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  1. kdines

    Stratocaster Robert Cray anyone?

    Interesting that his MIM signature is a 9.5 inch radius while his custom shop signatures are 12 inch.
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    Is your strat the easiest guitar you own for barre chords ?

    This is also my experience - maybe it’s my poor technique but I definitely find 7.25 and 9.5s noticeably easier for barre chords. In contrast, it’s more of a conscious effort on 12 inch boards.
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    Recommendations for San Diego amp doctor

    Thanks for your comments. Update - I fixed it with a new matches pair of EL84 tubes.
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    The Plectrum Thread

    I use these all the time and even to my caveman ear, they have a warmer tone with much less trebly string attack noise that I dislike. I wish they made them just like this, from this material but in slightly thinner versions.
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    Recommendations for San Diego amp doctor

    Hello All - my Morgan MVP23 combo has been acting up for a while but is now really bad. Goes from loud to quiet to loud and so on and if it’s not doing that, there is a loud rustling interference sort of sound. Anyway - it definitely needs some expert attention - can anybody recommend a good...
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    Hendrix' Monterey Strat

    There also appeared to be forearm wear more in line with what you’d expect from a right handed player.
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    Stratocaster Robert Cray anyone?

    My brother and I got one for our Dad as a surprise for his 79th. I live in San Diego so ordered one from Willcutt and flew over to England with it. I had it for a month or so before the trip and was very, very impressed with it. It’s a good neck size for me but certainly not what I would call...
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    What’s with the Custom Shop Strat Prices?

    There are many ways of looking at this. While $4K is undoubtedly a non-trivial sum of money and unjustifiable to many, I will likely order a CS Strat one of these days and it will be when I feel like I have reached a milestone, like a significant promotion at work. To me and given the years of...
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    My first Stratocaster guitar hero ...

    I’m not sure about being a hero but Rick Springfield was probably the first person I readily associate a Strat with - not nearly the same access to imagery and such in early 80s Scotland! Since then, Clapton, Gilmour and Hendrix.
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    Dark Night Strat with mint green pickguard knobs etc

    Mint green is so often the answer and looks great on your new guitar. Congratulations!
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    Anyone ever experience a failure like this?

    Haha - I resemble that comment! Good one. Nothing like British sarcasm!
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    NGD custom shop content

    Ooh - yes, that is very nice and also different. I notice it has a headstock truss rod adjuster which I haven’t see too often on a CS. Congrats!!
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    Suggestions for Amps with a Naturally ‘Darker Tone’, please

    I’m really appreciative of everybody’s posts and suggestions. Definitely looking forward to trying my brother’s Bassbreaker 15 late next week - assuming I am successful in my daring mission to travel to the UK.
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    Suggestions for Amps with a Naturally ‘Darker Tone’, please

    Good questions and I should have been more specific. I prefer head and cab (as I can keep the head by me for aimless fiddling) and I’m good for pedals (hahaha.....although there can always be room for one more!). I’m a Strat player 99% of the time. Used is always an option. Thanks!
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    Suggestions for Amps with a Naturally ‘Darker Tone’, please

    Oooh - good idea. I’m actually going home soon to see my folks (first time in 18 months...) and my brother will also be down. He’s a far better player than I but he’s going to bring his Bassbreaker 15 down with him! Good opportunity to really try it out.
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    Suggestions for Amps with a Naturally ‘Darker Tone’, please

    Hi - thanks for your message. I’d probably be OK with up to $2K for something that checked the boxes!
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    Suggestions for Amps with a Naturally ‘Darker Tone’, please

    Yeah - I thought this might be the case but thought the twin speakers would possibly help. I’m sure it can sound ‘warmer’ but perhaps with more extreme settings of the tone controls.
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    Suggestions for Amps with a Naturally ‘Darker Tone’, please

    Many thanks for the suggestion - some brief Internet research definitely supports your assertion!
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    Suggestions for Amps with a Naturally ‘Darker Tone’, please

    Dear All - I am just not a fan of treble in general or the ‘sharpness’ you can sometimes get at the ‘front of the note’. I hope that makes sense! I have a Morgan MVP23 which I really like as the attack is very smooth but it lacks the strong bottom end of my Victory Sheriff and matching cabinet...
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    Opinions on 1960 Slab Board

    Looks like an absolute beauty. Would love to hear how it sounds. As a fan of position 2 and 4, would you add a 5 way switch!?
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    Is “tune once and done” a myth?

    Changes in temperature are guaranteed to shift the tuning. I always give it a quick check before playing each evening - part of the ritual.
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    NPD (forgive me forum for I have sinned) UPDATED

    ...looks like I now know what my first internet research project is this evening!
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    Medium vs. Hard pick... Way bigger difference in tone than I thought.

    I use the red Eric Johnson Jazz III picks and really like them. Everything else feels too big and I was very surprised that when I tried other picks of the same size but different material, that my red ones most definitely sounded warmer with less treble (perfect for my preferences). I also like...
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    Done...I ordered a Tone master...

    Thank you very much for your reply - really helpful! I have other amps if I want break up from the amp and can always use pedals. Your comment about the two speakers sounding fuller kinda confirmed what I was thinking......also, it’s hard to avoid the feeling that it’s ‘more amp with an extra...
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    Done...I ordered a Tone master...

    I’d be very interested to hear more about how the Tonemaster compare (Deluxe Reverb vs Twin). I like a lot of bottom end (and much less trebliness) so while the Twin is probably overkill for my home playing, feel that the Twin may have a ‘fuller’ sound with a strong bottom end. I wish I could...