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To Rock Or To Funk: That Is The Question

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  1. Tom Cat Strat

    Tom Cat Strat Strat-Talker

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    In HAMLET, Shakespeare posed man's greatest dilemma:

    "To funk or not to funk, that is the question when I hold my Stratocaster."

    What scholars have determined Shakespeare meant by "not to funk" was "to rock." So the question is:

    To funk or to rock on a Stratocaster. That is the question.

    I'm going to be honest. The Tele, the Les Paul, the SG...they are the rock guitars. The Stratocaster is for funk. Nile Rodgers, Ernie Isley...they prove it beyond a shadow of a doubt. Oh, sure Stevie Ray or Clapton or Gilmour rock on a Strat...but they could have done that on a Tele (look at what Page did on his Telecaster).

    So what do you say? Is the Stratocaster thee funk guitar or thee rock guitar?
     
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  2. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

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    It was made with the mission statement to cover country first an everything else as well.

    So I guess there's no or... it's like asking if you should use your Swiss Army Knife to open cans or saw through branches.

    I'm all for rock though, I can't play any good funk ;)
     
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  3. Fuzzpop

    Fuzzpop Daft Funk Gold Member

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    It's both. It's everything. It's whatever you want it to be. I play a lot of funk, but I think the great think about Strats are that they're so versatile. It's never an either/or situation.

    Edit: Oh right, I forgot. You were the one who started the thread telling people they couldn't call their guitars Strats if they didn't have 3 single coils. Then something about Oreos. Is this another troll thread?
     
  4. nungesser

    nungesser but I just must be sensitive to light-ah! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    "If you hear any noise it's just me and the boys hittin' it"
     
  5. Tom Cat Strat

    Tom Cat Strat Strat-Talker

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    :)

    Great analogy. Funny, too.

    (And for your info, Swiss Army knives first order of business is to trim toenails.)
     
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  6. Tom Cat Strat

    Tom Cat Strat Strat-Talker

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    But let's just say it is.

    To funk or not to funk...that is the question.
     
  7. Fuzzpop

    Fuzzpop Daft Funk Gold Member

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    Nah. I'm good.
     
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  8. T Guitar Floyd

    T Guitar Floyd Senior Stratmaster

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    Lol! No . . . let's just don't say it is. :)
     
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  9. elduderinoTF

    elduderinoTF Strat-O-Master

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    Here it goes...
     
  10. fezz parka

    fezz parka Going....Going....Gone. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Depends on who is playing it. When Blackmore plays it, it's a rock guitar. When Jimmy Nolen plays it, it's a funk guitar. When Eddie Hazel plays it, it's both.
     
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  11. Passghetti

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    If its a white strat, its rock. If its a colored strat, its funk.
     
  12. Dick Blackmore

    Dick Blackmore Senior Stratmaster

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    "People who listen to Stormbringer, please listen...Ritchie Blackmore is damn funky, whether he likes it or not." ---Glenn Hughes
     
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    Miotch Senior Stratmaster

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    220; 221--whatever it takes.
     
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  14. rafasounds

    rafasounds Senior Stratmaster

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    I can't help funking around when I hold my Strats. The Tele's chunky squareness makes it a bit harder for my hips to get hip.
     
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  15. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Most Honored Senior Member

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    Strat's can do anything, simples!
     
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  16. montemerrick

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    the funk precedes all. primordial ooze being what it is.
     
  17. Fuzzpop

    Fuzzpop Daft Funk Gold Member

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    I don't know if you meant it that way, but this post reads a bit...um...off color, if you will.
     
  18. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    To Rock Or To Funk: That Is The Question

    Yes. I think you should.
     
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  19. Dadocaster

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    You didn't used to have to decide. As I have said before, there was a time when funk and rock were bros and hung out and did stuff together. No idea whether there was a disagreement but they stopped that and started ignoring each other.

    IT'S OUR JOB TO GET THEM BACK TOGETHER!!
     
  20. Passghetti

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    "I don't know if you meant it that way, but this post reads a bit...um...off color, if you will."

    Just making fun of the racial and musical lines many here have drawn and set in their heads. Jimi and I dont care about race or genres. Heck, Jimi played a white strat.
     
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