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Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by davidgold, Nov 27, 2015.
Core any day of the week, S2 is good option for different preferences
The truth is that the Core Starla's aren't that sought after used. A lot of people don't really get them or understand what they'd do with one. The 'it's not a Strat, it's not a Les Paul' crowd don't have the mind to approach anything like a Gretsch at the best of times.
Also I think a lot of the limited colours that they did back then in the Core model aren't great, Sparkly gold and sparkly green are a bit marmite, If I got one and it was great I'd refinish it.
There's also no question that the Core is better than the S2. The only thing that's better with the S2 is arguably the locking tuners, cos it has a trem.
There's no comparison really, the core's woods are top drawer. Mine's a featherweight, made from 3 pieces of wood only. The grain is gorgeous, it has a flame in the mahogany and it resonates and sounds amazing, where as the S2 was made to a price point.
I'm glad that they aren't sought after...means more to get in my collection for later. They didn't produce them for long...USA made...the price should be around 2-3k used in 20 years from now is my guess
The core Starla and Mira are no-compromise guitars.
Yeah, I think they're a more mature player's guitars. I view my Starla as a slightly fatter sounding SG, or a Jr with a Bigsby, almost.
I personally thought the stock pickups were good, on the face of it.. That said, when through a rig and EQ'd, I found the neck pickup was too heavy on bottom end, too bassy. So, you set the EQ to tighten the bottom end and bring out highs, right?
Then you switch to the bridge and now it's ice pick bright, lacking in bottom end fatness and compressed in the output (weak basically). You EQ for the bridge and the neck is too wooly, EQ for the neck and the bridge is too thin. There was no punch and they felt under powered compared to something like a Telecaster. To be fair, in my own experience, I felt the pickups were unfinished, I think they could have been refined further.
I've replaced the pickups in mine with Bare Knuckle Riff Raffs. They retain most of the brightness, tightened the bottom end so there's no mud at all, but there's power, thump and punch. Plus, it has that chirp in the upper mids that make it sound like a refined SG, a bit fatter and less wirey maybe. No going back for me. Every time I hear AC/DC I think; man that sound....
I also tried the Starla pickups in other guitars and they didn't work.
Well rare is one thing, but desirable is another.
On that note; I think they only produced 50 of the McCarty Korina..... Fifty. Makes you think when you see some dude on Craigslist with some random SG; 'they only made 5000'