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    Some quick Classic advice please

    After several years of wandering in the guitar wilderness, I am looking to return to the TA fold. My current guitar is a non-TA "Strat-like" with a Hipshot Trem (can dive to zero), 24 frets, and HSS pickups. One twist- position 3 is neck+split bridge (south), which is a nice alternative tone. Anyway, I am looking to go more into a Strat, so I am thinking a TA Classic with Vintage Trem. Questions:

    1) Pickups- I think I want to go with the popular SC1-SC1-SC3 configuration. I want to have a more traditional Strat tone, but since I am playing in a studio (thru a Kemper with headphones), it really needs to be noiseless. Looking for a beautiful, "bluesy" neck pickup tone, and good chimy split 2/4 tones. Occasional "surf guitar" in the bridge. Good choice?

    2) Neck- for me, definitely rosewood fretboard. My only real question is Even Taper vs Even Taper Plus 30. I would like to have some more depth to the neck, but not a baseball bat. I have been assured the neck shape is a "C" as opposed to a "D." My current guitar has more of a "D" neck and is .792" at the first fret, and feels a bit flat yet awkward dealing with the "D" shoulder. I have average to slightly small size hands, need to use my thumb on occasion. Can't try a TA locally, because all they have are 62 Pete, 50s V-Small, 60s Vibe, etc. which doesn't help me much. I am leaning toward Plus 30; is the difference between Even Taper and Plus 30 subtle, or significant?

    Thank you kindly!

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    I would strongly suggest getting your hands on the 62 Pete if you want a smaller profile that's comfy for thumb over the low E. You might love it. I played one for years. I bumped up to the slightly larger 60s vibe now and love it too. I have average to slightly below hands too. I like the even taper okay but it isn't as comfy thumb over. And I play thumb over a LOT.

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I had a guitar with a similar neck, but wasnít a fan of how it became thicker at the 12th fret.

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    I have SC1's in the Neck and Middle and I love them. I have a hum bucker (HF1+) in the bridge so I can't comment on the SC3, but when I was thinking about this guitar, Tom recommended the SC3 for the bridge position if I went with a single coil.

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    Yeah, my current (non-TA) guitar is SSH; if I were a gigging musician I would opt for that, but lately I have been moving toward the SSS concept to really nail those 2/4 tones. Eventually I may want to get a Cobra or Cobra Special to do the humbucker thing. Also, Roy told me that having 24 frets really "ruins" the tone of a neck single coil.

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    i wouldn't say ruins, but different for sure. if the strat neck pickup sound is your fav sound in the world, don't get 24 frets. i actually kinda like the sound of the neck humbucker moved a bit closer to the bridge.

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    LOL, I was literally quoting Roy when I spoke to him this past January...!

    So what about the Plus 30? I am leaning in that direction, but there is a Classic currently on eBay that fits my specs exactly except it is regular Even Taper. Really wish there were some way to compare them to be sure.

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    the +.030 is not a D shape for sure. what i tell people is that if you had the two side by side, the +.03 is a noticeable amount deeper, not not a huge amount deeper. when i'm playing guitars, i sometimes have to look to see which it is. the taper is the same, so if you're thinking you want it a bit deeper, it would be the likely choice.

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    Thanks again Tom!

    Well, the eBay seller accepted my offer, so now the neck dimension question is moot; Even Taper it is! Now I have another entirely relevant question:

    This guitar is going from South Florida to the Arizona Desert. I do plan on storing it in its case with a humidifier, but do you have any other advice or caveats with regard to it "acclimating?" Thx!

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    no, that should keep it in good shape. i would not be surprised if you had to do a slight neck adjustment, taking a bit of tension off.

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    Great! I have been using an Oasis Plus+ case humidifier, but I am also going to look into the Boveda packs. The humidity is currently ranging between 10-24%, and it hasn't even gotten that hot here in AZ yet.

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    Wow thatís getting pretty low. We have that problem here in Montana in the winter with the furnace running hard all day and night from the extreme cold. I started running a humidifier upstairs and another downstairs. Makes a big difference for the guitars and just general comfort all around.

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    In the summer, in the late afternoon, humidity gets as low as 3%. Seriously. Today at 5 PM it will be 7%, but just after sunrise it will briefly hit 35%.

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    Well, that didn't take long, here it is:



    Olympic white, it looks yellower in this pic. I ended up with Even Taper, and it feels great, I think the Plus 30 might have proven to be a shade too big. Either way, the C shape is much more comfortable to play, and I can hold chords or hook my thumb over easier than my current guitar which is a thinner D shape. Now it just needs some oil to the fret board, new strings, and I need to readjust the pickup height back to starting positions.

    Even my wife likes it (as long as I play songs in major keys, and don't bend notes...)!
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    to quote a wise sage, "you can't make any money playin' above the 12th fret". wife also agrees with that statement.

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