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Old 02-01-2013, 07:16 AM   #1
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Strat or Les Paul?

I'm getting a new guitar and I have two choices in mind, from which I can't choose!

1. Epiphone Zakk Wylde Bullseye Les Paul
2. Fender Mexican Standard Stratocaster,if I buy this I'm installing Fender Texas Specials.

I've played them and both the guitars feel equally good with my hands.

I play blues rock, rock 'n' roll, southern rock and classical. A bit of metal too, sometimes.

Anyone help me choose?
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:58 AM   #2
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The Strat would be better suited for the styles you play regularly. Plus you know what you want to do with it already. Why not look at a used US Standard? For the price of the pickups and Mexican you're nearly there!
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:08 AM   #3
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:22 AM   #4
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what amp are you using?

because in my experience actives didn't sound very good on a solid state amp. and if it's not really that good of an amp then you probably wont hear the difference between the pickups.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:46 AM   #5
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Just to add, the Lace Golds are much nicer than the Texas Specials IMO.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:47 AM   #6
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Only thing is the Strat will pretty much die when you try and do metal.

I think a HSS (humbucker in bridge, single coils in middle and neck) Strat would suit you!
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:56 AM   #7
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i was gonna do a number 2, std MIM strat and texas specials

but may i suggest the fender classic player 60s strat

it's got the custom shop 69 pickups in which sound very similar to texas specials but IMO a bit better.

i play blues mainly (hendrix, SRV, john mayer, BB Kiing) but also some other stuff (Queen, Pink Floyd, Foo Fighters, Green day, led-zep) the list can go on...

and i prefer the 69 pickups than the TS's and i gave both very thorough tests

so buying the CP 60s strat will save you a bit of money too than buying a MIM strat, TS pickups and payaing a man to install them for you.

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Old 02-01-2013, 09:14 AM   #8
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The Strat will be a bit more suited to what you are playing, but a standard Les Paul is not exactly a bad choice (not going to swear a Zakk Wylde edition is however).

However, why buy a MiM? I was able to pull a USA Strat for $599, with the Texas Specials, new. That's about what I paid for my Blacktop MiM Strat. By the time you upgrade the pickups, you're likely within lower-end MiA range at least, or used. I do know that there was a MiA SSS Strat used for about the same as I paid for mine new at the local GC, but I can't swear as to what pickups are in it.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:58 AM   #9
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Yeah. Why not go for a guitar with Texas Specials from the start? I'm sure you can find a US Strat for maybe a little bit more money.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:00 AM   #10
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the only correct answer is both.

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Old 02-01-2013, 10:00 AM   #11
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Why are you looking at Zakk Wylde Les Paul? I mean, Les Paul Standard would fit those styles much better. So if those are the options to choose from, Fender Strat.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:06 AM   #12
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in all honesty, it would probably be a little more beneficial to save for an american strat.
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this one has the Texas Specials in it already.

At any rate, pick the strat. I've been playing strats for years and I have a hard time going to anything else most of the time. I started off as a gibson/epiphone guy but once I picked up a strat, that was all over.

They're very versatile. I play a lot of hard rock, metal, punk and blues with mine. They clean up real good, they have bite and a wide range of tones. for the styles of music you're looking for, the strat is more suitable. You essentially still have humbucking capability in a strat, so in reality, you have the best of both worlds.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:10 AM   #13
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1. Epiphone Zakk Wylde Bullseye Les Paul

This will make you look like a moron trying to be Zakk Wylde, get a Les Paul unique to yourself.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:17 AM   #14
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This will make you look like a moron trying to be Zakk Wylde, get a Les Paul unique to yourself.


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Old 02-01-2013, 11:10 AM   #15
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This will make you look like a moron trying to be Zakk Wylde, get a Les Paul unique to yourself.

Don't be a dick. If he wants that guitar, then so be it. He might even want to be in a BLS cover band some years down the road.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:15 AM   #16
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Don't be a dick. If he wants that guitar, then so be it. He might even want to be in a BLS cover band some years down the road.


The irony is, that comment was moronic. I want a new SRV Strat, oh no, maybe people will think I wanna be SRV!
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:15 AM   #17
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I've come to the conclusion I really prefer 24.75" scale over 25.5" (short fingers) - so for me: not a strat. For you? Can't say :-D
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The main reason to not buy the Zakk Wylde LP is because it's not really any better than the Standard, just costs more for the (universally agreed to be rubbish) EMG Hz pickups and his name on the headstock.

But if it feels good to you, go for it. Same with the Strat. You can't compare them because they are totally different in every way; other than both having 6 strings, there is nothing they have in common. So buy whichever one feels best in your hands and sounds best to your ears. No reason to choose any other way.
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The main reason to not buy the Zakk Wylde LP is because it's not really any better than the Standard, just costs more for the (universally agreed to be rubbish) EMG Hz pickups and his name on the headstock.

The later ones do have 81/85's
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Ah, well if they've finally sorted that out then there's a little more point, though it does still then draw unfavourable comparisons to the various LTD ECs, Kramer Assaults and Epiphone Prophecy guitars which also have active pickups.
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