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Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2004 1:24 pm
I just checked out the fotos from the KEXP show and it looks like John's got a sweet new axe.
What is this "Starcaster?" Where can I get one? How much? Does it play like a Strat? Details, por favor! I want f-holes!
Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2004 3:32 pm
Endo23 wrote:I want f-holes!
...sounds like a pick-up line...
Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2004 1:35 am
The Starcaster was Fender's mid-seventies attempt to compete with the Gibson es-335, but no one bought the damn things so they only made them '76-'78. I had never seen or heard of them until one came into a guitar shop I frequent when I happened to be there and I bouught it immediately. It has the Fender humbuckers like you would find on a Tele Deluxe, and a three-bolt, seventies Strat style neck with a completely custom, body color headstock. It also has the innovation of a master volume knob and the strings are threaded through the body. It has a Fender brightness with some very un-Fender boxy, woofyness. They're very hard to find. But they're awesome.
I've had this one for several years, but I damaged it on tour with Ken Stringfellow and so kept it in its case for a year out of sadness. But it turned out that the damage was minor and now it's up and running again. Hooray!
Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2004 2:17 am
I do admit that thing looks very rock and roll.
Although the name Starcaster makes me think of Rainbow Brite.
Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2004 9:06 pm
Props to John for the detailed info. I've wanted a semi-hollow body for a long time now, as I am a sustain/feedback freak, and didn't know Fender had ever produced one... Cool.
Unfortunately, I don't even have an acoustic at the moment, so the f-holes will have to wait. Can anyone recommend a cheap 12-string that sounds/plays decent?
Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2004 9:47 pm
Karousme wrote:Starcaster makes me think of Rainbow Brite.
Am I the only one that doesn't see a problem with that?
Hey . . . you guys ever play an old Ovation Breadwinner or Deacon, perhaps?
Posted: Tue Oct 05, 2004 2:13 pm
The best guitar I ever played was an Ovation Breadwinner that used to hang in a short-lived guitar shop on Capitol Hill, next to what's now the Cafe Vita. It was such a great sounding and great playing guitar that I still kick myself for not buying it, now ten years ago, but something about the fact that it looked like a Dwarvish battle-axe inhibited me until it was too late and the shop had closed.
Posted: Tue Oct 05, 2004 3:50 pm
Yeah, they actually designed those things to resemble an axe. It was during the time when "axe" was by far the most popular term to use when describing your guitar- or so this article said. Anyway, I have always wanted to play one, because everyone seems to say they play great. Once in a while I spot one on eBay. They actually don't seem to go for as much as I would have assumed.
Posted: Wed Oct 06, 2004 12:39 am
who came up with the name Ovation Breadwinner, I wonder?
it's amazingly un-rock'n'roll
Posted: Wed Oct 06, 2004 4:21 am
Liesbeth wrote:who came up with the name Ovation Breadwinner, I wonder?
it's amazingly un-rock'n'roll
Yeah, it's as bad as the Fender It-Will-Build-Character.
Posted: Thu Oct 07, 2004 8:24 am
Ha ha, I guess it makes up in style what it lacks in a name?
Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:48 pm
For anyone in the market
This one is a little out of my price range...
Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 3:03 pm
I dunno, I think they should've considered adding a few pictures to their auction...