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Guitar Musician   e-zine     05/18//05


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  I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.

                                                      - Bob Dylan; The Byrds, My Back Pages


Some Humor

  A teacher gave her 5th grade class an assignment: They were to have their parents tell them a story with a moral. The next day the kids came to class, and one by one, told their stories:

Little Kathy raised her hand first and said, "We live on a farm and have hens that lay eggs for market. Once we were taking a basket of eggs to market on the front seat of the pickup truck and we hit a big bump in the road. The eggs went flying and broke all over everything."

And what is the moral to that story? ""Don't put all your eggs in one basket."

"Very good," said the teacher.

Then little Tammy raised her hand and said, "We live on a farm, too. But we raise chickens for the meat market. We had a dozen eggs once, but when they hatched, we got only ten live chicks. And the moral to that story is, don't count your chickens before they are hatched."

"That was a fine example, Tammy.  Johnny, I believe you had your hand up next."

"Yes Ma'am. My daddy told me that my Aunt Karen was a flight engineer in Desert Storm and her plane got hit. She had to bail out over enemy territory and all she had was a bottle of whiskey, a machine gun, and a machete. ...She drank the whiskey on the way down so it wouldn't break, and then she landed right in the middle of a hundred enemy soldiers...... She killed seventy of them with the machine gun until she ran out of bullets, then she killed twenty more with the machete before the blade broke off. Then she killed the last ten with her bare hands."

"Good Heavens!" said the horrified teacher. "What did your daddy tell you was the moral to that terrible story?"

"Stay the hell away from Aunt Karen when she's been drinking."

Review

 

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Fender� Deluxe Player's Strat�

The right price, the right features, and made to be played.

By Neal Saunders

Fender offers a huge array of Stratocaster� guitars. Standard Strats, American Strats, American Deluxe Strats, Custom Shop Strats, Signature Strats, Fat Strats and Super Fat Strats with humbuckers, and a host of specialty Strats with variations in woods, finishes, and vibe. When a guy like me who loves this guitar above all others goes to pick one out, he can get lost in the choices. It's the kid-in-the-candy-store syndrome. As soon as you settle on one, another catches your eye. So many Strats have irresistible appeal, how do you choose just one?

 

Fender� Deluxe Player�s Stratocaster Well, I'm here to answer that question for any of you caught in this quandary; the answer is the new Deluxe Player's Strat. This new version of what formerly was called the Super Strat has a set of features, a quality, and a price that when taken collectively add up to the perfect choice for many Strat-loving guitarists.

Appealingly low price
Price is often what separates us from that Custom Shop Strat we so desire. Hardhearted reality says you just can't afford one, son; so you compromise, and the new Deluxe Player's Strat offers a compromise that you can feel really good about. First of all, it's affordable�a good-sized notch under the American Series Strats with which it shares important features. And as I'll proceed to explain, the price is its biggest difference between the made-in-Mexico Deluxe Strat and its American Series counterparts.

Fender's Mexico Shop has been turning out great guitars. Just as the shop is just over the border in Ensenada (almost in the U.S.), so are the guitars pretty darn close to those made in America. I didn't make a one-to-one comparison, but I think if you didn't know better you'd believe it was an American judging from its look and feel. More than that, the Deluxe Player Strat has features here-to-fore only found in its American-made counterparts.

 

Fender� Deluxe Player�s Stratocaster Pleasing to the eye
The Deluxe Player I checked out was a beauty with a sapphire blue finish, beautifully applied and transparent so that the grain of the ash body shows through. With its tortoise pickguard, gold hardware, and a rosewood fretboard, it's a looker. The gold hardware especially sets off everything nicely. It gives this Strat a classy vibe that is in perfect keeping with the way it plays.

The quality of the fret and fingerboard finish work rivals that found on the American Strat series instruments and shows a lot of attention to detail. The rosewood is tight-grained, smooth as glass, and the edges are softened with just the right amount of rounding off. The C-shape neck, medium-jumbo frets, and 12"-radius fingerboard make it easy on hands and fingers. If you're planning to rock all night, this guitar will let you finish that fifth set with your hands in good shape.

There's nothing more discouraging than having to take your brand-new guitar in to the shop to be set up. Straight out of the shipping box, I found that the Deluxe Player's Strat I received was gig ready. The action was set quite low, which I happen to like, but there was enough clearance so that buzzing frets were a non-issue.

It also has a vintage-style tremolo with a beefy bridge block that translates into more sustain and fewer broken strings. The tuners are really high quality, too�smooth and sure.

Vintage Noiseless� pickups
Probably the most exciting feature on this Strat is its pickups. They are the Vintage Noiseless models that until now have only been available on American-made instruments�in the Clapton and Beck signature models, for instance. They're cool because they give you classic Strat tone without any noise.

I found them absolutely silent, even with the volume cranked on the guitar and the amp dialed up. The noise of the standard Fender single coils was about the only rap against the older Strats, but with the Noiseless you get unadulterated Fender single-coil sound and they operate as quietly as the best humbuckers.

 

Fender� Deluxe Player�s Stratocaster Enhanced switching
This guitar has standard five-way switching but with an added wrinkle. Between the tone knobs is a simple push button. This system was first introduced in the Super Strat model and now here. What it essentially does is kick in the bridge pickup when the blade selector is in position 4 or 5. On a standard Strat with five-way switching, you never have all three pickups active at the same time. Nor can you have the neck and bridge pickups on at the same time on a regular Strat. With the push button, you can get both of these configurations, which brings the total up to seven possible pickup combinations. It's an instantaneous way to kick in some extra edge or to fill out your sound.

It is easy to see why Fender calls it a "player's" Strat. All its features are aimed at a showtime look on a workhorse instrument that is easy to play, responsive, and loaded with tonal possibilities. It's a guitar built for the working guitarist and priced for him or her, too. If you've been wanting a quality Strat, here's one you can easily afford.

 

Features


  • Ash body
  • Maple neck
  • Maple or rosewood fretboard
  • 12" fretboard radius
  • 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • 4-ply brown shell pickguard
  • Gold hardware
  • Vintage-style bridge (string-thru)
  • Equipped for Bullet� strings
  • Vintage-style tuning machines
  • 3 Vintage Noiseless� Strat� pickups
  • 5-way pickup switch
  • Push button on/off switch for activating bridge pickup
  • 2 extra pickup configurations not available on standard Strat
  • Transparent finishes
  • Deluxe gig bag

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Guitar Q & A

  Where Is The Best Place To Put A Compressor In A Guitar Effects Chain?

Q Where Is The Best Place To Put A Compressor In A Guitar Effects Chain?

A
Believe it or not, some thought should be given as to where the compressor goes in your signal chain. A good rule of thumb is to place any gain-type effects before modulation effects: i.e., compressors and overdrives before delays or flangers. Another one that's practically set in concrete is to put the compressor before any overdrive, distortion, or fuzz pedal. This is why most guitarists place the compressor first, in order to send a stronger, better signal to the other effects. There are some guitarists who place the compressor last, though, to boost their signal just before it hits the preamp of their amplifier. The drawback to this approach is that any hum or hiss introduced by other effects will be increased by the compressor's output gain. Sometimes you can remedy this by placing a noise gate before the compressor, however, the noise reduction can have an effect on the tone quality. A best-of-both-worlds approach might be to put your compressor first and use a signal booster just before your amplifier. Some guitarists also like the sound of putting their wah or envelope filter before the compressor to give it a wider frequency range to affect. Experimentation is always encouraged, but putting the compressor first is recommended.