#1
Hey. I was in GC today shopping around for a new guitar. I play mainly metal, so I was trying out mostly ibanez. Then, after a while, I thought I'd try a strat just for fun. I have to say I was impressed. Yes, I know they are the cream of the crop, but what are they like for metal? I know EVH plays one, but I play a lot of metallica, BLS etc.
#2
Kirk Hammett played a strat on a few songs.


You can get a fat strat with a humbucker bridge and be fine.
#3
The right Strat can do almost any blues- or rock-derivative genre. They're damn versatile.

But I'd recommend looking at a Showmaster for metal, as far as Fenders go.
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The right Strat can do almost any blues- or rock-derivative genre. They're damn versatile.

But I'd recommend looking at a Showmaster for metal, as far as Fenders go.

+1.


Or the Jim Root Telecaster.
#7
Starts can play anything, honestly. Get a HSS or HSH, and you're good to go.
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hey guys, what's HSS or HSH. the abbr. are killing me, lol
It's the pickup configuration. HSS strat, and HSH strat. Spot the difference.
#12
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hey guys, what's HSS or HSH. the abbr. are killing me, lol

HSS = Humbucker in the bridge, Single coil middle and neck pickups.
HSH = Humbucker in the bridge and neck, Single coil middle pickup.
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Are the HSH strats discontinued? I've never seen such a thing from Fender. I'm considering getting an HSS for classic rock/classic metal, but are there still HSHs in production?
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#16
It seems like Fenders made for metal aren't really Fenders, like that ESP strat. You can get a better guitar for metal for less money.
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If Iron Maiden, Yngwie Malmsteen and Kirk Hammett can all make strats nicely heavy then why shouldn't you be able to?
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When I play my dad's strat it seems so much harder to play leads and shred kind of stuff compared to my guitar. Also its harder to bend the strings - or is it always easier bending on a floyd rose?
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When I play my dad's strat it seems so much harder to play leads and shred kind of stuff compared to my guitar. Also its harder to bend the strings - or is it always easier bending on a floyd rose?


Does he maybe use heavier strings than you?
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+1.


Or the Jim Root Telecaster.


Man. I dream about that guitar at night. He also had a Strat that he played in Slipknot for a little bit.
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Man. I dream about that guitar at night. He also had a Strat that he played in Slipknot for a little bit.


The black custom shop one with EMGs that he used while they were still making his sig I think; he also had/has a tele with the exact same specs.

If only it didn't come with EMGs I'd love it.
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The black custom shop one with EMGs that he used while they were still making his sig I think; he also had/has a tele with the exact same specs.

If only it didn't come with EMGs I'd love it.


Yeah, I just had to go look at it. He's always had somewhat unconventional guitars as far as metal goes. He rocked a PRS for a while, too.
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Kirk Hammett is actually playing one of those in the video for One.
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#27
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When I play my dad's strat it seems so much harder to play leads and shred kind of stuff compared to my guitar. Also its harder to bend the strings - or is it always easier bending on a floyd rose?


The string gauge may be part of it but I think there are more fundamental reasons. Lots of Fenders have a fingerboard radius of only 9.5" so they have quite a cambered feel to them. This means that when you severely bend the strings they tend to cross over the camber and choke if the action's too low. An Ibanez on the other hand will often have a fingerboard radius of close to 16" so the fingerboard feels almost flat and as a result the action can be a lot lower as no choking will take place. I lower action will usually equate to the guitar being easier to shred with, hence the Ibanez RG with its wafer thin neck is a shredder's delight.

I used to own a HSS strat with a Floyd and had a DiMarzio Super Distortion in the bridge and it was a great sound for Metal and almost any other style. It was just the neck I couldn't get on with so changed to Ibanez but it's all down to personal preference. One of my old guitar teachers once said that my Ibanez was a lot easier to play fast than his Strat but he still loved his Strat and hated my Ibanez. Horses for courses I guess.
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#28
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I don't get copies. Why would you buy one of those over an actual Strat? Even IF it's ESP.

Like with that Telecaster, I'm having a hell of a time deciding if I could actually spend $1,000 on it. I could just buy a Shecter PT, but I'd never be able to get over the fact that it's still just a Schecter.
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#30
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thought about getting a charvel? they're more metal orientated and owned by fender.

www.charvel.com

the new 2008 american guitars are worth checking out.

^this seems like a good idea. They'll probably have a similar feel to fender, because they look like copies designed for metal. You can get a HSS strat with a floyd rose trem though.
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