#1
Inspired by the recent ed roman thread on strats, I'm curious as to what people want in a guitar, and what they don't like at all.
Applies to shape, construction, hardware, electronics, inlay, finish, anything goes.
Don't like certain shapes? Don't like certain pickup configs? etc

So, what makes a good guitar to you, and what doesn't?
(Applies to acoustic guitars, and bass too!)

Me-
Like:
Neck thru/set neck
Angle headstock
One piece neck
HH with coil tap
TOM with string thru
Figured wood top
Elegant binding
New inlays (not standard stuff like the vine of life, dots, etc)
All wood guitars( as in almost all parts are wood, hum rings, etc, and use wood for color contrast instead of paint)

Dislike:
Bolt on's
Scarf joints (usually)
REALLY point guitar shapes
Single coil in the bridge
Really thick necks.

Etc, you could go on and on.
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#2
I like a neck through guitar. I look for the action to be very good and generally prefer a larger scale neck. I like inlays that are not dots or something standard of the sort. I like the contour to have squarish edges with trim of some sort. I would much rather have a single coil in the neck position and a dual picking up the rear.

Bass is pretty well the same, except I don't like the action to be so good, as it works better for me doing slap/pop, which means I also like the string spacing to be a little wide.

I don't have much for dislikes besides I don't really enjoy strats or les pauls, and guitars that are uncomfortable to play (like it doesn't sit on my leg right, or is too top heavy).
Last edited by natesrecord at Dec 25, 2009,
#3
Neck thru or bolt on with extremely high access(ibanez)
Humbucker in bridge
22 or 24 frets
TOM or Floyd rose or ZR trem (no Edge III or unlocking trems)
Fast thin neck
any body type that is not v's or just plain stupid
2 volume and tone controls
pickup selector at top closer to me(not a big deal)
#4
Likes:
Thin necks
Hardtail bridges
non-standard inlays
somewhat pointy like an RG or an Jackson
figured tops
HSH pup config
6 inline tuners
mini toggles and volume nobs for each pickup, and a master tone(something I want to put into my RG)
24 frets with good upper fret acess

Dislikes:
Les Pauls
Floyd Roses
thick necks
pickguards
TOM bridges


so my likes pretty much equate to my RG, minus the hardtail, I dont know why I thought I would need a floyd....

as for bass
Likes:
dual soap bar pickups
passive pickups
24 frets
Firgured tops or natual finish
4 stings
Gear:
Ibanez RG4EXQM1
Fender Jazz V
Yahama Pacifica 112
Acoustic B200h
2 custom 1x15 cabs
Vox AD30VT
too many pedals
Last edited by BamaBlues at Dec 25, 2009,
#5
Likes:
Neck-thru or set thru necks with a satin finish
Maple necks (if on a set thru)
ESP MH, single cutout, V or explorer like shapes (Whatever feels good)
Xtra Jumbo frets
24 frets
Coil tappability Double Humbuckers
Two Volume one tone
3 way selector
Mahogany or Alder bodies
TOM string-thru bridge
Transparent finishes
Quilted maple top
25.5" Scale
Interesting inlays (Gothic cross on Schecter hellraisers, etc...)

Dislikes:
Baseball bat-like necks
Bolt-ons without high access
Single coils in bridge
Tremolo's
Abalone
#6
likes
nice heavy woods les paul /prs style bodies maple tops bound
HH with coil tap or HS config
large TALL frets bound neck
sperzels
hard top nut
TOM bridge string through
marvel strap locks
locking jack
its a bitter sweet symphony this life try to make ends meet your a slave to money then you die
#7
dislike
single coils in the bridge why why why
strat trems
shallow frets
thick necks near the heal
limited high fret access
21 fretters
genuine floyed roses
DOT FRET INLAY EW EW EW unless there small they look naffss
its a bitter sweet symphony this life try to make ends meet your a slave to money then you die
#8
Like:
-AANJ's
-I don't give a shit how the neck's put on, just as long as I can reach the upper frets, I'm not bitching.
-Dual humbuckers
-TOM's and hardtail strat bridges
-Double locking tremolos. I love not tuning for a month and having perfect pitch.
-Low action
-Compound radius necks
-Big frets
-Mother of Pearl inlays
-Cream binding on neck and headstock
-Ebony fretmarkers on maple fretboard

Dislike:
-Les Paul shape
-SG shape
-Gibson Flying V shape, Jackson Randy Rhoads and King V styles are fine.
-Thick baseball bat shaped necks
-Strat tremolos
-Single coil pickups
#9
Like:
24 frets
Mahogany or maple body
Every neck set-up (but I prefer neck thru or set neck)
HH configuration
3 controls (Vol/Vol/tone)
Floating trem (except edge III) or wraparound bridge
Rosewood fretborard
Jumbo frets
Reverse headstock
Flamed maple veneer/top
Coil tap

Dislike:
No inlays
Dot inlays (I can stand them though)
21 frets
Single coil in bridge position
HHH set-up
Just 1 control (vol or whatever, I hate it when it is just 1)
Edge III
Extremely big headstock (yeah Dean, this is for you and your ugly headstocks)
String-thru (I don't know why I just can't stand it)

And I think that's all
"Terrible wars have been fought where millions have died for one idea, freedom. And it seems that something that means so much to so many people would be worth having." -Andrew Martin (Bicentennial Man)
Last edited by DarkLordArthur at Dec 26, 2009,
#10
Like:
Superstrats
Floyd or hardtail (no strat trem or TOM)
H-H or HSH
Dimarzio's
Bolt on
Thin, flat necks (Ibanez Wizard)
Big frets
Small amounts of binding
Figured wood
Natural finishes (paint is still ok as long as its not boring colours)
Exotic timbers
Coil Splits
Scarf Joints

Dislikes
Some extreme pointy guitars (Most BC Riches, except Mockingbirds)
5mm thick abalone binding around both body and neck (see LTD 1000's, although I'd still rock one)
Extravagant inlays
Pickup rings
Bad access to high frets
#11
Like:
strat, tele, and "modern" shapes (V's, explorers, SGs, etc)
large inlays (mountain, sharkfin, sawtooth, trapezoid, ect) of pearl and abalone
thick shell binding (gibson custom shop thick, like 6mm or w/e it is)
quilted maple tops and sexy stain jobs
6-in-line tuners
D-shaped necks
maple fretboards (i like the smoothness of lacquer instead of wood under my fingers)
versatile yet useful wiring jobs

dislike:
les pauls and gimmicky shapes like anything by BC Rich and Moser (especially Moser)
flamed maple and pretty much any other figured wood. quilted looks best imho.
guitars made of nothing but exotic wood (what ever happened to good old maple, alder, and mahogany, anyway? )
basswood
black guitars (black is so generic)

prolly more but cbf to think about it.
#12
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dislike:
les pauls and gimmicky shapes like anything by BC Rich and Moser (especially Moser)
flamed maple and pretty much any other figured wood. quilted looks best imho.
guitars made of nothing but exotic wood (what ever happened to good old maple, alder, and mahogany, anyway? )
basswood
black guitars (black is so generic)




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#13
Like:
Set neck, but I really don't mind other construction methods
Small 3x3 headstock
Big squarish keys like Schaller
or maybe Keystone shape depending on the headstock.
Maple neck & board
Thin, narrow neck.
Simple inlays
Sometimes I like a flat board, sometimes a small radius. Depends on my mood
Hum-sing or HH
One-piece wraparound bridge
Doublecut body, smooth lines, symmetrical.


Dislike:
anything pointy
No SC at the bridge unless it's a P90
Thick necks.
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#14
As long as it feels good in my hand, dosent look like it can impale me on accident, sounds good to me and mostly everybody else, has hardware on it that will last longer than the frets, and has a nice finish on it then I'm happy. Pertty much the PRS Modern Eagle II is perfect for me.
#15
Likes:
Custom paint jobs
LP shapes and explorers
mid - high out put double Humbuckers
Both volume both tone
Mahogany bodies
Different inalys..
Floyd roses on LPs
Gibson 'open book' headstock
Gold hardware

Dislikes:
Single coils
Tele's in general (sorry guys )
Stupid-shaped guitars (BC Rich)..


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#18
Like:
- set neck or neck thru
- tall frets
- fatter neck
- weight to the body
- beautiful finishes
- 2 humbucker configs
- 3-3 tuner setup
- low action
- 24 3/4 scale
- nice inlays (blocks, sharkies, ect)
- binding on both neck and body

Dislike:
- binding on just either neck or body
- single coils
- tone knobs
- super skinny necks
- very light guitars
- dot inlays
- tuning a 6-on side upside-down headstock

That's about all I can think of right now.
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#19
Like:
Neck thru/ Well constructed bolt on
13 Angle headstock
One piece neck/ or 3 to 5 laminate neck
HH with coil tap
TOM with string thru/Floyd
Figured wood top
Binding depending on the colour of the finish
Fanccy inlays, (Never been done before, interesting, large)
Active Pickups.
Passive Pickups
great action
perfect intonation
thin necks
compound radius
Natural or Oil finish
Sexy stain job

Dislike:
Set Necks
Les Paul neck joint
REALLY pointy guitars (some bc rich's are ok)
Single coil in the bridge
Shitty action
shitty intonation
thick necks
ugly shapes (Gibson Moderne)

theres more but i cbf'ed...


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#20
I want a bridge pickup that can do true SC and true HB sounds. Not a split HB or serial SCs.
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#21
What i want is a volume and a tone pot that is true bypass when there on 10
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#22
LIKE:

Neck-Thru or well-made Bolt on
3 or 5 Laminates. One-pieces are okay if using a stable wood which has been quartersawn.
Interesting inlays.
22 or 24 jumbo frets, scalloped full from 22(or 24) -> 18 and then partially from 18 -> 10.
15* headstock.
Good TOM or an OFR.
One-piece body.
Figured top with a sexy stain job; if it's a sweet colored wood, lacquer or oil finish.
HH setup with coil taps.
More traditional shapes (LP, ES-333, Strat, etc.)

DISLIKE:
Setneck.
Big fat baseball bat necks.
No UFA
Dot inlays.
<22 frets.
Plywood.
Shapes that look like shit. As in they look like if you dropped it, it'd slice your foot off.

I'm sure there's more but I can't be bothered to think at the moment.
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
#23
a floating Floyd with built-in Trem-Stop
it would be 2 retractable blocks that would clamp down from either, or both sides, onto the spring block. so you could go both ways, either up, or down, or totally locked
and instead of a locking nut, you'd just have locking tuners?

humbucker pickups, with one coil that split like a true single coil
#24
Like:
no pref for bolt/glue/thru
Explorer and Kramer Striker headstocks, also LP and Strat
One piece maple neck/fretboard
single bridge bucker
String thru, tele 3 pole, tune o matic, nothing floatiing
flamed maple, or trans over nice grain
Elegant binding
Block inlays
matte finishes
tele 'c' shaped necks

Dislike:
Big BC headstocks, eg KK series
Most BC's except mockingbird and eagle
reverse headstocks on v's, just look plain wrong
mirrored pickguards, metallic finishes
thick necks
FR's
2009 Gibson Explorer - 2008 Washburn Idol WI45f - 1965 MiJ Ibanez Salvador Classical
Bogner Alchemist 40w 1x12" - Marshall MG10CD
#25
Quote by Guitar-KID125
What i want is a volume and a tone pot that is true bypass when there on 10



What?
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#26
Like:
Bolt-ons
Hardtail bridges
Humbuckers
Comfortable shapes
No excessive ornamentation

Everything else is down to the particular guitar.
There are many guitars with features I like, but no guitar that suits me perfectly.
#27
Quote by Guitar-KID125
What i want is a volume and a tone pot that is true bypass when there on 10
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What?

http://www.guitar-parts.com/products/1691/Fender-No-Load-Pot-250K.htm

http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/pots.htm

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Last edited by wiliscool at Dec 28, 2009,
#28
Likes:
curved body shapes
reverse headstock or 3x3
Single hum or HH setup
Coil taps
AANJ/neck-thru with ergo shape/dinky carve
TOM with either string thru or wraparound.
LOW action
simple controls (1 vol, 1tone, selector)
thin bodies
binding on a fretboard
either flat top or a harsh carve, no les paul esque carves for me.
strap locks
locking tuners
big frets
abalone.
simple inlays (none at all except side dots is pretty nice)
unpainted necks (oil or something similar)

Dislikes:
non-reverse 6-on-a-side headstocks
Trems. all of them.
BC RICH
wild shapes
Deans V headstock. the cadillac would be a badass guitar if they didnt ruin it with that goddamn thing....
HSH setups...where the hell are you supposed to pick? the mid pup gets in my way too much.
heavy guitars
i hate guitars with 2 pickups that have 2 vol 2 tone and a selector...its just too much.
Douglas Spad with EMG 81x's
Epiphone LP jr. with EMG 89 split coil, alot of upgrades
Rig:
Power conditioner, Hush, ART Quadra/FX Reverb (all 3 in a rack), Peavey XXX, 2 Mesa 4x12 cabs.
#29
Likes:
set necks and neck throughs, but bolt-ons are fine if there is good sustain
dimarzio pickups
P-90's in the neck position
Fernandes sustainers
HH, HP-90, HSH, good SSS configs
ERGs
reverse headstocks (strat, kramer, doesn't matter)
3-on-a-side tuners
beveled edges
top binding
TOM, Bigsby, and Kahler bridges
jumbo frets
push/pull pots
Dimarzio clip-lock straps
curly maple tops
mahogany bodies
multi laminate necks w/ contrasting woods
neck angles
natural burst, solid white, stained finishes
heavy guitars
thin guitars w/ weight to them
heavy gauge strings
fancy, trapezoid, split diamond, lack of, and block inlays
ergonomic body shapes
abalone
rosewood fretboards

dislikes:
light guitars
SCs in the bridge (most of the time)
separate switches for coil tapping
bad upper register access
high action
big headstocks
most FRs i've played
21 frets
volume controls that are just below the bridge pup

edit: woah that list got long fast... sorry!
#30
like

-heavy strings
-unique picguards
-interesting designs on standard bodies
-blade humbuckers
-3 to a side tuners

dislikes

-fender
-ibanez
-single coils
-dumb paint colors
-posting on UG from a PSP at almost 4 am (damn insomnia)
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#31
i dig my scene. i just wish there was a more cohesive sound coming together. like theres enough bands that are sorta heading in the same direction to do for Cleveland what the Wham City dudes did for Baltimore
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#32
Likes:
-Icemans, Randy Rhoads V's, Explorers, Strats
-Through necks
-HSH Pickup configurations
-Coil taps
-25.5" Scales
-Passive
-5pc laminate necks
-Ebony fretboards
-Floyds and TOMs

Dislikes:
-Les Pauls and SG's
-Actives
-Single pickup and SSS pickup configurations
-Many step detunings
-Maple fretboards
-Compound radius fretboards
Chain:
Fingers -> Schecter Damien FR -> Fulltone OCD -> ABY Box -> Bugera V22 / Peavey 6505+
#33
likes:
24 fret necks where you can access all 24 frets easily.
thin, fast necks.
comfortable shapes sitting down and standing up.
humbuckers.

dislikes:
neck dive (although i can live with it)
60 cycle hum
any hum
thick neck joints (les paul ish)
21 frets
flames on guitars
pointy guitars (anything more pointy then a warlock, warlocks are good)
#34
Like:
24 frets - jumbo.
access to all frets easily.
Balanced
necks that are medium thin but rounded.
either H/H, H/S/S, H/P-90, or P90/P90
Comfortable, reasonably non-pointy shape.
Alder
Mahogany
Rosewood
Maple
Ebony

Dislikes:
21 frets - small especially.
Baseball bat necks and toothpick necks
neck dive
difficult fret access
extra-pointy-impale-myself-on-a-spike bodies
Basswood (lower end stuff anyway)
Agathis
plywood
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
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#35
Likes:
Modern shapes (SG, Flying V, Explorer, RRV)
Strats, LPs, Teles
Single coils in the neck position
C-shape profiles
Satin finish or even raw wood necks
Natural finishes
Exotic Woods
Versatility

and last but not least, Silverburst (was there any other choice )

Dislikes:
Basically anything made by BC Rich and Moser. Also, to a lesser extent, Dean. I don't like having the potential of being impaled while playing.
D-shape necks
Wizard necks
Lack of UFA
Poorly set up trems
Most stopbars
Volute joints
Thick poly paintjobs (not nitro, though)
Cheap veneers
Tacky stainjobs
Super Jumbo frets
Heel-access trussrods
Pickguards that only exist to cover an ugly routing job


To put it quite simply, my dream guitar is a Firebird, with a 25.5" scale, neckthrough, silverburst, with a single coil in the neck position, and a humbucker at the bridge. Medium or medium jumbo frets, Satin finish neck, and semi-exotic fretboard. and with a Stetsbar for a trem.
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#36
Likes:
Classy shapes (Les Paul, Strat, Tele, PRS, etc)
Some modern shapes (V, King V, RR, Explorer and others)
Bridge humbuckers
Neck singlecoils
High output passive pickups
2 volume 2 tone knobs
5 way pickup selectors
Piezos
Lots of knobs and switches
Ebony fretboards
Maple fretboards
Neck through and bolt on
Well designed neck heels
24 big frets
Understated but interesting inlays
Hardtails and blocked PRS trems
Exotic woods
Oil finishes and satin necks
Bigsbys
Heavy gauge strings

Dislikes:
Pointy shapes (Razorbacks, BC Riches (Mockingbirds and Stealths aside), Mosers etc)
Bridge singlecoils
Bad neck humbuckers
Active pickups
Limited controls
Rosewood fretboards
21 frets
Set necks (most frequently)
Bulky neck heels
Dot inlays or stupid amounts of abalone
Massive binding
Double locking tremolos
Unblocked strat style trems
Sticky gloss finishes
Garish paintjobs
Light strings
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