I'm looking for a minimalist, yet good sounding and playing electric guitar. What I don't want is a guitar full of knobs and switches.

Here's my dream:

  • full size, solid body, electric
  • fixed bridge
  • single humbucker at bridge
  • no tone knobs!
  • single volume knob... although, a simple on/off switch would be even better (to be honest, plug in a patch cable for on, unplug for off would be ideal).

I'm having a heck of a time finding something like this. Does it exist?

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  • Hi and welcome to the site. Unfortunately equipment recommendation questions are off-topic here. Anyway, Unless you are picky about the design being right off-the-shelf, it's pretty easy to change guitar electrics. I've changed my strat to have two coil tappable, series / parallel switchable humbuckers, with no tone or volume knob. So it has three switches and no knobs. Looks great and sounds awesome. – topo morto Apr 18 '15 at 8:33
  • Thanks. My bad. Should have looked a bit closer at the guidelines. – Sam Apr 19 '15 at 3:21

You can always bypass a single tone knob, and if you wanted to bypass the volume I'd make it switchable, so you can have a volume control if you need it. A Gibson Les Paul Junior or SG Junior is getting close: One pickup, volume, and tone.

It's no longer made but the PRS SE Korina One is pretty much exactly what you describe.

There's also going to be plenty of one off stuff out there. Google "guitar one pickup" and maybe search e-Bay for the same and you should find some options. I saw a couple that looked like Telecaster bodies which seems like it would be a good idea.

  • Thanks! Maybe I can find that Korina out on eBay or something. I also seem to recall there being a Fender or a Squire Strat that fit my description a few years back, but I couldn't find anything. – Sam Apr 19 '15 at 3:25

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