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Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by hellopike, Feb 11, 2017.
It was an E-Type. He was just afraid of it breaking down, which it surely would have.
I bought all of my player-grade vintage guitars as investments.
They're investments in my happiness.
And regardless of the stock market, they've always paid dividends.
Four Old Men on a Bench by Bill posted Feb 8, 2006 at 10:26 PM
Yeah, I came across a 1952 Stratocaster in mint condition so I had it encapsulated in acrylic resin. Looks lovely ;?)
Ahem, we California boys don't have the benefits of Culture that you all have in England, but last time we checked, Leo didn't make the Strat until 1954. Kidding, right? Send pic.....Thanks
Short answer Yes I play my vintage guitars. Nothing like an Pre War Epiphone Emperor with 13s to get that top vibrating! You're not going to get that looking at it!
I've got a few that can be considered collector's quality. I play them regularly, but they're limited to use in the studio or at special gigs.
The last thing I need is to take my '68 Custom to some dive and have a drunken brawl roll into it (which has happened to me, just not with a guitar worth real money.)
My 1965 Princeton Reverb is the amp I gig with. But I keep my 1969 Tele at home except for rehearsals and jams.
I have a few instruments of some vintage, but nothing too pristine either. They don't get out all that much, but they get played at home and in the studio. I also had a special edition Takamine which was so pretty it made me nervous. I ended up trading it in for an old Gibson LG that had had its finish stripped off and a poorly done varnish. It's ugly and not so valuable, but it plays and sounds wonderful. I'll take a player over a 'lookin' at' guitar any day.
While they can be admired as works of art and design and craftsmanship, instruments are at the core, tools for making music. Out of respect for the craft and intent of the person who made the instrument, it's still worth taking care of it, but it doesn't need to be in a glass case sealed off from its purpose.
I inherited a bunch of woodworking tools from my grandfather and they get put to work as necessary, but I still wouldn't leave them out in the rain...
While I don't have a very collectable year, I still worry about it getting stolen. I play it at practice and at home but not at gigs, too many people around at the places we play. So many stolen guitar stories
I have a 85 to 90% original 51 Nocaster.
Unfortunately I don't play guitar. (yet! lessons ongoing & yes, I use it for them) so I have to rely on others to make it sing for me.
This is what separates me from others:
I like to go to jam nights & open mic nights and let others play it on stage for the night. Hell, I even handed it to street musicians to play before.
The look of joy and shock is worth the price of admission... Lol.
Now I keep an eye on it as well as have a second party there to assist in that. I feel OK with this because I am keeping an eye on one thing & and one thing only. Unless they sprint off the stage with it, it would have to be be an armed robbery outside the club. (yes, I have a bouncer escort me to the car.)
Long story short (to late!) my vintage guitar gets played a lot by many people. We travel just about everywhere together.
While many (many!) people don't think this is a good idea.
It is a guitar not wall art. It should be played and enjoyed.
So I guess I'm the opposite of most vintage guitar players/owners
The respect that my guitar gets in a room full of guitar players is stunning. I would feel real sorry for anyone doing something stupid with/to it.
@Twisted Kerle i want to "like" your post about ten more times! That's pretty damned cool.
Hopefully we will be in the same area sometime & I'll hand it to you to play...
TK, you do know how easily this stuff gets stolen? When it's gone, it's gone.
Yes I do and yes it would be. But I think grandpa (and my son) would be upset if I sold it or just hung it up like a painting.
I couldn't really list out my entire 'check list' of things before the case even gets opened. (or we show up, actually) I am never alone when I head out with it. I go to open mic nights full of guitar players. I talk with the house band before hand. (it gets introduced on stage like it was a band member) I don't leave it in the car. I don't have to make trips back and forth for gear. I don't go to dive bars and just hand it out or show it off. (I know it kinda sounds like it.)
It's chipped, registered at multiple places and insured. I do try to be smart & careful about it.
Hell, you are one of the people I want to bring it to eventually... Lol. (You know your stuff) I go to music stores and professionals (like you) to find out where to go in their area.
I really am very careful.
It should be enjoyed. Most of the people who have played it have only seen a Nocaster in a book or online. It is treated very well indeed. The sparkle and look in their eyes is awesome. It literally quites the room when introduced on stage.
I hope I don't sound rude. (I've been told I sound that way sometimes).
I realize most people don't agree with what I'm doing. However all the people I have handed it to will never forget it & we are the center of a guitar story that they will be talking about for many many moons to come.
I have a friend with a 50's Tele that has only been played a handful of times. Sad but true. The first owner died the month after purchase and it stayed unplayed for 50 years before my friend bought it from the widow. I've seen it but not been allowed to play it, amazing. Totally new looking as is the case, have some pics but I'm sworn to not circulate them.
That is such a shame. Reminds me of this...
I have a couple of "collectors" grade guirars and a few players, I play them all and try to treat them as kindly as I can. Some guitars don't look right to me when they are pristine, a beat up old black gaurd looks amazing to me, a case queen, not so much whereas arch tops tend to look cool when they are in good condition.
Teles are blue collar guitars and respond well to a hard life, like a pair of jeans or a pick-up truck.
THAT is the ideal 4 piece collection. one each of the strat and tele with maple and rosewood boards. the perfect four piece set!
bless you Kerle - i have some friends like you, guys that LOVE guitars, and either can't play or are just learning - and they have some amazing vintage pieces and enjoy getting to hear them "do their thing" at a gig or in the studio.
keep doing what you're doing - that guitar deserves to be heard and seen!
you aren't really trying to get real answers to your "question" though. Your original post is essentially judging people, and you aren't going to get real responses when you state up front which answer you believe is correct.
Your "question" is really just a rant. Not that there's anything wrong with ranting on the internet. But let's call a spade a spade here. You aren't trying to really take in others views and opinions, you're stating your own, just couching it to sorta kinda look like a question.