My ‘new’ guitar that I picked up yesterday. It’s an 18 years old Fender Artist Signature Clapton Strat. At some time during it’s life, the pick guard has been changed from the usual white one to a cream coloured one. I quite like that and will probably not change it back to the original white one.
This guitar has no. 10 stings on it which is different from my 9’s on my other strat, but having played it, I quite like the heavier strings and may well change my Squier Strat to the same strings.
I have only just started to play with it, but it has a lovely tome to it so looking forward to getting acquainted with it’s quirks etc.
Very nice. There’s something about a black strat … I’ve never owned one, but it’s always tempting!
Happy NGD Tony. Nice looking instrument. Looking forward to seeing you play it in AVOYP sometime, if you’re of the mind.
Looking sweet Tony, happy NGD!
Happy NGD, Tony!
That’s a looker and great that it’s nice to play as well! Wish you lots of fun and joyful moments of making music together!
Looks good Tony.
Thank you @mathsjunky , @roger_holland , @Notter , @Lisa_S , @TheMadman_tobyjenner .
@SgtColon I hope to record something very soon. Just busy playing with it at the moment see what sounds I can get from it.
What a “Black Beauty”!!!
Happy NGD!!! So fun exploring the quirks of a new instrument, especially a pre-owned one!!!
Have loads of fun!!!
Yeah, nice ! Do you notice any difference in the neck shape an fret board radius? The EC version they sold the last years have had a special neck. I belive its a V shape !? Fret board might be 9,5 -10 inch ? The EC also has a locked whammy bar - does this one as well? That is because playing blues and similar style it could get tuning issues with a tremolo system. There should also be some differences in the wiring of the pickups !?
Hi @Kejo116 Lars, yes it has the Vee neck which fits the hand well it makes the neck feel quite narrow, which I love. Yes the floating trem is locked down with a piece of wood in the gap to make sure it doesn’t move. It can be removed to make it a floating trem, but I am leaving it fixed as my Squier Strat (Classic 50’s vibe) has the floating trem. I don’t know about the wiring, but it does have a battery that increases the tone for soloing when you turn it on.
All in all, I love it.
It is the battery I was thinking of. I belive the idea is to increse the voltage output so, if you have a tube amplifier, you can get more dist. Tube amps are nice but not for home pratice! I am (according to the new classification suggested) not an old dog but worse - a veteran from long ago.
I have a Fender Ultra HSS and love it! Neck shape and radius is very much a personal thing. Mine has a modern C neck and compound radius.
Regarding tone I belive a modelling amp can give you just about every tone you ever will wish. I learned on a Fender Tele from about late 50-ties and those had only 7,25 ” radius. Nice for rythm but not for bending notes.
Why do you say that Lars? I have a little 5W Fender Princeton clone that’s perfect for practice.
What is this new classification of which you speak? does veteran mean people like me, who got their first guitar when dinosaurs roamed the earth?
Clapton + Gilmour = Something
This is the exact imagine I always had as a kid when somebody said “electric guitar”.
My frist "real guitar was a MIM Strat looking like this so yeah; I totally get that vibe
Ya got a beautiful new guitar there. Looove it!
Yer gonna have a lot of fun with that.
To me, it just looks like Rock & Roll.
Play it Loud!
Great score. Nothing better than NGD!
Thank you @CATMAN62 , @Libitina , @amandaw57 , @brianlarsen , @LievenDV I agree it has the looks. I am having a lot of fun with it.
Is there any other way of playing rock ‘n’ roll?