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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Mikeylefty, Oct 8, 2021.
That is one cool strat; knobs, guard, checked finish. Can I have it now please.
As a lefty who plays right handed I sometimes wish I could play lefty. If that makes sense? Gorgeous guitar.
Well, since you asked nicely…
Thank you. It is an amazing guitar. Always a risk buying an expensive vintage guitar without having played it, but I got lucky on this one. It’s a great player and sounds better than it looks.
Well, being a lefty has some serious drawbacks, but when you find a great one, it feels that much more satisfying.
Did you always play righty? How long did it take you to have it feel natural? My left hand is the time keeper. No exceptions. I think my left hand could learn to fret, but my right hand could never keep time. All the groove lives in the left hand.
I thought about that too and then I realized I had gotten discounts on it and there wasn't much more to be discounted. I think it was a scratch & dent & they didn't approach the sale that way ? I'd have appreciated that up front. Not with a new guitar and get this surprise at the front door, hoping for the best & unboxing to find these beauty marks. I just wasn't into fixing this one right out of the box beyond a set up.
The strap button screw was loose and it seemed to tighten, but it also started to shed cracked polyurethane and the paint around it. How long it stayed tight might be another issue that I wasn't going to discover week(s) or month or whatever later. For a beautiful burst finish I figured I'd try it as a new guitar with as few blemishes. If I was after a preowned relic, I wouldn't have cared as much. It's a Monoprice and this one actually was a pretty nice burst except for damages. The Basswood wood grain was nice, so was the uniformity of the transitions in color top & bottom. A shame another crushed the box to damage it like it is.
I've played right handed all my playing life starting out on Bass then guitar. It's always felt natural, were as in every other way i'm totally left handed. Writing, playing golf etc. My left hand vibrato is really good but my right hand is never going to get up to thrash metal speeds but what they hey, not my style anyway!
Very engaging thread this. While I like many of Fender's colors I only considered two for my American Standard Strat when I went out hunting for it. White Blonde and Sienna Sunburst.
This and I found each other and here we are on Strat Talk showing off our burst. Lots of sweet examples here.
I have come upon numerous topics here on this forum one of the liveliest being the Pearloid or is it Moto pickguards.
I have always liked the sparkly qualities they exhibit. I have however seen other bursts with either Black, Tortoise Shell that are most exemplary matched with the various bursts..
I have even taken note of the mint color as well as very pleasing. I take into consideration changing my pick guard, that is until I bring out the Strat and look at it, plug it in and play. For now it stays,Burst and Pearloid..... but who knows what the future will bring?
When considering an additional amp or a master volume control or attenuator for the HRDIII, I ended up with a new VOX AC10 as a bedroom / den valve / tube addition...... It turns out to be at 10 watts ...perfect and the Strat sounds really nice with it. The volume on the Amp set at 8 or 9 and the guitar knobs adjusted accordingly depending.......... The burst blooms.
Perhaps I will apply the same thinking to a different pick guard and simply pick one up already attached to another Strat.
Let's see now........ Vintage tuners and Pickups as well may be perfect for the 10 watt Vox........
So interesting. In some other things, I’m totally right handed (tennis, basketball), but guitar is left handed no question.
I recently learned that Billy Corgan was also a lefty who played righty. Makes a ton of sense as his left hand fretting was like a hammer claw, but his right hand was kind of limp and loose rhythmically. It’s funny the things that affect our style. I guess that’s why you always sound like you, no matter who you try and imitate…
This book is the ultimate guitar porn for fanatics. Beautiful color plates of every 58-60 LP the author could get his hands on; showing serial numbers and the wide variety of bursts. It is expensive but is a must have for detail LP geeks. Gibson only made about 1700 burst LP in those 3 years.
Wow, never knew Billy Corgan was also a leftie. I like his technique with the left hand bending chords, push/pull style especially the early stuff. What a sound! Makes sense he's a leftie thinking about it now.
Yeah his fretting hand was like a sledgehammer and he could trill really fast and do lots of legato runs, but his picking was always loose. Underrated guitar player, although their records are hit and miss for me. The early stuff was great though, IMO.
AVRI 62 tele
Untitled by D Y, on Flickr
Untitled by D Y, on Flickr
Wow, this one is pleasing on the eyes, I like the ash tray cover & the binding too. I generally am not into guitars with binding.
My 2005 70s AVRI - next to it´s cousin:
It is a bit more red than the picture tells, but to my personal taste it could have been more red than it is.
this is actually the last time I ever had sunburst on a guitar. Ive now grown to hate the color. Lolol.
but I still love 62 spec teles. And I love double bindings. Just not 3-tsb. Solid colors from here on. Hehehe
I love double binding/3TSB Teles. I think it's the contrast between the black and the binding, which is a lot more prominent than with lighter colors, and the warmth of the red. Although Lake Placid Blue is my favourite Fender color, I would probably go for 3TSB on an AO '60s Tele.
Billy Corgan is one of my favorite musicians. His solos on the Gish/Siamese Dream era are like trying to control a hurricane. I’m ambidextrous but I was left dominant at an early age. I play right handed guitar. I never saw a purpose built left handed guitar until I had been playing for a long time. I often wonder if I would have been a better guitarist if I played left.
Agreed. His solos on the early Pumpkins stuff are great and full of spirit.
Hard to say if playing lefty would’ve made you a better guitarist, but you’d be a different guitar player for sure. I’ve come to realize that your picking attack and your vibrato are what define your sound, and they would absolutely be different, doing each with the other hand…