This time, it’s just the realizations:
I like the humbucker in the bridge position. Every once in a while, I might try for a blues thing with the neck position humbucker, but I’ve never really liked the saturated sound you get in the neck position. I sometimes like the quack you get from using the middle and bridge position pickups (Humbucker split to single coil). So all of my guitars have pretty much been H/S/S guitars.
About a year ago, that really started changing. I got the Revolver X, then the JB Player Sledgehammer…but the Westones were all H/S/S. I got the Monterey X, and the Vertigo X, both H/H, but sold ’em.
But every since I got the Hamer Stellar 1, I’ve been going after different guitars. Now I have the Stellar 1, the XT SATF, the Sledgehammer, the Revolver Pro (sold the X for a $100+ profit a while back), and the incoming XT Californian. All have H/H configuration. And along with that, I have 2 Calis and a Vandenberg, and those 3 have an H/S setup. So the only guitar I have with a middle pickup is the Carvin…and I’m seriously considering selling it. I won’t, but I’m seriously considering it.
I have had a love/hate relationship with tremolos. I hate the problems they cause for string bending. And I can’t really use them well. I can’t muffle the strings quickly enough to hide the sound of letting up on the bar. I can’t really use it smoothly. I’m probably about as good with a trem as I am with a slide: 4% of good.
But you can’t play “Barracuda” without a tremolo. And there are other techniques you need one for.
So after nearly giving up on tremolos, I’ve found a few that stay in tune: my Revolver Pro, my Vandenberg, and my Hamer Korean Imports. Okay.
But aside from that, I always like hardtail bridges. Maybe from my time playing bass, it just seems like the right way to have a bridge.
But starting from the Sledgehammer, I’ve started getting more and more and more Tune-o-Matic bridges. I used to hate ’em. I thought they were silly looking. Part of that is they are so closely associated with Les Pauls, and (Guitar Gods, forgive me!) I really don’t like Les Pauls. Why? Dunno. But I don’t.
So now I have the Sledgehammer, the Stellar 1, the SATF, and the incoming Californian, all with the TOM bridge.
A year ago, I’d have told you my favorite configuration was a hardtail bridge with an H/S/S setup. Now I have only 1 guitar of 10 with that setup.
I can’t say I’m ashamed or shocked at the realization…but I do feel slightly stunned: how did I change so fast?
The beauty and sustain of the Stellar 1 and XT SATF, I guess.