#1
Hey Folks,

I was talking with my guitar teacher, and he believes that after a certain amount of time, you are locked into a guitar type. So if you play Les Pauls, you get locked into Les Pauls. If you play Strats, you get locked into Strats or atleast the scale length of the neck.

The only guitar I had for the longest time is my Washburn MG-44 with 25.5" scale length. My acoustic is 24.75" in scale length. It was an adjustment for sure, but now I can play each equally.

Do you believe in getting locked in or is it just some people don't want to make the effort to adjust?
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#2
I don't think it's necessarily a matter of getting locked in as much as it is finding your comfort zone and being very familiar with what you're playing.

I mean... if you play for 10 years and find that you really like the feel and sound of a telecaster why would you then go out and buy a Les Paul anyway? I mean, if you need that sound then you'd do that but if you don't have an epic need for that why would you purposely force yourself outside of your comfort zone and make things harder for yourself?
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#3
I disagree. I played a Les Paul fairly exclusively for about 4 years. I don't own a guitar with a scale length less than 25.5" now.
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#4
Everybody is different. Some people can play the same on any guitar. Other people can't. Some people find 'their' guitar right away, others take years to find it.

For what little anecdotal evidence it is (not) worth, I started out using nothing but Epiphone guitars and even moving up to Gibsons has been odd to me. I certainly can't play Fender-style guitars unless they have conversion necks put on them and the bridges are changed. If it's not got a tune-o-matic and stopbar bridge, some form of carved or tapered top, mid-thickness neck and 24.75" scale, I can't play it for shit. Even chugging muted powerchords is next to impossible for me on a Strat. But that's just me.
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#5
I'm partial to my Gibson 24.75" neck with the neck on my Explorer feeling like hand sex, its a hybrid of the traditional 50's neck and the 60's slim taper and is honestly my benchmark feeling for a neck that I judge other on, for me it is perfect.
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#6
I'm quite particular when it comes to guitars. The small things like the size of the fretwire and the radius of the fingerboard become significantly more noticeable when you've played the same guitar for a long time.
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#7
I was talking with my guitar teacher, and he believes that after a certain amount of time, you are locked into a guitar type. So if you play Les Pauls, you get locked into Les Pauls. If you play Strats, you get locked into Strats or atleast the scale length of the neck.


Personally, I skew statistical results in all kinds of categories. My response to this question is no different. My collection of electric guitars contains 24.75" scale guitars and 25.5" guitars in almost equal numbers. I have singlecuts & double cuts. Solidbodies, hollowbodies and semihollows. Hardtails Wilkinsons & Bigsbys. Singlecoils, Humbuckers, and P90s.

And at least 7 different brands.

So far, the only differences for me have been in how they sound. The varying radii don't bug me, the fret types/heights don't bug me. There are probably 8+ different neck profiles in the electric collection.
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#8
I guess it's kinda true. I have an ESP Horizon NT-II, and it has a LP-like bridge. I really CAN'T play my friend's strat because its bridge is so low in comparison to this one. Plus the frets, neck and all that stuff.
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#9
That's all interesting. Yeah, I find it weird that he said that when lots of guitarists play a variety of guitars.
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#10
I'm pretty versatile, but over he years I've come to prefer RGs, so that's what I usually play. But I can pick up a strat and I feel right at home, whenever I feel like messing around on something else.
#11
it doesn't matter to me. i play a LP or a strat and both are fine.

adjusting to the different radii, fret sizes and string spacing is all in play as well.

not just overall length.

#12
I play LP,SG,Tele,PRS and I have no problems switching between them. Most people think it is a huge difference when it really is quite small. 24.5-25.5 is 1 inch different over 21+ frets is very minimal
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#13
I can see like many others said how some people can be like that, it's all personal preference and how much you've played one type. I'm by no meas a great guitar player, just started playing again recently and also play bass. I have a Schecter Diamond C-1 and an LTD EC-300 and an Alvarez Dreadnought acoustic as well as an SR-405 bass and have no issues putting one down and jumping to the next when I feel like it.