How do you test your guitars?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by thegrasshopper, Oct 11, 2021.

  1. hwy1strat

    hwy1strat Strat-O-Master

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    I give the electric guitars the acoustic strum test.
    I play the guitar acoustically for a while before I plug it in.
    If it sounds nice and robust….then it’s a contender.
     
  2. henderman

    henderman Dr. Stratster

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    i'm set up crazy guy so after a few chords and a widdly widdly or 2 i check the neck relief and nut slot heights.

    i figure if i like the guitar and those things are off, (which they usually are) then i know i will like the guitar more when better set up.

    unless it sounds cheap, thin or splinky thru my amp i do not change electronic parts.
     
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  3. scooteraz

    scooteraz Senior Stratmaster

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    I subject mine to the SAT*





    *Strat Acceptance Test.
     
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  4. Antstrat

    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    At a guitar store:

    1) how does it feel in my hands.
    2) how does it play acoustically.
    3) how does it sound through an amp.

    Must be 3 for 3 for a purchase.

    I can tell if it needs a few minor personal tweaks so I don't expect perfection at the store.
     
  5. Stonetone

    Stonetone Most Honored Senior Member

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    What about the color? isnt that the most important criteria of them all :D
     
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    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    You got me! Yes that is my #4 criteria. What a memory you have!! :thumb:

    Bottom line though, if you don't get a good vibe at the store why even buy it?

    Online is a take a chance deal though.
     
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    Stonetone Most Honored Senior Member

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    I hear, that for sure, but the only guitar i ever tired i ended up selling it, the other 4 bought untried and it worked out perfect, but then again im one of those odd people who marches to the beat of a different drum :sneaky:
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    Almost as important as the number of pickguard screws.
     
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    mad axe man Senior Stratmaster

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    79 marshall into boss sd-1 volume on 7 works everytime,,,wife hates it
     
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  10. Jimbo99

    Jimbo99 Strat-Talker

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    Really a series of tests, for the electronics, I use a multimeter and check the DCR for the switch positions. The amp plug in & play will sound normal (test as good) or microphonic (if something is wrong with it). If you're buying a guitar in a parking lot, just bring a battery powered 3W mini amp & instrument cord. I actually have a small Skull Candy BT speaker that I can hear the guitar thru. One seller said I was the first person that ever bothered to test one that way.

    Then there's the credit card test for fret level, eyeballing the neck & running your hand along the fret edges. Action test is eyeballing the string depression for 1st & last frets in playing position. The smart phone apps and you can test intonation in the field as well. I've usually bought every guitar I was really serious about going to consider with cash in hand. It would have to be something that was seriously broken.

    One way of spotting an issue guitar, everything has been relaxed for tension neck & strings. That hides potential cracks in the neck pocket. The 2005 Squier Bullet that I bought for $ 25 was that guitar, $ 60 asking, the relief was elf slipper and the screws were loose, neck bolts, pickguard & output jack. The truss rod was to hide a dent & ripple at the skunk stripe & around the 6th fret. I bought it because I figured it was a higher risk instrument that I would end up with something that was falling apart & wouldn't ever tighten up to being in tolerance. The hardware was worth about that as used and I could learn how to do a full on set up, luthier skills for repairs. Odd that the frets were really clean with little or no wear. So some wood glue & toothpicks later it's quite playable, it has some life left in it.
     
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  11. thegrasshopper

    thegrasshopper Strat-Talker

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    As other users have suggested... it would be better opening a discussion about what testing actually is, what do we are looking for? The purpose of the guitar...

    I appreciate all that points of view
     
  12. thegrasshopper

    thegrasshopper Strat-Talker

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    It really makes sense to me!!!
     
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    Theron Strat-Talker

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    Just curious...what's the address where these Hiwatt 100's are being kept, and what is the security like there? :)
     
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    thegrasshopper Strat-Talker

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    Another good point here: playability... one guitar can make a guiarist play better than others, so that eventually the final tone will be better
     
  15. thegrasshopper

    thegrasshopper Strat-Talker

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    Would take it very happily! ;) the method I mentioned is just only a method. Other approaches may work better for other guitarists...
     
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    thegrasshopper Strat-Talker

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    You are answering the question, just want to know other people approaches ;) so you perfectly understood it
     
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  17. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Silver Member

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    I recently met up with a guy from CL to possibly trade guitars. Neither of us did any thing out of the ordinary with each other's guitar:
    - Looked them over for physical defects (cracks, fret divots, etc)
    - Plugged them into a practice amp, made sure all the electronics worked as they should, noodled around to make sure they felt good.
     
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  18. Textele

    Textele Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Yes!

    As @heltershelton has said here time and time again.

    Olympic white Strats sound best. And I agree. :sneaky:

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  19. Guitarmageddon

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    I drop mine from 38,000 feet - so far, not a single one passed the test
     
  20. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Strat-Talker

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    I'm absolutely with Antstrat on this. The color may grab my eye, but if these three criteria aren't met, it's a no go.

    There is one other factor for me. I like a guitar that has resonance to it, so there is a certain song that I play that has a G6/E chord in it. That may sound exotic to some, but it is simply an open E chord played at the 4th fret. If the guitar is resonant, that chord will bloom beautifully. If it doesn't bloom, it just sounds flat to my ears, and the guitar is a no go.
     
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