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Why do some guitars have mojo and others don't?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Musician78, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. Drake4life

    Drake4life Strat-Talker

    Oct 19, 2013
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    Mojo is part feel and part sound. Between a blacktop strat, an EsP ltd, and a schecter classic, I go for the thin neck profile because I am learning to play with a more classical geip. So the strat and and the esp have the feel.

    In terms of sound, after feel is sorted, it is some kind of wood to pickup resonance thing. I can say that my esp does not have the same mojo-ness as my strat - it needs a pickup change to get mojo-ed.

  2. mojosman

    mojosman Strat-O-Master

    Mar 24, 2013
    Western Mass
    I have to agree with this. I once brought my first year CS Robert Cray Strat to a Ronnie Earl show. My friend got me into meet him in the dressing room. He signed it for me. I asked him to please play it as well. He plugged into a little solid state beater amp that was in the dressing room. He then proceeded to go to town on it. Mind you, this was the 90's; way before smart phones. I have no photos or video of this, but it is burned in my mind. My Strat never sounded better. For those few minutes, my Strat had MEGA Mojo! In my mind it still does.


  3. Dickey

    Dickey Strat-Talker

    Feb 20, 2014
    I always felt that most people use the word "mojo" to get more money when they're selling a guitar that is all beat up.

    I think of it as HISTORY. The beat-to-hell famous yellow Danelectro that Manny's Music on 48th st. in Manhattan has used to test amps since the 50s has plenty of mojo,famous signatures, etc. But, as someone who has played that guitar, I can tell you it is a piece of junk & no one could sound good on it. But, it still has mojo.

    One of the best guitars I ever owned was a POS Music Man I paid 50 bucks for. Played & sounded unbelieveable & I would still have it if I didn't get mad at a gig one night & threw it across the stage. But, it had zero mojo.

    I submit exhibit #1. Here are 2 of my Fenders. They are BOTH Custom Shop guitars. One of them is a first year '87 Custom Shop that I bought in mint condition (before there were "relics") The other is a recent CS Relic. (BTW the Tele pickguard is different; the original is 1 ply black) Can you tell which one was originally mint that I "reliced": myself through years of playing in smoky dives, and which one has the phony, instant gratification "veteran guitarist" mojo?

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  4. qblue

    qblue Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 18, 2009
    Clarks Summit, PA
    The Strat is not a "relic" and has been played.

  5. bloomz

    bloomz Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 17, 2012
    yer mom's house
    "Kinda like your chi-chis have mojo for me, honey....."

    naw that may not work - need more coffee

  6. hergz

    hergz Strat-Talker

    Jun 15, 2012
    Dallas, Texas
    Several years ago I decided I wanted to buy a new American Standard and I played the same model in different colors in just about every guitar store in the area. One day I took one off the wall at GC and it played better than all of the others that I had tried before. Plus it looked awesome. To this day it is my favorite guitar and it gives me a feeling of pleasure every time I pick it up. It's the only guitar that I have ever owned that has given off this vibe. To me, that's mojo.

  7. monwobobbo

    monwobobbo Strat-O-Master

    Aug 30, 2010
    scottsville ny usa
    a guitar with "mojo" is one that allows the music to flow from you. can't be explained by brand or type of guitar. for whatever reason it fits you and your playing. I think this is the biggest reason I have to try before I buy. can play several strats at a store and maybe 1 has that "it" quality despite all the guitars at glance seem to be the same (not including color). no guitar has "mojo" for every player just the right one

  8. The Chad

    The Chad Strat-Talk Member

    Nov 22, 2013
    Harrisburg, PA
    I find that "smell" has something to do with it. For me, anyhow.

    Because my guitars which have a distinct smell tend to have more mojo.

    Emotions that come from finding that unexpected gem of a guitar, or that GREAT deal on a rarity, or that guitar with a striking color scheme, or one with honest wear and a story behind it, that guitar that feels like part of your body.... all these things make for mojo.

  9. smurph1

    smurph1 Senior Stratmaster

    May 29, 2013
    West Virginia
    I have never played a PRS that had any Mojo.. But I'm stuck in the 60s, early 70s..LOL

  10. Musician78

    Musician78 Strat-Talker

    Dec 14, 2009
    Hillsboro, NH
    Holy hell! I can't believe this thread is still kicking... This made me laugh my ass off..

  11. dogletnoir

    dogletnoir Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 1, 2013
    northeastern usa
    that mysterious thing that makes you keep one guitar close to hand,
    and the lack of which leaves another, possibly 'nicer' and more expensive one in the case.
    guitars are made of wood, and wood is not consistent...
    early pickups, scatter wound by hand on a rig that was basically an altered sewing machine... not consistent...
    pots and caps with tolerances that aren't anywhere near precisely the nominal value... not consistent
    they are assembled by different people on different days, and that's not consistent either...
    the right combination of parts, assembled by the right person on a good day,
    put into the right person's hands, there's some mojo.
    i saw an interview with Eric Clapton, he was talking about Brownie, and how he would always go into the shops and look for the beat up guitars because that meant they had been played a lot, and if they got played a lot, they were probably good ones... of course, Brownie was a partscaster too, one great guitar made from the best parts of three different ones...
    Gris-gris bag - Super-wiki
    notice the term 'mixture' in the definition ?
    this strat has almost palpable mojo for me:
    sorry for the bad photo, KT doesn't like having her picture taken...

    Bridget here also has that certain something...
    as does this one:
    she's named 'Wednesday', after Wednesday Addams... put her together on Halloween. :)
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2014

  12. Dickey

    Dickey Strat-Talker

    Feb 20, 2014
    Nope! The Strat is a brand new Custom Shop relic. I bought the Tele in '92 on 48st, and it was absolutely MINT when I bought it; not 1 scratch! It was a 1st year ('87) Custom Shop, before they made relics.

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  13. Jimmy R

    Jimmy R Strat-O-Master

    Jun 15, 2011
    My fretboard
    There's no such thing as "mojo." Some guitars are great, some are mediocre, and some suck. That's it.