Archtops...Do you like them and let's see them

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by screamin eagle, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. mad dog

    mad dog Friend of Leo's

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    Do I have a weakness for archtops ... who said that??

    Guilty as charged. Here's the latest. Traded an uber sweet amp head for this late 70s Greco N60. One of their ES-175 like models in those years. A bit different, a laminated spruce top instead of maple. Never even saw a Greco hollowbody before in person, but this one intrigued. Mainly cause the seller had replaced the HBs with Duncan Antiquity P90s. A few other changes.

    As always, a big risk when you can't see it first. In person, this thing is every bit as fine as I had hoped. Moreso. Solid guitar. Plays very well. EXCELLENT P90s. (Pic courtesy of the seller.)

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  2. hmemerson

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    I've owned a 1930 Gibson L-5 for many years. According to the Gibson ledger book it was originally built as a tenor, and the label says 'TGL-5', as it should. It was re-necked as a 6 string at the Gibson factory in 1933. The original owner, Lou Bernie (Louis Baumann was his real name) started out as a tenor banjo player, and guitar manufacturers made tenor guitars for a long time so that the banjo players would not have to learn a new instrument, but could get 2/3 the sound of a guitar immediately. Many just had their guitars retrofitted as 6 strings. Here's mine: IMG_0001_2.jpg


    Here's a video one of my students took while taking a slide lesson at my home:



    And here's what the guitar sounds like in a real studio with 4-5 high quality microphones on it. It's my composition, dedicated to Nokie Edwards, 'Nokie's Blue Bottle' from my 'A Tale To Tell' cd



    Enjoy!
    Howard Emerson
     
  3. screamin eagle

    screamin eagle Poster Extraordinaire

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    Antiquity P90s are awesome. Besides vintage p90s, I haven't found one I like better. There are some out there that sound just as good, but not better, to me. They only ones that I really want to try, but haven't are Throbak's. I'm not in a hurry to try them as they are pricey and I already like what I got. I need more of a reason than curiosity to spend that kind of money.

    Great looking guitar by the way.
     
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  4. screamin eagle

    screamin eagle Poster Extraordinaire

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    Great story.
     
  5. r_o_b_s_o_n

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    Are those three ES 150’s?

    Oh man!

    What yrs? Love that blonde CC!
     
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  6. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    ES-335TD, 1965 ES-125T, 1936 ES-150, 1958 ES-125
     
  7. Brian Krashpad

    Brian Krashpad Tele-Afflicted

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    I've got a couple, both MIK dogear-powered Epiphones. One is a small-bodied chambered mahogany solidbody, a WildKat:

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    The other is a Casino, with a few mods:

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  8. Lacking Talent

    Lacking Talent Tele-Holic

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    Gorgeous (despite what you think!), but does need Bigsbyfyin'...
     
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  9. Toast

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    I'm just kidding about the color. It's a gorgeous guitar. I wanted a Bigsby model, but couldn't find one at the time. I'm still happy with it. I got whammy bars on two of my other guitars.
     
  10. SASouth

    SASouth Tele-Meister

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    A few of my archtops.
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  11. swingtime

    swingtime Tele-Meister

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    My 1985 Heritage Eagle ASB. A trusted old friend .

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  12. Lacking Talent

    Lacking Talent Tele-Holic

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    Lacking Talent Tele-Holic

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  14. SASouth

    SASouth Tele-Meister

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    Here’s some more.

    ES-330
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    Tennessee Rose
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    Pastrust NEW MEMBER!

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  16. Pastrust

    Pastrust NEW MEMBER!

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    I started back in the day with a Framus archtop... i still have one left... 1968 Yamaha SA15... a fun, intriguing instrument!
     

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