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Favorite Guitars?
Old 11th June 2003
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Originally posted by sonic dogg
This is VERY VERY slutty of you.Rather porno.
Both of these guitars belong to my dad - a 1964 Super 400 (He wanted the Bigby; I put it on, making sure that (A) it didn't hurt the guitar, and (B), that the Gibson tailpiece is still in the case), and a 1968 Johnny Smith, that we bought for $1500 in the mid 80's. I covet those guitars, and as soon as I pay off the money he loaned me for studio construction, I'm gonna owe him more for those instruments.
Old 11th June 2003
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Hi Jax!

Was gifted with a custom shop strat several years ago -- it's beautiful but way, way beyond my capabilities as a player. I was a beginner -- it was intimidating to me. I started to joke about needing to pick one out for myself, and always going for the hot looking ones instead of what might sound the best. Then those pink paisley teles showed up in the catalogs, and I said wow that's the one for me, mostly as a gag. Next thing I knew, I had one for an anniversary present. Everyone laughed -- hahaha -- but whose guitar do they all want to play now? Turns out that pink tele is one fantastic axe. More importantly, I feel really comfortable playing it. It has been through the wars already, cracked pick guard, dinged headstock, and the best -- DROPPED by a recording client who was playing it without asking, and smashed onto concrete, and then expertly repaired by one of Sonoma County's ace luthiers. Can it get any better? I don't think so. This is a guitar that is truly my own and I love it. Sounds just right through my Fender Pro Junior, a superb little recording amp. If you like that sort of thing. I do.

BUT, Jax, maybe take a drive north and check out Zone in Cotati as they carry the Jay Turser guitars and usually have a couple in stock. My hubby has one of the Turser Beatle basses, and it's awesome. For the price, it cannot be beat.
Old 3rd December 2009
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Something here should do the trick
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Old 3rd December 2009
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amongst the 70 odd stringed instruments that I co exist with, is a beautiful Hamer.
These guys are making the highest quality non boutique guitars available.
That said, they are pretty much like boutique guitars and i plan to add another soon.....

the problem is which one......


Old 3rd December 2009
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i picked up a guitar for 300 bucks in a pawnshop in Texas called a Brazos... Its probably one of the nicest guitars ive ever played. Definitly hand made by one person... I own a PRS, fender american strat, Ibanez Artist form the 80's all of which i love.... not new to quality intruments... None are quite like this beast... gave me chills when i first picked it up....
Old 3rd December 2009
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Pics of Brazos

Posted about it in this thread a few months back... nobody seems to know anything about it... I even stumped the guys at Guitar Center in Dallas.. They had no idea what it was...

Edit- might be hard to find this one, didn't realize you where looking for models you can get today.... But, If you can find one on the internet somewhere, i suggest you buy it....

Last edited by ianbryn11; 3rd December 2009 at 08:30 PM.. Reason: didnt read opening post well enough....
Old 4th December 2009
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My faves:

Telecaster US pretty much stock 90's
Heritage H 575 with P 90's (pretty much a hand made copy of a Scotty Moore rockabily guitar heard on all early Elvis records) Heritage guitars are made by hand in the old Kalamazoo MI Gibson factory and they are fantastic instruments
US Standard Strat

Fender black and silver face amps must accompany the above

Martin D 28 & a '68 D 18
Heritage (my 575 is carved spruce top and sound shizzle unplugged so it gets to be in both categories)
Larrivee Parlor (maple and spruce)
National Brass Delphi with biscuit bridge and hand spun cone
Weber Hyalite mandolin
Kamaka Uke

Need a good old 5 string open back banjo to complete the bluegrass hoedown.

Active Electronics: by the way, David Gilmour and Clapton can pretty much dial in the tones of their entire catalog without the active electronics. Especially the OLDER BETTER SOUNDING STUFF!!

Do you think he had active electronics for Layla, While my guitar gently weeps? How about Shine on you crazy diamond?

I've seen Gilmour and Clapton in the 80's and they both would play (and document to journalists that they often played) Strats Made in Japan right out of the crate with a factory setup slightly tweaked by the stage tech... It's in the fingers is the moral to this addendum....
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