If you're mostly or always play blues...

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  1. Boognish

    Boognish Senior Stratmaster

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    I get bored with just playing blues. I go from Metal to Jazz and everything in between all on a Hwy1 Tele.
     
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    thats whats i like to hear.
     
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  3. Ivan975

    Ivan975 Strat-Talk Member

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    I like to play lots of genres, but mostly Blues - Blues-Rock.
    I have only two guitars, A Japanese RG Ibanez I use for some heavy rock, Whitesnake '80s shred like sound, and a Strat, but the sound I always come back to is Hendrix/SRV/Philip Sayce Blues/Rock. Just can't relate to it right if I don't play it on my Am. Series Strat (2004). Stock pickups which I find very good with SD Hot Rails in the bridge for positions 1 and 2, I like to use it with middle pickup on overdrive.
    Overdriven neck pickup is something I use the most, neck+middle for cleans.
    Those sounds define what I see as the traditional Rock sound, of course a Les Paul sound too but I need to buy one first:D

    I just couldn't make myself play some traditional Blues/rock on Ibanez, that would feel awkward, no way.
    That music needs a guitar with a certain recognizable character so only Teles, Strats or Les Pauls work for me. with more or less ''traditional'' pickups and electronics.

    The only guitar that would really cover all of my needs in tone, is Luke II, SSH. Maybe too contemporary when it comes to single-coil sounds but that thing really rocks.
     
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    I use sweat.
     
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  5. Tremoluxer

    Tremoluxer Strat-Talk Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Yep. Unless someone wants to give a set of premium pickups, to me for free, like the Budz on my 2001 Am Std Tele.
     
  6. Stratafied

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    I had a mim Strat special edition that had I believe ceramics, sounded great for blues .
     
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  7. fezz parka

    fezz parka fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

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    My favorite guitar has the stock pickups in it. A5, 5.5k, plain enamel wire.

    The pickups are not as important as what comes after them. The signal path: cord, pedals, amp, and the speaker in the amp.

    All of these are the guitar my avatar.








     
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  8. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

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    yeah, but youre " different".
     
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  9. fezz parka

    fezz parka fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

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    To me...Blues...is a feeling.

    Moonlight Sonata is the blues. ;)

    This is the blues.

     
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    myredstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    I love the blues, I live the blues, and over the years have played and recorded (not only blues) with stock strat single coils, p90s mini humbuckers, full size humbuckerss, my strat has the stock pearly gates HB in the bridge. Always through a Fender amp of some sort, bassman, bandmaster, twin, deluxe, blues jr, etc
    When I listen back, it all sounds pretty similar to me. So basically,in my opinion, no matter what guitar, or pickups, etc, you will sound like you!:thumb:
    Oh, and by the way, Andy Timmins plays a pretty mean blues on an Ibanez! Wish I could play half as good as he does.
     
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  11. heltershelton

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    people say, " nooooooo its clasicaaaaaaaaaa"
    and we're like "please turn around, and go away".
     
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    Yep. Record store categories and labels. It's for goobers.
     
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    sometimes i think only losers can play blues. you know what i mean.
     
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    Loss. Yep.
     
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    ill be back.
    right now im gonna go do other stuff for awhile.
     
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  16. Mr C

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    Only Losers can Play the Blues would be a great song title...
     
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    reminds me of the motels
     
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    i like that
     
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    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    Fender Elite, S1 engaged, position 4 for much of the blues (Bridge and Neck combo), and position 5 for bright solos (All 3 pickups). I'll overdrive a bit more on a different patch if I want to wail a bit harder.

    Since I use a Katana here's some pics regarding the settings and effects. Important to know IMHO as it is not just guitar that gives me "my tone". YMMV.

    Strat Volume - 7 for rhythm, 10 for solos. Both tones at 7.
     

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  20. Ivan975

    Ivan975 Strat-Talk Member

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    Timmons' tone and playing style however have nothing to do with what's Ibanez is about. no almost a kilo of cast iron on it to kill the tone (Floyd Rose), no stupid locking nut.
    His Ibanez is essentially a Strat with stacked humbuckers, traditional nut, and bridge. It only has an Ibanez logo. Plus his rig, he has some of the most distinctive and complex tones I've ever heard.
    A master player.

    @fezz parka said that the signal chains matters also, very true. People often talk about different pickups but forget about the cables and amps.
     
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