How do you test your guitars?

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

  1. bigreen505

    bigreen505 Strat-Talk Member

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    Pretty much this. I will add ...
    4) Is the intonation good, and if not, can it be set up to play in tune? Not all guitars can.
    5) How does it look? There are some guitars that are either just not to my liking or not the look I want for the purpose. I'm not going to buy a neon pink, double locking, Floyd Rose shred metal axe to play jazz on, even if it is the best sounding jazz guitar there ever was. That said, I would absolutely rock a jazz guitar for metal.
     
  2. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    I know. Pretty revolutionary right? :D
     
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  3. heltershelton

    heltershelton Vivamus libero Vivamus duris

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    i start by setting them far enough apart to where they cant cheat off each other.
    then ill tell them to use the bathroom now because once the test starts theres no getting up until its done.
    then ill pass out the test and say "begin".
     
  4. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Yes it is. The norm is to strip it into component parts post photos here and question every little detail, ad nauseum. o_O
     
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  5. Chipss36

    Chipss36 Strat-O-Master

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    I use a set list backing track.

    I also use AmpliTube for this.

    I have many tube amps but AmpliTube is set exactly the same every time, perfect recall and repeatability, my tube amps get set differently every time I use them.

    Seems to work well, still a band setting tells the real story.
     
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  6. MT Poteet

    MT Poteet Strat-Talk Member

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    I usually play them for a great deal of time without an amp.
    If it doesn't feel good in my hands, forget it,
    I recently set up a Strat for a friend, went through the entire guitar.
    When I was done I wasn't impressed, after a couple of hours, I came to really like it.
    After that, it's just dialing it in on your equipment.
     
  7. Electgumbo

    Electgumbo Not Of This Earth

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    It don’t matter… they all sound the same when I play them. When the people is jamming no body stops and tells me “I hear how your notes bloom and the high end attack at the front of your notes is lovely.” …. I’m not a lab rat… I’m a house rocker!
     
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    nosmo Strat-O-Master

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    I give it the credit card test. If it's under $100 it's good enough for me.
     
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  9. budglo

    budglo Strat-Talker

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    At rehearsal and again when playing live .
     
  10. dscottyg

    dscottyg Strat-Talker

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    First it’s gotta have some meaning. Some reference that makes me feel good having it, like a Vintage’52 Tele or 60s Strat that reminds me of the one David Byrne played. Then it has to be pricy enough to know it’s good quality. Then feel good and not have buzzing with a good set up.
     
  11. GeetarPwayer

    GeetarPwayer Strat-Talk Member

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    I'm definitely more of a player than I am a tech or gear guy so I personally try not to overthink that end too much. However with that being said I have clear memories of my father and his band often using the term "atmospheric conditions" referring to why instruments sounded different from place to place. They always laughed abit about it but I now know there was truth in that. So I test my guitars through my go to rig at my own place and make adjustments as needed wherever I may be.
     
  12. Cyberi4n

    Cyberi4n Strat-O-Master

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    Under exam conditions usually. No mobile phones books or calculators. And if it has the answers srcibbled on the back of its headstock or under its scratchplate then it's immediately disqualified. Under a strict 2hour timelimit too! With an OFSTED approved invigilator
     
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  13. thegrasshopper

    thegrasshopper Strat-Talker

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    That makes a lot of sense, sure. I'm perhaps being too "techy", despite the fact I am not technicaly qualified... I know the nuances I get in the studio might be lost on stage, and why not, some others might appear... anyway, after years playing live, now the studio is my "atmosphere". Thx for your reply!
     
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  14. thegrasshopper

    thegrasshopper Strat-Talker

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    The examns I took which having books was allowed for... were by far the most dificult ones...
     
  15. Hanson

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    I test how they sound with my ears. I test how they play with my hands.
     
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    greezy strings Strat-O-Master

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    I usually play them unplugged 1st... feel it out... then plug it in.. electronics... pups.. pedals .. amps can be changed..
     
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    Cyberi4n Strat-O-Master

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    I think this is probably the best answer on here. Some incredible music has been made on some pretty beat-up instruments that the user has just bonded with, without the need for some fancy tests involving a studio, some expensive amps, and a sound engineer.
     
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  18. chas3rd

    chas3rd Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member Silver Member

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    I closely research and study all the specs for weeks and then I say “I’ll take the green one.”
     
  19. bad player

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    I'm just a player, maybe with a good ear, don't know. My test is very short but accurate: I play the guitar unplugged for 5 minutes. Every string, every fret individually. Then I compare the 12th fret harmonic sound to the sound when string is pressed and played. Is it out of tune and how much? Any bad sounding spots lead to optical testing, is the neck straight, are the strings too low, does the string sound like it does not fit to the saddle well enough (happens with the low E string very often). If it sounds good acoustically it will most probably sound good when amplified.

    So, then I test the electronics. All 15 that I've bought recently have passed the test and have been good instruments. The only one I did not like in the long run was a custom shop 1960 Strat that did not sound through different amps its price tag, so I sold it for under its market price. Even the dirty used Squier Tele Deluxe that I bought for 200 has been a good instrument. So, my advice is: Play t, feel it, hear it.
     
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  20. thegrasshopper

    thegrasshopper Strat-Talker

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    Have you ever tried the other way around?
     
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