#1
Okay, so I'm starting from scratch. I know what tone I want but this time, I'm REALLY gonna research it before I buy it. That way I dont end up in the situation like am now.

I have an Epiphone Casino that I am running through a Digitech RP350 through a Roland 15W Cube (which is getting weak).

I dont like the Casino because when I bought it, I think I sub-consciously bought it based solely on looks thinking that I would be able to tolerate it no matter how bad it sounded. I was WRONG.

It sounds thin, waaayyy too trebley, and sort of rings and squaks when you hit the treble strings.


So I am re-thinking how to go about my gear to get my sound.


Here is a list of bands whose songs I play:

Chicago
Rod Stewart
The Zombies
The Pretenders
David Bowie
Jefferson Airplane
Eagles
Led Zep
The Byrds
REO Speedwagon
Kansas
Bachman Turner Overdrive
Electric Light Orchestra
Styx
and a few jazz pieces when the mood hits me.


Pick-ups and body type?

Based on the above, I think I would like humbuckers more than single-coils. I'm not sure about solid-body or semi-hollow body. After my casino, I'm never buying completely hollow again.

I like the arch-top look, but a solid-body may sound better.
Would a semi-hollow be a safe bet?


Also what tonewoods?

I want a sound that is big-sounding (like a jumbo). But yet has good bass, good upper-mids, and good low-mid treble. But not overbearing in either of the 3. Something well-balanced.

What tonewoods would you suggest?


So to some it all up:

Based on my list of bands whose songs and styles I play,

1.) Humbuckers or Single Coils?

2.) Solid Body or Semi-Hollow?

3.) What tonewoods?
#2
I honestly think that the guitar is fine. You would be amazed at how much your sound will improve just by replacing your cube.... also, the trebly problem etc is more than likely the cube...... take your guitar to an amp shop and start playing
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#3
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I honestly think that the guitar is fine. You would be amazed at how much your sound will improve just by replacing your cube.... also, the trebly problem etc is more than likely the cube...... take your guitar to an amp shop and start playing


I bought a Fender Blues Jr. based solely on people raving and suggesting it to me.

It actually sounded worse than my cube. It sounded squakier and broke up too easily. I'll go SS if I have to, but if so, a high-end SS (JC-120).


Besides, this isnt the amp, its the guitar. I've tried it through just about everything in my budget ($300-$900), and same thing. Its the guitar.


So could you just answer the questions, please?

PS

I'm sorry if I sound irrate, but try to imagine a walmart guitar through a frontman or mg. Its that bad.
#4
Go solid body, better feedback control than semi=hollow, adn less feedback overall actually. Maybe build like a Les Paul with Srtat neck? Depends on your taste. Research some of the woods like mahoghany and rosewood and maple, all pretty common. But Seriously it will proably cost youi almost as much to build yuosrefl as buy one, especially once you factor in the time it;s gonna take.
#5
PRS SE Custom, Mahogany neck, body and humbuckers Here
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Go solid body, better feedback control than semi=hollow, adn less feedback overall actually. Maybe build like a Les Paul with Srtat neck? Depends on your taste. Research some of the woods like mahoghany and rosewood and maple, all pretty common. But Seriously it will proably cost youi almost as much to build yuosrefl as buy one, especially once you factor in the time it;s gonna take.



first off, it will be stock. I have no idea where to begin on building my own.


Well, I decided on humbuckers. I've played strats and now this P-90 Casino. I thought they would give me a cool twang, buut after playing single coils for about 2 years, they're not my style. So humbuckers it is.

also is the ringing and squaking of my casino caused by the feedback? if so then I will go solid-body.


Now I just have to decide on tonewood.

rosewood is probably out of my budget.

Which would be closer to what I described in the original post?

Mahogany or maple?
#7
i say fender MIM fat strat standard. it'll cover a wide array of tones. and as far as what you want from your amp, i have no idea. you change your mind more than anyone else i know here on UG.

you didn't like your fender overdriving? maybe you should get a tube amp with more headroom and use just an OD pedal for dirty sounds. it doesn't seem like you need anything more than mid gain anyway. trust me, you're not gonna wanna go without a tube sound for the sounds you want, you want those dynamics and true tube overdrive when the time calls. maybe you just don't know quite what you're doing yet and still haven't messed around enough with tube amps to know exactly how to work/eq them with a proper OD.

i find it hard to believe that the fender sounded WORSE than your cube however, except maybe at higher gained tones. why did you get a cube when you're mostly a classic rock player anyway? you should have got the Vox ADVT series if you wanted a modelling amp for those tones.

go out and play some quality tube amps with a good amount of headroom, something like 30 watts should be just right. make sure it has separate master and pregain volume knobs, that way you can have your clean headroom you seem to favor. then try it with an OD you can afford.

good luck

slash_edit: after seeing your last post, if you're gonna go humbuckers, pick up either an Epi LP standard, or G-400. the SG has more bite to it, a little more high end rawness, and awesome high fret access. great lead guitar. but the LP will have a little longer sustain, and thickness b/c of it being heavier. though the LP has a little more limited fret access and can get heavy after a while. i swear by my SG for anything classic/hard rock though.
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#8
I honestly dont understand... I have used a Wal-Mart guitar....literally... through a Dual Rectifier, and it sounded decent still...i mean nowhere near my Hag swede with EMG's...but still decent...... I have to think something is wrong here....

I would suggest a PRS SE but the QC on them is not the greatest....

Mayhaps a Hagstrom?
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#9
hey G&R guy, you're almost as whiney in your answer as I was with my questions, or at least you come off that way.

Thats the problem, words are open to the readers guess at the other users tonality, but if they're actually talking to you via video or actually in person, you know theyre not being rude.


i.e.

I meant
'hey, fellow G&R lover'

but he could think I meant
'HEY LOSER WHO LISTENS TO G&R!!'


its open to the readers discretion. This unfortunately leads to misunderstanding and arguments and etc. but what can you do?


I digress.


I havent tried a PRS semi-hollow, noone in town sells hagstrom, though they are regarded as good hollow body.

and as to my fellow G&R listener, I get what you're coming from. I personally find tube amps to be squaky and over-dynamic. I dont know, maybe its just me. Though some jazz players prefer SS, but very high-end SS. Maybe I'm like on them, who knows.

But either way, I appreciate your input.
#10
uh yea, don't look too much into any bad tone from my statement or anything, the only thing that actually frustrates me at all is the fact that you're the hardest person to satisfy on UG, but in time you'll find just what you're looking for.

something to think about: a compressor pedal. this is supposed to keep the volume on a tube amp relatively the same, no matter how hard or soft you pick.

this way you can still have the tube sound and dynamics, but no volume swells when you pick hard. unless there was something else you didn't like about the dynamics.

and what did you mean by the word, 'squaky'? my first assumption from that word is you mean trebly and thin.
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"They call him the 'Sand Spider.' -Why? -Probably because it sounds scary"
*Agile AL3000 Les Paul w/ Alnico IIs
*Randall RM50
*Dunlop CFH
*fellow LEO feel free to give a shout out