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Viking Funeral or Wall Hanging?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Sparky2, Feb 8, 2019.

Burn or hang it up?

  1. Viking Funeral

    30 vote(s)
  2. Wall Hanging

    23 vote(s)
  1. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 15, 2017
    Harvest, Alabama
    This may strike you as too deeply personal, but I trust you and value your opinion, so here goes;

    I still own the very first guitar I bought with my own high school job money.
    It's a 1975 Epiphone FT-120 acoustic.
    Made in Korea, inexpensive, and a beginner's guitar.

    I have owned it and taken it around the world many times.
    And I'm not kidding about that.
    It's been around the world, many times.

    It's battle scarred, and in fact, has scars and a jacked-up neck from its first year in my possession.

    (It suffers an intonation problem from the last time my father ever scrapped with me, right before he hauled-ass and left us and our mom, in 1976.)

    The guitar only works properly with nylon strings, and only when playing the basic cowboy chords. The original Epiphone case is tired and has mover's inventory stickers on it, from a variety of moves from here to there in the military.

    The thing is, I never really play the guitar anymore.
    It's a keepsake, a memento.

    To open the case is to invite a flood of bad memories, from my Dad's absurd antics and abuse back then, to the years I spent with my first wife, an ugly divorce, and too many years of dead-end noodling on guitars with no appreciable improvement in my guitar playing.

    It's also an invitation to pleasant memories of me playing that guitar with my teenage garage band-mates, taking it to the beach when I turned 18 with those same band-mates, and the times that I figured out minor chords on songs like Third Rate Romance, and Pink Floyd's Brick In The Wall. And the years that followed, wherein I figured out how to become a better musician, and to form a band, and to perform good live music for appreciative audiences.

    My heart, nowadays as I prepare for the Autumn days of my life, tells me to either give the old Epiphone a proper Viking funeral, and burn her to ashes,
    find an appropriate place in the house, and hang her up for posterity.

    I'm torn, and I'm asking your advice.
    I can't sell the guitar, it's not worth anything, and it doesn't play very nicely at all.
    I don't want to just give it to the local drug-rehab center (as I have done with guitars before), because it's more jacked-up than most of the addicts in there already are.

    Hanging it up is problematic since she's so ugly.
    I just photographed her, (see below) and she photographs like a ghost or spirit, no matter what I do.

    So, what do you think I should do with her?


    the epiphone.jpg
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2019 at 6:06 AM
  2. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Friend of Leo's

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    Like Rodney Dangerfield, Epiphones "...get no respect...", but I vote 'wall hanger' all the same.
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  3. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 11, 2006
    Near Athens GA USA
    I had one too back in the 70's and sold it years ago. I just happened to run across this one at a local thrift store last year and snagged it. Unfortunately, it had a collapsed neck and, due to the bad warping in the back of the body, it isn't easily fixable (I've tried the fixes for this I found online). I'm probably going to use the neck in a mutant cigar box project and use the body for decoration. At least I got another acoustic case.

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  4. Finck

    Finck Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 11, 2017
    São Paulo - Brazil
    Don't just hang her. Instead, put her in a frame with glass, with a metal plate engraved with names of the places that you've visited together. She deserves that.
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  5. tery

    tery Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Sep 21, 2012
    If it brings you down burn it . If it shows you love kiss it .
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  6. mfguitar

    mfguitar Tele-Holic

    Aug 12, 2008
    But if you need to move the guitar to help with the bad memories then do it. If your heart can mend while hanging on to it then that could be the better choice. I like the idea of a show case maybe with pictures of your travels, if you don't have pictures then maybe handwritten notes, without the memories and stories its a hunk of wood and a poor one at that,
  7. boop

    boop Tele-Meister

    Dec 1, 2018
    Well don't hang bad memories on the wall. Part it out, maybe someone could use the neck, or just burn it. It sounds like that guitar has served its purpose well enough on this earth. If there really are bad memories in that guitar, then destroying it would defeat one more physical connection you have to them.
  8. toomuchfun

    toomuchfun Tele-Holic

    Feb 9, 2014
    NE US
    The case looks like it has a good handle. Take it with you and get some professional psychiatric help.

    If it’s too ugly to display, too painful to look at on some days and an old friend on others it has more power over you than it should.
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  9. Bassman8

    Bassman8 Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

    Feb 17, 2018
    York County, PA
    It doesn't look ugly to me. Maybe not fancy or gorgeous but not ugly either. Don't get rid of it, let the good memories live! I would hang it up but not somewhere where I'd have to see it constantly. I have a 70's Harmony electric with some mixed memories and I keep it in a corner of my man cave...basically there to see if I want but out of the way the rest of the time. Best of luck with your decision.
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  10. telleutelleme

    telleutelleme Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jan 15, 2010
    That much history; it deserves respect. Hang it on the wall like a family picture.
  11. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 12, 2016
    Virginia Beach, Va
    I'd say hang it on the wall somewhere. If it's had that much life experience with you it probably feel weird not having it somewhere
  12. Dan R

    Dan R Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Charleston, SC
    Viking Funeral. Let go of the past. I am a forward thinking person.
  13. stephent2

    stephent2 Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 22, 2003
    Wall. With all those memories I'd keep it around, but it depends on how you feel about the past.

    One thing you can to to make a guitar w/ horrible action playable is capo that puppy on the 4th fret.
  14. BryMelvin

    BryMelvin Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 4, 2014
    Arivaca AZ
    FWIW I have restored my similar 12 string epi from that area. I have disassembled the neck block and bracing.Unless the neck itself is bad. The block it bolts to shifts on these and it doesn't work right. OTOH intonation was not good on these to begin with and i fixed that by hand made saddle. Remove the original adjustable and start with a thick tusq blank.

    The neck can be shimmed for proper neck angle.
    A bridge doctor works well in these too.

    I am assuming this is one of the bolt on neck ones.
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  15. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 6, 2014
    kamloops bc
    I have a 70 's battle worn gibson SG I bought at a pawn shop for 100.00 , sold it 3 times bought it back , it toured Canada with me ,and I pawned it for 50.00 to take my now wife out for a date for her birthday that was 42 years ago (we've been married now for 35 years this fall ),
    get it fixed at your leisure bring it back to playable this is your life and your memories , the bad stuff was not your guitars fault. and I bet if it were playable again it could be a gift to pass on to some one who could use it.


    sorry I could not vote for your options!
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  16. ladave

    ladave Tele-Meister

    Sep 25, 2017
    Los Angeles
    Personally I would just donate it. Or leave it in he alley for the guys who come around collecting stuff.

    Getting ridding of stuff we don’t need is a great feeling.
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  17. adjason

    adjason Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Jan 9, 2010
    Might want to see if you can get it fixed up and playable again...if its too far gone I say viking funeral. I don;t see the reason in having a wall hanging
  18. boredguy6060

    boredguy6060 Friend of Leo's

    Mar 28, 2012
    Sou Cal
    I could never destroy a guitar, it’s not in me.
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  19. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 21, 2012
    +1 Yup, time to move on. Get drunk with some buddies around a campfire and watch it burn.
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  20. Shuster

    Shuster Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Oct 31, 2018
    South Texas
    I say give it a good old John Belushi send off:twisted:

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