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    Need some advice on new guitar...

    I use the word need loosely...I have 12 guitars, 6 of which are EBMM. I am undecided on what to purchase. I have a Luke HSS with EMGs and FR trem, an LIII HH, an ASS-SH with piezo, a Game Changer HSHp, a Valentine, and an Armada. I, also, have a strat, tele, PRS baritone, a Taylor solid body electric with mini hums.
    I only play my EBMMs anymore... and I want a new EBMM. I absolutely love the feel and tone of my LIII. I want something a little more stratty, I think. So I am torn between a Cutlass (HSS or SSS?), an HSS LIII, or an SSS AL. Which do you all think would give me the most versatility given my current arsenal? I was first dead set on a Tumescent LIII in HSS but am now wondering if it is too similar and if an AL or Cutlass would not be a better selection/variant.
    Thoughts?


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    Get a reflex! I'm kidding of course.

    CUTLASS SSS all the way! I love mine. Granted, I haven't heard the HSS, but I have plenty of guitars with humbuckers in the bridge, so I'm glad I bought the SSS.


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    Get the AL.

    SSS is the perfect mix between a strat and a tele.

    OR

    HH (and the coil split) is the last guitar you'll ever buy...
    AL SSS BFR Pinkburst
    AL SSS Neptune Blue
    AL HH Starry Night
    AL HH Candy Apple Red
    AL MM90 Sparkle Turquoise

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    Oh, man, I do miss that Reflex. I kinda agree, Rad. I have a lot of HH options. I am feeling like an SSS, either AL or Cutlass, is gonna be my answer.... but, boy, do I love the LIII. Haha


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    Yeah, I'd also say Cutlass or AL SSS or Silo Special
    EBMM Axis Super Sport (Pacific Blue Burst)
    EBMM L3 HH (Olive Gold)
    EBMM L3 SSH Roasted (Bodhi Blue)
    EBMM Silo Special (Blue Dawn)
    EBMM Albert Lee SSS (Sky Blue)
    EBMM Majesty (Iced Crimson)
    EBMM Cutlass (Vintage Turquoise)
    EBMM JP6 (Mystic Dream Fully Loaded)
    EBMM L3 BFR (Blueberry Burst)

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    I don't think there's a bad option in the three you listed. And history says you will likely end up with all three eventually, anyway, so...

    I do think the AL or Cutlass would add more to your current stable, since you do have lots of humbucker bridge pickups. The Cutlass SSS is great (my son has one, and I love it). I've only played the AL SSS in a shop (and someone else bought it! Had a gorgeous maple neck on this new pinkburst.) so I don't have a lot of time with that one.

    I don't think Jason's taken your history into account in saying that the AL HH would be the last guitar you ever bought!
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    2016 PDN Luke 3 HH Starry Night (DOB 12/29/2016)
    2016 Valentine in Trans Maroon (DOB 11/29/2016)
    2014 Axis SS Semi-Hollow MM90 with Piezo (DOB 9/11/2014)
    2012 Reflex Game Changer HSH with Piezo (DOB 5/22/2012)
    2006 20th Anniversary Silhouette Hardtail with Piezo (DOB 11/7/2006)

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    ""I don't think Jason's taken your history into account in saying that the AL HH would be the last guitar you ever bought! ""

    No, but it could very well become you favorite, as it has for many of us.

    I'll just add that the neck profiles are noticeably different from the LIII and an AL, so it depends on how important that is to you.
    I ended up trading my LIII for another AL because of this...
    Enjoy Your Balls!!!

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    I would ask, how many guitars that you have are equipped with a bridge humbucker? If you really like that fat bridge tone, the luke III HSS is a very good option. The S pickups are I believe custom dimarzio noiseless pickups, like their Area series, so there won't be any hum. They also have a good output, and with the active preamp and compensation for the notch positions, it's just a great option.

    If you like that Luke Neck shape, definitely go for it.
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    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    Ask my bank account about how many times I bought "the last one"
    AL SSS BFR Pinkburst
    AL SSS Neptune Blue
    AL HH Starry Night
    AL HH Candy Apple Red
    AL MM90 Sparkle Turquoise

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    As you can see in my profile, I love both the Luke and the AL. If I were to chose, I wouldn't hesitate. Not for a second. AL has so much inherent magic while the Luke is "just" a great guitar. When you play an AL, you don't feel cool, you ARE.
    AL SSS BFR Pinkburst
    AL SSS Neptune Blue
    AL HH Starry Night
    AL HH Candy Apple Red
    AL MM90 Sparkle Turquoise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Jason View Post
    Ask my bank account about how many times I bought "the last one"
    Bingo! Well-played, Jason.
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    2016 PDN Luke 3 HH Starry Night (DOB 12/29/2016)
    2016 Valentine in Trans Maroon (DOB 11/29/2016)
    2014 Axis SS Semi-Hollow MM90 with Piezo (DOB 9/11/2014)
    2012 Reflex Game Changer HSH with Piezo (DOB 5/22/2012)
    2006 20th Anniversary Silhouette Hardtail with Piezo (DOB 11/7/2006)

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    Quote Originally Posted by xjbebop View Post
    No, but it could very well become you favorite, as it has for many of us.
    Please know that was no slight to the AL. I intend to add an AL HH in the future, and likely a standard AL, as well. The right opportunities just haven't come around yet for me. It's just that I know how hard it is to buy "my last EBMM guitar."
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    2016 PDN Luke 3 HH Starry Night (DOB 12/29/2016)
    2016 Valentine in Trans Maroon (DOB 11/29/2016)
    2014 Axis SS Semi-Hollow MM90 with Piezo (DOB 9/11/2014)
    2012 Reflex Game Changer HSH with Piezo (DOB 5/22/2012)
    2006 20th Anniversary Silhouette Hardtail with Piezo (DOB 11/7/2006)

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    Hard? I would use the word impossible...
    AL SSS BFR Pinkburst
    AL SSS Neptune Blue
    AL HH Starry Night
    AL HH Candy Apple Red
    AL MM90 Sparkle Turquoise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Jason View Post
    Hard? I would use the word impossible...
    ...tell me about it...
    Enjoy Your Balls!!!

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    Well I don't know much about the Cutlas, but I think the AL or Silo Special (SSS) combination might fit your need.

    Just my opinion, Glenn |B)
    1. Silhouette Special in Fuschia Sparkle (Hardtail) [1/01/2002] [1 of a kind from CLB]
    2. Silhouette Special in Gold Sparkle (Hardtail) [7/12/02] [Made for Matchbox 20]
    3. Albert Lee 3 MM90's in White Sparkle (Hardtail) [8/14/01]
    4. Albert Lee HH in Black Sugar (Hartail) [1/06/11] BFR

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