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  1. For my money, the Tokais are at least as good as the Epiphone equivalent, with their higher end stuff as good as the equivalent Gibson, but more affordable. Depending on what you want, they're sometimes a "better" spec than the production line Gibsons. Some years ago, I was considering a white LP Custom type. At that point in time, the Japanese Tokai was 2/3 the price of the Gibson, plus it had the "correct" (per original Custom spec) *mahogany* top that Gibby didn't do (a few minor cosmetics aside in those days the only significant difference between the Custom and the Std were the pickups - and for a time even those were the same). To be entirely fair I've not compared the *latest* Epiphones (new headstock) against the Tokais, but at least before that the Tokais were actually visually much closer to the Gibson than the Epiphones, if that matters to you. FWIW, Tokais seem to hold their resale value pretty well in my experience, if that is part of your decision making process. They do seem to be much rarer now than they were at a time in the UK - I hear this is to do with the drop in value of the pound making them a lot more expensive than they used to be at UK prices. When I last looked at them (pre-plague) the Korean made Tokais were, to my judgment at least, a notch above the Epiphone brand, while the Japanese ones were at least as good as Gibson (subject to any personal preferences in specs). Even the export headstock (if you buy one made for the Japanese market, it's identical to the Gibson) was much closer to the Gibson than an Epiphone; I've mistaken Tokais for Gibbys at first glance, which - at least before the switch to the "almost correct" headstock couldn't be said for Epiphones. If that matters to you, of course: it may not. At the price of a Japanese Tokai now I might rather look at something from Gordon Smith, though again what Tokai offer is, I think, visually closer the Gibson if that is what you're after - YMMV.
  2. Not cheap, but still a significant differenced in price. You could buy this and a Player series Tele for the price of the US Acoustasonic. I think the Guitar Geek guy is right in that if they made a Squier version they'd have to compromise too much. Either that, or they'd end up with a Squier at the sort of price that most of the market would refuse to pay for a Squier. I think they could go a little cheaper, though, enough to make a difference if they dropped the Noiseless and gave it only the piezo and the acoustic modelling, though obviously that takes it in another direction than the original design concept.
  3. Interesting development on this one in the Player Series. (can't believe it's nearly three years since the originals came out, bladdy ell.... Course, it's longer than that since I was last in a guitar shop, between various life issues and the plague...) The Player version looks more interesting to me, though thus far no left handers (the Tele version alone in the US range is available left handed, the Tele model is the sole model so far in the MIM Player series, but no left handers, at least not yet). BIG win here is the switchable battery. Main limitation remains the Tele-type pup. I would be curious to see one without it.
  4. Yeah, it does seem to be the one big hole in their range.... I suspect they might do that in their custom shop version, but it's a stiff upcharge for "only" the colour. Still, props to them for doing left handers in their price range with a maple board.... for whatever reason, that seems to have been a rare option indeed in recent years. Really like their headstocks, though - especially the newer, smaller one for their T-types. There's something really nice about the mix of them being very obvious in what they are influenced by, and yet at the same time proudly their own thing. To boot, it's a much nicer alternative headstock shape than anyone else has ever come up with to avoid copying Fender's, and I very much include the likes of Suhr there.
  5. What effect does it have? What finish / wood are you using it on?
  6. TBH, the biggest thing the big money makers can offer me as things are now is typically a much better range of left handers. That has improved a lot in recent years - Fender have gotten much better in their Mexico range, in particular. Still a bit limited (none of the reissue Tele / Strat models are available left handed in MIM), but it is now possible to get a MIM P Bass, and even a reasonable range of both colours and *maple* boards left handed. Vintage are tempting me for a Tele, as I really like their V52 model with the new shape headstock; what holds me back much more with the Strat option is that they only have the left handers in a burst, though at a cheap enough used price I might be tempted to swap out the body, or have a respray... Big thing I need to do is try their necks. Much as I love my old US Std Strat (a 1994), that 43mm nut and flatter neck profile is noticeably less comfortable for me to play on than the 42mm nut MIM necks. (Money no object, I'd be very tempted to buy a Fender Clapton type neck for it.) Need to have a go on some Vintages to see how their necks feel. Have learned over the years - much to my surprise - that sometimes something that has a reputation for being a thicker neck works better for me.
  7. I've seen people doing it since the 90s at least. Best tone was a guy in St Paul's tube station in the run up to Christmas about twenty years ago or more, who had an old (pre-1980) battery-powered Vox amp of some sort. Course, some of the official busking spots on the tube I think even have power sockets now.
  8. So, those Squier Affinity Strats with maple boards..... I've seen some with and some without a skunk stripe. Anyone know the alchemy of what to look out for to find one without? Context: I'm' looking over the next couple of years as I trip over the bits to put together a Jimi Black Beauty tribute. In all truth, partly because of the novelty of not being limited by trying to find lefty options. I recently discovered some of the 21 fret Affinity Strat necks have no skunk stripe just like a 68, but it seems to be hit and miss. I know I could buy a custom neck that would be perfect for a 68, but the stripeless affinity is a good 80% of the way there, and the intention is to do this as cheaply as possible (part of the fun). The other main compromises I'm happy to make, fwiw, are I'll be sticking with a five-way switch (Jimi used to remove the springs from his three-way switches so he could get the in-between sounds), and while I'd prefer the body to be SSS routed, I'm not entirely wedded to that as a 'must' if the right option comes along...
  9. I've never fully lost the GAS, though Mrs Edward's Raised Eyebrow is a powerful motivator for not giving in to it. Interestingly, though, I've found my GAS these days is aimed at much more realistic stuff - cheaper gear. The latest attack is an urge for a Gretsch 2622, in gunmetal, to have it pin-striped and put dice knobs on it... Sure, if we won ten million on the lotto and I could go crazy I'd buy all the top of the line stuff, but it seems as I've gotten older I'm much more secure in choosing VFM budget options rather than feeling I always have to go for "the best" (although "the best" isn't necessarily also the most expensive). Liking F-types and oddball rockabilly / garage stuff helps there, I suspect.
  10. Not sure this applies everywhere, but here in London I've noticed a lot of my old favourite guitar shops gradually disappear. The Guitar Centre (ne BassCentre) moved from Wapping to Shoreditch to online only - gutted, Shoreditch was local, and they did good repair work for me. Leytonstone's Holiday Music - with the best stock of Lefties in Europe, important for me - moved to an industrial estate in Essex (crap for non-car owners), then, afaik, went online only - and now (I assume from lack of website) are out of business entirely. Denmark Street used to be nice for a look (though never lived up to its claim to be the best in London; prices were not always outrageous, but they rarely had lefties in stock and really seemed to specialise more in budget options than what you'd expect from what was supposed to be the height of the guitar shop world per its own publicity....). This has left me thinking - both London *and* elsewhere - would be nice to have a thread where people can flag up shops / repair places/ whatever local to them who do good stuff and are well priced. I'll kick this off with reference to Matchetts in Belfast. Most of the guitar shops I used to hang out in back in the 90s in Belfast are long gone now, but Matchetts are still going strong. Helpful staff (some of them have been there forever as well, which is a good sign its nice place to work) https://matchettsmusic.com/ Good stock of stuff, were always fairly priced in my experience. I dropped in last a couple of years ago; all seemed to be much still the same. Spent a grand or two there during the nineties, including my beloved 1994 US Std (still not my favourite neck profile, and I wish I'd gone for the metallic red over the burst, and maple over the rosewood, but I still love that old guitar and will never sell it). Highly recommended if that's your patch.
  11. Currently GASing bad at the Vintage V6 Reissue line. If they did the maple boarded lefty option in their Candy Apple Blue colour, it could well leapfrog the Tidepool Player Strat on my wants list. Easier to justify the spend on, too. For now, it only being available sunburst is holding me back... Though I will have to ty one if ever I can get to a guitar shop that stocks lefties again. (I've never forgiven Holiday music for moving to Essex and then going online only!)
  12. It does seem that the players I see using them more do tend to be in the hardcore metal arena more often than not. It certainly allows for those really deep tunings a lot of those guys prefer. I suspect that the lower notes available for detuning also work better with string tension -= only so low you can go with a standard low E before it flaps and doesn't resonate... Me, I'd prefer to go the six string baritone route, but I'm sure that has its own differences in feel too. Though an extra string would take some getting used to, I can see that some players (particularly shredders who often prefer a noticeably wider neck anyhow) might prefer the more standard scale length over the slightly longer one of a baritone.
  13. An acquired taste, like any guitar, really. For my money, I'd vastly prefer the Setzer one in a solid colour - I've actually grown to rather dislike figured wood over the years. I suspect, being a left handed player and therefore more often than not being limited to a sunburst option as the lefty default, I've just gotten tired of them...
  14. Fender have dome some pretty cool Custom Shop Teles in the style of Gretsch guitars... Fender owning Gretsch of course makes that easier: http://i.imgur.com/ip31mN1.jpg What I love about these is that they all have a real look of the guitar on which they are based. Barring the last one (disclaimer: I loathe Bono though I always liked his Gretsch. That stupid slogan pickguard would have to go, though...), which I believe was the Pretentious One's own order originally, they look like something specced by a guy who loves Teles, loved the look of the Gretches but couldn't get on with playing one, so.... Bit like my idea above which (the thru-neck aside) is basically a Fenderised LP Junior....
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