Over the last couple of months I've noticed that the neck pickup on my Swing T-Through has lost most of its treble and mid response. It's just pure bass now, as if you'd completely rolled off the tone control.
I've had a glance inside the back and I can't really see anything that's come loose, but I will have another look later. However, I was wondering if there was anything that could have happened to cause this? Some sort of degredation that I'm not aware of?
The pickups are both stacked humbuckers and the neck pickup still responds to the coil split with an increase of power, but as you can imagine when all you're getting is bass, the tone doesn't change much.
I was thinking of upgrading the pots and switches in this at some point anyways, but was wondering if anyone had had anything similar happen and what they did about it.
A lot of people seem to be under the impression that getting a signature guitar is related somehow to playing ability. It really isn't and it's not surprising that it isn't. If someone is popular and they play guitar, it's not really that surprising that a company would want to capitalise on that.
It's not supposed to represent a hallmark of playing excellence.
As a basic guide, I'd say to go for a Fender Vibrolux or something of that ilk, with a nice hollow or semi-hollow body guitar to go with it. I'm a big fan of the Gretsch Electromatic guitars, very nice things.
It's worth getting it checked out. I've seen this before on a bunch of guitars and it's usually just the pain cracking, but it's not supposed to happen. Most of the time, it's just the finish, but get it checked out to make sure.
I'm going to second the Epi Sheraton suggestion, if you intend to crunch it up a little. Casino's can sound good with a little dirt too, but not much, mind. Go second hand with the Sheraton though and it's well within your budget. Very highly regarded guitars.
That archtop is just a thing of beauty. I've wanted an archtop acoustic for the longest time now, but they're hardly a common thing to come across. Combined with the lovely case, I have to say congratulations on a fantastic purchase.
The thing is, generally, it depends on the guitar in question and the person playing it. A few people have already mentioned reputable companies like Fender, Schecter and Cort, who obviously must make decent enough guitars that they have big market shares.
Just play the goddamn guitar and decide for yourself.
Having a different pickup go through a 5150 still sounds like a 5150. The best thing you could do is dial in the closest tone on your amp.
^This. I can't see you getting particularly close using a 5150. They are good amps, but not for the early Sabbath sound. I believe he used to use a bunch of Laneys, so for a start it's going to have more of an English than an American voice. Your best bet might be to find a really English voiced pedal and run through that. I'm not sure of what can best get that sound though, so I'll leave that up to someone else.
The reason they can buy the guitars in cheaper, is as someone stated, due to economies of scale. When a company buys vast quantities from the manufacturer, the manufacturer doesn't charge them as much per unit. In the same way that if you buy one can of beer from teh supermarket, or a 24 can crate, the 24 pack will work out cheaper per can as you've bought more of them.
That's why chain stores can pass on a cheaper price to the customer. It's also why small Mum and Pop stores get pushed out of business and have to be supported by people who think that it's better to get their guitar from a family business.
You'll need to get the guitar re-setup. As stated above me, the wood will move and shrink/expand depending on heat and moisture, so you'll need to get it re-setup so that it's perfect again. That's all.
HNGD. That looks like a lovely bit of kit, I've got to say. Is the bridge coil split? If not, that's something you shoudl seriously consider getting done. I just couldn't imagine having a Strat without the option of a single coil at the bridge.
Yeah, I know exactly what you mean. It does it on my Tele but not my other things. I think it's a case of needing to lube the nut, more than anything. Also, not hitting as hard helps. To be honest, it's annoying, but I have since gone to use it musically as a tool when writing songs.
I was playing a show on the main stage at The Paradise in Boston when my strap actually snapped early in a song. I had to finish out the song on one knee and then of course that guitar didn't have strap locks while my other guitar (in a different tuning) did, so I couldn't just grab the other strap and throw it on the guitar. I ended up having to tune the second guitar between songs the rest of the night, taking god knows how long every time there was a tuning change. Totally killed our set in terms of flow.
Now I don't ever go to a show without a backup of my main guitar on top of any other guitars in separate tunings.
People do get blinded by the idea of these sort of things. It's perfectly possible for a cheap guitar which is modified to sound great, I know my GRG170DX does. I also bought my girlfriend a cheap Strat copy and it sounds incredible.
At the end of the day, just trust your ears and if it suits your needs, then that's great.
But consider that you could make your cheap guitar sound great, but it'd still probably sound a bit better with expensive tonewoods.
Nothing too bad. One thing that springs to mind was when my old Russian flanger caused all my pedals to cut out just as I was jumping into the solo. As I'm taking my guitar off and dropping it to grab my second guitar (which was already wired up, so I just plugged it in and away I went) the lead singer covers me beautifully by accapella singing the solo until my second guitar was up and running. People found it hilarios though.
Another one was during the first song of the set. The song started with a floor tom run, so as the song was about to drop, the singer swung on the ceiling. As his momentum carried him back into the stage, I was just landing from my jump to hit the first chord. He hit me full on and I tripped over my amp, without missing a beat. The crowd loved it and we had a great gig.
The lesson from both of these is to just go with it and don't beat yourself up about it too much.
A few thousand pound sterling, if the guitar was really worth it. The most I've spent thus far is £700 for my PGM301, but the rest have been substantially less, and still been great guitars. Something would have to be astounding for me to take the plunge, atm.
Just get a Vintage Advance, as has been suggested. They are great guitars for the money and much easier to get hold of. If you're willing to go second hand too, you can get so many great guitars for that price. You even see Burny's going at that price OCCASIONALLY.
I'm a Telecaster boy. I love Strats and think they definitely have their specific uses, but I find the personality of a Telecaster very appealing and useable. Great cleans and punchy distortion. Sweet.
My Swing T-through provides me with a versatile guitar with a Tele base too, which means that combines with my Fender, I'm good.
Yup. I've done that on my first guitar and it worked out well. Sounds great for the amount of money it costs in total. Handwired pickups are an investment IMO, because I can always move them to another guitar at a later date.
Excellent. By using an EQ pedal to eliminate the Muff's mid scoop it's a much more useable fuzz. Then, by using the Tele, it adds a lot more clarity and attack in the tone. I find that it sounds rubbish if you use a humbucker with it, but the twangy Tele bridge sounds great. Perfect combo, IMO.
- Test with different cables - Test the amp with a different outlet, somewhere else in the house - Try a different guitar to see if that buzzes too - Touch your fingers on a metal part of the guitar. Does the buzz drop off?
The quack you get from positions 2 and 4 on the Strat is what is most commonly used for funk. So just getting an MiA Fender Strat would be half the battle. I'm also quite a fan of using a Tele for funk, in the middle position. That's more of a personal choice though, rather than standard wisdom, so you should probably decide for yourself there.
Also, just EQ your arm with more mids and treble and knock back the bass a bit. Funk city.