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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!
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Endo23 wrote:I want f-holes!


...sounds like a pick-up line...
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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!
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Post by Karousme »

I do admit that thing looks very rock and roll.

Although the name Starcaster makes me think of Rainbow Brite.
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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?
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Post 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?
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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.
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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.
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who came up with the name Ovation Breadwinner, I wonder?
it's amazingly un-rock'n'roll
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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.
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Post by Yarn »

Ha ha, I guess it makes up in style what it lacks in a name?
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Post by NatureBoy »

For anyone in the market

This one is a little out of my price range...
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I dunno, I think they should've considered adding a few pictures to their auction...
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