play in i play in a rock/punk/funk band and we gig occasionaly...also in the P&W band at church
-Any timelines nope
-Any other information that is relevant. i dont really want a fender strat because everyone seems to own one and i'd like to be different

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Unread 04-28-2007, 03:09 PM   #2
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I'd say try a G&L, or Carvin Bolt, though I don't know what the prices are like over there.

Sounds like you want a Fender Strat that isn't a Fender Strat, right?
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Unread 04-28-2007, 03:13 PM   #3
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Peavey USA Raptor or Predator maybe.

Please note. As far as I know the USA made ones are of far better quality than their imports...

However, these are relatively inexpensive so they shouldn't hit your budget to bad. In my opinion they need a touch of work in the electronics to be top notch guitars. But for the price...
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Unread 04-28-2007, 03:17 PM   #4
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I'd say try a G&L, or Carvin Bolt, though I don't know what the prices are like over there.

Sounds like you want a Fender Strat that isn't a Fender Strat, right?
I think G&L and Carvin would be above the price range new, so used would be the best bet. But, as far as lots of folks playing Fenders, I'd say there's good reason for that. My G&L Legacy is nowhere near my MIJ Fender, my 50th Anniversary or my James Burton Tele, that's why it doesn't get played much. Maybe I bought into the marketing hype, but, I'm glad I bought it used at the fraction of a new one. Just sharing my experience with these guitars...
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I think G&L and Carvin would be above the price range new, so used would be the best bet. But, as far as lots of folks playing Fenders, I'd say there's good reason for that. My G&L Legacy is nowhere near my MIJ Fender, my 50th Anniversary or my James Burton Tele, that's why it doesn't get played much. Maybe I bought into the marketing hype, but, I'm glad I bought it used at the fraction of a new one. Just sharing my experience with these guitars...
Isn't the legacy series the import series of G & L?
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Unread 04-28-2007, 03:40 PM   #6
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Check out Godins. If you buy used, you could afford any one of their performance series guitars.
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Unread 04-28-2007, 03:42 PM   #7
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Isn't the legacy series the import series of G & L?
That would be Tribute. Tribute makes a Strat style guitar that's very nice. It's made in Korea, not the US, but it's a fine guitar.
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Then, on a whim, a few years ago I wandered into a Bath and Body Works store at a local mall and picked up some of their gentle foaming anti-bacterial hand cleansers.
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Unread 04-28-2007, 04:34 PM   #8
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Isn't the legacy series the import series of G & L?
No, Legacy is USA made, but it is the Strat style with three Alnico magnet pickups designed by Leo, just like a Fender Strat. We also have the S-500, which is a Strat style, USA made model with MFD (hotter) pickups. These two are still way better than the Tribute line in my opinion. But, like I said, they trail my Fenders as far as what I like to hear and feel.
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Unread 04-29-2007, 12:59 AM   #9
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OK, sorry for late response, it was like 11.00pm and i needed some sleep...

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I'd say try a G&L, or Carvin Bolt, though I don't know what the prices are like over there.
I dont think carvin sell guitars over here, but I'll chen out G&L

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Sounds like you want a Fender Strat that isn't a Fender Strat, right?
well, yeah, to start with, but now after reading other's posts i'm more drawn to the fender now..i guess i could get a new pickguard or something if i want it to be different...or sick some stickers on it or something :nervous laugh:
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They'd probably be the easiest to find, too. There are lots of things, gratefully, that you can do to change up a strat, though.
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cool i'll go with that then.

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I say, save up some more money and get a used Highway One Strat HSS. At $750 new, they're the most inexpensive MIA Fender Strat that can be bought.
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For years I used a typical off-the-shelf bar-type soap and I had no idea that, even though I rinsed properly and thoroughly after every cleansing, there was still a soap scum residue on my hands and fingers.
This negatively affected my tone in ways that I just can't describe.
Then, on a whim, a few years ago I wandered into a Bath and Body Works store at a local mall and picked up some of their gentle foaming anti-bacterial hand cleansers.
The difference in my guitar's sound is so wickedly improved that I no longer feel the need to buy a new amp or pedals or even strings...EVER!
So, it's my belief that tone is in the soap.
Thank you and goodnight.
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I'd say get a used Fender regular strat or fat strat.
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Unread 04-29-2007, 01:47 PM   #14
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or a used Fender American strat. Alot of people say you pay more for the name on them, but fenders aren't overpriced to start with.
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Unread 04-29-2007, 11:49 PM   #15
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Well, out of all my guitars I would say go with a Gretsch Penguin. It's got some great tone.
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