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Hardtail hard sale?

Xpensive Wino

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Not many know this.

It can now be revealed...although our Clappers supposedly plays mostly Strats, since 1971 he has recorded all his solos with the super-secret Gibson Yeti Signature model (show below):


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:spabout:rofl:spabout
 

chuckNC

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The ES-5 is one of my bucket list guitars. So, according to TW, I should never buy one.
 
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yeti

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Not many know this.

It can now be revealed...although our Clappers supposedly plays mostly Strats, since 1971 he has recorded all his solos with the super-secret Gibson Yeti Signature model (show below):


1555417_10203922886084892_4880202358292375107_n.jpg



:spabout:rofl:spabout

Wrong color, those came in Natural only.
 

Texas Blues

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Best Strat I have sonically of the 15 vintage Stratocasters I own is a beat to hell 55 Hardtail :dude:
I don't use the tremolo so I'm good without the bar.

Joe B

PS Charlie thanks for selling me the 65 back. Dad always asks about that guitar.

And thus endith the lesson.

:dude:
 
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yeti

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I reckon it was back in '94 that I saw Robert Cray @UM in Missoula. He was using 2 Matchless Combos back then, Chieftains I think. To me his sound is THE hardtail strat sound.

Wang bar? He don't need no stinkin' wang bar. Not with a monster vibrato like this!!

Have mercy Mr. Cray can play that 'thang!

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I love Robert's playing, lisp and all but his singing is what really gets me.
 
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yeti

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RC has lisp????

Never heard it.

Dude has a killer voice.

The "lisp" is an old reference to the in-between sounds (neck/middle and bridge/middle) of a Strat.
I think Lawrence Welk's old guitarplayer (Buddy Merrill) coined that phrase.
Yeah, Robert's singing makes me forget that he's also a killer guitar player, one of the best of his generation. To my ears he sounded better with BF Super Reverbs than with those Matchless but that's a minor thing.
 
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renderit

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I always thought that was "quack". Never heard lisp. I love the positions 2 and 4 on mine. Give me the evens.
 
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yeti

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I always thought that was "quack". Never heard lisp. I love the positions 2 and 4 on mine. Give me the evens.

I dunno, I always thought "quack" was a reference to piezo acoustic guitar PU's. I think the in-between sounds were discoverd within minutes after the first stratocaster was assembled but Leo must have not liked it.
I'm just waiting for someone to claim that a 5-way switch in position 2 or 4 doesn't sound as good as forcing an original 50's 3way switch into the in-between position since we all know that vintage switches sound better than new ones:##

BTW, what do you all think of the "all 3 PU on" or "neck and bridge" positions that those mini switch mods made possible? I've seen a ton of strats that at some points had 3 mini-toggles installed.
I like the neck and bridge only on a strat but all 3 sounds pretty weird.
 

chuckNC

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BTW, what do you all think of the "all 3 PU on" or "neck and bridge" positions that those mini switch mods made possible? I've seen a ton of strats that at some points had 3 mini-toggles installed.
I like the neck and bridge only on a strat but all 3 sounds pretty weird.
I did the mini-toggle mod way back in the day. So far back that I only had one electric guitar! I've always liked the neck + bridge sound and was glad to have it available on my guitar. In truth, it was just okay. A tele will sound better for that sound, IMO.

The all-three sound was kind of useful to me for chugging chords, just because it was thin enough to cut through but full enough to not dominate. I didn't use it real often. In retrospect, I can see that having individual vol pots for each pickup (like your ES-5 has) would have unearthed a few interesting shades of semi-phasedness. But I traded that guitar away and went through an "anything-but-a-strat!" phase.
 
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yeti

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.... In retrospect, I can see that having individual vol pots for each pickup (like your ES-5 has) would have unearthed a few interesting shades of semi-phasedness. But I traded that guitar away and went through an "anything-but-a-strat!" phase.

1,000,000 different shades of sound but no way to reliably dial them in on the fly.
 

PatentAppliedFor

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I reckon it was back in '94 that I saw Robert Cray @UM in Missoula. He was using 2 Matchless Combos back then, Chieftains I think. To me his sound is THE hardtail strat sound.

Wang bar? He don't need no stinkin' wang bar. Not with a monster vibrato like this!!

Have mercy Mr. Cray can play that 'thang!

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Local boy!

Man, RC is just badass :dude:
 

JBLPplayer

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Most guys that have hardtails Strats also have trem models. :ganz

Thank you TW! I literally just bought a killer 1951 ES-5 this afternoon in sunburst. It sounds great but nothing like a Strat. Oh by the way I bought a mint 1963 Strat as well with a tremolo. All good either way. :dude:

Joe B
 

Tom Wittrock

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Thank you TW! I literally just bought a killer 1951 ES-5 this afternoon in sunburst. It sounds great but nothing like a Strat. Oh by the way I bought a mint 1963 Strat as well with a tremolo. All good either way. :dude:

Joe B

Gee ... all I did was play Donna tonight. :dang

Oh wait .... :hmm ..... :dude:


Hope you had a fun last night on your tour! :salude
 
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