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Super strats were an eighties guitar fad, but many people forgot there was another fad going on.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Blazer, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 30, 2017
    Ohio
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  2. FirTrader

    FirTrader Tele-Meister

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    I think PRS stood the test of time a bit more than some of these other guitars because they were, in the early days, truly stage-ready for quality. Silent electronics, top quality switching and wiring. I've never really liked their signature sound (my buddy has a fairly early one, early 90s I guess), but damn are they ever easy to rip on.
     
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  3. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    Timely thread. The other day i dragged out my super Strat (homemade body,floating tremolo, SD JB pickup).
    I changed the strings for the first time in probably 20 years.
    I can't believe i used to be patient enough to spend practically a weekend just messing with a setup to get it to stay in tune.
     
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  4. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 6, 2015
    Wisconsin
    I remember the Hamers using the LP double cut shape before I'd ever seen a PRS. I remember PRS looking good to me at the end of the 80s, probably because they were surrounded by super strats and looked more traditional.

    I can barely look at them now. I mean, it's basically a gibson with a strat bridge, but I just can't handle the aesthetic.
     
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  5. 24 track

    24 track Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 6, 2014
    kamloops bc
    I found a Peavey Preditor that some poor kid paid a his allowance for a year , a modified strat shaped with buckers and a floyd , ( in left handed) I tought the Rose was worth more than what I paid for it so I bought it , all it needed was a proper set up it plays, tunes and dives beautifully.

    the one infront of the Sunn Sonaro

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  6. Censport

    Censport Tele-Meister

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    Yabut... PRS never caught on with me like SuperStrats did. I still have two from my long-hair days. This is one of them.

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  7. acstorfer

    acstorfer Tele-Holic

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    I agree about the superstrats. I don’t think they disappeared though. Ibanez is still going strong with them.

    As far as “other” brands influencing the 80’s it’s BC Rich. There are other brands of course, but most of them stuck with the superstrats. The 80’s were all about Mockingbirds, Eagles, Bich’s, and Warlocks (also of course their ST-III’s and Gunslingers). Serious star power for BC Rich in their day. It saddens me that most people think they’re crap. It’s understandable though. The ones they sell at the big box stores really are usually pretty crappy.
     
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  8. TwangyWhammy

    TwangyWhammy Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 10, 2014
    Under the DownUnder
    Always liked the idea of a headless... but never had the nerve to pull the trigger on one...

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  9. william tele

    william tele Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 7, 2009
    Kansas City, MO
    They were probably just trying keep you from blowing around in a stiff wind...:D
     
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  10. Southpole

    Southpole Tele-Holic

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    I think I read somewhere that there are now around a million guitars made each year. That’s a lot of guitars. Since guitars last a long time you really do wonder where they end up. Once we pass ‘peak guitar’ the value will fall out of a lot of unremarkable guitars.
     
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  11. TwangyWhammy

    TwangyWhammy Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 10, 2014
    Under the DownUnder
    I was wondering that very same thing myself... probably the same place where all the short pencils go?
     

  12. Southpole

    Southpole Tele-Holic

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    No
    Not to mention left socks!
     

  13. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    Montana
    This has always boggled my mind too. Admittedly, all of the super strats end up hanging on pawn shop walls, but what happened to all of the other strats?
     

  14. chris m.

    chris m. Friend of Leo's

    I bought a black CE24 brand new in 1988. It was the new bolt on. Great guitar. Eventually sold it because it just didn’t have the sizzle anymore....between Fender and Gibson....somehow kind of meh. YMMV of course.
     

  15. Censport

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    That's due to people like several of us on here (myself included), who wake up one day with ten guitars and plans to buy more.

    They're on Reverb with... "optimistic"... prices.

    Wait, how do you know they're left socks?

    :D
     
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  16. jimmyv723

    jimmyv723 TDPRI Member

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    it's a shame that Hamer isn't around like it used to be. They made some amazing guitars and I know they are "back" but it's not the same. On the subject of PRS, there was a little movie franchise in the 80's called Back To The Future. In the second movie there was a blue guitar featured in one of the scenes and guess what it was...

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    I have a couple SE models right now in a Zach Myers and a Custom 24 30th Anniversary. Back in the late 90's or early 2000's I went into Guitar Center and saw a PRS hanging in the Used area and walked out with it. It was a CE-3 and it had a rainbow holoflake finish. It looked black but when light hit it the holoflake reflected various colors. I ended up having to sell it a few years later but still haven;t seen one like it. Definitely wish I still had that one.
     
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  17. rz350

    rz350 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I bought nothing but CBS Stratocasters in the 80's, but I was in my teens and twenties, played left handed, and was utterly fascinated with Hendrix, so I wanted what he had... :)

    A shop tried to sell me a Super-Strat, it had a Floyd Rose, Humbuckers, multiple switching options, and a pre-CBS neck....

    I probably should bought it for the neck and body! :)
     

  18. TwangyWhammy

    TwangyWhammy Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 10, 2014
    Under the DownUnder

    Haha... nice one my dear Watson!
     
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  19. homesick345

    homesick345 Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 20, 2012
    Beirut, Lebanon
    It could be argued that PRS was the Super Paul fad, just like there was the super strat thing going in parallel
     
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