NoUFO
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Opinions On This Guitar?

Thu Sep 29, 2005 9:52 am

Isn't it amazing that we see so many copies of Strats, Teles and Paulas and that only few luthiers are willing to create something new from the scratch? Ned Steinberger springs to my mind and maybe Paul Reed Smith (who wins the award for designing the best looking guitar). But now look at this .

At first I thought the Birdfish looks downright ugly but now I tend to say it looks ... errmm ... "interesting".

Coming with two swamp ash (blue) and two maple (red) resonator bars (brown mahogany resonators come as option, I have heard), two single coil PUs and three humbuckers - all easily replace-, shift- and tiltable - the guitar is incredibly versatile.

I have heard it and the closest the sound is getting to is actually a modern Strat (at least when played clean with the swamp ash bars attached) - but at the same time it's ... well, different.
Very percussive, probably due to the maple neck.

No, I'm not planning to buy it. But what do you think of it?
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RE: Opinions On This Guitar?

Thu Sep 29, 2005 10:03 am

http://www.teuffelguitars.de/instrumente/birdfish/bilder/guitar.jpg

Umm.. What the heck?!!?! Is this actually real??

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RE: Opinions On This Guitar?

Thu Sep 29, 2005 10:16 am

It is.



http://www.gourmet-guitars.com/luthiers.asp

There's a video at gourmet-guitars.com featuring the Birdfish, but I don't really like what the guitarist is playing.
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IL76
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RE: Opinions On This Guitar?

Fri Sep 30, 2005 3:12 am

Damn... I wouldn't want to be seen with one of those (though I do like ZZ Top a lot  Smile)
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RE: Opinions On This Guitar?

Fri Sep 30, 2005 3:54 am

Looks like it is based on Steinberg Technology, which btw was used extensively by ZZ Top in earlier times.

The pick-ups look like Humbuckers, could be single coil, too, but Billy Gibbons is usually a fan of fat Humbucker sounds.

Probably very light and comfortable to carry around, and those bars...is that for resting your arms while you're not playing????
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RE: Opinions On This Guitar?

Fri Sep 30, 2005 4:55 am

It's certainly...er, um....different...
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RE: Opinions On This Guitar?

Fri Sep 30, 2005 5:02 am

If you can play it, I can record it.

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RE: Opinions On This Guitar?

Fri Sep 30, 2005 5:08 am

Im considering getting a new guitar..... No idea what though, Just ordered myself a nice Fuzz Factory pedal though  Wink
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RE: Opinions On This Guitar?

Sat Oct 01, 2005 7:55 am

How much do you want to spend, Kaz? And what style shall the new guitar cover?
Did you consider Framus or are they too expensive? Lot's of "bang (and twang) for bucks" IMO.

Andreas, my dear Ursus arctos horribilis , all true, those are humbuckers (but as mentioned before, the git commes with two single coils, too) and, yes, the Birdfish is very lightweight.

The wooden bars are resonators (swamp ash in this case), and the metal part is there so you can rest the guitar on your leg.

IL76: I'm not so keen on the design of your guitar, but if you like it: Fine.

[Edited 2005-10-01 01:07:24]
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RE: Opinions On This Guitar?

Sat Oct 01, 2005 9:17 am

Quoting Pilot kaz (Reply 7):
Just ordered myself a nice Fuzz Factory pedal though

Kaz, if you want real overdrive, get an amp that delivers. Pedals suck, and sound fake. When I was your age I did the same thing. Don't get caught up in gadgets. Get a real bitchin' amp, and tweak it to match your pick-ups. Then and only then will you feel and hear true lovely distortion. Any 1970s, 80s, 90s Fender Tube amp will suffice. I can buy them here for $100-$200.

One other thing. Hone your skills with a clean sound. Then and only then use distortion. If you only use distortion, your sound and technique will never really improve the way it should. Mistakes are drowned out by distortion. Learn your craft clean, and then add pure distortion. God, the difference. Rock on.  Smile
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