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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Tell Us About Your Current No # 1 Guitar and Why?

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Mar 17th, 2017 12:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Most guitars players have one or two favorite go to guitars that just hit the spot for them whether for live work or recording. I have currently have 5 guitars; three Strats (including a nice American) and 2 nice Les Paul type guitars (one Japanese Copy and and LTD Eclipse).

My number 1 is my 2006 Standard Mexi-Strat (Anniversary model with the Blizzard Pearl finish) that I got new in 2006.

All stock with the only change being a set of Texas Specials that I put into it about 6 years ago. My favorite part of the guitar is the slightly chunky maple neck, with standard frets, that just feels perfect for my hands.

My least favorite part is that the neck is very temperamental. Very sensitive to temperature changes, or heavy playing, and I have to tweak the truss rod and bridge several times a year to keep it where I like the action and intonation. It holds tune as the worst of my Strats and I have to re-tune about every 5-6 songs and more often in between if I use the whammy too much during a song.

However, it floats my boat all the way around and probably the most challenging of my guitars to play and in terms of upkeep..............But the reward of how it sounds and feels when I play it, and tweak it, are great. My second most cheap guitar and I could never sell it......It has become my signature tone.

Tell us about your current number one and why.

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Mar 17th, 2017 01:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Ibanez AM93L. Small semi-hollow body. Great pickups. Plays like a dream. That guitar just does it for me. Love the tones and playability.

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Oceanside, CA

Mar 17th, 2017 01:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

'93 Fender American Stardard Strat, sunburst maple neck. Has Fender HN pickups. Has had two complete fret jobs. Very sweet to play and sounds great. I bought it brand new.

(This message was last edited by champster at 03:47 PM, Mar 17th, 2017)

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Mar 17th, 2017 02:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For the past year, I've been mostly playing my 2015 G&L Comanche. It's a great guitar, but it took me awhile to get used to it. If I played guitar in a rock band (I play bass), it would probably be my main stage axe. Strat-like tones, but with lots more punch and no single-coil hum. I wish the neck pickup sounded more traditional, and the MFD Z-coils can sound slightly harsh at times, but for the most part it's awesome. Positions two and four are, IMO, more useful than on a conventional Strat.

I'm not sure it's my favorite though. That's my 2004 Am. Series Strat, Chrome Red/maple, with Lace Hot Gold pickups. It's just a wonderful example of the breed, and thus a truly special guitar IMO.

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Santee CA

Poser extraordinaire
Mar 17th, 2017 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I could go on all day about this one, my 50th Anniversary American Series Strat (2004).

Bought it new sight unseen from MF. It arrived perfectly set up. The only adjustments I have made were a ¼” truss rod turn about 3 years ago and setting up the trem to float the way I prefer. The Strat stays perfectly in tune even with moderately heavy whammy use. The overall tuning will fluctuate slightly with a significant change in temperature and/or pressure, but all the strings stay in tune with each other.

I’ve gone through about 30 other electric guitars since I got this one. It is the best overall sounding electric guitar I’ve owned. The sustain is incredible, especially for such a light guitar with single coils. It’s also as comfortable playing as any 25.5” scale guitar that I have played.

If my place were to ever catch on fire this is the one non-essential item that I would grab on my way out the door.

Pics in profile. For more info check out the last couple of pages of this

epic thread

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England's Sloppiest Guitarist
Mar 17th, 2017 03:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My favourite at the moment is my sunburst AV62RI Hot rod Strat with Bareknuckle pups. It's the most "Stratty" sounding Strat I've got, although the neck's just a touch on the chunky side for me. If I could only take one guitar to gigs it would be my '94 AmSe Strat with EMG DG20 pups. Plays and feels great, and covers most bases.

(This message was last edited by Ayns at 10:25 AM, Mar 19th, 2017)


Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Mar 17th, 2017 03:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My 2012 Gibson Les Paul 70's Tribute. It is basically an LP Studio with some modifications, one being mini-humbuckers. Gibson calls them "Dirty Fingers", and true to form, they run a little hotter than regular humbuckers. It is the closest thing I will probably ever have to my 1990 LP Standard, which I had to sell a few years ago.

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too many guitars and not enough hands
Mar 17th, 2017 03:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

easy the one with freshest strings.


LA-la-land, CA

Insert clever comment here
Mar 17th, 2017 05:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

2006 Reverend Club King. Semi-hollow w/ a mean 90 in the neck. I have other more expensive guitars, but this one is the desert island axe. It sounds good in all situations.

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South Florida

Mar 17th, 2017 06:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Telecaster. You can't mess up perfect.



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Mar 17th, 2017 06:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have 3 guitars that I play most often and gig with, because they stay in tune and sound best for the music styles we play. The first is an Epiphone Les Paul Elitist, honey burst with 57's. The second is an Mexican Fender Stratocaster, a 62 reissue with stock pickups and lastly, a Schecter Omen 6 with EMG'S 81/85's. The Schecter is a great rock machine and has a good but different sound and really drives my amp into a nice edge that fills out the sound I want for our heavier songs. My Strat and Les Paul are just great chameleons and fit into a lot of our music. It's kinda funny that with having so many guitars, that these just fit the bill for a lot of our music. But as of late, I'm finding that I need to start using an acoustic/electric for a lot of Eagles tunes and other songs that are acoustic inspired. The only bad thing about this is, being my own roadie and the gear list is growing, along with our set list and this old boy ain't getting any younger. By the time we are setup, I need a nap! Lol

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Mar 17th, 2017 06:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My overall #1 is currently sidelined for my latest build, the Auroracaster. It came together really nice, beautifully light and resonant. With all the 2 and 3 tone sunburst and traditional colors in my collection, this is my one afforded eccentricity.

The Auroracaster

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Mar 17th, 2017 06:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...the Auroracaster."

So it has a name now???

I like it!

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Mar 17th, 2017 06:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"So it has a name now???"


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Santee CA

Poser extraordinaire
Mar 17th, 2017 06:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice littleuch!

Not you, the Auroracaster. :-)

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"toxic masculinity personified"
Mar 17th, 2017 07:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Guild Starfire Bass strung with flats.

Looks right.

Feels right.

Sounds right.


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Sunshine State

Just a pawn in someone else's game
Mar 17th, 2017 08:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Telecaster. You can't mess up perfect."

larry nails it...

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The spotlight

looks like a prison break
Mar 17th, 2017 10:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Gibson custom shop Les Paul 1958. Huge neck, great tone, and light in weight (chambered). It plays like buttah.

twinkle and clang

FDP Data Goon

We all want

our time in hell
Mar 18th, 2017 02:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Since I got it a year ago (and never thought I'd be saying this), my 2016 Les Paul Studio High Performance.

Robotuners and all.

There is nothing wrong with this guitar - the con if anything is the weight on some days given my health. It's light for a LP (8lb10 ounces according to the stuff with it), but..worth dealing with.

The neck is wider than a usual LP, which is perfect for me having large hands - and they haven't changed the string spacing, just added a little width to both E strings. I don't push them off the fretboard like I do on my other guitars (for good and evil, I sometimes use that it for a particular effect in a piece).

The switchable (internal DIP) electronics are a dream come true - selectable coil split/tap options, the HP filter/treble bleed, etc all work very well for me.

They got everything right on this thing, which is a surprise. I'd expected to have to replace the tuners, but ended up loving them. I expected to replace the titanium zero-fret, as I've never loved a guitar with any zero-fret.

It just does anything I want it to in normal guitar land - it won't go Jaguar piercing, but...I have a couple Jags for that too.

I've played it daily since getting it, and it's still making me happy. I have to make the other guitars get time occasionally now, it's still that much love even long after any honeymoon period has long since gone and the first dings in the finish have appeared!

Coral Head

Sunshine State

Groupies needed
Mar 18th, 2017 04:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My late 90's Jimmie Vaughan Stratocaster. The soft vee neck is perfect for me. I wish I could clone the neck for my other guitars. I have swapped the pups a couple of times and now have an American Standard set in there, but there wasn't much wrong with the originals.

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