A very miniscule amount. Fretting at 1st and 24th, I could not fit a piece of paper between the string and the 12th fret. Probably worth mentioning that it's tuned to drop C with a high F, using a set of 11s with an 8 for the high F. I don't bend a lot in my playing, but it only chokes on the 19th fret with full step bends so I assume it's just a problem fret. It is a 13 year old guitar and by the looks of things it has been played a lot haha.
Sounds like a good setup, I try to keep as little relief in necks as possible. Both the necks on my guitars are straight with the action at the 12th fret at about 1.5mm on the bass side and 1.3mm on the treble side. No buzzing or choking unless I strum really REALLY hard.
I don't understand how you people can play with the action that low. I like my action at like 5mm at the 12th fret
I've been able to get my action that low I just don't like it
Different strokes for different folks.
I don't know where my action is, height-wise, but I like it there. As long as it isn't butt fuckingly high.
A Squier Standard Strat will set you back around £220, a Squier Vintage Modified Strat will set you back something around £230.
The Vintage Modified series is one of the best that Squier makes, and people have compared the build quality to the likes of Fender Made in Mexico guitars (I played a Vintage Modified Precision bass and it was really good).
The basic rule of thumb is even if you're starting out, get something that's good, even if it costs you more. At least that way, if you don't take up playing properly, you can actually sell it on and get some money back.
The classic vibe, vintage modified, and the few signature models they make, are the highest-tier guitars that Squier makes.
If I recall correctly, you can easily spot the higher-tier Squiers by looking for the logo to be colored-in, either with gold or silver. I'm pretty sure that all of the normal squiers have black lettering on the headstock.
And yeah, you'll absolutely want to spend at least that much on your first guitar. You have to get something that you won't have to upgrade from for quite a while. It also helps a lot to have a guitar that you really want to play when you see it.
I gotta get myself one of the classic vibe 50's strats, I'm thinking olympic white and I might give it a light relic and change out the pickups.
I love the 4th position sound at 4:25, for a guitar in that range these things are amazing.
I can almost get that sound out of my Ibanez though haha.
What's great about buying a little on the higher end to start with is that changing the pickups becomes only an aesthetic choice, or just a slight upgrade, rather than how it's a real necessity with the cheaper guitars.
It would be great if they offered one of the strats in a hardtail version.
Although compared to the bullet and affinity series those pickups in that classic vibe sound superb.
I also agree I would love to see a hardtail version.
I have heard the same so you might be right.
Maybe you heard it from eachother?
Price: 537 USD
Price: 646 USD
Price: 646 USD
Price: 606 USD
Classic Vibe Stratocaster® '50s
Price: 478 USD
Vintage Modified Stratocaster® HSS
Price: 478 USD
Price: 416 USD
Black and Chrome Standard Stratocaster®
Price: 362 USD
Which one of these will be versatile enough and can be modified later easy. Easy tuning is required too. I personally like the Ibanez Tremolo series but others opinion will be valuable.
I am more leaning towards these two:
Vintage Modified Stratocaster® HSS
The classic vibe is a good choice, you have a very good starting point for you to build on.
You have three single coils which is very versatile and if you ever decide you want more of a thick humbucker sound you can buy single coil sized humbuckers which aren't exact but they still sound amazing.
I would stay away from black and chrome squire.
The vintage modified series are pretty good as well.
As far as Ibanez any of the ones you have picked out would work well for you the although Edge III tremolo is kind of an iffy system, it will work good for you at first but the knife edges are known to get dull and eventually you will end up blocking it. The good thing is a lot of people swap them out with the edge pro which you can find on ebay and that is a drop in replacement.
As well you have coil splitting in all of those Ibanez's so you can still get somewhat of a strat sound.
Well those prices are just the list price, you'll actually pay a -lot- less at a retailer. If your budget is actually ~$600, you can get an even better guitar than all of those.
But if you want to make music like what you posted, you probably don't really want a humbucker in the bridge unless it has coil splitting, which is an option where you can switch the humbucker to a single coil rather than using both coils.
The reason for this was already said, but just to reinforce it, single coil guitar pickups have different properties to humbuckers, they sound a lot more like what you posted.
If you want something that's really easy to set up, really easy to tune, and stays in tune well, you might want to look for something that doesn't have a tremolo system, it might be more forgiving on a beginner. This is the 'hard tail' design I mentioned.
I would recommend against any of those Ibanez guitars because they all have double locking floating bridges and they will annoy you to no end.
You should ideally try them out at a store though, because you might feel like one of these or another guitar just feels right to you, but you really can't go wrong with a strat for a nice playing guitar. I reckon the Classic Vibe or the Vintage Modified will be the titties nipple though
I would probably go with the HSS Squier. My first guitar was a black and chrome Squier like the one you posted, but with the HSS config. And it's a pretty damn decent guitar. I've modded it to hell and I still play it today. The HSS config is very versatile, and personally I've never been a huge fan of single coils in the bridge position (just because I like to play heavier rhythm stuff, but if you have no interest in that, a 3 single coil strat would be great).
Well...Vintage Modified Stratocaster HSS seems to be a good compromise then. I can swap the pick ups later if needed.
I do like to play distortion like in this song but majority of the stuff will be clean followed by distortions in the mid parts:
@Nazereth666 and @TheGuru
Those Ibanez have Edge Zero II bridge which is better than Edge III. Will that change things in their favor ?
Those prices are close to retail prices. I can probably get $10-20 discount but not more than that here in my country.
I've got an RG520 and an RG570 sitting right next to me. I don't know exactly which model of Edge they have, but these are perfectly fine. Only problem with tremolo units is tuning. On my RG, it takes near an hour to change strings and tune it. Once it is in tune however, it is easy to get it back.
Another thing with tremolo units is keeping them level. It takes a fair bit of time to balance it out, but it is worth it.
tripped massive balls. this thread was like glitter on the ice cream. i played so many weird ass songs last night, it was great.
The main point of the double locking bridge is for you to just go freakin crazy doing dive bombs like an 80s hair metal guitarist without going out of tune. I honestly do not know of any post-rocker that does that. If there is any use of the floating bridge, it's just for a more subtle vibrato effect which the strat style trem will handle no problems.
The main problem with them is that it takes a lot of effort to change tunings, even something as simple as going from standard tuning to drop D, something I tend to do a LOT. It would require you to unlock the nut, retune the guitar, possibly spend a while tinkering in the back to get the trem level correct, retuning again, locking the nut, fine tuning...... As a beginner you want to be able to experiment as easily and freely as possible. The other problem with them is that they require some time and practice to actually set up and restring.
With the strat style bridge you can easily set it up for dive-only (so the bridge rests on the body), which basically lets it act like a hard tail, change tunings just like that, but you can still get some nice vibrato if you want. Personally I just completely block them for optimal tuning stability.
That being said, decent, especially blocked, floating tremolo stays in tune extremely well. If you don't change tuning too often, you can tune accurately in seconds and have the guitar stay in that tuning for weeks. That might differ with some of you who tune to standard with 15's, of course. Good floating tremolo is not generally worse choice than good normal tremolo, even for new player.
my RG is a 370 and it's my favorite guitar
get that one
Funny thins is my Ibanez is the RG 120 which at the time I bout it cost $270, and it was just a cheap Indonesian RG made specially for Guitar Center. It's seven years old now and after all the work I have done to it it plays amazing. Still don't like the agathis wood but honestly it is a superb guitar. Need to replace the frets though.
Needs new tuners as well, the tuners on it are getting kind of loose. Probably one of the toughest guitars I have had. I threw it around my room (lol remember?) and it has also fallen off the strap quite a few times before I got straplocks and the worst that happened was the neck came off and stripped out the holes but that is an easy fix. We will see over time how well my explorer holds up, over time I am sure it will get knocked around.
despite all those great features it still has a mac sticker on it
Yeah still gotta figure out what exactly I should do with it, although there is an ongoing joke where my friends call it the iGuitar which is kind of stupid but the sticker is almost nostalgic now... Same thing with the sticker on the back of the guitar it was actually a Tigger sticker and my nickname since I was a child was Tigger. Even though it is all rubbed off and what not I keep it on there for the nostalgia.
You can actually see it in that picture, now it is all rubbed off and all that is left is the flaky metallic background ha.
Stickers aren't so bad.
I was thinking about getting a big circular peace sign and putting it behind the bridge on my SG MM. The pickguard is like a crescent shape there, so a big circle would be form-fitting to it.
something like this, with the top line pointing at the neck, I think it would look cool:
But the black on black is just so sexy that I don't really want to ruin it, do they make special stickers that are easily removable with no residue?
The tremolo is the FAT10 that comes on the cheap ibanez guitar but I had to modify it because it had these stupid ass set screws sticking out of the top of the saddles to lock them down like in this picture.
Well sure as hell they stripped out because there was only a mm of the screw going into the block. So this created a problem now because the screws to adjust the intonation were all off because the intonation screws rested against the them so I put the springs on the inside of the trem plate and set it up like your traditional strat style trem.
Funny because a year after I did that Ibanez realized the same problem and did what I did...
The switches have been fun at first I just put a kill switch in which was just a momentary button, you can see it kind of in the picture I found from around 2008.
That button ended up breaking so I put in a new switch for it and then I ended up drilling another hole to put in a switch to coil split the neck pickup.
The white switch is in the original hole and it is no longer a kill switch since I wired my SD '59 to be four conductor, now they are both coils splits.
P.S. that piece of duct tape is covering the first hole I drilled when I wanted to put a second switch in, I ended up missing the cavity like a derp. So I covered it with a piece of tape...
Oh another fun picture I found when my guitar was covered in duct tape. :D
I actually did this initially because I hated the fact that I drilled a useless hole into my guitar...
UH OH, I'M DOING THINGS AGAIN
still need to solder it all together but I don't have any wire so it'll have to wait until tomorrow
custom controls for a jazz bass that I'm building. master volume, master tone, series/parallel switch
the body I'm using is incredibly light, that little loaded control plate weighs like an ounce more than the body itself
pieces just sitting in place, it's ~kawaii~
Love the pickguard, fits really well with the finish.
GFS JB Pros. nothing too exciting but I like the way they sound. Price wasn't really a factor, but it was nice ordering the pickguard material and pups from the same place. they're already kinda hot at 10k, shit's gonna be loud in series
I probably went through like 10 different suppliers getting parts for this build. control plate, neck screws (with threaded inserts!) and neck plate was from ebay, pots and the switch were from amazon, the string tree was from a different amazon dealer, the capacitors I already had but I think I got those from Amazon as well. I got lucky on the tuners, they were a reclaimed set off an SX bass I got from rondo for $10.00. the paint came from a local shop that mixes whatever you want, this thing has less than a millimeter of polyurethane on it. the wood for the body came from a guy that was selling some empress paulownia off a tree he had cut down in his yard, the neck wood (some maple, nothing exciting in the grain but it's a good stable cut) came from a local lumber yard, and the skunk stripe came from a piece of walnut I had left over from a coffee table a few years ago. fretwire was the last of some nickel 6105 from some old builds, only had like a foot left when I was done fretting it
and the nut is whitetail deer antler, so my bass isn't vegan
I wish I had the tools to build from scratch.
I guess it isn't too bad there are some good suppliers for guitar and bass bodies as well as necks, but if I ever want to create an original guitar it will be done from scratch.
Sucks too I had the opportunity to borrow a buddies shop when I was up in Alaska and I never took him up on it.