#1
I have a Strat. It plays well and has pretty low action. I made some adjustments to it YEARS ago and haven't touched them since - I'm super comfortable on it. I've played mostly blues and for that, I love how it plays.

I've recently been learning more progressive-style licks and solos, so I wanted to try out a few more modern guitars. I went into Rudy's (NYC) and played an Ibanez (~$600), and it was buttery and smooth. The strings may have been 9's (I use 10s), but the action was amazing. I then tried a BC Rich ($999, with 10s, maybe ASM Pro?), and it was even more amazing! For playing a faster, more progressive style it definitely makes a difference. I then played a couple Strats in the store (which played worse than mine) and they kinda of felt like a car without power steering!

Now, the difference wasn't enough to make me consider a new guitar but just wondering if there are some adjustments I can make to get some similar action? If not, what is it about those guitars that makes them play so well? The only thing I noticed is it seemed like the necks might have been a bit wider? (i.e. more space between each string)

I appreciate any input!

Thanks!
#2
..lower the action?
you could get different strings, change the neck tension a bit
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#3
Quote by hell_monkey
..lower the action?
you could get different strings, change the neck tension a bit


I'm going to try to lower the action, but a couple of strings already buzz a little so I think it's pretty low! I put 5 springs on the tremelo (back in the day when I played with 12s/13s) - but now I play with 10s - should I put it back to 3 springs? I think my strings now are D'Addarios.
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Quote by 5RV
Now, the difference wasn't enough to make me consider a new guitar but just wondering if there are some adjustments I can make to get some similar action? If not, what is it about those guitars that makes them play so well? The only thing I noticed is it seemed like the necks might have been a bit wider? (i.e. more space between each string)

Thanks!

It might be the neck radius. You play the blues, don't you, so you use a lot of bends, which is easier to do with something with a bigger neck radius, and I'm not sure, but they would have a bigger one compared to a Strat.

So I'm guessing that's why you found playing it more comfortable.
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Quote by Lil Macker
It might be the neck radius. You play the blues, don't you, so you use a lot of bends, which is easier to do with something with a bigger neck radius, and I'm not sure, but they would have a bigger one compared to a Strat.

So I'm guessing that's why you found playing it more comfortable.


The necks did feel more "flat" - I guess that would be caused by the bigger radius. However, I wasn't playing blues-style when I was trying these axes out.
Last edited by 5RV at Aug 6, 2008,
#6
I went back to the store today and played a LTD MH-250 (which played pretty damn nice for the price point) - I noticed what the difference is - the neck gets wider near the body so the strings are farther part. Makes it a little easier to play cleanly but also makes string skipping and little harder.
Last edited by 5RV at Oct 14, 2008,