Guitars... what you've got / what you want

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lots of discussion in the Stratocaster vs. Telecaster thread but figured we need something a little more general and all encompassing.

hoping to see lots of gear pics, wish lists, items you're eying, etc.

Spottie, Friday, 28 May 2021 22:08 (three weeks ago) link

Have: Jaguar, Jazzmaster, Telecaster Deluxe
Want: big headstock Stratocaster in Olympic white, a Michael Karoli tribute guitar

Really want: Science Earthling (OR120-ish amp) but I don’t see having enough room for a big amp and 2x12.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Friday, 28 May 2021 22:13 (three weeks ago) link

current wishlist:

– 70s guild s-100 (would take one of the 90s re-issues too)
– ~70s Tele Deluxe natural
– SG standard, any year really, any color but cherry
– Jazzmaster - would love a j mascis or troy van luween sig model

Spottie, Friday, 28 May 2021 22:18 (three weeks ago) link

"a Michael Karoli tribute guitar"

whats this?

Spottie, Friday, 28 May 2021 22:25 (three weeks ago) link

I have a 2000s Japanese Fender Tele, a Fender Duo-Sonic, a recent custom Squier Classic Vibe 70s Tele, a Jackson Randy Rhoads, an Epi Korina Explorer with upgraded pickups and an Ibanez RG.

I don’t have room for anything else at the moment but would like a Jaguar at some point.

Scampo di tutti i Scampi (ShariVari), Friday, 28 May 2021 22:29 (three weeks ago) link

xp - that’s the Stratocaster I associate with him, not an official model or anything.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Friday, 28 May 2021 22:29 (three weeks ago) link

cool, you gonna try and build one out of parts or something? or did he play a certain year model?

Spottie, Friday, 28 May 2021 22:33 (three weeks ago) link

shari thats a good collection which rhoads version do you have? do you play it a lot?

Spottie, Friday, 28 May 2021 22:39 (three weeks ago) link

Gretch country club 1961
Ibanez,dunno but it's black
Hondo, it's a Gibson copy I think, but a good one.

Nothing really. Maybe a bass.

Mark G, Friday, 28 May 2021 22:44 (three weeks ago) link

oh gonna need to see a pic of that gretsch.

i just bought three vintage gretsch's at an estate sale two weeks ago, gonna flip two of them and keep one i think. also got a hondo super strat copy at goodwill a few months back. i'll snap some pics over the weekend.

Spottie, Friday, 28 May 2021 22:46 (three weeks ago) link

My Jazzmaster from a stupid angle

Joe Bombin (milo z), Friday, 28 May 2021 23:45 (three weeks ago) link

nice, matching headstock? what year is it?

Spottie, Saturday, 29 May 2021 00:42 (three weeks ago) link

2018, I think - '65 American Vintage Thin Skin from Wildwood. It was B-stock because the Firemist Silver is off but I like it because it's a little more blue.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Saturday, 29 May 2021 00:49 (three weeks ago) link

my collection is disgusting

assert (matttkkkk), Saturday, 29 May 2021 00:50 (three weeks ago) link

I forgot one from above because it's currently not playable - Peavey T-60, waiting on a new aluminum neck.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Saturday, 29 May 2021 00:53 (three weeks ago) link

thanks for making this! i have:

- '72 tele thinline reissue c. 2000, natural finish, made in mexico. a few months ago i put the new wide range humbucker reissues in this.

- 2002 taylor 310 dreadnought, no electronics

- c. 2006 classic player strat, also MIM, sonic blue. i got this for a sweet deal because i contacted the craiglist seller from my work email and it turned out we worked for the same company.

- 2005 MIJ '66 jag reissue in lake placid blue. tricked out with duncan antiquties, mastery bridge, and mastery trem before i bought it.

- 2020 FGN (fujigen) neo classic - their take on the goldtop p-90 les paul

wants list changes all the time but currently at the top would be a white blonde 50s spec tele and a late 50s style jazzmaster in sunburst with the anodized gold pickguard.

call all destroyer, Saturday, 29 May 2021 01:13 (three weeks ago) link

- my main guitar is a late ‘60s galanti grand prix - a funky weird old Italian guitar i love:
- epiphone dot that was my primary guitar for a long time
- alvarez acoustic my dad bought me when i was a teen
- my old beloved but sadly broken vantage semihollowbody lives in the basement. I’d like to get it fixed (something wrong with the wiring or pickups) but haven’t been able to justify spending money on it
- my wife’s ‘90s SG (coral pink) and danelectro bass

i don’t plan on buying any new gear anytime soon bc I’m not playing much. but the dream would be a vintage es-355. most of the other guitars that appeal to me are weird trashy 60s guitars or newer guitars that replicate that aesthetic

na (NA), Saturday, 29 May 2021 01:37 (three weeks ago) link

I've been given more guitars than I've purchased, and sold or given away more than I have. Currently:

-early 90's Tele Plus+ in natural finish, with the lace sensor pickups. That's my childhood guitar though I had a cheap 'starter' guitar before this one. Weighs a ton and really beat up. I never touch it anymore but I've had it almost 30 years, so can't give it up now. It's identical to the one Dead Meadow guy plays. Well, might have a couple more stickers.

-Danelectro '59 DC. It's a reissue, but an older reissue. I've had it since like 2006.

-a Korean made Saint Blues 61 South with a bigsby

-A 70's Musicmaster bass (no finish, not even clear)

-A Savona AWN-20 violao made in Brazil

-a cheap Yamaha acoutsic/electric 12 string that I also never touch.

I mostly play the Dano (because it's got a super comfortable neck and sounds good unplugged) and the Brazilian acoustic.

Always wanted a butterscotch 52 RI Tele. In 2008-ish I played a 6129T-1962 silver jet in a guitar store in Queens that I've lusted after since, mostly cause it looks amazing. It's basically a duo jet with the silver sparkle. Very much doubt I will ever purchase another guitar, though.

I'm not a gearhead or very fussy about guitars and guitar tones but I was into pedals at one time.

Fauna Sukkot (Deflatormouse), Saturday, 29 May 2021 01:58 (three weeks ago) link

I was never one of those guys with 50 different overdrive pedals in search of the perfect tube screamer (at the risk of stating the obvious), more of a Gonkulators and Space Stations kind of pedal freak.

Fauna Sukkot (Deflatormouse), Saturday, 29 May 2021 02:16 (three weeks ago) link

Currently have:
1. Goya classical from the 60s, it was my mother's

2. MIM Stratocaster

3. Squier Thinline Telecaster

4. Yamaha TRBX174 bass

5. Recording King Martin 000 copy

6. Fender mandolin

7. Hora bouzouki

8. Kit ukulele

There are probably a few more in storage but that's what I can put my hands on at present.


Mandola or octave mandolin

Hollowbody with p90s

Something with just a neck pickup

balsamic panic (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 29 May 2021 02:51 (three weeks ago) link

late 90s gibson les paul deluxe double cutaway, cherry sunburst

late 90s american standard tele, rosewood fretboard, 3 tone sunburst

early 80s ovation acoustic that belonged to my dad and is very special to me so please be nice

brimstead, Saturday, 29 May 2021 03:22 (three weeks ago) link

always really wanted a jackson randy rhodes or kelly or something.

brimstead, Saturday, 29 May 2021 03:26 (three weeks ago) link

i would like an es-335 too i guess

brimstead, Saturday, 29 May 2021 03:27 (three weeks ago) link

this thread is already great--i'm curious about what drove everyone's haves/wants. what motivates someone to get a given guitar is always interesting to me.

call all destroyer, Saturday, 29 May 2021 03:33 (three weeks ago) link

I’m dying for a Guild S-300 (not the one with the Dimarzio pickups, the one with the shitty Guild pickups)... in white, if possible.

I have no reason to get another guitar; I already have way more than I can use. But those things look so FUCKING cool, & with the phase-inverter switch I could get the tinny funk tones I want on occasion without any other fuss.

I bought a Guild B-301 a couple of years ago, same body type, roadworn as fuck, a beautiful beast, & I haven’t had any occasion to play it.

I haven’t actually picked up a guitar except strumming a cover or 2 once a month or so since Covid started (except for a couple weeks last fall when indoor gatherings weren’t yet banned, & my keys player & I jammed with a drum machine)

"The Pus/Worm" by The Smiths (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 29 May 2021 04:17 (three weeks ago) link

xp I collect Japanese solid bodies mostly, I love how well they’re made and I particularly like getting something a bit cheap or weird and fixing / adjusting until it’s great to play. I also can’t resist something I know to be underpriced compared to its quality. The problem is there’s no endpoint for that kind of process so I have a lot now. Better than collecting cars maybe.

assert (matttkkkk), Saturday, 29 May 2021 04:30 (three weeks ago) link

Currently have:

1. 1965(?) Gretsch Corvette, the model with 2 hilotrons. Neck like a baseball bat, fake bigsby only goes down & not up so not super useful for the kind of vibrato you want a bigsby for, lo-output pickups play nicely with my hot little amp (a Tex Bernie CC)

2. Gretsch CVT, the Chinese-made modern version of the Corvette. Neck is wicked, bigsby is great, plays like a dream. Too hot for my amp; I should have just bought a volume pedal instead of the vintage Corvette

3. ESP Hybrid II. Swapped the shitty stock bridge pickup out for a TV Jones & scrapped the neck pickup altogether. Stupid purchase, and it’s a reasonably expensive guitar that nobody wants so I’ll never be able to sell it. It’s nice to play but it’s way more of a lead guitar than a rhythm guitar & I have no chops

4. Gretsch baritone guitar of some description. Was a placeholder for a Reverend Descent when I was in a 2-person band, just drums & bari... band never got off the ground so I don’t have a lot of use for it. Still jonesing for a Reverend Descent tho, for NO GOOD REASON

5. MIM Tele Cabronita. Decent player, lotta raunch. I think I swapped out the stock pickups for TV Joneses? Can’t remember. Didn’t get much stage time since the Corvette(s) came along

6, 7. A couple of shitty cheap Japanese acoustic guitars


1. The aforementioned Guild B-301

2. The dumbest purchase I ever made, a 1968/1970 Fender Telecaster bass (one year is the neck, one year is the body but I can’t remember which). Used to belong to Billy Joel’s bassist apparently. Traded a late-70s P-bass plus a whack of cash for this glamourpuss, which looks like a million bucks but just doesn’t have any mojo whatsoever, like dating the most boring model you ever met

"The Pus/Worm" by The Smiths (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 29 May 2021 04:35 (three weeks ago) link

Pretty much after I got out of college in the mid 90s, I pretty much have been a gearwhore up til a few years ago, I realized this was nuts. It has taken quite a while to sell off the lot. I actually sold 2 basses, a guitar head, a vintage drum machine and an analog synth today.

I also finalized an order getting this parts guitar put together today, which when it is done I will have 10 instruments (4 basses, 4 electric guitars and 2 acoustics).


I got two of other peoples 'failed' parts guitars of fleabay way cheaper than the parts itself would have cost. One is a black 'Gilmour' inspired strat that was wired up all wrong and had a thin neck. I sold the neck off, got a big fat neck made for it. I've had this one a decade now.

The other 'failed' parts guitar was a Warmoth firebird copy body (that they no longer made) that had a single TV Jones Powertron and was painted this ugly white color. I traded a Gibson Flying V (that I had found cheap)and the strat neck to get it repainted and a new neck. The F-bird was a mess as it needed a 'conversion neck'. I got it painted the same color red and the firebird logo from a '74 Transam. It's pretty wicked looking. That said, the neck is not as thick as I was really I don't really jive with it like I would like.

The other guitar I have is a 2 Humbucker Tele build that I friend of mine who is a pro luthier put together when he was building out of his house for a few years. It has a pair of Dimarzio zebra humbuckers that I had at one point in a black mexico strat. I've had it also for over a decade now.


I sold my 78 Pbass and my first year Geddy Lee jazz bass in the past few months. I bought the Pbass for $250 bucks in '91 and a buddy of mine said I paid too much at the time. Could not believe I got $1500 bucks out of GC for the weighed a metric ton. The Ged I played in the cover band I was in when I first moved to KY.

I got one of those SG reissue basses when they first came out and kinda got hooked on it. I got it and found dirt cheap that Norlin bass I was talking about. Liked the SG one, I ran into one of the guitar of the week sunburst versions - so I got and later on a Thunderbird (Watt/Kim Gordon) that I always wanted. The Firebird is the best 'sounding' bass I got. That said the aircraft carrier case is kinda awkward, so I always dug having the two SG basses. I kinda think humbucker pickups are a bit underrated on basses now. I think they work really well in a trio setup.


I got a mid-70s Alvarez acoustic that I have had probably 15 years or so. It's not a particularly 'loud' acoustic but it has a very sweet sound. I got a used Martin Dx... series acoustic and that one I play ALOT. I love the laminate neck, it is so stable. It has excellent action up the neck.


I got a couple of Mesa Boogies including a 50 Caliber+ head (knicked named the DOOM BOOGIE) and a Single Rectifier head. I also have a 50 watt'68 silverface Bassmen head. Previous owner had it completely gone over. It's killer for recording Bass and with my Ampeg Scrambler reissue pedal - it sounds DEAD on for Jim McCarty's tone on the early Cactus records.

earlnash, Saturday, 29 May 2021 05:28 (three weeks ago) link

I have:

1997 Japanese John Jorgenson signature "Hellecaster" (heavy as fuck champagne sparkle/gold strat/G&L Comanche style guitar with Z pickups)

White 90s Japanese Jazzmaster

Teal post-2000-seeming Mexican tele

A tele that's brighter sounding/a bit less of a slog to play (unless they're all like that, I can't even remember)

A Rickenbacker bass (lol)

I'll probably succumb to the siren call of a Jag at some point in my life but my Jazzmaster is very nice to play so no rush

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Saturday, 29 May 2021 12:09 (three weeks ago) link

I've got every piece of music gear (minus the $100 drum set with $150 in new heads that lives in the basement) along one wall in the tiny room that has become my wife's home office over the last year; she gets lots of comments during zoom meetings and has to tell the guys (always guys) that she has no idea about or interest in what is going on behind her.

1. 1981 Tokai Silver Star, modified with a blend pot instead of the second tone knob and a direct out switch because I hate hitting the volume knob all the time by accident. I posted about this earlier in the thread, never wanted a strat but found this one for pretty cheap and wanted white one with a rosewood fretboard and big 70s headstock (Karoli style?).

2. 1974 Gibson SG. I got this last year right before lockdown. It's in decent shape, I love the skinny neck, and I wanted something from my birth year and this was relatively cheap compared to most other options. I replaced all the pots and capacitors and jack which feels sacrilegious but they were all scratchy and loose but I kept the switch. Ian Mackaye and Carrie Brownstein, some Iommi, not really Angus Young.

3. A 2017 Telecaster Deluxe neck on the routed out body of a 1998 MIM telecaster, with P90s. I had built this with Lace Matt Pike humbuckers and the full 'Jimmy Page' wiring with four push-pull pots but learned I don't like humbuckers that much. I didn't really know these guitars existed til 10 years ago or so and I love the weird hybrid bastardized neck/body combo and 'fuck it just route everything and make a giant pickguard' Fenderness of it.

4. 2014 Epiphone 335 Pro with updated pickups and the Jimmy Page wiring (in a semi-hollow for pure masochism). This was the second electric I got and would probably be the first to go if I was to sell any - I like bright as shit guitars and this one isn't, plus the neck is very square feeling. I honestly don't remember why I wanted to get a semi-hollow - probably some sort of No Age / Bob Weir combination.

5. 1971 Yamaha FG 180 - one of the red label / 'Nippon Gakki' ones that seem to be prized. I got this for $100 a pawn shop. It's not as nice to play as some friend's Martins but it's decent enough.

6. 1998 MIM Telecaster neck and pickups on a wudtone finished GFS swamp ash body. This tele, originally with the black body above, was my first guitar, bought new at a guitar center in Phoenix because of Joe Strummer and Buck Owens and Luther Perkins and Pete Anderson. I owned it for years and didn't play much at all until I got back into it in 2013 or so.

I did the body swap and Tele deluxe spin-off a few years ago on a whim one day after staring at the cover of Born to Run for a while. The body was like $60 and is hilariously cheap with four chunks glued together somewhere in Asia with no concern for matching grains or anything - like the back side looks way better and more cohesive than the front. This has a five-way 'super switch' for phase and series/parallel stuff. If I had to only keep one guitar, this would be it.

7. 2015 Squier Jazzmaster with Fender pickups and a new pickguard. - I got this new in Portland a few years ago at a place that had it priced really cheap and gave me a deal on a case with it and I've wanted one for years due to Elvis Costello, Sonic Youth, Television, Dinosaur JR, etc. I always think I don't really like this one, then I play something like 'Divine Intervention' by Matthew Sweet on it and love it again.

8. 2013 MIM 50s Lacquer Precision with a black pickguard. I have a Jazz bass but was always trying to dull it down in the band I play in to fit around the keyboards and the neck felt too skinny so I found this on craigslist for like $200 less than the cheapest ones on Reverb. It's got a huge neck with a 7.25" radius and tiny frets and a red fuzz lined tweed case and I love it.

9. Not shown - a 2003 Squier Jazz Bass that I got for $75 at the guitar center in Seattle; it's being stripped because I hate sunburst and is going to get something like a big dumb gibson mudbucker added to the neck spot along with the existing J pickups.

Other than that it's a 1978 Fender Princeton Reverb (with the 'pull boost' and death cap removed the ground switch converted to a 0/half/normal negative feedback resistor option), a totally stock 90s GK RB400, a recent used 2x10 GK bass cab, and a bunch of cheap or built-from-kits pedals. There's also a Sunn Alpha 6 PA that a friend left at my house years ago because it didn't work but it just needed a new fuse holder. It sounds good as a bass amp but honestly just kind of looks rad.

Honestly I like to build and fix and modify guitars/amps/pedals about as much as I like to play them, if not slightly more. I have zero need and not much room for anything else but things I would be ecstatic to find at a yard sale for cheap:

- fiesta red Jaguar
- rickenbacker bass (lol)
- goldtop les paul
- one of those short scale PJ mustang basses that showed up a few years ago

joygoat, Saturday, 29 May 2021 14:55 (three weeks ago) link

Have -

Mid Eighties G&L Lynx Bass
Mid Eighties G&L El Toro Bass
1991 Warwick Thumb Bolt On Bass
Aria Electric Upright Bass

EastCoast cheapy Gibson 350 copy
Cheapy Acoustic, from the antique shop around the corner

Want -

Another Warwick (needs researching)
60s Tele Bass
G&L Interceptor bass (w/whammy bar)
Fernandes Tele bass (for project)
Shergold Marathon 6 String Bass (had two at one point, sold them both, instant regret)

Maresn3st, Saturday, 29 May 2021 15:10 (three weeks ago) link

Ampwise I have had various Fenders and Voxes but am happy now with just a Blues Junior.

A lot of the time I end up going direct, because of how many instruments I may end up playing on a given evening. Way easier to use a Para Driver or Blonde Sansamp when I may be switching between guitar, bass, mandolin, bouzouki, and electronic drums.

Nostradamusferatu (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 29 May 2021 16:41 (three weeks ago) link

have: lefties

want: more lefties

(want gibson acoustics more than anything)

fact checking cuz, Saturday, 29 May 2021 17:43 (three weeks ago) link

i'd like to play a bass vi someday

brimstead, Saturday, 29 May 2021 17:47 (three weeks ago) link

I have:
(an old picture when everything was out)

1. 1965 Jazzmaster. I've been posting about this one in the Jazzmaster thread.

2. 1975 Telecaster. I've had this since 1984. Unforgiving but sounds fantastic with the AC30.

3. 2005 CIJ Stratocaster XII. Purchased it mostly new from a gray marketer in Costa Mesa and took it everywhere when I was regularly playing gigs at this time. Really nice guitar & stays in tune. Overdue for a pickup and wiring swap.

4. 1999 Am Standard Strat. In 2004 I was shopping for amplifiers and ended up coming home with no amp but the guitar I was trying them out with. I gutted all the electronics, put in a set of 1968 Strat pickups I found on eBay, replaced the pots with push/pull ones for in/out phase switching, and replaced the bridge & tremolo block with a heavy Callaham one. Extremely forgiving and somehow I just naturally play better with it - which is why it's sitting in a closet on the other side of the country rn.

5. 1967 Vox Cheetah. Rescued from a heavy metal supply store in Huntington Beach in 1993. Idiosyncratic and dark sounding. Only sounds its best when it's right on the edge of feedbacking so powerfully that you can feel the glued joints loosen up. At some point I expect it to turn to wood powder in my hands.

6. [not shown] Unknown early 60s electric bouzouki.

7. [not shown] early-00s CIJ JM-66 Jazzmaster. Currently disassembled but will eventually become a "72 Jazzmaster Deluxe" with the CuNiFe WRHB pickup reissues.

I want:

Nothing. Ms. Telecom has two terrific basses (a Musicmaster bass from the 70s and a '62 J-bass reissue from the 90s) so there isn't really anything I want except more time to write and maybe a Bass VI or baritone. Sure, if I had stupid amounts of money I'd love to have an all-original Fender something in Lake Placid Blue or a hollowbody Gretsch.

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 29 May 2021 20:20 (three weeks ago) link

BTW, we’ll want another of these threads for synths/keys

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 29 May 2021 22:09 (three weeks ago) link

I have:

1997 Japanese John Jorgenson signature "Hellecaster" (heavy as fuck champagne sparkle/gold strat/G&L Comanche style guitar with Z pickups)

― hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Saturday, May 29, 2021 8:09 AM (thirteen hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

holy shit, i remember seeing this guitar in catalogs. can you tell me how you ended up with it? i was looking and apparently there are only like 500 of them. also, this incredible fact from jorgenson's website:

Due to a factory error, the total run of guitars ended up with an extra resistor on the bottom tone control which made the guitar sound as is if the treble was completely rolled off. After getting many enquiries about the tone of the pickups (my personal guitars were prototypes and didn’t have the problem) I finally had the chance to compare a factory model side by side to my own, and was dismayed to hear the difference in tone! Luckily the remedy is very easy, just unscrew the pickguard and clip out the resistor closest to the bottom of the guitar and voila, it sounds as intended! Most players and owners by now have already done this, but I do believe that this error initially hurt the sales and image of the model.

call all destroyer, Sunday, 30 May 2021 01:30 (three weeks ago) link

Elvis, there is a synth zone thread

Nostradamusferatu (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 30 May 2021 03:04 (three weeks ago) link

- '72 tele thinline reissue c. 2000, natural finish, made in mexico. a few months ago i put the new wide range humbucker reissues in this.

- 2005 MIJ '66 jag reissue in lake placid blue. tricked out with duncan antiquties, mastery bridge, and mastery trem before i bought it.

― call all destroyer, Friday, May 28, 2021 6:13 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

would love to see pics of these.

Spottie, Sunday, 30 May 2021 04:02 (three weeks ago) link

My main guitar is one of those thinline reissues. I plan on installing those creamery humbucker reissues once the guy starts taking new orders again. A couple years ago I got a Trem-King installed on it, which is a lot of fun.

About halfway through a rebuild of a shitty Davison warlock knockoff I got new for 100 bucks a decade ago. Installed a floyd rose bridge and new neck on it. Still have to finish routing a pool, designing a pickguard (gonna install lace sensors), and revamping the electrics.

I've got one of those short-scale Airline Map basses that Eastwood makes. Love her dearly.

I also have an old beater bass that's a hollowbody with no brand name and scratchy electronics but it was supposedly Jenny from Erase Errata's first instrument so I rock out on it occasionally for the good juju. I want plenty more but just don't have the space in our shoebox in SF.

As for wants, I've never played a baritone guitar but have been lusting after that Ronquillo edition of the Rivolta Mondata and regret not pulling the trigger on it before it sold out even though it would've been a foolish financial decision at the time.

Fetchboy, Sunday, 30 May 2021 04:38 (three weeks ago) link

here's my gretsch's l-r:
- 2015 Panther Prototype MIJ (center block, hardtail)
- 1995 Brian Setzer 6120-SSU
- 1979 Chet Atkins Country Gentlemen 7670
- 1963 Streamliner 6103
got the three on the right at an estate sale a couple weeks back, all are in ridiculously good shape. the binding is usually breaking/coming apart on a lot of 60s gretsch's but this one has no issues. planning on keeping the chet and selling the other two i think. the panther was my parting gift when i left fmic.

Here's that 80s hondo i was talking about. i cant find much info on it but its supposed to be like a kramer baretta. pulled the pickup in hopes it was one of the dimarzio humuckers that were in some early hondos... it was not. it sounds pretty cool tho. $10 at goodwill.

Spottie, Sunday, 30 May 2021 06:38 (three weeks ago) link

Here's my list of shame. I could make excuses for any one of them individually, but collectively? no chance.
1950? Unknown parlour guitar
1965 Sadao Yairi classical
1965 Teisco TG-64 guitar
1966 Fender USA Mustang
1966 Mory Jazzmaster
1966 Teisco TB-4 bass
1966 Yamaha SG-3
1967 Morales ZES-300
1968 Höfner Galaxie 175
1969? Canora MIJ classical
1971 Yamaha S-50A classical
1972 Greco TL-350 (shortscale Tele)
1973 Greco TE-500 (Tele Thinline)
1975 Greco TD500 (Tele Deluxe)
1976 Eston (Suzuki) acoustic 12 string
1977 Greco Super Sounds (Strat)
1978 Fender USA Musicmaster
1978 Ibanez Concord acoustic
1981 K Yairi DY-51 acoustic
1982 Squier JV Tele Custom
1983 Squier JV Strat
1983 Squier SQ Tele Custom
1985 Fender Japan Jazzmaster
1985 Fender Japan TL33 Tele
1985 Ibanez Roadstar II bass
1987 Fender Japan TL52 Tele
1988 Fender Japan ST-456
2000? Epiphone Casino MIK
2012 Fender Japan Bass VI

assert (matttkkkk), Sunday, 30 May 2021 08:07 (three weeks ago) link

call all destroyer, there was exactly one of those Jorgenson Hellecasters in a music shop in Birmingham (UK) leading up to Christmas 1999, and I basically went all in on getting it via every family Christmas present I was getting and a 12 month payment plan on top. It was actually reduced to £580 just before I bought it but I guess is worth a bit more now. I remember the other music shop across town also had the blue sparkle Jerry Donahue model which I was also kind of tempted by. It's a little more uh elegant looking than mine

People aren't kidding about the muddy tone, didn't get that fixed until a few years later. Once I had it fixed up it plays beautifully though, so easy to get around.

I believe there may have been 500 in the west and 500 more in Japan; mine is 234

hiroyoshi tins in (Sgt. Biscuits), Sunday, 30 May 2021 15:20 (three weeks ago) link

that’s so cool. the thing i read said that there were 500 total with 250 staying in japan but either way, very very limited.

call all destroyer, Sunday, 30 May 2021 16:55 (three weeks ago) link

Yah I’d never heard of that looks super cool

Spottie, Sunday, 30 May 2021 18:12 (three weeks ago) link

here is everything except the FGN which is in the other free corner of the room (also observant viewers may see part of my cat as he jumped up while i was taking this

call all destroyer, Sunday, 30 May 2021 20:37 (three weeks ago) link

That’s like the exact jag I’d want

Spottie, Sunday, 30 May 2021 20:58 (three weeks ago) link

i believe ilx user albert broccoli also has this jag!

call all destroyer, Sunday, 30 May 2021 21:01 (three weeks ago) link

Definitely feelin the Jag envy

Fetchboy, Sunday, 30 May 2021 22:54 (three weeks ago) link

i think the jag is the one fender model where things like the block inlays, neck binding, and matching headstock actually look better than standard fender austerity.

i was just thinking the other day about looking for like a black/white/black 3-ply guard for the tele's a rock machine with the new wide-ranges and i'm not sure if the white pearloid is the right spirit. anyone like or hate that idea?

call all destroyer, Monday, 31 May 2021 01:05 (three weeks ago) link

my favourite is trawling the ads on The Gear Page for all the PRIVATE STOCK FLAME TOP WATER AAAAA+++++ PRSes for sale, they're like a gallery of Thomas Kinkade originals

assert (matttkkkk), Friday, 4 June 2021 01:57 (two weeks ago) link

custom headstock with thomas kinkade's autograph would be cool

butyrate humbucker bobbins (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 4 June 2021 01:59 (two weeks ago) link

snowman guitar

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Friday, 4 June 2021 02:01 (two weeks ago) link

christmas village

butyrate humbucker bobbins (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 4 June 2021 02:01 (two weeks ago) link

my favourite is trawling the ads on The Gear Page for all the PRIVATE STOCK FLAME TOP WATER AAAAA+++++ PRSes for sale, they're like a gallery of Thomas Kinkade originals

― assert (matttkkkk), Thursday, June 3, 2021 9:57 PM (sixteen minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

thank you for turning me on to the gear page classifieds, there is some truly insane shit out here:

call all destroyer, Friday, 4 June 2021 02:14 (two weeks ago) link

How are you going to call it the 1701D and not even have a saucer section

Joe Bombin (milo z), Friday, 4 June 2021 02:26 (two weeks ago) link

$1499 for a USA made semi-hollow is not a bad deal in guitars right now

― Joe Bombin (milo z), Thursday, June 3, 2021 3:02 PM (seven hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

Ooh, these look nice. Aesthetically maybe a little cooler than the Eastmans as well.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 4 June 2021 03:23 (two weeks ago) link

that american flag on the pickguard though, hope it's a sticker

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 4 June 2021 03:24 (two weeks ago) link

xxxp yeah TGP's ads are a whole subculture of fetish objects masquerading as guitars, where "blue jean" is as commonly understood as "sunburst" in the norm world

assert (matttkkkk), Friday, 4 June 2021 03:29 (two weeks ago) link

most of the time when somebody says one thing is 'cooler' than another, and they aren't standing over two mounds of freshly made french fries, or two freshly baked pizza pies, etc., I assume they mean aesthetically.

butyrate humbucker bobbins (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 4 June 2021 03:41 (two weeks ago) link

and now i'm out for everybody who made fun of my beautiful baby

butyrate humbucker bobbins (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 4 June 2021 03:43 (two weeks ago) link

get em

assert (matttkkkk), Friday, 4 June 2021 13:09 (two weeks ago) link

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earlnash, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 05:51 (two weeks ago) link

a hellecaster just got posted to reverb for $2500

Spottie, Friday, 11 June 2021 23:58 (one week ago) link

does anyone know anything about fanned frets? one of those weird things from the guitar mag world that i've always wondered about and cannot quite understand what the advantage is supposed to be

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 16 June 2021 14:16 (one week ago) link

Near as I can tell, it gives you different scale lengths for each string. So I guess you might get a thicker / boomier sound&feel on low strings and a tighter/snappier sound&feel on high strings.

I cannot imagine doing that on a six-string because I play very chordally (and my sense of muscle memory is entirely set in stone), but I can kinda understand how it might work on a bass. You get a deeper tone on the low string and the higher ones have more tension for soloing. Like Lee Sklar's basses:

Champagne Heathernova (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 16 June 2021 14:29 (one week ago) link

i always wondered if it offered improved intonation for instruments with extended range like those 8 string basses or whatever they have now

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 16 June 2021 14:37 (one week ago) link

yeah i thought it was related to intonation

na (NA), Wednesday, 16 June 2021 14:42 (one week ago) link

but apparently that is incorrect

na (NA), Wednesday, 16 June 2021 14:44 (one week ago) link

well shoot

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 16 June 2021 14:50 (one week ago) link

I think I may have slightly garbled the advantage of the longer scale lengths. It is more that you can get the right tension at a particular string gauge. Not that you want the tension to be higher on treble strings. Sorry, I hope that's clearer. If you take the E on a normal bass with a normal scale length and tune it to, say, C, it will be floppy AF.

I gather that fanned frets give you a better shot at workable string tension for low B strings, without making the higher strings sound plinky? Maybe?

Champagne Heathernova (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 16 June 2021 15:50 (one week ago) link

Yeah, by varying the scale length from longer for the low strings to shorter for the high strings.

assert (matttkkkk), Wednesday, 16 June 2021 20:51 (one week ago) link

Awesome looking Fender Performer but good luck to them getting $3500 for it.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Thursday, 17 June 2021 00:14 (six days ago) link

Fanned frets are for when your headless guitar is not quite dorky enough.

earlnash, Thursday, 17 June 2021 00:17 (six days ago) link

I stopped at Guitar Center after lunch and they had a Squier Classic Vibe Mustang that I used to try out a Roland JC40 and that was a great guitar for $429 (given today's prices). Almost tried to figure out how to buy it.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Thursday, 17 June 2021 19:36 (six days ago) link

waiting on that weird Godin I bought in the other thread to come back from my friend's shop, it's having an Extreme Guitar Makeover

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 17 June 2021 20:05 (six days ago) link

I've been spending like an hour a day looking at fb marketplace guitar listings, this is bad. My bluesdad midlife crisis beginneth.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 18 June 2021 12:16 (five days ago) link

it’s quite a ride

assert (matttkkkk), Friday, 18 June 2021 13:36 (five days ago) link

Guitars I got:

-MIM "Arctic White" Tele with a Fralin bridge pickup, Gibson humbucker in the neck, and upgraded switches/electronics

-MIM "Lake Placid Blue" Strat '60s Classic Series reissue (forget what design year) with *I think* Lollar pickups.

-Epiphone Les Paul Gold Top '56 reissue, with noise-cancelling Fralin P90s and upgraded electronics and whatnot. This one is a real joy to play, and was a bargain, something like $400 all-in (including shipping)

-Gibson SG '61 reissue, which wins for both most expensive and least played.

-Modest starter Seagull acoustic (S6?).

I used to have a butterscotch '52 reissue Tele with Fralins in it that was awesome, but it was stolen some years back.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 20 June 2021 13:38 (three days ago) link

Dream amp acquired (assuming it survives shipping) - based on the Orange/Matamps of the early ‘70s.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Sunday, 20 June 2021 17:30 (three days ago) link

really really cool although on that initial setting it may be impossible to play anything other than electric wizard riffs

call all destroyer, Monday, 21 June 2021 00:53 (two days ago) link

argh i want this

call all destroyer, Monday, 21 June 2021 01:00 (two days ago) link

woah never heard of that

xxxxpost Seagull S6 is an incredible value

it's essentially a courtney love signature model

call all destroyer, Monday, 21 June 2021 01:07 (two days ago) link

I have been a longtime fan of the seagull S6. I almost regret not getting one instead of my beater 70s guild.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 21 June 2021 01:20 (two days ago) link

JIC you have a pretty ideal affordable guitar collection imo

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 21 June 2021 01:26 (two days ago) link

lol, that was the plan, actually!

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 June 2021 14:29 (two days ago) link

it is a cool collection of guitars! but if I may offer my contrarian view on the seagull s6, since it gets plenty of love anyway. the headstock is too narrow and then tapers down at the end, much like a toothbrush. a beater 70s Guild is much nicer looking and probably better sounding. The beater 70s guild will also hold value. seagull guitars flood the used markets of every college town the week of graduation. it is the quintessential "affordable guitar that you, a small guitar shop owner, can feel good about pushing on parents buying a first guitar for their kid, who will give up trying to play after a year." I am skeptical of the seagull vibe, pushed by small guitar shop owners everywhere, and repeated by more experienced players in their basement studios. And nobody really wants to own or play one. Your friend will play it and repeat the line from product literature, "that's a damn fine guitar for the price." But if you offer the same friend your Seagull guitar for free -- "please, you like it so much, take it. and play it at your next gig." -- they would politely decline and run away.

butyrate humbucker bobbins (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 21 June 2021 18:14 (two days ago) link

I am super jelly of the other guitars JiC listed, and I am not trying to make him feel bad about this one guitar I don't like. It makes sense in a collection that is clearly electric focused.

butyrate humbucker bobbins (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 21 June 2021 18:23 (two days ago) link


the whole brand is dorky, but I have found them to be great to play, esp the s6 folk because I like fingerstyle and they are one of the few mass market acoustics that have an extra wide nut and string spacing

record well too, esp with new strings, the cedar tops they use are darker sounding and don't sound so shrill with semi pro mics that someone like me uses

headstock is ugly but honestly I'm never going to play acoustic onstage

would love a 70s Guild, though if you have way to get one for even close to a used Seagull price please let me know!

fwiw I bought a really messed up Seagull on CL - had been damaged and really poorly repaired - and my luthier at the time remarked that when you take one apart to fix he's impressed the overall workmanship esp for a low priced guitar

this guy doesn't sell guitars, only makes expensive custom built acoustics and repairs vintage, so he has no horse in the race so to speak

I think that's kind of the selling point, isn't it? That as far as budget guitars go, Seagull has a reputation for going above and beyond what others do.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 June 2021 18:42 (two days ago) link

would love a 70s Guild, though if you have way to get one for even close to a used Seagull price please let me know!

― Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, June 21, 2021 1:24 PM (eleven minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

I got my 70s guild d25m for about $500 off Reverb - it had a lot of body damage that had been visibly (and kind of sloppily) repaired but it was mostly on the side of the body where it wouldn't be visible to anyone but the player, and the neck/soundboard/etc. were fine. Obviously this was an unusual situation - some kind of repair shop liquidation or something.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 21 June 2021 18:45 (two days ago) link

xxp Thanks for the thoughtful breakdown and anecdote. That all makes good sense, and I believe you that it's well made for the price. I'm sure you do fine buying one used. I guess the unfavorable 70s Guild comparison is indeed what set me off. Everyone on earth takes the 70s Guild. There's just a thick cloud of positivity surrounding some guitars' craftsmanship, which makes me suspicious. I spent some time hanging around a guitar shop in high school, and the shop was a dealer for a few boutique brands they'd always push. The guitars were very nice! A friend with wealthy parents worked there, and he bought several of them new. The same friend eventually learned that these guitars, unlike the models they copy, quickly depreciate because no famous guitarists played them on stage, no dentists had one when they were younger, nobody recognizes them, etc.

butyrate humbucker bobbins (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 21 June 2021 18:49 (two days ago) link

IDK, in college my housemate had a Seagull and I didn't know anything about them at the time and I loved it. That's all, never got any pitch from a guitar salesman. IDK if they "hold their value" or not but they're also not that expensive to begin with? My American strat sells for roughly inflation adjusted what I paid for it, but there were many years when it had dipped below that and only now because it's almost 20 years old has the value come back, is my guess.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 21 June 2021 18:53 (two days ago) link

And my Guild would be very hard to sell for the reasons I mentioned (same reason I got it so cheap)

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 21 June 2021 18:53 (two days ago) link

OTOH I feel somewhat the way you describe about the Ibanez Artcore series. Constantly hearing "wow, what a great semihollow/hollow for the money!" But they're lame and a bit ugly and there's not that much special about their sound. Ok you can get a "decent" semihollow for $400-500, but why not just wait until you can afford a good semihollow since they're special instruments?

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 21 June 2021 18:55 (two days ago) link

I was eying a beat up early '70s Takamine F-360, one of the (I think) "lawsuit" models. It's being sold pretty cheap because it needs some repairs to its bridge, but I dunno if I want to gamble. What would *you* do, ILX?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 June 2021 19:04 (two days ago) link

Craigslist Seagull you could get in the $250-$350 zone and they are not even comparable to low level new Fender, Ibanez whatever brand that you'd get new at that price, so much better

also in that price range being concerned about resale seems kind of beside point

but really if you stray from big legacy brand names on the high end or low end you're going to be in trouble on resale. on my local Craigslist there are super high end boutique ones that they are trying to sell for $4000 and I'm sure they paid more than that, but no one knows what it is

one of the few mass market acoustics that have an extra wide nut and string spacing

Recording King has some good wide-nut acoustics btw

I think some Breedloves too

Champagne Heathernova (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 21 June 2021 19:49 (two days ago) link

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