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Raspberries: Look at Eric Carmen's LP Special!

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by StrangerNY, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Tele-Afflicted

    An LP Special with mini-humbuckers? First I've ever seen one like that. Or am I just seeing it wrong?



    - D
     
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  2. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I think it’s a either modded early 60s Melody Maker or late 50s Les Paul Special.
    Lots of modding done on those models all through the 70s.
     
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  3. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

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    Aug 23, 2014
    Woodstock
    ... me too. Headstock definitely looks like an MM shape.
     
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  4. harold h

    harold h Friend of Leo's

    Feb 15, 2004
    Joan Jett bought one from him, maybe that one.
     
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  5. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Nov 15, 2009
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    Sure looks like it!
     

  6. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Tele-Afflicted

    Yep, sure does! Good eye!

    - D
     

  7. hekawi

    hekawi Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
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    Apr 29, 2003
    greenville, sc
    from a Joan Jett interview in Guitar World

    "I was looking for a lighter guitar because my Les Paul was heavy and it was starting to hurt my shoulder. They heard that Eric Carmen, who played in this great power pop band called the Raspberries, was selling his Melody Maker and thought it would be perfect for me and they were right. I put a Velvet Hammer pickup in it, and it became my number-one guitar and the Les Paul became my backup. I didn't really know the history of the guitar and I started wondering whether it was the one Eric used on their classic songs like "Go All The Way." Much later I found out it was.

    "I used that Melody Maker on "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," "Crimson and Clover," "Do You Wanna Touch Me" and "Bad Reputation," so it has quite a history. Not only was it on all our hits, but it was used on all the Raspberries hits as well. I recently took it off the road, because I was afraid something was going to happen to it. The white paint is all cracked and it's sort of yellowing, but in an awesome way. That's my baby." melodymaker.jpg
     
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  8. aerhed

    aerhed Tele-Afflicted

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    Dec 24, 2016
    Boulder, WY
    I can't watch the Raspberries. They all got my mom's haircut and she's 85.
     
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  9. dan1952

    dan1952 Friend of Leo's

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    Jun 24, 2004
    Anderson, IN
    The Raspberries - Great band!!!
     
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  10. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

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    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    I BEG YOUR PARDON!!!!...a lot of us had your mom's haircut back then.
     
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  11. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    First 45 I ever bought for myself.
    Yes, all the Joan Jett stuff.
     

  12. Rick330man

    Rick330man Tele-Holic

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    Jan 9, 2011
    Florida Keys
    Raspberries were an excellent band. Think great songs played by talented musicians who put together some excellent vocal harmonies. I still love listening to their stuff. I've got their first three albums on vinyl but went ahead and bought the CDs to be able to preserve the albums.

    Eric made some rock and roll history with that Melody Maker.
     
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  13. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR
    I am pretty sure that is the same haircut my eastern KY cousins and all their mothers and aun'ts had in the Loretta Lynn circa Hay day. [hair day?]

    EDIT: Western KY. No idea why I typed Eastern.:confused:
     
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  14. DonM

    DonM Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    Apr 21, 2016
    Henderson,NV/SLC,UT
    I was listening to them the other day. He is quite a talented guy. Did some great solo stuff too.
     

  15. Tone Eee

    Tone Eee TDPRI Member

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    Mar 9, 2018
    Tucson, AZ
    That guitar growl is just killer.

    Cool Joan Jett tie-in!
     
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  16. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR
    Yeah, that is interesting at a minimum I'd say, to me anyway...
     

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