I find it hard playing a Strat

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  1. tweedman

    tweedman Junior Member

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    I have to have my strat if I want to get my Jimi thing on! For that there is no other way:)
     
  2. overdriver

    overdriver Banned

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    :hmm: like Ron Wood:hmm::naughty:
     
  3. coldsteal2

    coldsteal2 V.I.P. Member

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    fenders are also better Lap Guitars
    gibsons easier with a strap standing up
    especialy SG's that love to slide off your lap
     
  4. mil182

    mil182 Senior Member

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    i hate the bridges after you play a gibson style guitar. palm muting feels wierd
     
  5. GuitarnLax36

    GuitarnLax36 Senior Member

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    For me Ive found that a lot of strats I find harder to play because i believe that the frets are more spread apart and it feels that i have to bend a little bit more than im used to to get that right note when i play a strat. However, some strats that i have played have been extremely easy to play. The masterbuilts that I have played all felt very easy to play and the necks were fatter much like my les paul and they felt comfortable.
     
  6. stonevibe

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    Its harder to get good tone out of a Strat (compared to a Les Paul), but when you do its hard to beat.

    I'm a dyed in the wool Fender man and Strats are my first love.

    I love my Gibsons too!

    But if I had to choose.....
     
  7. Lampens

    Lampens Senior Member

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    Just had my strat back from a setup and fret dress. Thing plays like a charm and sounds beautifull too. Probably won't be playing the lp for a while now :)
     
  8. tintin

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    My Strat is the only guitar I own that can play while sacked out in my couch or overstuffed chairs...but today I ordered a Telecaster, so that may change.
     
  9. The_Sentry

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    *big bump*

    I wanted to add something 'cuz it crossed my mind today.

    IT's not that Strats are HARDER to play.....

    It's that Strats, by and large, sound BETTER when you play them HARDER.

    Ie, the harder you bend the strings, the more aggressively you strum, anything short of smashing the guitar usually sounds great on a strat.

    Gibsons don't play like that. Sure, you can beat on one, but it doesn't necessarily sound better like a Strat does when you just, oh, I don't know...go to town with it.

    If you're a violent guitar player....I can't think of a better choice than a Strat.

    :D
     
  10. coldsteal2

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    yep you got to MAN HANDLE a strat, same with
    tele's.
     
  11. stonevibe

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    Like I said before "Real Men play Strats" and if you don't believe me check our SRV, Rory Gallagher or Jimi Hendrix just for starters.
     
  12. The_Sentry

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    This is a true story...(and I'm ashamed to admit it...)

    Last year I had my '68 reissue re-fretted (it was toast after about 5-6 years in a humid environment)....jumbo frets....I got that thing back....I just started beating on that guitar, and we're not just talking "hard strum"....stuff like a nasty ska break played fast while trying to bend the strings a step and a half....I think I knocked the truss rod out of whack slightly....started getting fret buzz on the A and D strings around the 14-16 frets.....:applause:
     
  13. coldsteal2

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    After playing nothing but Strats for a period of 18 years
    when i got my Les Paul, i was shreding like a fool on that
    thing,
    Playing strats is a great way to build up your fingers!
     
  14. gishuk

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    you definitely have to work harder to get the magic out of a strat
     
  15. stonevibe

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    So true, I find Lesters easy to play as a result of 20 years of Strat abuse!

    I love my Gibsons too, but Strats are my guitar of choice.

    Just seeing Hendrix on TV as a young kid made me realise the damage a Strat could do to an audiences senses, both visually and aurally.

    Then I saw SRV, Walter Trout, Rory Gallagher, David Gilmour, Robin Trower & Jeff Beck and got a lesson in TONE!

    Strats ooze tone when jacked up high and strung heavy, whereas

    I always found Lesters to have a more generic tone in most guitarists hands.

    Other than a young Clapton / Peter Green, Mike Bloomfield and later Mr Saul Hudson. I've always found Lesters to be fairly consistent in their tone.

    But I love all the tones these days and can appreciate each guitar for their own merits and little idiosyncrasies.
    :thumb:
     
  16. stonevibe

    stonevibe Senior Member

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    Too true, but hell its worth the effort!!!
     
  17. jonesy

    jonesy GLOBAL WIRING GURU MLP Vendor

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    Don't forget the whammy bar, much easier to do SRV and Jimi with it :D
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  18. StrangerNY

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    Me, I lock 'em down. I can still do a pretty mean hendrix/SRV without 'em. :dude:

    - D
     
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    exactly!:slash:
     
  20. jonesy

    jonesy GLOBAL WIRING GURU MLP Vendor

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    I used to always lock them down on most of my Strats because I am a stickler for tuning. But you are missing out on so much without the bar. This Trem on my Blue 03' floats really sweet and it has a bone nut that glides pretty nice and stays in good tune. You can't get those subtle "Little Wing" vibrato and harmonic bends or those Hendrix "Voodo-dives" and feed back bends without the bar. There's just no way, if I want a hard tail I will use my Tele :naughty:
     

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