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Hi all,

I was hoping to garner a bit of feedback about what guitar(s) you prefer to play and why.  Right now I am testing a loaner Ibanez -- just an old but well-maintained SA -- due to the fact that the neck feels skinny enough for my puny hands, which are also stricken with a smidgen of arthritis.  I never really considered Ibanez before, but the tone and action are nice and boast an overall appeal that intrigues me.  However, I remain a staunch Fender fan and have been eyeing an older Telecaster as well. 

(Of course, an Essy 335 would delight the senses but I don't have the available funds for such a treasure.)

Can I hear (er, read) some input from the musos out there, professional or intense amateur?  I'd appreciate any responses...thanks kindly!

Christine

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BB, I am a die-hard Fender fan myself (despite my rudimentary guitar skills!).  They have always seemed lighter and easier to balance than Gibsons to me, and the neck has a sleeker feel.  Just MHO.  I actually just bought the "Hello Kitty" Stratocaster (for fun!), which is surprisingly nice for the cost - it has no toys (single pickup, no whammy bar).  But, since I also have arthritis, I wanted something that had a neck with a slightly smaller profile, and this has it (mostly because it was intended for kids, I think!).  Well, that, and it's pink and has Hello Kitty on it.  Tele's are nice too, but have a very different sound - depends on how you intend to use it and what your style of playing is.

I've never played an Ibanez, but have heard good things about them.   

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Love Gibson's though I play my Strat more than anything. I have found new appreciation for my SG double neck as I have been noodling Extraordinary Life on it for the last month.

As far as bass, Fender Jazz is my fav though I love the feel of my Rickenbacker 4001. For pure fun, there is nothing better than my Hofner. Take it anywhere, light and nice action.

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Thank you, G1 and JK, for your informative answers!  Yeah, I'm partial to Fenders (especially Strats!) myself, though I definitely appreciate Gibsons.  I work at Guitar Center -- which tends to make me feel like an alcoholic in a bar -- and have a roving eye AND hands for the axes. I've seen that "Hello Kitty" guitar, which I thought was very cute.  I also love the SG, but I developed a fondness for the 335 as my nephew owns a gorgeous one that I surreptitiously "borrow" from him every so often.  ("You're studying for finals?  Exceeeellllleeeeeent!") 

I think I developed a fondness for the Tele because I've been listening to The Police a lot lately.  Andy Summers also just released his signature '61 Tele model (the really battered-looking guitar that he used on all of their albums and still plays to this day).  Andy, isn't it time to retire that baby?  I'll keep it safe for you!

But my acquaintance and future guitar teacher, Andy Martin (http://www.andymartinmusic.com), has a lifetime endorsement from Ibanez.  He and my friend Kate, who takes lessons from him as well, convinced me to try the SA for a while (it's actually Kate's guitar).  I *do* like it, no doubt about that. 

Decisions, decisions...

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Do any of you have experience with Heritage? When Gibson Guitars moved from Kalamazoo to Nashville in the early '80s, a few of the craftspersons decided to stick it out in the 'Zoo and launched their own company, Heritage Guitars. They bought the Gibson factory and set up shop. I did an article on them back in my freelance writing days, and the work they were doing was astonishing, a true labor of love.

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Not being an avid guitar-ian I do have an old high school friend named Geno that spent many a summer following the Dead here in the states.
When he finally settled down he began working for PRS guitars on the East coast. And so I'm told they don't git much better!

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Not being an avid guitar-ian I do have an old high school friend named Geno that spent many a summer following the Dead here in the states.
When he finally settled down he began working for PRS guitars on the East coast. And so I'm told they don't git much better!

PRS is a great guitar.  So smooth, they practically play themselves.  Yeah, I wouldn't mind owning one of those babies!  (If they're good enough for Carlos Santana, then they're good enough for me.) 
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I play a PRS McCarty II h0ll0wb0dy .. has Piezo pick-ups along with humbuckers!!! .. awesome guitar and very light .. but the best guitar is what feels best for you....




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Gads, that axe is just beautiful...and looks exactly like a PRS that I just sold a few days ago! 

*sobbing into hankie*

But, yes, it's all about feel and what feels most comfortable in your hands. 
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John w0ts up d00d!!! what kind of Acoustic guitars do you have??.. Do U own a Electric Guitar and if so what kind... ???





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1969 Fender P-Bass

Marshall Superbass 400w

MuTron overdrive...

= Sex.

For an unpure, growly, gritty tone, the above combination runs rings around any Rickenbacker.

And I love Rics.
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Sammy,I have Yairi acoustics,and a nice old black Stratocaster,which was all over early solo albums (X-fire for instance).
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... your Yairi acoustics are really c00l.. they have very nice tones !!! I bet that black Strat is also pimpin!!  thanks John .. Peace d0000d

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The nagging voices in my head won't quit demanding that I buy a Strat.  But T-Bone Burnett's Gretsch sounded and looked terribly cool last night at the wondrous Robert Plant/Alison Krauss show!  *love at first...fret?*

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