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Starcaster

Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2004 1:24 pm
by Endo23
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!

Re: Starcaster

Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2004 3:32 pm
by NatureBoy
Endo23 wrote:I want f-holes!


...sounds like a pick-up line...

Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2004 1:35 am
by John
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
by Karousme
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
by Endo23
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
by Yarn
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
by John
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
by Yarn
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
by Liesbeth
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
by anthropomorphizing_kitty
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
by Yarn
Ha ha, I guess it makes up in style what it lacks in a name?

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:48 pm
by NatureBoy
For anyone in the market

This one is a little out of my price range...

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 3:03 pm
by Flyn
I dunno, I think they should've considered adding a few pictures to their auction...