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Discussion in 'Non-Fender S-Type Guitar Forum' started by highwaystar30, Dec 15, 2017.
Sorry I may be confused, too much Charvel info coming in in the last week
They went from Kahler to Floyd if I'm not mistaken......later on in mid '86 they dropped the Kahler. Easiest way to ID the year/model
That’s awesome! Is that a Birdseye maple top?
That is an RG657PB and it has a Poplar Burl top, says the Ibanez site, I agree it is probably a Birdseye-like texture and looks extremely cool
I picked up a used Prs Se Torero for a nice price, but not for dirt cheap, and I must admit I pretty much hate it as of today. Maybe the Floyd is not well set up or something - I like to hope - because I am feeling I hardly get any note precise and at exact pitch, and it is sort of a hazy tone, possibly because the bridge is very unstable but not sure. It was supposedly professionally set up, but where I live that does not necessarily mean it was correctly set up, otherwise I am in a bit of an agony and it will go, and likely at some financial loss.
Two of my favourite Super Strats - 1986 Fernandes Jake E. Lee and a 1993 Charvel Japan Jake E. Lee bith for the Japanese domestic market.
I came across this at a local dealer while looking for new electronics for the Prs se I purchased
This is a Made in Japan Fsr Stratocaster with Floyd Rose, and actually it comes with a Gotoh locking trem, so I guess Floyd Rose is a type-name here. It comes at a little more than 1000 US dollars, and the guy there claimed it is essentially a Richie Sambora Strat (hence the flamboyant color scheme, not for everyone, not ideal for me either honestly), which is stg I always dreamt of having. He may be referring to the Japanese Sambora Strat because I believe the American one must have a Floating trem (could be wrong, I will check it out), and this one is decked with no cavity, a bit of a let-down for me. Very interesting for the price IMO, I will check out how it plays too when I am down there again.
Those are really sexy. You play righties flipped over like Hendrix?
Yes - I flip ot over like Jimi. Ive been doing that since I started to play and its second natire now; I have some lefty guitars but they feel a bit alien!!
Here's my Charvel in action
Superstrats are my thing. Left to right: Charvel San Dimas, Kramer Striker 211 Custom and PRS SE Custom 24 Floyd.
Just got the San Dimas two days ago and it's a really well put-together beast. Satin neck and compound radius fretboard make it very comfortable.
I've owned the Kramer for a few years, and it was a good guitar held back by a cheap, flimsy Floyd Rose with a pot-metal sustain block. After replacing the stock FR with a GFS unit with a full size brass sustain block, it's a hard rocker. The PRS does everything well: any style any genre, any time, and it's a pleasure to look at (to me at least).
In fact, all three work just fine for any musical style you'd want to use them for, assuming the aesthetics don't put you off.
Which is just one of the reasons I dig Superstrats.
Just got this one and it was verified metal by @Mr Lumburg with his metal detector.
Gentlemen, can you tell me when a Floyd upgrade is going to make an improvement, in tone or sustain, over the stock , Floyd licenced type for instance, tremolo? When would you think the investment is worth it?
Edit: Sorry for exploiting this tread for very side-issues like this, but I have too many questions, I am afraid would make too many new treads.
Here’s my 1991 Ibanez RG570. MIJ, Original Edge and a neck so thin that it gives you paper cuts if you squeeze it too hard. I bought it a year ago on Ebay for $400 from a pawn shop in Oklahoma. It has its chips and scratches and was unplayable when I got it. So I watched every YouTube video on setting up double locking trem and after a week of tinkering it played great. It’s tuned to Eb (as god intended for an RG) and rocks the Van Halen riffs like a champ.
So the GFS Floyd is pretty decent?
I was about 17 years old here
ROCKIN' PIC GUY-i was forced to play clarinet in junior high the only boy no gitars in our little school band.
The stock piece had a tiny pot metal sustain block and as a result, the Kramer had a noticeable lack of sustain, and really could only do high gain sounds well because the basic sound was very thin and tinny.
Also, the stock tremolo arm is a three-part assembly: the arm itself that passes through a hole in the baseplate, a cup and an Allen screw that holds the arm to the cup and thus holds the entire assembly to the baseplate. The issue is that there is a nylon bushing under the screw cap on the arm that cracked whenever I tightened the arm enough to hold it in place.
The GFS part is a one piece, threaded arm that screws directly into the baseplate. The arm is only fixed when it's screwed all the way in, but that hasn't been an issue for me, because even when it's not screwed in tight, it stays in one place.
Also, the bigger, denser sustain block has really filled out the tone overall, and increased the sustain noticeably. It still doesn't sustain like the PRS or the Charvel (which has more of that than I need. Way more), but it has more than enough for the music I play. Before the replacement, it wouldn't hold a note long enough to really do any Floyd Rose "tricks".
My late 80s superstrat, hoping to get some info on this. Bought it as as a young man and it’s been with me the whole time. Cannot seem to find any info on this guitar so any would be greatly appreciated.
@ Markleysuperstrat- Have tou seen this article on the pickups?
The bridge is stamped Schecter and the tuning heads are stamped made in germany....
Interesting article below, last part leads toward 1983-1986 guitars similar yours without the sign on the headstock and toggles instead of a 5 way. The bridge and tuners line up i. The Description. Just food for thought.....lol
Charvel USA San Dimas with 1984 reissue Original German Floyd. All old school brass.