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backwoodsbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:17 PM
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to all you guitar folk I need an answer
what the hell guitar is kk downing (the blonde) playing here? What year?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2s-cBPn31ys

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DFW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:22 PM
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1. I play acoustic
So other than noticing that it looks like either a Strat or a reasonable imitation,
I have no clue, sorry.
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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:27 PM
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2. Looks like a Strat to me too.
Not sure if it's any particular edition, though.
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backwoodsbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:34 PM
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3. yeah it's a strat
can't figure the year.

That Huge scallop in the back of the guitar is what i can't figure.Never played a strat like that.
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:56 PM
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4. looks like a pre CBS Fender Strat to me... (I'm no expert, but that's a classic)
what other kind would someone want?


http://www.provide.net/~cfh/fender.html
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backwoodsbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:07 PM
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5. ok
at like the 4:50 mark you see the back of the guitar.

I've never played a strat quite like the setup he has.

What is that?Is it normal?
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:16 PM
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6. I'm going to go with the "classic, pre-CBS Strat" responses.
Stevie Ray Vaughn's Strat, from the artwork on the front of his box set "Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble"...



...that's exactly what you're seeing at the 4:50 mark.

:toast:
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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:32 PM
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7. He's only got two springs on the tremolo
Most people usually play with three springs. With only two springs, the tension isn't as tight, so it's easier to do all that dive-bombey crap with the whammy bar.

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backwoodsbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:58 PM
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8. THANK YOU
that makes sense.

I see it now
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backwoodsbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:06 PM
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9. ok yep
he has the middle springs pulled out.
See it now.

I first saw that and was like WTF is that.

Me and my poor sg cant keep up with that
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Twillig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:06 PM
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10. string guage is a determining factor.
Look at SRV's 5 springs. He used a HEAVY gauge.

Downing's proto-shred and probably wanted the thin tone for this song anyway. Light gauge.

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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:15 PM
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12. I remember reading a Guitar Player article on him around "Screaming for Vengeance" (1982-ish)
IIRC, both him and Glen Tipton played like .008 or .007 guage strings (high E), with ultra-thin picks (faster shredding, of course), so that would make sense.
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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:17 PM
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13. It's really hard to see
You have to rewind it a couple times to see that. If it were me, I would've moved the springs a bit closer in toward the center. Of course, I play a Tele 90% of the time, so my opinion aint' worth jack. ;)

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Fenris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:06 PM
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11. Definitely
Something's gotta lock on that guitar, otherwise that same lack of tension on the trem block would completely fuck up the intonation after a few dives. I can't really tell, but since it's metal and wanky I'm going to have to go with a Floyd conversion without a visible locking nut (locking keys, maybe?).
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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:19 PM
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14. That would make sense
The standard Fender tremolo is not really known for its ability to stay in tune, especially when you're doing the shreddy dive-bomby stuff that those metal dudes do. I bet it is a Floyd or Kahler or some such type of locking bridge.

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harmonicon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:09 PM
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15. It's not a floyd or kahler bridger
it looks stock to me. It may have locking saddles, or locking tuners. .... hard to tell from a youtube video, but it looks rather stock to me. Hendrix only had the normal fender tremelo bridge, and he was able to pull off a lot on that.
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