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  posted on 3/11/2006 at 03:43 AM
Hey there folks.... A little more specific question than my last post....I was wondering if any of you fellow pickers will help me wiht this enigma...STRAT OR SG?? I have played a Big Apple Strat and a Les Paul Goldtop for years and I have loved both sounds very much. But as my playing progresses, I kinda want to see if trading my strat for an SG could give me a somewhat better tone. Thanks!!

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  posted on 3/11/2006 at 04:06 AM
Hhhhmmm, should I dare even think of giving an opinion ????????
Oh what the hell, knowbody listens to me anyway .....
My advice would be ... Don't trade what you already have to get something you think you might want. Just save the money and if by then you still think you want it, go get it.
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  posted on 3/11/2006 at 06:00 AM
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Hhhhmmm, should I dare even think of giving an opinion ????????
Oh what the hell, knowbody listens to me anyway .....
My advice would be ... Don't trade what you already have to get something you think you might want. Just save the money and if by then you still think you want it, go get it.
Hope that helps.




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  posted on 3/11/2006 at 07:22 AM
Don't trade the strat, save some cash and buy the SG. orrrr CHARGE IT!!!
 

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  posted on 3/11/2006 at 08:14 AM
Tony, keep the Strat and aquire an SG when the funds become available. As your career progresses, you'll want a variety of guitar tones to choose from depending on the song you're doing. All pro guitar players should have at least (IMO) a Strat, Telecaster, Les Paul, SG and ES-335 in their arsenal. Good luck on finding one.

 

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  posted on 3/11/2006 at 10:23 AM
The guitar sound you want will be up to you. If you want "your" sound to be the fat thick tones you get from the SG and LP then you have answered your own question. If you want the thinner sound of a Strat or Tellie there is the answer. But if you want both then you need both. I have said this for awhile and get some negitive feed back but I feel with the modern electronics you can get a LP sound out of a Strat. My set-up is a vintage Goldtop vintage tube Fender Twin and Blues distortion box. I can get any sound I want. Turn off the box and the clean sound of the Twin comes through. Turn the box on and the Marshall stack sound comes through. But remember this, it's "your" sound and your money.
 

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  posted on 3/11/2006 at 11:03 AM
I own one of each, and I like them both for different reasons.

The SG (in my opinion, this is somewhat subjective) will still give you something close to the Les Paul sound and feel(mahogany, same electronics set up and same neck)l. The big difference lies in the thinner body with the double cutaways, which is significantly lighter.

The Strat is radically different from the Giabson guitars. The scale length is longer, so playing chords toward the top of the neck feels different. The spacing of the frets toward the bridge makes soloing there easier (again, in my opinion). Mine has a maple fretboard which feels much different than the rosewood on the Gibsons, but you can get a Strat with rosewood if you want.

I normally play one guitar for a week or two, then switch to the other one. I like the contrasts the have between them. Fenders and Gibsons are at the opposite end of the guitar spectrum, so I feel like having both offers allows me to remain versatile in my playing with their different sound, tone and feel. They're both great guitars.

 

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  posted on 3/11/2006 at 11:09 AM
Like everybody, I would say hold onto the Strat, and when you have the funds then get the SG. I've got several Gibson's (SG, ES-335, Les Paul), Paul Reed Smith (Custom 22), and a Strat and I like all of them for different reasons.

 

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  posted on 3/11/2006 at 11:11 AM
Look for the Lee Roy Parnell Gibson bus rolling through your area:





Lee Roy started with a Gibson, went to a Strat, now back to a Gibson. He is very impressed with the re-issues that Gibson has been bringing out. His tour Goldie is one.(His original Goldtop is stored under his bed at home).

 

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  posted on 3/11/2006 at 11:30 AM
Keep the Strat! save your money and then get the SG. I went this route. loved my strat but wanted those Humbucker colors
for slide, lead. you can tell most of thes cats posting are guitar players- we never want to give up an instrument we've
invested our hearts in - besides the guitars become part of the family. good luck.

 

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  posted on 3/11/2006 at 11:40 AM
Billy, I play bass, but I was speaking from experience for what I have had a few times called "seller's remorse." I have had a bass, sold it to get another, then wished I hadn't sold the other one, and done that on more than one occasion.

But I see valid points in fsducati's post that if you are looking for "your sound," experiment and try various instruments, decide what you like, then, after you have found your sound, you may want to sell off the ones you don't play as much. Just don't sell off your extra's too quickly, or you'll end up with the dreaded "seller's remorse."

But from a songwriting and recording viewpoint, having options is a big plus. A Strat may sound right on one track, and a Les Paul may sound right for another. If you can't decide right away which tone is right, record separate tracks using the different guitars and play them back until you do decide. Look at all the different guitars Warren uses, in different scenarios.

 

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  posted on 3/11/2006 at 12:42 PM
Tony! (KP's secretary here)

You need to keep both guitars you have if you love the sound. I think you can definitely grow into an SG though, but please don't trade what you have. The sound you have now is good and there are going to be times and songs where you are going to still want to keep the LP out there, and the Strat too.
Another guitar to add to your collection is a good idea too. Get a big jar for the gigs and write SG FUND on it, lol...then we can all contribute here and there to help you.

Wow I am going to have a dream now tonight about you playing an SG!

 

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  posted on 3/11/2006 at 07:04 PM
The topic should read Strat AND SG.

Everything everyone has posted is true. IMO the Strat is harder to play if you do a lot of bends due to it's longer string length. You really have to dig in to play a Strat while the Gibsons seem to be so much easier to play...and that ain't a bad thing. I have been thinking about buying a SG for many months now.

And I sure a heck won't give up my Strats

 

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