The big 4 collection.

Leumas

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I always have an eye out for a cool Strat.
I have four currently, so I don’t really need another one, but if I find something cool, and the price is right…

My 1993 American Standard was the first new guitar I bought after owning a bunch of used stuff.
I have an Ash Strat with P-90s in it that I love, another Ash Strat Hardtail, a Strat with Danelectro lipsticks in it, and I’m looking to put a set of wide range humbuckers in another one.

I have a pretty cool Telecaster that I posted up-thread, so I don’t really need another one.

My ES-335 is my cold dead hands guitar.
I would love to get an ES-330.

For years, I had a beautiful Rickenbacker 381 V69, and I hate myself for selling it, but it was a family deal.

I bought a Firebird V a couple of years ago, and I’m still figuring out what makes it tick.
I’ve had Vs and Explorers, so they always catch my eye.
I don’t know if I could ever pay the money for it, but I would love to have a nice 58-style Korina V.

Couple years ago I bought a 2008 Japanese-built Ampeg Dan Armstrong with the entire selection of pickups. Haven’t yet had a chance to figure out everything that guitar will do.

Pics of the p90 strat please!
 

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Pics of the p90 strat please!
Happily!

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Leumas

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My “big 4”

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Not shown, maybe the most used of all is my aged tele. These are all my performing guitars, writing and home use is tele 90% of the time. I like SG’s for humbucker tones, but P90’s rule the roost for Paul’s and strats.
 

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Pauls to the wall, man. They are all I play and own now.

I dabbled in Strats. Never owned a Tele or ES-335. Respect them all...but no desire to take one home.
 

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What would be the BIG 4 amps?

1. Fender
2. Marshall

Vox
HiWatt
Mesa Boogie
Peavey
Orange
I’d say you can do 95% with the right Fender and a good Marshall.
 

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You gave me the rundown on the tele before, how about the strat, did you buy it that way or was that a build/mod? I have a strat I’d love to try that with.
The Strat is a similar rundown to the Tele, another build I did to get what I want.

As for the Strat:

The neck is Warmoth, custom ordered with jumbo SS frets, 9.5"-14" compound radius and a big, 50s Tele boatneck carve.

The body is Warmoth. Gold Flake finish over a swamp ash body.

Pickgurad is a Warmoth. They will cut for Filtertrons as a special request as well as control layouts.

Tuners are D'Addario auto-trim locking tuners.

Bridge is a Wudtone Holy Grail.

Pickups are TV Jones Classic Plus in the bridge and Classic in the neck.

Controls are a 3-way switch with master volume and master tone.
I have also added a small cap as a treble-bleed network.

It is rapidly becoming my favorite guitar because it can do both funky Strat and rocking Les Paul tones just by a twist of the guitar's volume control. It also does the Gretsch jangle thing as well.

There is not a Fender made I would trade this guitar for.
 

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I’d say you can do 95% with the right Fender and a good Marshall.
I have a picture somewhere that I took about 15 years ago.

My tobacco burst Strat, natural Ash Tele, Sunburst Les Paul, and cherry ES-335 in front of my Fender Twin and Marshall JCM 800.

The idea being that you would be hard-pressed to find music that couldn’t be done with that set up.
 
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How many of you have just the big four? I’m talking one Les Paul, one ES-335, one Telecaster and one Stratocaster....?
I have a 335 I bought used in, I think, 1972. Paid $350. I had sold my red SG (for $180) to raise funds for the 335. Wasn't until 2006 I bought my '96 Strat. Bought my 2013 Tele (love this guitar) in 2015. Finally, bought a 2019 '59 CS LP in 2020. All great guitars acquired over a 50 yr period. "It's a marathon, not a sprint...".
 

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I have a 335 I bought used in, I think, 1972. Paid $350. I had sold my red SG (for $180) to raise funds for the 335. Wasn't until 2006 I bought my '96 Strat. Bought my 2013 Tele (love this guitar) in 2015. Finally, bought a 2019 '59 CS LP in 2020. All great guitars acquired over a 50 yr period. "It's a marathon, not a sprint...".
I like it, playing the long game.
 

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I can't remember the last time I had 4 guitars, but it was probably late 2019 after I left my touring band haha.

I've had a strat since I started playing. I've had some variation of singlecut since 2005? I have had a PRS of some variation since 2010?

How do I convince my significant other? When we started dating I was in a band, and I said "music is my other passion - I don't think you would ask me to choose" and she hasn't. I also tell her when I'm buying or selling stuff. Bills are paid, that part is key ;) (and sometimes I make a profit on resale and buy dinner).
 

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Big 5 (7)?
Strat, Tele, LPx3, SG & Firebird.
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I have a Big Six: four Les Pauls, two ES-335s, each with different pickup pairs, each giving little variations on the sound I've developed. And they all go through a Fender Twin Reverb Tone Master amp now.
 

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I have the big gambit. Several Strats, teles, 335s, 4 Les Pauls, 175, SG,Guild Starfire F112, Fender jazz, precision, G&L, Prophecy basses. Martin, Guild, Gibson, Taylor acoustics. As well as 9 more that I would need to look at to recall and due to illness, have not been home in 9 months.
 

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