Lo-fi Stratotone noodling

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Lo-fi Stratotone noodling

Postby rustyslide » Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:14 pm

A friend of mine recorded some video clips of me playing his old Harmony Stratotone through a nice vintage (ha!) Peavey Rage:



I found it hard not to play the riff from "Rolling & Tumbling/Possession Over Judgement Day". Eventually I'll even learn the fourth measure to "Can't Be Satisfied".
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Re: Lo-fi Stratotone noodling

Postby zhyla » Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:42 am

Cool. I think that's an H45 "Stratotone Mars" model. Could be wrong, I think there's a couple sunburst models. I have an H47 which is similar except it has a Dearmond goldfoil:

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These are great sounding guitars but I found mine didn't work well for slide. They have a short scale length (23.5", I think), maybe I just need thick enough strings for slide. It isn't obvious until you pick one up but these are hollow on the inside which I think makes for a good slide sound.
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Re: Lo-fi Stratotone noodling

Postby rustyslide » Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:12 pm

Think it's the H46, given the two pickups. Interestingly, it had a Tune-O-Matic style bridge instead of a wooden one as shown on that site.

My friend had 0.09s on his. I tuned up to F-vastapol and still felt it was too slinky. I stuck a toothpick over the 2nd fret and clamped the capo on to increase the action a bit.
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Re: Lo-fi Stratotone noodling

Postby JLHooker » Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:19 pm

Was the Harmony Stratotone also sold by Sears as a Silvertone? I had a Silvertone that looked just like this back in the '60's.I wish i still had it.
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Re: Lo-fi Stratotone noodling

Postby zhyla » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:33 pm

Didn't see the 2nd pickup under your hand somehow. I wish mine had a bridge pickup, it would add a lot of variation.

Yeah, Harmony sold Stratotones under Silvertone, Alden, Montgomery Ward, etc.
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Re: Lo-fi Stratotone noodling

Postby Kmeto » Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:21 pm

Man, you're a god, I amazing playing. :)
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Re: Lo-fi Stratotone noodling

Postby rustyslide » Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:07 pm

You don't have to suck-up to get your posts approved ;)
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Re: Lo-fi Stratotone noodling

Postby Steve C » Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:20 am

Sounds cool...you've got that bluesharp tone working.
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Re: Lo-fi Stratotone noodling

Postby Kmeto » Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:58 pm

rustyslide wrote:You don't have to suck-up to get your posts approved ;)

This is not sucking up :wink: . I really like your playing + on my favourite guitar brand (Harmony).
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Re: Lo-fi Stratotone noodling

Postby bottleneck » Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:02 pm

SWEEEEEEEEEEET!
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