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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-23-2003, 02:13 AM Thread Starter
 
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how did term super strat come about?

im just curious..imo my RG does not look like a strat at all
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-23-2003, 02:56 AM
 
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But it is vaguely a strat shape (6 inline tuners, double cutaway), isn't it?
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-23-2003, 08:47 AM
 
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In the early '80s, guitarists started modifying their Strats by putting humbuckers in the bridge and/or neck position. Then companies like Charvel brought out custom replacement parts and started making even more souped-up offset-double-cutaway (Strat-style) guitars.

Next came rear-routed electronics, locking trem systems, hotter pickups, neck-thru construction (in the form of the Jackson Soloist), deeper cutaways, sharper contours, pointier headstocks, more sophisticated electronics and switching, and so on.

These types of guitars go beyond what the original was designed to do, but they aren't entirely original designs. Since they owe so much of their design to the original innovator, they are generally referred to as "Super Strats".

The RG is just Ibanez's evolution of the offset-double-cutaway bolt-on guitar design, but it still has its roots in Leo Fender's original design.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-30-2003, 03:22 PM
 
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its essentially modifying the strat design andputtin better hardware/electronices in. my guitar is like a mega strat/jem.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-30-2003, 06:47 PM
 
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Re: how did term super strat come about?

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im just curious..imo my RG does not look like a strat at all
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-31-2003, 06:08 AM Thread Starter
 
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...well it doesnt if guitars were like cars a strat would be a vega and a rg would be a camaro z28.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-03-2004, 04:00 PM
 
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you can't see the relationship between the original strat and the modern superstrats? well, let's take it one step at a time, shall we?

1) look at the strat and its development

2) look at the early superstrats (kramers and charvels from the early 80īs, mainly strat-shaped rear-routed guitars with humbuckers and fender-style trems)

3) look at somewhat later superstrats (still mainly strat-shaped rear-routed guitars with humbuckers but now sporting the floyd rose trem. the kramer baretta would be an excellent example of this type of guitar)

4) move up to the late 80īs. the soloist has appeared. it's still basically a strat shape except it has a sharper radius and the horns have been stretched a bit.

5) look at the JEM. still a strat shape except the horns on this one are even longer and pointier than most others.

if you still don't see the ressemblense, maybe you shouldn't be wondering about these things...
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