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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. Tonetele

    Tonetele Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 2, 2009
    South Australia
    One day a family member may take interest in it or some desrerving kid.
    I had a 1973 Epiphone 12 string and backed some very serious singers with it. Mine was MIJ.
    Notice the E for Epiphone is NOT embossed on the pickguard but inbedded- that's how you tell the old ones IMHO.
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  2. DHart

    DHart Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 12, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ USA
    Viking Funeral if that will set YOU free. If not, hang it if that will put a lift in your feet each time you see it.

    Only you can determine the way to go.
  3. RegularJim

    RegularJim TDPRI Member

    May 24, 2017
    Winthrop Harbor, IL
    It's not exactly the same, but I inherited my father's old acoustic. For a long time it just sat there. It wasn't exactly playable and I didn't have the funds or know-how to make it work. And I wasn't even sure I wanted to do anything with with. Like the rest of my family, it had seen some good times and bad times. I debated on whether to sell it, give it away, toss it, hang it, etc.

    In the past couple of years I had a renewed interest in all things "guitar" and I also had a few extra dollars, so I bit the bullet and had it restored. I know you're not supposed to restore old guitars, but sometimes you have to. It cost me a little more money than I would have liked, but now I have a reminder of all the times (good and bad). It was the first guitar I ever played as a child, but was only allowed to touch it once in a while. Now it's mine. And it's good as new.

    I'm not exactly a sentimental sort of fellow, but I bought a customized truss rod cover with my father's name on it to remind me of its humble past, and mine.

    I recommend this path if it's something you can manage.

    Good luck!
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  4. darren7

    darren7 Tele-Meister

    Jul 31, 2009
    If looking at it brings up bad memories, and the guitar isn’t playable, then I vote for Viking funeral.

    Let that **** go.
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  5. stxrus

    stxrus Friend of Leo's

    May 25, 2007
    St. Croix, USVI
    WOW! What an interesting read
    If it were me, I’d hang it on the wall. To me there’s too much history to get rid of it. YMMV
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  6. ozcal

    ozcal Tele-Holic

    Feb 5, 2015
    1 match and some gasoline
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  7. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Silver Supporter

    May 10, 2003
    Near Milwaukee
  8. radiocaster

    radiocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2015
    I don't think they made Epiphones in Korea in 1975, it's Japanese and not worthless.

    But do this: buy a 1950s Les Paul. You'll have painful memories because of the price you paid for it. Then burn the Les Paul.
  9. BobbyJames

    BobbyJames TDPRI Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    Enjoyed reading, seems like the guitar has been a great companion over the years. I went for the wall hanging, simply because I still think it looks nice and if hung right could be quite a tasteful addition to the right room! Plus, you never know if you'll regret burning it, and hanging it up means it could be played again some time in the future!
  10. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 15, 2017
    Harvest, Alabama
    I thank all of your for your input, advice, and thoughtful sentiments.

    It looks like the vote is tied at 16-16.
    Half of you vote for the Viking Funeral, and half for the wall hanging.

    Some of you recommended 'neither', and advised that I repair, restore, or make the guitar usable again.

    Ha ha ha, too funny.
    And you are correct, my Epiphone FT-120 was indeed built in Japan, and not Korea. I don't know why I thought it was Korean made.
    My brain isn't what it once was.

    Okay, so I made my decision.

    I have decided to make the guitar playable, and hang onto it. Hopefully for forever.

    I took the guitar apart early this morning, and evaluated what turns out to be a very twisted neck. (I guess my dear old departed Dad did indeed do a number on it in our final melee.)

    I'm going to find another (true, flat, good) neck, bolt it on, and make this old beast into a playable, gig-worthy guitar.

    It goes against my credo, "All my guitars have to be bone-stock", but what the heck. It's time to try new things, and apparently, time to hang onto some old things too.

    Thanks again, everybody.
    I really appreciate the help.

    Epiphone autopsy.jpg
  11. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 6, 2014
    kamloops bc
    Brilliant move , I'm sorry this instrument should pertain to such a bad time in your life , but by giving it a new life it too can move on.

    if you go to a local music store check out an Epi SG 300 with a bolt on neck see if they are the same size , (take measurments) if they are or close you should be able to pick up a used or body damaged one for about less than 100.00 and the neck may fit or be made to fit , just a suggestion ( you may loose the first 2 frets)

  12. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 6, 2014
    kamloops bc
  13. O- Fender

    O- Fender Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 25, 2003
    It looks like I am late for this party but you have a perfect solution.

    Great idea. From your OP (and in hindsight), it looks like the neck was the source of both the problem of intonation and the bad memories .

    Now, as far as the old neck, I say Viking funeral.
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  14. teletimetx

    teletimetx Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 25, 2011
    Houston, TX
    That is a tough decision for sure. IMO, you've got it right. Seems like it's the old neck that has the bad joss. Burn that! ^^^guess I'm not the only one with that thought...(well, maybe salvage the tuners if there's anything useful there).

    I'm glad you put up that 2nd picture. Looks like there's some good spruce in that top. Still plenty of life in that.

    Last time I was visiting Neil Sargent, here in Houston - fairly well know tech, luthier, etc., he was showing me an article in the Luthier trade mag about a guy who built a sort of cover for the bottom of the sides of his guitar - where the pin for the strap goes and/or the strap jack for such guitars. It was a "window" large enough to be able to get at the braces under the top and re-build/re-shave them, so that he was able to take a ho-hum guitar and turn it into something pretty amazing. Sounded like a pretty cool adventure.

    Anyhow, seems like you are headed out on your own. Happy trails, dude!

    ps: I know how tough this sh** can be as I have a guitar all intertwined with a bad marriage (33 years!), but with good kids resulting. It's a pretty fine guitar, too, but bittersweet.
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  15. MrCairo46

    MrCairo46 Friend of Leo's

    This is my first electric that mom got me for Christmas 1978. I replaced its pickups and bridge over the years D549BE3A-35EC-493A-A78E-DE3AEA272CE9.jpeg , and finally hunted down original pickups to make her as she was new again. Over the years, for almost 25 of those years she had intonation and playability issues. I finally upped and sent her to a luthier who made her a dream to play again, refretting her , setting her up. I finally found a replacement chipboard case too. I play her every Sunday for church worship. D549BE3A-35EC-493A-A78E-DE3AEA272CE9.jpeg
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  16. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 15, 2017
    Harvest, Alabama
    Great story, great guitar!!

    By coincidence, I saw that same guitar in a pawn shop today!!

  17. Toto'sDad

    Toto'sDad Telefied Ad Free Member

    Jun 21, 2011
    Just shut the case, and put it in the closet out of sight. Put off doing anything, maybe the problem will just go away.
  18. Toto'sDad

    Toto'sDad Telefied Ad Free Member

    Jun 21, 2011
    I would prefer that I would be "bone" stock too, but I can get around a lot better with an artificial hip. Sometimes practicality exceeds sentiment.
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  19. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Some years ago my first guitar took some bad damage and I didn't want to play it any more. I'd had it 30 years, and it was still playable, but I gave it away.

    I don't really pine over it or anything, but it was my first guitar, and even now there are times I wish I'd kept it. I think you should keep yours. If you don't, don't burn it. Someone will appreciate having it.
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  20. tap4154

    tap4154 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Give it to Goodwill. I did that with an old semi acoustic I was given at around 13 for Christmas, my first electric, that just wasn't playable anymore - or more accurately, just wasn't worth the effort to me, having a few nice guitars, and preferring Teles. Kept it around for decades, then one day last year while trying to thin down my "stuff" just decided to take it to Goodwill. Hoping some kid gets it for nothing and has some fun working on it.


    BTW what took some "sting" off giving that away was that I still have an early 70's Korean acoustic my folks also gave me when I was about 17, which is what I really learned to play on. 5 or so years ago I put a new bone nut and saddle on (the old plastic ones were falling apart) and it still plays great. Also has a nice V neck, like the old Martins.

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