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Old 10-22-2012, 04:42 AM   #1
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Need Help Selecting New Guitar

So, a few months ago I bought a Cort Z-Custom for myself and I was blown away by the guitar. A little while later, I realized that when it comes to the more bluesy/jazzy tones, the guitar leaves a little something to be desired.

I will (hopefully) be coming into some money soon and would like to spend around $800 on a new axe. I was thinking something along the lines of a Fender/Squier strat or a Tele, but I'm not sure.

I already have an Aria STG-6, which is a pretty good guitar, but between upgrading the pickups on that guitar and just straight out buying a new guitar, I think it would be better getting a new guitar altogether.

Can you guys suggest some guitars for me to check out? The constraints I have are that it should be able to do the more bluesy/jazzy tones and the pickups should be great. Other that that, everything goes.

I'm not a savant when it comes to pickups and wood qualities, etc. so I'll trust you guys on that.
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:57 AM   #2
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I'm a big fan of Godins these days- I'd be buying one if I weren't already having a custom built and getting a deal on a Fernandes Ravelle right now.

You can probably pick up a used Godin Velocity for $400-500 these days. They're discontinued but there are still some new ones laying around, too. New, they ran just under $900, have a trem, and a HSS configuration. The singles are Godin's own, and the bridge Humbucker is by Seymour Duncan.

Very well made, flexible axes.

And going the used route would help you get pedals or upgrade your amp (depending on whether you need to, of course).
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:38 AM   #3
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I'd check out some semi-hollows. Maybe Ibanez? Just a suggestion.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:58 AM   #4
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I can did the godin suggestion there really good for warm jazzy tones. Dare i say it gibson is always worth a look as well, im not a big fan but you can get a pretty jazzy tone out of it quite easily. Yh fender is wort a look to as you say. I was playing a 72 strat origional the other day and i was blown away by the cleaner tones.
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:54 PM   #5
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The Ibanez and Epiphone semihollow and hollowbody guitars (Artcores, Dots, Casinos, etc.) are really good for the price. Gretsch Electromatics are also a good deal.

I was just noticing you're in India...where will you be shopping for your guitar?

I ask because it may be that some of the Asian & Australian brands might be cheaper for you than the ones we see in Europe or the Americas. (But I don't know for sure, so I'm asking.)

For example, Indonesia's Radix has some decent HH guitars- I'm using some of the same pickups in a custom build.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:24 PM   #6
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@Everyone, thanks for getting all your suggestions. I hadnt thought of semi-hollows actually, but I think I'll check them out again.

@Danny Alcatraz, I'll be buying the guitar in India itself, and most guitars are available or can be ordered. You're right about some of the local brands being cheaper and I'll check them out when I go to try the guitars out. At this point, I'm just looking at various options to see what all I can think of.

I did check out one of the Ibanzez artcores when I was last buying, and happened to hear one live. It sounded amazing, but I'm not sure if that was the guitar or the rig.

On upgrading: I'm looking at getting some analog pedals as well, but I dont know where to start with pedals. Currently I use a Boss GT-10 for effects and it works well. I heard a friend recently and he's got an analog effects chain. His tone was out of this world and I cant quite replicate it on the Gt-10. I'm thinking of going all analog but again, I'm lost as to where to begin.
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:55 AM   #7
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1) Another "local" guitar for you to see if you can find:

http://swingguitars.com/xe/index.ph...ument_srl=61876

I know the pickups in that guitar- I'm using Teslas in a custom build- that should be a decent axe.

http://www.teslapickups.com/?page_id=120

2) Pedals: I'm a big fan of Visual Sound's "double" pedals. One of the ones I don't have that is on my "strongly consider" list is the Jekyll & Hyde. For echo, check out the MXR Carbon Copy. Both deliver a lot of quality for their price.

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/JekyllHyde
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/CarbonCopy
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:13 PM   #8
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i really dont think you can go wrong with a MIM strat or tele (i'm a tele kinda guy personally) but something with a low output humbucker wouldnt be a bad idea either.

in the way of pedals, that be an expensive on taking but well worth it in the end. i loved my carbon copy (mentioned above). if you looking for usability and variety of tones though, take a look at TC electronics stuff. really good quality stuff
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:33 PM   #9
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Gibson ES/epi sheraton. Both widely used in Jazz and blues, sound and play really nice too. The sheraton I played was more difficult to bend on, but easier to slide on, so I guess it was more jazz oriented. Something to think about.
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:42 PM   #10
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More pedals to consider:

Distortion/OD
Pro Co Rats, EHX Big Muff, Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive, TC Electronics Dark Matter or Nova Drive, T.Rex Machael Angelo Batio Overdrive, Visual Sound Jekyll & Hyde

Chorus
Line6 ToneCore Space Chorus, Visual Sound V2 Liquid Chorus or H20 Chorus/Echo, Boss RT-20 Rotary and RE-20 Space Echo.

Tremolo
Red Witch Pentavocal Trem,

Echo/Delay
Line 6 Echo Park, MXR carbon Copy

Reverb
Line6 Verbzilla
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:56 PM   #11
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@Danny Alacatraz: Thanks for the pedals to consider!!! I checked out Swing guitars and they look pretty good. They dont have a dealer in India though. I'll send them an email and see if they ship.

I know going analog will be expensive, but I'm thinking about it after my recent experience with some of the tones. The way I see it right now, maybe I can use the GT-10 for delay and perhaps the echo, but it would be nice to have a big muff and maybe a chorus to begin with.

I'll be checking these out the moment I can get to a guitar store.
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:59 PM   #12
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Any luck?
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