There's a vast variation of guitar players out there. Some stick to their nylon stringed acoustics, while others are under the impression that they might shrivel up and die if they have anything that isn't a Les Paul Custom. However, the guitar players that I don't really understand are those that play super light feather guitars; that's coming from me, who enjoys pretty light guitars already.
So...here we go!
The Black Sheep
What?! Taylor makes solid body electric guitars? That's like...a thing now? Who even knew that? Apparently they do, and they think they're pretty special because of it. They emphasize how "unique" the sound and feel of their guitars are. At no point will I knock the sound these guitars make, but you may be more comfortable wrapped in duct tape than playing this thing.
What's Good: I think, as per wielding a guitar, the Taylor is pretty manageable. But, that being said, these are all small guitars, so that's not really a unique feature. The sound that comes out is simple and super clean. If you're looking for something with a light but creamy tone, the Taylor will deliver. The build quality of the electric Taylor is definitely up to snuff, but the overall design leaves me wondering a bit. But the look of this guitar is awesome! It's super clean and simple and doesn't try to pretend it's a ridiculous Jackson with lightning flying off it.
What's Not So Good: The absolute worst trait about this guitar is how it feels in your hands! The dominance from the sheer microscopic nature of it makes you feel wonderful, but the frets have a distinctly cheap feel to it, like a low-end Gibson. That drives me INSANE because the neck feel on a Taylor acoustic is so awesome!
In its own vein, this guitar has an awesome tone, but it can get caught between heavy and light sounds. Most guitarists are very polarized, if this is you, this guitar may not be for you. Oh, did I mention this guitar will put you back $2,000? There's always that too...
The Angry Hipster's Guitar
The Mustang has a special place in my heart! I'm not 100% sure why...I think it's the super awesome body style that I love so much! It's all swooshy and stuff but still has that vintage Fender awesomeness going for it.
What's Good: This guitar is probably the biggest out of our featherweight class guitars, but it's still dwarfed by the big Gibsons. The greatest thing about this guitar is the look. It has the awesome classic styling of a Strat without the super dumb "stratness" that I've learned to loathe. You can get one of these guitars for somewhere between $700 and $900, which is a big selling point! Also, these are great "hot rod" guitars. If you wanted to buy a guitar with the sole purpose of beating the piss out of it, tearing it apart, then adding your personal touch...this is a great guitar for that. Another fun thing about this guitar is that it doesn't have a pickup selector, just 2 switches that turn the pickup on or off.
What's Not So Good: It's a Fender. That's a strike against itself right there. Build quality is going to be pretty low. It's still exponentially better than the First Act that you started playing on, 15 years ago, but, compared to guitars even in its same price range, you're going to see a discrepancy in build quality. The pickups are so-so. The sound is a bit tinny, but that's Fender's claim to fame.
The Ugly One (but has a great personality)
Parker guitars are weird. I never know what to expect when I pick one up. I chose the PDF100 because it's a good "middle of the road" guitar. The shape is really cool! At the same time, it's not what a lot of people are in to. The ergonomic curves make this guitar look pretty cool and feel good when you hold it, but it'll always be the guitar tha's just cute because of how awkward it looks.
What's Good: Typically, Parker guitar's come in very light woods, like spruce or poplar, and are very small. The PDF100 is made of mahogany and has a commonly used maple/ebony neck and fingerboard assembly. The reason this is so important is that this guitar, despite being so small, can make big noise.
The Seymour Duncan pickups, that come stock, seem to do a great job when clean distorted, keeping a pretty even tone. Another thing I love is the lack of fret markers. It looks all elitist, but anyone playing the guitar will see fret markers on the neck profile. The top cutaway is much less extreme looking than of the Parker Fly, something that I appreciate because the really weird, jagged cut on the Fly messed with me somehow.
What's Not So Good: I haven't had a tremendous amount of time with this Parker, but I noticed what I disliked right when I picked it up. Much like the Fender, the Parker feels like a toy in your hand. The tops of these guitars scream laminate and clear coat! Not that it really effects anything, but it takes away from the authenticity of the experience. The head stock is super tiny and may not work with some guitar hangers.
Thanks for reading. See you next week...