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Discussion in 'Backline' started by ForHerDeadEyes, May 7, 2013.

  1. ForHerDeadEyes

    ForHerDeadEyes Señor Member

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    I'll be recording in a couple of weeks and now I'm having second thoughts about the guitar I'll be using..

    I've used an old, beat-up DeArmond M-65 for a long time, then I wanted to get something better and got a Schecter Demon 6 (no FR)..
    I was planning on using the Schecter for recording, the pickups are:
    "Duncan Designed Active HB-105 -The Duncan Designed version of the super-popular Seymour Duncan Blackouts active humbucker."
    I slapped some 0.12 strings on it, but I'm not so sure I like the sound..

    The ole' DeArmond has 0.11 strings, the neck is thinner, and the pickups:
    An older JB 59 in the neck, and a sort of home-cooked singlecoil at the bridge.. I might be favouring the passive sound..

    The options I've considered are:
    A) Put the passive mics in the Schecter, sinde the body sound isn't bad.
    And slap some 0.11 strings on it, (also, think I have another JB 59)
    Don't know how good it'll resonate with the Schecters body..

    B) Since I prefer the playability of the DeArmond, probably because of the neck and somewhat thinner body, I could get a new guitar:
    http://www.thomann.de/se/ibanez_gart60_bkn.htm
    http://www.thomann.de/se/esp_ltd_ec50_black_satin.htm
    http://www.thomann.de/se/epiphone_gothic_lespaul_studio.htm

    Or why not a:
    http://www.thomann.de/se/harley_benton_electric_guitar_kit_lpstyle.htm
    Since I'm planning on doing it someday, and tweaking it myself.

    Not sure what to do..
    I know I could find something used, maybe that'll be better..
     
  2. Lazzari

    Lazzari Chakachakalabuchaka

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    Personally I would go with the Epiphone, I tried one a while back and it wasn't that bad at all, but you should change the pickups when you get the chance
     
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    Skaldir formerly known as Unicorn

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    Just wanna throw in Agile guitars
    http://www.rondomusic.com/electricguitar-ss5.html
    I got one and I'm pretty happy with it. They have very cool finishes also.
    But you need to buy a case with it, pay shipping and pay customs when you live in Europe.
     
  4. ForHerDeadEyes

    ForHerDeadEyes Señor Member

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    Once I bought 3 t-shirts from thinkgeek.com..
    The Price was about 30$, and shipping 30$.. fast as fuck think I got it within 1 or 2 days here to Sweden, but then the guy delivering them showed up with an extra bill for customs and taxes, all in all it ended at 100$.. :/
    A guitar would probably cost me a kidney or two..
     
  5. ForHerDeadEyes

    ForHerDeadEyes Señor Member

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    The ones I mentioned were only suggestions, maybe the Epiphone is the best of those..
     
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    Lazzari Chakachakalabuchaka

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    Well the Epi was not bad really, just change the pups as soon as possible and you're set:headbang:
     
  7. ForHerDeadEyes

    ForHerDeadEyes Señor Member

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    Recommendations so far:
    * Agile guitars - Which I can't get.
    * The Epiphone - http://www.thomann.de/se/epiphone_gothic_lespaul_studio.htm

    I know it's hard to make a judgment call on something you've never played on, and a lot of people have more expensive guitars
    (I've heard that you can find a good guitar for around 600€, and after 1200€ it's basically just preference)
    The most expensive guitar I have is the Schecter for 440€ (Used to have a 7-string Squier for 500€)
    Still, you have to deal with what you got..
    My preferences are thin neck, minimum switches/knobs and no FR.. don't care about the looks really..
    If I add a couple of € I can get this http://www.thomann.de/se/ibanez_art90_tkf.htm
    Better than the earlier options?
    I'm making the assumption that the cheaper ones, that have minimimum crap, of the same brand are going to be a bit shittier..
    Don't forget, I'm switching out the pickups for better ones..!
    I'll put in an order in 2 weeks..
     
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    superfreak Sajid 'Sarj' Masood

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  10. ForHerDeadEyes

    ForHerDeadEyes Señor Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions!
    They're friendlier on my wallet as well.. :)
    Though I am a bit worried about the necks..
    The DeArmond I've used is fine, but the Schecter, and an old Squier I had, has a wider thicker neck that isn't really suited for my hands..
     
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    +1 on the Cort KX5. I have a Cort 7 string laying around and it plays just as good if not better than my 300 series LTDs. The motherbuckers sound great too for what they are.
     
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    superfreak Sajid 'Sarj' Masood

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    The necks are neither wide nor thick on the Charvels. They are similar to Ibanez neck profiles and extremely comfortable to play.
     
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    Guess I'm going with the Cort KX5 (though I found out they treat their factory workers like shit), have to wait 2 - 3 months for a new one, but the store got a b-stock (sent back for unknown reason).. I'll be trying that one..
    If I don't get that one, it's either the Charvel or a Cort M200..
     
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    Got the Cort, just plugged it in and played on it..
    Way better for me than the Schecter..

    The neck feels good and I really prefer the passive sound, I haven't installed the JB 59 and the other mic I have..
    The guitar was basically in tune and nicely intonated..
    The biggest problem is the nut being too low, can't fit a 0.60mm pick/plektrum between the first fret and the strings..
    Second fret is better but I can't fit the pick under, until the third fret..
    I have no idea what it would cost to get a new nut/get it fixed, I've raised a couple of nuts on my other guitars.. and it seemed to sound good, to my ears.. :S
    I'm assuming it's 0.010 strings on it, it's pretty cold weather, but I doubt it'll settle when it gets to room temperature..
     

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