Originally Posted by origenesprit
Rics and Starcasters are pretty evenly spread among the indie crowd, which is the type of music I write. I'm really trying to get a nice warm rhythm guitar with a wide enough neck for a bit of fingerpicking and lead, and I think the Starcaster neck is probably better overall for that.
Rics have a bright, crisp sound. It is often referred to as a "jingle jangle". Think of The Byrds or the background to the theme music of Friends. I wouldn't call that warm rhythm. For warm, I would suggest an ES-335. It offers a full , warm sound in the middle and even fat on the lower end. Yet you can clean it up on the treble for bright leads. It was the guitar of choice among studio musicians in Nashville in the 70's for that versatility.
A Starcaster might have Indie appeal today but good luck trying to sell it down the road. That guitar bombed when it was released for a good reason. It wasn't that good. There are far better choices that you will want to own for years to come.
If you want something to blow away the guys on the Indie scene how about showing up with an early 60's arch top like a Guild X500 (this one has cool sounding DeArmond pick ups) A very under valued quality American made guitar. Add a Bigsby! There are other Guild arch tops at great values out there. All, far better than the Starcaster.