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    I stopped in at a local music store and this Tele-lookin' guitar called a "Logan" caught my eye. It plays and looks beautiful - it really reminded me of my EBMM, of all things. I couldn't believe how much I liked it, as I've always been more of a Strat and Music Man guy.

    The builder happens to be local... dude in his 60s, just loves building guitars. I've bascially made up my mind that I'm going to have this guy build me one rather than customize what I got.

    I'm stuck on a couple of things that ultimately come down to my preference, but I just want to know what the linkers thought. I'm going for an EBMM-type sound - more or less.

    1). He offers a bunch of types of wood. Alder was what I was leaning towards, but I've read good things lately about Mahogany. I've never played Mahog. Any opinion?

    2). I know sh*t about pick-ups... and the dude offers a whole bunch of types of Seymour Duncan, Lace, Wilkinson and Kent Armstrongs. I'll probably just end up using the ones I played at the store (Seymours)... but if someone could point me in the direction of a fat, warm tone that could help.
    I'm not a huge fan of a Tele-twang.

    Check out his stuff... www.logancustoms.com

    Thanks fellas - looking forward to hearing some advice/opinions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spanked55 View Post
    I stopped in at a local music store and this Tele-lookin' guitar called a "Logan" caught my eye. It plays and looks beautiful - it really reminded me of my EBMM, of all things. I couldn't believe how much I liked it, as I've always been more of a Strat and Music Man guy.

    The builder happens to be local... dude in his 60s, just loves building guitars. I've bascially made up my mind that I'm going to have this guy build me one rather than customize what I got.

    I'm stuck on a couple of things that ultimately come down to my preference, but I just want to know what the linkers thought. I'm going for an EBMM-type sound - more or less.

    1). He offers a bunch of types of wood. Alder was what I was leaning towards, but I've read good things lately about Mahogany. I've never played Mahog. Any opinion?

    2). I know sh*t about pick-ups... and the dude offers a whole bunch of types of Seymour Duncan, Lace, Wilkinson and Kent Armstrongs. I'll probably just end up using the ones I played at the store (Seymours)... but if someone could point me in the direction of a fat, warm tone that could help.
    I'm not a huge fan of a Tele-twang.

    Check out his stuff... www.logancustoms.com

    Thanks fellas - looking forward to hearing some advice/opinions.
    firstly, how would you describe your main personal tone? Do you play a high gain amp, or more classic crunch, or do you play a clean (I'm assuming not, but have to ask) or a mix of clean with the other tones quite a bit? Reason I always ask this is it helps in the selection of wood/components to create as close to an ideal axe from the minute you open the case the first time.
    She looks so $#@!'n good ,so sexy and so frail....Somethin's got the bite on me, I'm goin' straight to Hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLEEPER5150 View Post
    firstly, how would you describe your main personal tone? Do you play a high gain amp, or more classic crunch, or do you play a clean (I'm assuming not, but have to ask) or a mix of clean with the other tones quite a bit? Reason I always ask this is it helps in the selection of wood/components to create as close to an ideal axe from the minute you open the case the first time.
    Classic crunch... tubey... seldom clean thru a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. Lately, I've been dialing a Marshall-type sound thru my Line 6, but that'll probably pass .

    Ideal tone?... Maybe Black Crowes meets VH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spanked55 View Post
    Classic crunch... tubey... seldom clean thru a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. Lately, I've been dialing a Marshall-type sound thru my Line 6, but that'll probably pass .

    Ideal tone?... Maybe Black Crowes meets VH.
    You can't go wrong with mahogony for that great crunch tone. It's a darker sounding wood. Alder tends to be brighter and lends to the classic Fender tone. For pickups, I'd suggest the following by Seymour Duncan for that classic PAF's kind of sound. Description of tone at right.
    Pearly Gates, think Billy Gibbons. Round and very responsive.
    SD' 59, Classic Les Paul tone. Think Jimmy Page to Slash, and all in between that play Gibby's. Work great with any amp. Essentially a reissue PAF. (even has the sticker on the back)
    Custom Custom, Pretty Close to the classic Eddie tone with a higher gain amp.

    If you wanted to go with Dimarzio, then as others have suggested the Air Norton / Tone Zone combo seems to be a great choice.
    In my SG (which is mahogony of course) I used a combo of an SD '59 in bridge position, and a Gibson Classic '57 in the neck. It works real well, because I wanted to keep the bright definition in the neck, but still give that wine like "woman tone".
    Other things to consider is if you're going with a non locking trem or standard bridge, is make sure you go with a bone nut. Graphite a suggested, but they wear out faster than you think. plastic are ok, but they just don't transmit vibration as efficiently as bone. Brass is cool but alot more maintenance. Usually you have to oil it, or apply teflon lube, or else you get creaks when you bend as the string tends to bind, and string guage changes can be a real pain. If you can choose your finish and he can use it depending on EPA restriction, ask for a nitrocellulose laquer finish. It's what Gibson still uses. Unlike poly finishes, it will show wear, and age, but it affects the tone the least, and feels great.
    She looks so $#@!'n good ,so sexy and so frail....Somethin's got the bite on me, I'm goin' straight to Hell.

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    if you go tha mahog route, you could do worse than a Duncan Pearly Gates, I'm a huge fan of this pup it does the warm crunch tone beautifully.

    theres a guy in my town who's blind but builds the most incredible guitars,i had several guitars set-uo by him over the years and his work is superb, one day i'll have him build me one.

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    Thanks fellas... solid advice. The 'nut' was completely off of my radar.. good call!
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