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dragontele

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  1. Just found this thread and it's a good one. I saw Rory G. about '74 or '75, somewhere in there .... I dragged a chair into what these days would be called the mosh pit, and stood on it so I could better watch him play -- it was like watching that beat-up Strat breathe fire. As they say, he made it look easy.
  2. Since you've gone a couple of weeks with no reply .... ----- if so, how would i connect/disconnect the wires to make it work? --- With a soldering gun! (OK ... half kidding). If you look inside your Strat, what one typically will see is: -- Two wires from each pickup, one soldered to the volume control and the other to a switch. This in particular if single coils. -- OR Four wires from each pickup, two of them soldered or taped together, one soldered to the volume control and the other to a switch. Or all four soldered to something. Anyway, one basic procedure -- if you have no schematic -- is to put it back together the way you found it. Is the First Act pickup the exact same size as the Strat pickup? If not, that means cutting plastic, cutting wood. I wouldn't do it. And has the First Act active pickups? Does the guitar use a battery? If the First Act does and the Strat doesn't, there's another reason not to switch them. If you have the money, you might wanna try what would be my first choice: Buy a Seymour Duncan bridge hotrail. If your Strat uses the same dimensions as a Fender, it will drop right in. And they give you a little wiring brochure.
  3. I've handled a number of Squiers and Epiphones. If you compare the very cheapest Epiphones to the very cheapest Squiers, I'd vote for Squier. What the cheapest Squiers have is playability. A beginning guitar player could get very, very, very good on nearly every Squier I have handled .... if he or she puts in the time and plays a lot. The downside is the cheapest Squiers have weak electronics and hardware that isn't horribly durable. I've had to open up the cord jack on a Squier to bend the spring back to shape, cause it deformed and wouldn't hold the cord worth a darn anymore. That's chincy. On a grade A guitar, that spring will never deform. I don't think the cheapest Epiphones are quite as playable because those I have handled have necks that are way more chunky than those on the cheapest Squiers. But try both, because some people will say the fatter neck fits their hand better. The more expensive Epiphones, like the $600 or more Les Pauls, are quite nice and totally roadworthy. Ditto the midprice Les Pauls with bolt-on necks. Epiphone still makes the Casino - a truly great guitar and worth the money. There also are more expensive Squiers that come out all the time in different configurations. I'm sure nearly any of those would sound great and last a long time. I say shop around. Regardless of brands, the day always can come when you're in a store, play a guitar out of nothing but curiosity, and immediately conclude you can't live another day without buying it. Led Zeppelin rules.
  4. My slightly long-winded Ovation story: I have a 1967 Gibson J45 I've owned for decades. As time has passed, I have grown more nervous about taking it out of the house. So I asked myself - What decent guitar could I get cheap? It would have to be a model that a lot of people despise. uhhhhhh ..... let's see ......... Ovation! Short story - I got a used Custom Balladeer 1712, US made, ebony fretboard, so nearly new looking it's practically a closet find - for $350. Compared to the Gibson, the Ovation has a slightly wider neck near the nut. It allows me to play some things with abandon that otherwise might trip me up on the Gibson. Or at least force me to pay close attention. I found that when I'm standing at a gig, the round back lets me hold the guitar so I easily can see my fingers everywhere on the fretboard. Which I like. The tone is very even and consistent. When tuning the Gibson, the crystal display "needle" on a Korg tuner tends to hop around. With the Ovation, it zooms to one spot and stays there. One night at an outdoor party my bandmates and I were under a tarp and it started raining like mad. I was playing an electric, the Ovation was behind me on a stand. I kept glancing at a guy in the band who had a rather panicked look on his face. When the song ended and I turned around, I saw water running in sheets all over the Ovation, sitting under what proved to be the edge of the tarp. I woulda ended up in a cardiac ICU had I seen the Gibson like that. Dried the Ovation off that night and it was as good as new. For sure, if one wants a real downhome country or bluegrass sound, and probably most blues and folk sounds, the Gibson really fills the bill. If my main priority was volume, I'd put the heaviest bronze strings I could handle on the Gibson and it would roar even louder than it does now. For most recording, I prefer the Ovation. If mixed with other instruments, a booming acoustic can tend to dominate. It's not much of an issue, however, recording an acoustic by itself. My biggest gripe is with the Ovation headstock I can't clamp an Intellitouch tuner on solid enough to get a good reading on all the strings. If plugged in and using a monitor that's too loud or not EQ'd, I have to turn down the low slider on the Ovation's 3-band EQ about halfway to prevent feedback. Led Zeppelin rules.
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