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Lets see those beaters/black sheep!

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by PelhamSG, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. PelhamSG

    PelhamSG Tele-Meister

    Aug 22, 2017
    I feel alot of us have a beater or a "black sheep" that doesn't quite fit in with the others. Mine is a 2005-2006 Brownsville Stat style. Reason my memory is foggy is because it is my first guitar as a kid. got it when I was either 7 or 8. Doesn't get played much anymore, but she is pretty beat, but plays great and really has that "worn in" feel.

    It also really doesn't fit in with my collection because the rest are all vintage styled (rickenbacker, Gibsons, Epiphone casino...). This is my only "modern" styled one. But that doesn't matter, because a guitar is a guitar, and ill play it :)

    Lets see those beaters/runts of the family ;)

  2. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 2, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Well my most recent NGD was this cheap all plywood, Stagg branded number, of which I think is early nineties but it can be much older.
    It was given to me by a buddy at an eviction party, it lay at his place for at least 15 years after another friend of his left it there.

    So it's basically a drifter, one of those instruments which go from owner to owner and I'm the latest one.
    The Bulldog sticker is rather tacky, but I'll leave it on there, it has something going for it.

    It only had four strings when I took it home, I cleaned it up, re glued the bridge as it was lifting and put a new set of strings on there.

    I love it, it's such a cool little thing to have around and seeing as how the only other option my buddy had was to throw it in a dumpster I'd like to think giving it to me was the better solution.
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  3. jaybones

    jaybones Friend of Leo's


    Since my laptop is dead, I don't have pictures but the black sheep in my arsenal is a Betamann Jackson/Charvel/Ibanez copy. Black thin body (of course), HH, OFR (not licensed!), shark tooth inlays, pointy headstock (natch).

    Got in a 3 guitar deal for about $100 each (along with Betamann S and T copies), figured I could flip the shredder for cheap and get the other 2 at under a hundred.

    Was checking it out, saw it had an original FR, rest of it looked like quality. Played really great (like they're supposed to) so decided to hold on to it.

    Everyone needs a shredder in the arsenal, right?

    Then there's the Secret Star, by Disney (Washburn) Hannah Montana 3/4 sized Tele.

    Dumpster rescued a Johnson root beer burst with cream binding (mmmmm, root beer cream) cutaway acoustic. Cleaned it up, changed the strings, set it up (truss rod was cranked down tight, rusty strings were tight against fretboard- loosened it and wouldn't budge. Frozen in the channel- gave it overnight to acclimate, then 2 more days, trying to free it every 12 hours, when it finally came LOOSE!).

    When I was vacuuming out body I found a crumpled up dollar bill inside, with a dust bunny the size of my fist and a handful of plastic picks. After a year of not playing it I saw a CL listing for a guy looking for an acoustic guitar trade for what he described as a purple Tokai telecaster. No pic.

    Called him and learned what it was. Figured I could use it as a travel guitar, so arranged for the trade.

    Before letting the acoustic go I was checking it over. Changed the strings, heard something in the body. Shook it upside down and a crumpled up dollar bill fell out! I'm sure I didn't put it back in there and wondered if I was trading away a money maker.

    That one I have pics up on imgur, can't post it (using tablet) but here's a link.
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  4. Hammerdog

    Hammerdog Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

    Mar 26, 2016
    image.jpeg Black sheep fits this guitar. It's an 83' one of Fender's step children from that
    undecided time period. It started life as a volume/ tone only, just two knobs.
    Pickups, tone and volume pots are late 70s. Pick guard is not.
    Early on it was fitted with the bridge, jack and a tone pot where the jack was originally. It was professional done,
    I'm the third owner the two previous were well meaning but I can't help but feel that it was a bit misunderstood.
    I known this sounds a little off but this guitar has soul.....
    it's just wood and metal. It has become close to me in its on right..
    It's storied and misaligned past is much like my own.
    It's difficult for me to explain, but those of you that know will understand.
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  5. AngelDeville

    AngelDeville Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Dec 27, 2007
  6. john kleeman

    john kleeman Tele-Holic

    Jun 16, 2010
    Portland, Or.
    Here we have a gut string ovation I got for $100 from the as is section of a local shop. It has typical finish cracks, but no other issues. I haven,'t played plastic strings on decades, and it feels like an immense oud when you hold it, but it's fun. IMG_20180513_125932.jpg
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  7. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Silver Supporter

    May 10, 2003
    Near Milwaukee
    Plain cedar top Canadian Seagull Grand (Parlor Guitar). It has dings in the top, sounds pretty, wide nut for fingerstyle. It's a nice "leave around the house" beater. Found it at a GC online in Texas. $180! Cheap shipping. I love parlors.


    This is an Epi OOO solid top purchased on craigslist (cheap) and I leave it in good hands where we dive in Mexico. It came with a MARS music padded gig bag all those years ago. Metal parts are turning green but I string and clean and play it every year.


    Martin Black LXM travel guitar. My mini Johnny Cash guitar. Another craigslist score and I drag it to the Yucatan once or twice yearly.


    Obligatory screen saver shot of the same little guitar. I was setting it up for the photo and my buddy Jorge walked by with the fishing poles. Perfect!

  8. Dixon in Korea

    Dixon in Korea Tele-Meister

    Feb 17, 2018
    Busan, South Korea
    This was my ‘72 SG last summer when it was still wearing the dismal refinish it had gotten not long before I bought it (cheap). It actually looked much worse in person—the photo doesn’t convey just how ratty the lawn-furniture-spray-paint finish looked. It’s looking much better now—my summer project last year was stripping it down to the wood and putting on a proper finish.
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  9. Nubs

    Nubs Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 16, 2014
    Houston, TX
    He's not here yet, but I'll nominate @heltershelton and his beat up yellow strat. That thing gave me tetanus just looking at it.
  10. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI

    Do I hafta pick just one beater?

    I played the Global LP here at a break earlier today.

    Light weight and fun to have handy

    This was more beat on before I got it. I repainted the headstock, leveled the frets, replaced the nut and tuners, wired it up with a new bourns volume pot and switchcraft jack, sanded down some 'keying', rolled the fretboard, and sanded all over with 800 grit to make it soft and satin. Menagerie of saddles was for fun (I suspect this may have been a Charvel of some sort when new, but the frets were so bad everyone did their relic-worst to it before trading it on). With leveled frets and setup this plays really easy now. Pickup makes it sound like a monster.
    This guitar taught me that a relic is not so bad to have -- no worries and feels like a good pair of jeans.
  11. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Dec 21, 2004
    central ky
    the closest to a beater is have is a danelectro I brought home Saturday. but it's not a beater, it's a decent instrument.

    I am such a total snob I won't keep a junk guitar around. for instance, I had a beat to death tiesco when I was a teenager and I've always thought if I ever saw one like it for a decent price, I would grab it just for sentiment's sake. well, there is one on C-list near here that is about as close to the old one as I have seen and he's only asking $85 for it. but I looked close at the frets and realized that I probably wouldn't be able to play it very well. it's not in bad shape, but I doubt I would even pick it up after I had it. it would be just laying around in the way. so i'll let someone else take it.
  12. johnny k

    johnny k Friend of Leo's

    Jan 15, 2011
    i was thinking those beaters aren t that beat up until i saw yours !
  13. hotpot

    hotpot Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 15, 2013
    Lancashire UK
    I bought a new old stock Vintage (brand)V2 telecaster by Trevor Wilkinson a while ago(came with a wonky 3 way switch too) the guitar itself is great, plays real nice and the pickups are good too, the electrics are junk though so I decided to have a total change & upgrade it with a solderless wiring kit.:)

    Alpha 5 way switch, Alpha. 250k volume and tone pots. and solderless contacts for your pickups.

    This how the kit works

    Switch Position five runs the neck pickup through a 0.01uf vintage K40y-9 oil in paper capacitor for some great vintage tele twang

    Switch position four runs both neck and bridge pickups together out of phase. This gives you a Stratocaster like quack.

    Positions 1, 2 and 3 are your normal telecaster switching. with a 0.047uf K40y-9 paper in oil capacitor superb rich dark tones with great harmonics
    You don’t need to modify your neck pickup like you do if you fit a 4 way switch
    And this will work on any telecaster single coil pickups

    complete with a 0.001uf/150k treble bleed kit fitted to the volume pot

    Gotta say the tones from the 5 way switch sound great, the volume and tone pots have a smooth roll off unlike the junk pots that were on. very pleased with the result and all for the princely sum of £25:D

    Still going strong to this day with no problems whatsoever.





    It's just a great guitar to play & cheap as chips too.:cool:
  14. heltershelton

    heltershelton Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Sep 14, 2016
    not houston
    thats actually an excellent guitar. its a 87 strat plus and yeah its pretty beat up after all these years and yeah you might need a tetanus shot after playing it.
    heres then and now pics
  15. Recce

    Recce Tele-Afflicted

    May 3, 2016
    Northern Alabama
  16. bftfender

    bftfender Friend of Leo's

    Dec 21, 2017
    York PA
    SG full.jpg 2014 Gibson SGJ 24 fretter
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  17. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 11, 2006
    Near Athens GA USA
    Almost all my guitars are beaters to some degree, some more than others. I've bought guitars that have been through hell, from being stuck on a wall in a seaside bar for a decade, to being beat up by a teenager trying to be the next Kurt Cobain, to having the frets virtually removed and to being peed on by a cat. Here are some of the most notable ones. None of them cost me more than $50 to buy (not counting my parts and time to repair).

    Bar guitar


    Cobain'ed Duosonic


    Frets worn down to nothing by aggressive filing (right now trying to turn it into a 3 string wonder)


    Electronics after being used as a litter box

  18. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 26, 2003
    The North Coast







    '93 Charvel TTX

    You don't want to know what my wife named this color. Yes, those are silver sparkles in the purple burst.
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  19. dkmw

    dkmw Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2016
    Florida USA

    My cheapo partscaster, the one I throw in the truck for travel etc. But it's also become the one I play most.

    The only "good" part is the Allparts Fat neck. GFS paulownia body finished by me. $25 cv 50s pickups, $10 controls, $20 wilkinson bridge.

    Since it only weighs 5.5 lbs, it's extra comfy in my lap.

    Crappy cell phone pic is from about a year ago when the body was freshly finished. It's wearing in nicely, checking has started and my pinkie has worn through to wood where I anchor it under the bridge.
  20. bettyseldest

    bettyseldest Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 13, 2011
    2001 Gordon Smith SG2, the previous owner had repaired the headstock break and fitted a Seymour Duncan pickup at the bridge. Seven years of ownership and it seems stable, sounds good and, unlike my bandmates Gisbon SG, stays in tune and never breaks strings.

    upload_2018-7-11_23-57-44.jpeg upload_2018-7-11_23-59-22.jpeg

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