New alternate reality - Powercaster (HB and P90)

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Re: New alternate reality - Powercaster (HB and P90)

Post by kimson » Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:11 am

I like it - the white one looks a bit weird and I hate surf green, but I think sunburst makes the body shape look really cool.

If this were a Squier, I'd definitely buy one, swap the ugly mismatched pickups for something more visually pleasing, cut a new, less awkward-looking pickguard and slap a Vibrola or maybe a Les Trem in there, but €800 is a bit too much for that kind of thing.

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Re: New alternate reality - Powercaster (HB and P90)

Post by bmorepunk » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:09 am

I hate maple necks (appearance), but I could probably play on this thing. Assuming the neck is thick enough for me. I also do like TOM bridges and stop tailpieces on my main "heavy" guitars, so I like that about this. And all of the controls are clear of my stupid crazy picking hand that tends to hit pickup selectors anywhere near a strum path.

Between this and the Squier CV Jag I think I could have a scary year in avoiding buying stuff.

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Re: New alternate reality - Powercaster (HB and P90)

Post by iodine74 » Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:42 am

quick photoshop w/jm/jag trem outta curiosity

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Re: New alternate reality - Powercaster (HB and P90)

Post by TeenageShutdown! » Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:53 am

Interesting! Now do a Duesenburg Diamond Deluxe/ Bigsby B5.

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Re: New alternate reality - Powercaster (HB and P90)

Post by MayTheFuzzBeWithYou » Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:12 am

+1 on the Zebra PU looking weird (they just look cool if it's two of them and on a Les Paul)

+1 on not liking Gibson style stop tail bridges on Fender designs. I don't hate them at (I was a Les Paul Player before I got my Jag) - but you should at least have options! Like the "iron man JM" no problem if they offer it as one option, but they should also offer any kind of Vibrato-System too! Even a Strat style Bridge looks alright with a JM/Jag style arm (my bandmate has exchanged it on his Jagmaster and it looks just perfect now!)

Personally I think the powercaster looks way better than the fallout (a quite boring design if you ask me, no offense meant)
The pickguard looks alright. Worse than the big guard Toronado but way better than the small guard Toronado! The neck looks like one of those warmoth special options. Looks good.

For the toggle-knob affair: you could always exchange the toggle with a knob and put it either first or last in chain - but it does look a bit odd in the middle!

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Re: New alternate reality - Powercaster (HB and P90)

Post by Pacafeliz » Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:43 am

I quite dig it but the output jack location is shit
i love delay SO much ...that i procrastinate all the time.

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Re: New alternate reality - Powercaster (HB and P90)

Post by loungelife » Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:42 pm

I think this one is my favorite of the new alternate reality series due to the 24.75 scale. I do wish it had narrow tall frets and would probably replace the pickups.

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Re: New alternate reality - Powercaster (HB and P90)

Post by andy_tchp » Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:45 pm

"Powercaster? What a great name!"
-Nobody.
"I don't know why we asked him to join the band 'cause the rest of us don't like country music all that much; we just like Graham Lee."
David McComb, 1987.

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Re: New alternate reality - Powercaster (HB and P90)

Post by TeenageShutdown! » Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:29 pm

andy_tchp wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:45 pm
"Powercaster? What a great name!"
-Nobody.
Powerdisaster?

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Re: New alternate reality - Powercaster (HB and P90)

Post by thenewromance » Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:07 am

loungelife wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:42 pm
I think this one is my favorite of the new alternate reality series due to the 24.75 scale. I do wish it had narrow tall frets and would probably replace the pickups.
It's what intrigues me most as well. The name, the pickups and the colour selection could be better, but Gibson scale on a Fender doesn't come along every day.

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Re: New alternate reality - Powercaster (HB and P90)

Post by Stephen_42 » Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:22 am

andy_tchp wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:45 pm
"Powercaster? What a great name!"
-Nobody.
I actually like it. It's cheesy, but "Jazzmaster" is just as ridiculous if you think about it. ___caster just sounds right and Fender-y to me.

Seeing as they've already got a Stratocaster, I'd go through the other atmospheric layers too. Mesocaster, Tropocaster, etc.

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Re: New alternate reality - Powercaster (HB and P90)

Post by JVG » Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:56 am

Haha, good point. We're so accustomed to talking about/seeing Jazzmasters that we don't question the name, but when you pause to think about it, Jazzmaster is every bit as silly as Powercaster!

Cheers!
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Re: New alternate reality - Powercaster (HB and P90)

Post by higgsblossom » Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:10 am

I still think that „Paula“ for a Les Paul is the silliest name any guitar could have, yet it’s quite common amongst German guitarists.
Jazzmaster - I play one but do I master any Jazz on it? Certainly not 😉

I actually like the name, it’s Fender-ish yet a play with the scheme of the -casters. Next year will see the release of the Turbocaster, the same guitar with active electronics 🙂
"500€? That's the price of a J Mascis Jazzmaster!"

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Re: New alternate reality - Powercaster (HB and P90)

Post by spilltray » Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:45 am

24.75 you say? As a person who loves his Toronado, I want to play one of these.

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Re: New alternate reality - Powercaster (HB and P90)

Post by Stephen_42 » Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:52 am

higgsblossom wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:10 am

I actually like the name, it’s Fender-ish yet a play with the scheme of the -casters. Next year will see the release of the Turbocaster, the same guitar with active electronics 🙂
Turbocaster is the coolest/cheesiest guitar name I've ever heard. If I make a guitar with an original body shape, I'm totally stealing that ;)

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