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Waiting on Deliveries - Wife isn't Celebrating!

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by D_W_PGH, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    How long have you been married?
     
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  2. Deeve

    Deeve Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Mrs Deeve is pretty tolerant of my folly.
    She knows I'm frugal (love me some of them dented guitars...) and she also knows I'm not gonna dodge an insurance bill to pay for some gear.
    In return, she has complete discretion to make purchases of equal value, because I respect her judgment.
    We are not living the life of Thurston Howell III and Lovey, but I do complete a gratitude list most mornings.

    Congrats on the new stuff - figure out what ya like and wanna keep, then put the others back into circulation.

    Peace - Deeve

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  3. Hudman_1

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    2 years. I was married to the ex for 20.
     

  4. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    That's what we're here for :lol: Yay you! :D:lol:

    I don't have one of those Collings, but I really like my City Limits. I got it used, and I tell myself I saved money by not getting a R9... yet :twisted:

    This thread needs more pics, so here's a gratituous one...

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  5. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Okay. You went through the 20 years. I'm at 30.

    So you know that 2 doesn't equal 20, right?

    I'm just trying to prepare you.
     

  6. D_W_PGH

    D_W_PGH Tele-Meister

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    That is an absolutely stunning guitar, and was a possibility before I knocked off the other two. I was laying down offers on various guitars on reverb and ebay and the other two got taken fairly early.

    The other reality is that i'm not a good enough guitarist for any of these, but if I thought we should force collings to sell guitars only to players that are really accomplished, they probably wouldn't like that proposal.

    I would like to build a guitar that good - but collings is and has been like what bourgeois is becoming - the guitars look so perfect up close that you just wonder as a builder if you could ever get good enough to make something as clean without having to build 200 of them first.
     

  7. D_W_PGH

    D_W_PGH Tele-Meister

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    Roger that. Paid the mortgage off last year (little house - how much room do you need to sleep and play guitar?), paid off her college loan and no debt, refinished the kitchen myself over the last couple of years. She just sees (probably rightfully so) that I'm shuffling stuff around all the time with hobbies and sometimes the guitar and building furor crowds out the "what are we going to do together".

    She's pretty frugal, too.

    My dad's pretty good at throwing gasoline on the fire by saying "whoever is working gets to determine where the money goes" !
     
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  8. D_W_PGH

    D_W_PGH Tele-Meister

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    Btw, it's funny that I looked at those two things (an R9 was never a consideration for me, but I wanted to see if someone with both had a comment about the workmanship of gibson's custom production division vs. collings). It looks from comments on other forums like Gibsons are viewed as authentic but nowhere close in workmanship to collings from guitar to guitar.

    I got a chuckle out of one post - a user said they "had to have all of the frets pulled from their R9 and redone".

    I have had a defective gibson, but nothing of that price level that was defective. I wish they'd have elaborated on why they thought they needed that done, because I'll bet need wasn't the right word!!

    Some of the other folks criticized the lollars as sounding less les paul and more wide rangey in use. To me, that's a plus. I love a guitar with buckers that's a little more clear sounding.
     

  9. teletimetx

    teletimetx Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    Hey, Debbie Downer - let the guy enjoy what's on his plate at the moment!

    Time will tell - my circumstance is very similar to @Hudman_1 and my second wife has been nothing but supportive of the process (+/- 18 guitars, 6 amps) for over 14 years now; she's definitely a keeper, plus no shoe fetish on her part, she shops at thrift stores and she's a writer...

    Anyway, after this derailing a bit, multiple congrats to the OP! Collings does make great guitars! But you owe us some photos, amigo. C'mon now...
     
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  10. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Re Collings quality... I think they're made by angels or something. Bill was fanatic about details. Brilliant, OCD engineer, with great design sense, interesting combination.

    Mine's a 2008, and it was about 7 years old when I got it. Must have been in a collection, because it was truly mint, not even a little fret wear, or pick scratches.
     
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  11. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I have some Historic Gibsons from Memphis. The hollowbody bunch. I got zero complaints there. Nice, nice, nice.

    I sold my LP Standard (2012, before all the weirdness) to look for an R8, or maybe R9. I had some quality issues with my Standard, but not horror stories. I like Gibson, and I expect to be pleased when I buy one (that's not Blueberry Dipswitch). But I don't play crunchy classic rock, so researching LPs is always difficult, as it tends to bring out the geeks. I knew I'd have to try a Collings eventually, but then when I stumbled on this one, all the factors seemed to align. If I had my choice, my CL would have a *slightly* bigger neck. But it's not bad at all. Just about a perfect '59 LP.

    The Lollars (regular wind) are more hifi, full range sounding. Almost too articulate. Like you, I liked the idea of that, but I didn't care for them in this guitar. I put some Throbak SLE-101s in there, and now I'm all set. They sound like the PAF in my head. The only humbuckers that have ever sounded like I wished they would.

    It's funny, I decided to sell the Lollars recently, so I was looking online at pricing, etc, and stumbled on a guy demoing my exact pickups in a 335. He also has another 335 with Gibson 57 Classics. Tasteful playing, and the Lollars blow away the Gibsons, in that demo. Maybe it's the woody semi that tones down the clarity of the Lollars. Thing is, I have a 335 with 57 Classics, and love the guitar, and the pickups. But now... all I know is I'm not selling those Lollars anymore. If if wasn't such a pain, I'd try them in my 335. I probably have to now, I'm just procrastinating.
     

  12. Mike Simpson

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    It is about control.

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  13. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yeah, because porn is free.

    And a fat guy in brown shorts isn't knocking on your door with packages that cost you $$$.
     
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  14. D_W_PGH

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    That's a little bit true, and it's true she can get mad about it because she saw her dad funnel everything into the house.

    I figure I'll buy the guitars, anyway :) She's been out of work circulation for 8 years. My second kid is going to school full time in one more year, and then she'll be going back to work (she's a physical therapist). there won't be any peg bundy types in this house.
     

  15. D_W_PGH

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    Guitar number one and two, the third is coming tomorrow.

    The first is a les paul special faded. The seller thought it was 2006, but the back of the peghead says 2008. I suppose gibson sold these with a hard case back then. They're cheap. This is a really coarsely made guitar!! the neck profile is pretty bad, this one's got a little hump in the middle of the fingerboard that should be correctable with a fret level, crown and polish (not problem, I don't mind doing that). If I keep it, the neck will be scraped, it is super crude shaped - like nothing i've seen before when you match the aesthetic with the finish level.

    But it's got potential. It has burstbuckers, and it's really light and it's all wood. Even the sides of the nut have raw saw marks on them. It's really something. I've never had a LP less than a standard equivalent (or a standard).

    I kind of like it.

    The second is the collings. It's got a little bit of a dent at the edge of the body, you can't see it here. About the size of a pencil eraser, not through the lacquer, let alone to bare wood, so I think I can make it disappear with the shellac stick and some sanding and buffing. the workmanship (and cost, I'm sure when new) is at the other end of the spectrum. a really simple little guitar, perfectly made. I'm going to have to let the action up a little bit so that I can get my fingers beside the strings to push them around. It's laser low.

    Apologies for the filthy floor and nasty color - this is my utility basement next to my workshop.

    Last picture is my cherry telecaster in process, scratch made almost entirely with hand tools. Just router profile to clean off the outside of the body and rout the neck channels. I'm looking to make something a little different, so it's a bit thin, cherry, has a modern neck profile and it will have a jb in the bridge. Tortoise binding. 20180912_220350.jpg 20180912_220403.jpg 20180912_220421.jpg
     

  16. Nightclub Dwight

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    I might be able to help here! I'm in Pittsburgh too. If you do have a remodel project to keep the wife happy, I'm a painter. I'll come paint the new work. It'll look great.

    Plus, if you ever need to stash a new purchase till the right time to bring it in the door, just leave it at my house for a bit. You can come play it anytime you want.

    All kidding aside, nice guitars. I've always been in awe of Collings guitars. Enjoy!
     
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  17. D_W_PGH

    D_W_PGH Tele-Meister

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    That's funny (on the stash). My wife already believes that I have things shipped to clandestine locations because we went on vacation one time years ago and I had some hand planes shipped to a friends house so they wouldn't sit on my doorstep.

    I think she's just blowing off steam right now, I had done the bathroom already in sort of a quickie job (fixed the floors - new sink and toilet, put in porcelain wall tile and repainted the walls, but left the tub and the ceramic tile on the walls in). I told her that if she wants to get the bathroom done, she has to work with all of the contractors - it'll probably blow over for a while.

    I like to do the work myself, but don't want to move the tub, and it's an old am. standard white cast iron tub - to be honest, I don't want to get rid of it at all.

    I did the kitchen this year. Did the floors, made the cabinets (they're solid cherry), fabricated countertop and installed the plumbing (just a bit of basic electrical work to do), did the tin work (it's tin/metallic) rather than the paste on stuff. Still a little bit of trim work to do to hide gaps, and just regular stuff like baseboard and a cove moulding wrapped around the top of the bulkhead. Hood and the fan are original from the 70s - I like them. The rest of it was out of date cabinets and brick veneer on the wall, and cheap linoleum on the floor.

    the mrs still isn't sure whether or not I can do decent work - plus she's out for a little blood. Her friends just "hire it done".

    (funny, the worst thing about the kitchen is the boring paint scheme, but mrs. chose so much dark stuff that i made her choose light wall and ceiling colors so that we could bounce high powered track lighting off of the back wall (out of view) to make it liveable. I kid you not, she had painted the kitchen canary yellow before)

    There's another countertop to the right, but no cabinets on that wall - in my opinion, a narrow kitchen about 21x11, too many cabinets up high and it starts to feel like a submarine. Plus I need the wall to reflect light.

    Other collings comes today. Can't wait :)

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  18. D_W_PGH

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    As a by the way, the mrs wasn't happy with me for going cheap and doing this job myself, because it stretched it out and made me unavailable off and on for quite a while. Just as I was finishing it, I mentioned to her that the cost of the entire job for a full redo on the kitchen was about $7K. The bulkhead is out of style, but i had two problems - most of the lumber came from one tree (so the color is the same, and the boards are wide). If I removed it, I'd be short on the cabinets, and the two drawer fronts below the sink are from a different haul of lumber. They're cherry, but drastically different in color. Problem number two that the picture resolution doesn't show is that the walls are all hand finished plaster. I'd never have matched it. Those little things add up to huge potential aggravation - I'm saving my money for guitars!

    one of her friends told her then that in a very large house told her just as I'd finished that her entire 500 SF kitchen cost $5K to redo with granite.

    That's nonsense, of course, but they believe each other and neither has any comprehension of basic mathematics. I had to call her husband and find out what their "budget" kitchen job was. $41k, and they just moved out of the house unexpectedly.

    Oops.

    if he'd have done more of the work himself, he could have a few guitars! And no loan.
     

  19. JukeJointJunkie

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    Keep your pimp hand strong my brother.
     
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  20. Brucesu

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    Good choice! Collings are keeper guitars. I have no idea why people would sell them on the used market. I have a collings 290 in seafoam green!
     
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