My guitar is a hand made solid body which is similar in design to a solid body Les Paul, except with a double cut-away. In fact, it came with a Les Paul case. It has a bolt-on neck. Would it have been a better guitar if the neck was set? I'll never know, but I can tell you it's still a great guitar. ...
My guitar is a hand made solid body which is similar in design to a solid body Les Paul, except with a double cut-away. In fact, it came with a Les Paul case. It has a bolt-on neck. Would it have been a better guitar if the neck was set? I'll never know, but I can tell you it's still a great guitar. I've had the neck off several times to re-set the angle or just do general maintenance. To me, the set neck vs bolt-on is a non-issue. The guitar speaks for itself.
Steve, Can I give you a bit of friendly advice? From all the questions you've been asking, it sounds like you're trying to find the "perfect" guitar......humbuckers vs single coils, bolt-on vs set necks, how to eliminate hum in single coils, etc. Forgive me if I'm making incorrect assumptions about your reasons for asking.
Everybody wants to find the "best" guitar, especially if they're plunking down a lot of hard-earned cash. That's understandable. What I've come to realize is that there is no single best guitar. That's why there are so many different ones. In many ways it's like buying a car. There are lots of good choices, and no single best. Is a Ferrari better than a Porsche? Everybody has a preference, but honestly wouldn't you be happy with either?
In some ways, selecting a guitar is harder now than it used to be. The internet is a great source for information, but sometimes we get information overload. It's hard to process all the differing opinions, information, and mis-information. When I bought my guitar in 1979(!) I didn't have all the options you have today. No internet for research, no Guitar Center...just word of mouth and a couple of local guitar shops. I had joined a band and had hastily bought a used electric guitar to get me started. Once I'd saved some money, I decided I needed to get a better one. So with a pocket full of money, I drove to the nearest big city (Burlington VT) and spent the day in it's two music stores trying out every guitar they had. Determined to come home with a new guitar, I made a choice. Now, 39 years later, I'm playing the same guitar. Was it the perfect choice, or did I grow into it? Who can say...but *that's* how you choose a guitar. Forget all the internet advice (except mine, of course haha) and drag yourself to a Guitar Center. Play a bunch of guitars and buy the one that you like best. There are very few bad choices, and honestly, all the hype about a particular guitar being best for a genre is mostly overblown. Happy hunting!
FWIW, I play a Time TimeKaster made in Burlington VT in 1979. If you scroll down to the 18th photo on this page, you'll see my actual guitar. The photo was taken at a Time Guitar reunion several years ago. http://www.timeguitars.com/viewtopic.php...