AGH! Feeling really discouraged (rant warning)
Whenever I've played my guitars, I've never been quite satisfied with the tone. I'm playing through a Marshall AVT20, and had a GAX70 before I upgraded to an RGT42DX. There was always this kind of dead, harsh sounding "twang" that I didn't like about the sound in the first guitar, and although the RGT had less of the twang, it was definitely still there. I thought it was the pickups (switched the INF1/2 to a FRED and Evo2), but the twang was STILL there. I tried playing with EQ, using a crappy GSP-21 processor, and playing with the volume/tone knobs but none of that took it away. So I figured maybe I just had a crappy amp and would have to deal with it.
Then yesterday, when I take my guitar in to get the truss rod adjusted, I tried out a Jackson on the same amp there, and it sounded SO MUCH BETTER. The tone was a lot smooooooother/airy, just what I wanted. And then I realized that I actually tended to like my friends crappy old Fernandes strat in terms of sound sometimes better than my own guitars.
Conclusively, I feel down because both guitars were made of alder, and I realized that I most likely haven't been looking into the right kinds of woods for the tone I want. A GAX70 is made of agathis, an RGT42 is a maple NECK THRU. And I think I've wasted time and money upgrading the pickups and keeping the guitar maintained all the time.
Last edited by Fang; 04-29-2007 at 02:18 PM.