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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Jeremy05, Nov 16, 2017.

  1. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Or next week, or try somewhere else. Play everything you can get your hands on. When you find the guitar that fits you, you won't leave without it.
     
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  2. Sarnodude

    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 26, 2015
    Mukilteo
    You could include a green Joyo pedal in the kit.
     
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  3. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    Don't forget your Tone Kimono ©
     

  4. Jeremy05

    Jeremy05 Strat-Talk Member

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    I found a used 1989 Eric Clapton series strat is it any good
     
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  5. Jeremy05

    Jeremy05 Strat-Talk Member

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    Also I should of mentioned I do alot of solos would I want a wider fret board
     

  6. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Wider than what? All you need is a comfortable fretboard. Only your hands can tell you which one that is. Clapton seems to do all right with his Strat.
     

  7. Jeremy05

    Jeremy05 Strat-Talk Member

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    Anybody use this line 6 Variax guitar says it models all kinds of different guitars
     

  8. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Paging @simoncroft ...
     

  9. T Guitar Floyd

    T Guitar Floyd Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 27, 2014
    Arizona
    Get the Clapton! You'll grow to love it. (IMHO) :)
     
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  10. simoncroft

    simoncroft Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 30, 2013
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    Yes, but also @davidKOS, @Mouse and @pauljo1963 have those guitars. For the most part, I'd say they are very useful for modelling instruments that you may not have the budget to purchase, or room in your car to transport. However, I actually prefer the sound of the magnetic pickups when I want any Strat or Tele tones. I have the James Tyler model and it's a very good guitar in its own right, so if you can pick one up used for a decent price, the Variax electronics are an added bonus.

    If what you're really looking for is 'the Strat for you', then there's nothing the Variax Modelling can deliver that will meet that need IMO.

    As for 'building your own guitar using the Workbench software'... you'll need either the Line6 digital interface box or an HD effects floor unit to use it, and I could't get it to deliver anything as good as the pretty pictures suggested.

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  11. fezz parka

    fezz parka The Wiggler of Sticks Strat-Talk Supporter

    Here's my 2 cents:

    You're spending to much time reading about what you "think" you need.

    Get away from the internet and play some guitars. You'll find what you need eventually. :D
     
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  12. stratobiker

    stratobiker Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 16, 2011
    France
    Just get out there and buy a Strat! ......the moon an a stick comes much later :)
     
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  13. Jeremy05

    Jeremy05 Strat-Talk Member

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    Just got back from guitar center they had 1 guitar out of the 7 I wanted to look at and it was the American professional think I'm just going to start buying them and if I don't like it I'll send it back it will take awhile but idk what else to do would still like opinions on the Variax
     

  14. skydog6653

    skydog6653 Strat-Talk Member

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    Jan 10, 2013
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    This thread gets stranger by the minute
     
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  15. Jeremy05

    Jeremy05 Strat-Talk Member

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  16. Jeremy05

    Jeremy05 Strat-Talk Member

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    Maybe it's just a ****ty guitar center I'm going to call around tomorrow after work
     

  17. davidKOS

    davidKOS Retired Performer Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 28, 2012
    California
    Simon, I couldn't ever get the software to work well. I did use the heck out the Variax though before I went on hiatus.
     
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  18. Jeremy05

    Jeremy05 Strat-Talk Member

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    I'll get the Variax later at this point I'm 90% sure I want the srv
     

  19. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 24, 2015
    Va. Beach, Va
    Don't over think this. Find a guitar that feels right and sounds at least close to what you want. There's plenty of stuff to get you in the zone.
     

  20. simoncroft

    simoncroft Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 30, 2013
    SE England
    I think part of your problem is you have too much choice! (or... the illusion of choice...)

    When I had enough money to buy a Fender Strat, the current model choices were rosewood/maple board and a few body colours. (And there was a hard-tail option.) Or, you could buy a 'used' one, which might mean you ended up with something from 1962 with a 'tatty' finish. :whistling: :D

    Since then, there have probably been about 200 different Strat models released, many of which are minor variations on the original, wonderful, theme.

    As others have suggested, go and play as many Strats as you can. Try to choose the one you like best, regardless of where it was made or how much it costs, or whether it has the name of someone famous written on the headstock (which their guitars never did, of course).

    When you find the one you really like, buy it, take it home and spend your time on it enjoying the process of becoming the best musician you can. :thumb:

    If you decide somewhere down the line there are pickups that sound slightly better to you, or you'd like to mod the wiring etc etc... you can do that. You'll have the rest of your guitar playing career to make those choices.
     
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