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My favourite classic guitar sound to listen to is an old LP/SG through a vintage Marshall. I have bought/sold/traded Gibson/Tokai/Ibanez/Epiphone models that LP/SG/335/339 like. During all that time the only guitar I have held onto for a long time is,... a Fender Stratocaster (Jimmie Vaughan Signature). I have had it for 11 years. I have said it was always my #2.

Well, I finally have to admit, I am not the same when it comes to playing. I have to come bursting out of the closet and say, I am a Fender guy. The strat is my #1. I had my MIJ Epiphone Riviera for 9 years. It was a love/hate relationship. It finally ended when I moved to Edmonton - it hated the climate.

I had the strat in hibernation for 6 months and brought it out again after struggling at times with the SG like it was saying "Come on, you can do better than that". It was like finding a long lost friend. I am a hack at playing IMO, and it is like the strat doesn't care. The neck is as close to perfect as I have ever found. I play at low volume in the apartment and it never says, "You are going to have to crank it if you want to sound any good". The comfort and playability are very and never seems to change in my mind. (even thought it could lose close to a pound).

The only Gibson camp guitar which comes close for me is the Epiphone Casino Coupe with Vineham P90s. It is almost as consistent in playability and sound as the strat. It is a thinline hollowbody and has it own completely different personality and flavour. (At under 6 lbs, it is the one thing it definitely has on the strat.)

Realizing I was a Fender guy was only reinforced when I picked up a Fender Jaguar Blacktop HH on the cheap. I love the offset design. Because of age and arthritis and body type, it is the only guitar I can play without a strap comfortably sitting down (I never play standing up). I love the 24" scale because the playing is very fluid and relaxed. The strat is oddly just as fluid but with a little more snap. Has the same 1.65" nut, 9.5" and Fender medium jumbo frets. Strat has soft V neck profile which I like a little better than the modern C on the Jaguar. It could lose close to a lb. just like the Strat. Electronics need to be replaced - just waiting for a replacement pickguard. Looks like it had been attached by a thrash punk player.

Clapton may have loved playing the strat and stuck with it after his 60s stint with Gibson ( I can understand that now) but he always sounded better with an ES335 IMO
 

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I find that if you've been playing a type of guitar for a while changing it up makes things feel fresh and new and interesting again. That's why I keep as many examples of the big guitar models on hand as I can... just in case! Everyone should have a Strat, Tele, LP and 335 just to cover all the basses and a few others for "colour". ;)
 
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I find that if you've been playing a type of guitar for a while changing it up makes things feel fresh and new and interesting again. That's why I keep as many examples of the big guitar models on hand as I can... just in case! Everyone should have a Strat, Tele, LP and 335 just to cover all the basses and a few others for "colour". ;)
I have many, but I always play my SG... I dabble in the others, but the sound of the SG works for me best.
 

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I am always happy to see a fellow player of my age bracket (lol I hope) enjoying an SG or LP through a Marshall amp. Us old guys can still get up there and rock so you young guns better watch out LOL.
 

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I identify with much of what you are saying. Same sentiments with different guitars.

Good advice from Hamstrung, though...
 

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I got my first Fender in 1981, owned several other guitars of all styles in the years following but by the mid 1990's I finally had to admit to myself that I'm a Fender guy. I still have a semi hollow that I pull out every once in a while but it's my Strat that really makes me smile. :)
 

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Good and interesting post, Robert. It seems you have learned to never say never. Sometimes it takes awhile for us to realize what we really like. I know that has been the case with me. I can almost say, I will never like a strat but I know better than to say "never". Continue enjoying your "new" find.
 

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I got my first Fender in 1981, owned several other guitars of all styles in the years following but by the mid 1990's I finally had to admit to myself that I'm a Fender guy. I still have a semi hollow that I pull out every once in a while but it's my Strat that really makes me smile. :)
Got my first fender about 81 as well. It was a black Fender Lead II. The following year I traded it in for my first Telecaster and thats 90% what its been ever since.
 

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I've never been able to totally bond with a Telecaster.
 

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I have always struggled with teles as well. Over the past year I found a couple I like. A baja and a Nashville with a rosewood board. They will never be as easy to play as a les paul or a jag with that super slinky scale length. All in all I am enjoying them.
 

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I find that if you've been playing a type of guitar for a while changing it up makes things feel fresh and new and interesting again. That's why I keep as many examples of the big guitar models on hand as I can... just in case! Everyone should have a Strat, Tele, LP and 335 just to cover all the basses and a few others for "colour". ;)
The next time you talk to my wife please reiterate what you just said...thanks!
 

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I was a Gibson LP guy before I even thought of owning a guitar. All of my Badminton and Tennis rackets I used for me and my buddy's renditions of KISS Alive I&II were LP's. After all, I was Ace Frehley at 9 or 10. I like the CVC Tele I have for certain things, but I'm a Gibson LP guy through and through. Being able to afford certain kinds of guitars also plays a mighty role in this though, I'm fairly certain.
 

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My first guitar was a Fender AM Strat. I love Les Pauls but I'll always be a Fender guy first. Not sure if its me or not but I find my Strats and Teles easier to play then my Les Pauls.
 

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I find that if you've been playing a type of guitar for a while changing it up makes things feel fresh and new and interesting again. That's why I keep as many examples of the big guitar models on hand as I can... just in case! Everyone should have a Strat, Tele, LP and 335 just to cover all the basses and a few others for "colour". ;)
Yep, that's my belief as well. Gotta have 'the big 4' (both maple and rw necks for the Fenders). Plus, an SG and a hollowbody or 2, like a Gretsch or jazz guitar. And a non-guitar-shaped coffee table guitar, like a V or Explorer.

And Bigsby's on about half of 'em.

A good inventory saves you having to go to a music store to try things out. Because you know what happens when you go to a music store too often - you end up buying too many guitars.
 

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Yep, that's my belief as well. Gotta have 'the big 4' (both maple and rw necks for the Fenders). Plus, an SG and a hollowbody or 2, like a Gretsch or jazz guitar. And a non-guitar-shaped coffee table guitar, like a V or Explorer.

And Bigsby's on about half of 'em.

A good inventory saves you having to go to a music store to try things out. Because you know what happens when you go to a music store too often - you end up buying too many guitars.
I found the 335 to cover lp territory enough to not need an LP any longer.
 
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