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How does the Standard functions compare to the 59?

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I'm looking at the 59 but I could live with the look of the Standard if the functions are there on the Standard.  But looking around I don't find a good comparison between the two. Anyone in the know able to tell what functions exist on one but not the other and visa versa?

 

Thanks,

Kip...

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The modeling is the same and both have all the same functionality. The one practical difference is that the Standard has a 5-way pickup selector switch similar to the 69, instead of the 3-way switch on the 59. It changes the way you actually access all the models from the guitar itself.

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What Phil said! Took me a while to get used to the 59 switch.

 

On the 59, you have a three way switch, with the push button alt tuning alternating the three way switch selection. As two sets of three make 6, and there are only 5 total, the center position is usually a duplicate.

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There are the physical differences to consider besides the switch & knobs differences. The 59 has a mahogany set neck and mahogany body with maple cap like LP's, and 2 humbucker PU's rather than 3 single-coil PU's -- The new Standard will more strat-ish, by far. Mag PU levels will probably be quite a bit lower than the 59, the bolt-on neck will be maple, the body will be ash or alder, double cut-away body rather than the 59 single-cut. The most direct JTV comparison is actually the 69S. The difference in layout there is they moved the alt tuning "top-hat" selector switch above the PU's down with the rest of the controls for 4 knobs below the PU's.

 

Dave

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