Hi all, I’ve only recently realised how little attention I’ve been able to pay to this site this year due to work and various other commitments so I’m going to try and make for some of it!
In this post I’ll just do a quite run down of the most basic comparisons between the Super Flighter models for anyone who’s looking for one but doesn’t want to trawl through all the descriptions and specifications, and hopefully I’ll do a few more posts in the coming weeks.
Firstly I’d note the difference in neck sizes between the SF500 and the other models. The SF500 has a thicker neck, more of a ’50s profile than the SF700 and SF1000. The actual thickness of the neck is about the same, the SF500 simply has the different profile which gives a chunkier, “squarer” feel.
The ’50s profile neck is often preferable to players who focus more on chords and playing towards the nut, rather than those who tend to play a lot of solos and higher melodies. If you like a lot of manoeuvrability on the fretboard, the ’60s profile of the SF700 and SF1000 would probably suit you a lot better!
Second in line would be the difference in sound. There are a few things that come into play here, first of all being the build materials! The SF500 is almost entirely mahogany, which gives a warmer tone and can risk sounding “muddy” dependant on your amplifier and other equipment. I, for one, often find myself pushing tone controls a lot higher when using my SF500 than the other models simply because of the natural tone difference.
The SF700 and SF1000 have the same build materials (maple and alder) so have a very similar natural tone. They’re generally brighter sounding than the SF500, but hardly to the point where it sounds like ringing a bell in a glass room. For use in a band setting, it definitely does help them to stand out in the mix.
Between the SF700 and SF1000, the stand out difference would be the pickup output. The SF700 has a slightly higher output, which makes it easier to achieve a higher gain overdrive and also makes it the brightest of the three models. The SF1000’s output sits somewhere between the SF500 and SF700, where it’s still bright but doesn’t drive an overdrive circuit as hard so you can get softer tones from it by rolling down the volume control. You can still get a great overdrive sound, you may just need to adjust your amp/pedal settings to do so.
Finally there is a difference in sustain between the SF500 and the higher models. Because of the bolt-on neck of the SF500, the sustain is reduced. It’s still pretty impressive, but it won’t hang around all day. I once recorded a few rock tracks with my SF1000, and the final chord was hanging for 52 seconds before the engineer decided to cut the recording. To me, sustain is quite important, however it may not be to a folk musician.
Hopefully this post may help someone decide the better instrument for them! Please keep your eyes open for future posts, I do plan on getting some more done soon!
Also have a look at a new page I’ll be adding this week for people to advertise their guitars for sale.