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  • blade guitars?!? SWISS GUITARS?!?!

    i found one from the 80s a strat. looked ok but i couldnt play it. anyone ever seen these? are they decent?

    sei
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    The old made in Europe Blade guitars were pretty darned nice. Great, well made axes, but I think a lot of people were put off by the electroncs with weren't exactly "vintage" sounding.

    The asian budget ones are decent guitars, typically asian imports

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    • #3
      The Blades I've encountered have been excellent guitars. Much of the range are "modern"-type Strats - many of them are bridge-humbucker style (yuck!) too. They do have a number of vintage-type models now, though.... One I remember in particular called somethingl ike the Texas Standard - all the traditional Strat sounds in there, plus some nice active tones - flexible instrument. Around the same price as a Fender MIM Std.
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      • #4
        I have one of the first Blades - a R4 (NOT RH4, often mentionned as "the first Blade" but it's wrong, there was the R4 before!) bought in '87 - '88 (they were more expensive than the US strats then!). Those were made in Swiss, then relocated to Japan (where the high end is still produced, while the less expensive models are MIK).

        Great guitar, ebony fretboard, Sperzel tuners (first guitar with those tuners), Falcon double-action vibrato, great onboard electronic. The only weak point were the stock pickups, too bland (but designed as is, to complement the active electronic). I replaced them with Lace sensor Hot gold.


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        • #5
          Originally posted by seifukusha
          i found one from the 80s a strat. looked ok but i couldnt play it. anyone ever seen these? are they decent?

          sei


          If it's a Swiss one, it is probably excellent. In my last band, the other guitarist had one as his main guitar and it was a seriously nice piece of kit.

          As others have stated it was a modern take on a Strat with a S/S/H configuration, some nifty electrics and a unique split bridge trem block so that snapping a string would not knock you out of tune.

          Wasn't for me as I'm not the biggest Strat fan but it was a quality guitar.
          Originally Posted by richierobins


          Mistaking a fanny for an arse is probably the reason behind their obsession with SIIHP.

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          • #6
            http://www.bladeguitars.com/guitargallery.html#

            good guitars for the price.

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            • #7
              I know two guys who have the original Swiss ones. Very nice guitars, very, very nice !
              If one ever crosses your path buy it !
              Professor Tom

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              • #8
                First electric I played was a Blade. Had a really nice neck. I'd reccommend them.
                The hell you looking at?

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                • #9
                  I always thought they looked sexy as ****************, never had the chance to play one though.
                  Originally Posted by Rampage


                  **************** cleans, play distortion?









                  Originally Posted by RiffDaemon


                  The scratchy high-end sounds like a wreck in Excitebike









                  Originally Posted by buddhapaugh


                  I had a nightmare experience like yours, Nerine, when I was in my late 20's/early 30's and was doing the tag-team thing with my buddy over the toilet. Now that was something----







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                  • #10
                    ... and God knows "****************" always looks damn "sexy"

                    But seriously, when I still lived in Europe in the 90's, Blade guitars were kick-ass... I'd buy one in a heart beat.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Minnie The Moocher
                      I have one of the first Blades - a R4 (NOT RH4, often mentionned as "the first Blade" but it's wrong, there was the R4 before!) bought in '87 - '88 (they were more expensive than the US strats then!). Those were made in Swiss, then relocated to Japan (where the high end is still produced, while the less expensive models are MIK).

                      Great guitar, ebony fretboard, Sperzel tuners (first guitar with those tuners), Falcon double-action vibrato, great onboard electronic. The only weak point were the stock pickups, too bland (but designed as is, to complement the active electronic). I replaced them with Lace sensor Hot gold.


                      a friend of mine has this exact guitar.
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                      Originally Posted by jjpistols
                      yeah it's funny to watch internet idiots talk **************** knowing they've never accomplished a ****************in thing musically

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