I've played Strats, or strat-style guitars for most of my career. And here are 10 things I hate about them:
- The 25 1/2"scale length is too long. This translates to higher string tension and necessitates using strings no thicker than what you'd find in a .010 - .046" set. Unless you have hands like a gorilla. Or SRV.
- A Strat goes wildly out of tune when you break a string, which means that it is usually wise to bring a spare guitar to gigs. If you're not in the habit of bringing a spare guitar, it helps to have a bass player that is capable of launching into a bass solo at the drop of a hat while you clamour to retrieve a new string from your guitar case.
- A Strat also goes wildly out of tune if you get too enthusiastic with the tremelo bar. Hint -- they call it a 'synchronized tremelo', which certainly doesn't promise anything close to 'vibrato'.
- The stock pickups are noisy and hum-inducing. Expect to spend another $200-$300 for a set of quieter pickups.
- The Strat's two tone controls are wired to only the front and middle pickups. The rear pickup -- which is the most shrill of the three -- is not wired to any of the tone controls.
- The pickup selector switch is situated too near the picking hand and gets knocked out of position easily.
- The bolt-on neck on the Strat needs to be shimmed so that the neck is at a more comfortable playing angle relative to the body.
- The bolt-on neck can shift in the neck pocket if bumped, causing either the 1st string or the 6th string to become misaligned and fall off the edge of the fingerboard.
- If you choose a vintage model Strat, expect all of the above in addition to small, thin frets and an overly-radiused fingerboard.
- Despite the imperfections you can't stop playing a Strat because it's always going to be the sexiest instrument in the world.
How did you manage to narrow your list down to 10. I hate all of things you've mentioned and I've never even played a strat and if I had I would be too ashamed to admit it to anyone. The only time I would use a strat is if I were up shit creek, when it would be handy as a paddle.ReplyDelete
You can make a Stratocaster sound like a Les Paul, but you cannot make a Les paul sound like a Stratocaster. Therein lies the reason to play Fender.ReplyDelete
Don't think so. You could never made a single coil pick up sound like the Humbuckers on a Les Paul. And you can make a Les Paul sound like a strat with the split coil option.Delete