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Beyond going really really slowly at first I don't have anything helpful. But just try not to feel too bad if you never manage it. B.B. King couldn't sing and play at the same time either.
Thanks man, really appreciate that, you bring up a good point about it when mentioning B.B. King. I guess at the moment I should just focus on playing and getting better with my guitar, practice more scales and shit. Thanks man
 
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Anyonbe have opinions on Schecter basses? I'm looking at a Stiletto Custom 6 string.
Couldn't tell you. I never gravitated towards them, so I wouldn't be able to say. That and I don't have a bass. Considering a Bass VI for my first.
 

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The Stiletto is a very high-spec bass for the money and sounds great. Like most Schechters (I own a couple but I've only played a Stiletto once) their necks are chunkier than some of the alternatives but if you can live with that they're great basses for metal in particular. If you want something easier to play get a Yamaha or Ibanez, but they won't sound as good.
 
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Anyonbe have opinions on Schecter basses? I'm looking at a Stiletto Custom 6 string.
Played a couple, they're pretty decent; only thing missing (IMO) is a multiscale option. The pickups are much better than I thought they'd be, too; the guitar versions of the HZ series are dog-toffee.
 
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Anyone have experience with repairs? The bridge pickup is suddenly really quiet and barely putting anything out. It's also much easier to wiggle around than the neck one. Possible loose wiring?
 

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Anyone have experience with repairs? The bridge pickup is suddenly really quiet and barely putting anything out. It's also much easier to wiggle around than the neck one. Possible loose wiring?
I would first spray some contact cleaner in the pickup selector. When the contacts on the pickup selector get dirty, you get drop of volume and cracking noises from the pickup. Also handy for getting rid of crackle noise in the pots.
 

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I’ve got a Squire Strat, 3-pickup, and I want to wire it up the way Stevie Ray Vaughan did his, but I can’t remember the order he wired his pickups in.

I should also get my ass onto learning how to play.
 

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I would first spray some contact cleaner in the pickup selector. When the contacts on the pickup selector get dirty, you get drop of volume and cracking noises from the pickup. Also handy for getting rid of crackle noise in the pots.
Would this work with my pot that won’t go fully off? In the fully off position it ends up sounding like it’s at half power instead of off.
 

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I’ve got a Squire Strat, 3-pickup, and I want to wire it up the way Stevie Ray Vaughan did his, but I can’t remember the order he wired his pickups in.

I should also get my ass onto learning how to play.
Late AF, I know, but:

AFAIK, the wiring was pretty standard on most of SRV's guitars, is it his tone/sound you're aiming for?

Would this work with my pot that won’t go fully off? In the fully off position it ends up sounding like it’s at half power instead of off.
Has this only just started behaving like that? If so, probably a bad connection; resoldering should fix it. Also check the grounding.
 

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Late AF, I know, but:

AFAIK, the wiring was pretty standard on most of SRV's guitars, is it his tone/sound you're aiming for?


Has this only just started behaving like that? If so, probably a bad connection; resoldering should fix it. Also check the grounding.
It's been that way for almost a year now. I've managed to just work with it. Before it would go off but it wouldn't have anything in between. Later I got a killswitch installed and it got better for a little but but something might just be weird with the pot itself.
 
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It's been that way for almost a year now. I've managed to just work with it. Before it would go off but it wouldn't have anything in between. Later I got a killswitch installed and it got better for a little but but something might just be weird with the pot itself.
The killswitch (unless it's a weird wiring for a specific pickup) should probably be the last thing in line before the output jack, so it's unlikely to be having much effect other than the one intended. If you've got minor or better soldering ability, I'd just change the pot, they're not expensive, for the most part.
 
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The killswitch (unless it's a weird wiring for a specific pickup) should probably be the last thing in line before the output jack, so it's unlikely to be having much effect other than the one intended. If you've got minor or better soldering ability, I'd just change the pot, they're not expensive, for the most part.
Yeah. I know for sure it's not related to the killswitch. It was acting up in different ways before that thing was installed. I'll probably just have to replace it, like you said.
 
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Sir Wesley Tailpipe

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Late AF, I know, but:

AFAIK, the wiring was pretty standard on most of SRV's guitars, is it his tone/sound you're aiming for?


Has this only just started behaving like that? If so, probably a bad connection; resoldering should fix it. Also check the grounding.
Stevie Ray’s tone was a result of his electronic setup. He wired the bottom pickup as the middle, the middle as the top and the top as the bottom, if I recall correctly. I had the details in a Fender magazine that had the favourite Strats and Teles of a lot of The greats. Amazingly, Hendrix played a guitar that was factory, aside from being strung lefty.
 
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Stevie Ray’s tone was a result of his electronic setup. He wired the bottom pickup as the middle, the middle as the top and the top as the bottom, if I recall correctly. I had the details in a Fender magazine that had the favourite Strats and Teles of a lot of The greats. Amazingly, Hendrix played a guitar that was factory, aside from being strung lefty.
Define top vs bottom. Which is the bridge and which is the neck?

Also, Hendrix eventually had some pickups that were made by Seymour Duncan. That was on just one of many strats he played though, not to mention all the non-strat guitars he played.

Side note, anyone else feel Fender’slesser known guitars are their better offerings? I’m a bit of a jaguar addict, myself.
 

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Define top vs bottom. Which is the bridge and which is the neck?

Also, Hendrix eventually had some pickups that were made by Seymour Duncan. That was on just one of many strats he played though, not to mention all the non-strat guitars he played.

Side note, anyone else feel Fender’s lesser known guitars are their better offerings? I’m a bit of a jaguar addict, myself.
Stevie Ray had a 3-pickup Strat, so top is neck usually, isn’t it?

And Jaguars are definitely underrated. A lot of classic surf rock owes its sound to the Jag.
 
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Stevie Ray had a 3-pickup Strat, so top is neck usually, isn’t it?

And Jaguars are definitely underrated. A lot of classic surf rock owes its sound to the Jag.
I'm not a strat player, so I'm not familiar with what is called top and bottom. It threw me off for a second.

Honestly, Jaguars are better than the rest they make. Partially because the small scale length is more comfortable for my tiny Trump hands, but also because I think they have more versatility. The mid strangle and the rhythm/lead circuit allows for jazz tones should the need arise. I've been meaning to get mine modified. New pickups that I've enjoyed in my other guitars (and experimenting with neck pickups) and a killswitch.

Speaking of, anyone else tend to get aftermarket pickups? The bridge pickup I swear by doesn't come in any guitar stock aside from a BC Rich signature model I have no real interest in (it also only has one pickup, which I see as a big no-no), so I tend to have to resort to that.
 

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I'm not a strat player, so I'm not familiar with what is called top and bottom. It threw me off for a second.

Honestly, Jaguars are better than the rest they make. Partially because the small scale length is more comfortable for my tiny Trump hands, but also because I think they have more versatility. The mid strangle and the rhythm/lead circuit allows for jazz tones should the need arise. I've been meaning to get mine modified. New pickups that I've enjoyed in my other guitars (and experimenting with neck pickups) and a killswitch.

Speaking of, anyone else tend to get aftermarket pickups? The bridge pickup I swear by doesn't come in any guitar stock aside from a BC Rich signature model I have no real interest in (it also only has one pickup, which I see as a big no-no), so I tend to have to resort to that.
I’m definitely having issues with my strat, my hands are really small, like to the point my wedding band is literally the smallest men’s size a steel ring comes in. I’m considering switching to something else to make learning easier. Any suggestions?
 
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I’m definitely having issues with my strat, my hands are really small, like to the point my wedding band is literally the smallest men’s size a steel ring comes in. I’m considering switching to something else to make learning easier. Any suggestions?
Fender's Jaguar, Mustang, and Duo-Sonic are 24" while a strat is 25.5". Gibson scale lengths are also 24.75". There are also necks made by Warmoth to convert your strat or tele to a Gibson scale length if that appeals to you. Only do that to a guitar where it's worth replacing the neck, though. If it's a Squier Bullet just sell it or something and get something with a shorter scale length.

The main thing that will turn people away from the Jaguar are the amount of switches. Maybe not the best option for a beginner but it's not too hard when you get used to it. the Mustang is simpler. For an affordable Gibson style guitar just get an Epiphone. Epiphone makes tons of variations of Les Pauls and SGs at good prices if those are more your style.
Just play some at a shop when you get the chance and pick the one that sounds and feels the way you want. Also remember that pickups can be changed, and those will drastically affect your guitar's sound. Though if you're a beginner don't bother with modifications. That's something for when you're really serious about guitar.
 

Sir Wesley Tailpipe

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I'm not a strat player, so I'm not familiar with what is called top and bottom. It threw me off for a second.

Honestly, Jaguars are better than the rest they make. Partially because the small scale length is more comfortable for my tiny Trump hands, but also because I think they have more versatility. The mid strangle and the rhythm/lead circuit allows for jazz tones should the need arise. I've been meaning to get mine modified. New pickups that I've enjoyed in my other guitars (and experimenting with neck pickups) and a killswitch.

Speaking of, anyone else tend to get aftermarket pickups? The bridge pickup I swear by doesn't come in any guitar stock aside from a BC Rich signature model I have no real interest in (it also only has one pickup, which I see as a big no-no), so I tend to have to resort to that.
I’m definitely having issues with my strat, my hands are really small, like to the point my wedding band is literally the smallest men’s size a steel ring comes in. I’m considering switching to something else to make learning easier. Any suggestions?
Fender's Jaguar, Mustang, and Duo-Sonic are 24" while a strat is 25.5". Gibson scale lengths are also 24.75". There are also necks made by Warmoth to convert your strat or tele to a Gibson scale length if that appeals to you. Only do that to a guitar where it's worth replacing the neck, though. If it's a Squier Bullet just sell it or something and get something with a shorter scale length.

The main thing that will turn people away from the Jaguar are the amount of switches. Maybe not the best option for a beginner but it's not too hard when you get used to it. the Mustang is simpler. For an affordable Gibson style guitar just get an Epiphone. Epiphone makes tons of variations of Les Pauls and SGs at good prices if those are more your style.
Just play some at a shop when you get the chance and pick the one that sounds and feels the way you want. Also remember that pickups can be changed, and those will drastically affect your guitar's sound. Though if you're a beginner don't bother with modifications. That's something for when you're really serious about guitar.
I‘ll check out a Mustang, I just don’t like Gibson body styles much, so Epiphone isn’t something I’m too into, although the Casino is fairly appealing.
 
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